Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers will be in Morgantown on Thursday night to scout the Colorado, West Virginia game.
On paper, this matchup doesn’t look like it would attract many scouts. But there will be many high level scouting executives observing the talent that the Buffalos and Mountaineers possess. The Ravens will send Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, the Patriots will be represented by Director of College Scouting Jon Robinson, the Saints will also send their Director of College Scouting Rick Reiprish, as will the Chargers in John Spanos. The Steelers will dispatch their Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert.
The two players that will likely draw the most interest from a scouting standpoint are West Virginia OT Selvish Capers and Colorado junior OT Nate Solder. Capers is gaining steam as one of the premier tackles in the nation. At 6-foot-5, 298 pounds, Capers is a former tight end, who has an athletic build, quick feet and the ability to mirror the opposition throughout their rush. He plays with finesse and also possesses the strength to maul defenders at the line of scrimmage. Despite playing right tackle during his career at West Virginia - mainly because he had to protect Pat White’s blindside - Capers projects to be a left tackle at the next level. Capers is currently the 3rd rated OT by Scout.com and a likely 1st – 2nd round pick next April.
Just like Capers, Solder is also a former tight end who was converted into an offensive tackle. At 6-foot-9, 305-pounds, Solder is an athletic freak, who’s quick off the snap, has excellent technique as a pass blocker and clears out the opposition with his long wingspan. Entering his second year as Colorado’s starting left tackle; Solder is still raw at the position and has moments of inconsistency. He has to get stronger and improve his run blocking, but he’s a quick learner and has elevated his status as a potential Day One selection in 2010 – if he declares for the draft.
In addition to Capers and Solder, here’s a list of prospects – in ranked order – that scouts will keep their eye on:
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