BattleRedNation.com has confirmed the attendance of Texans scouts at Saturday's Kentucky-Tennessee game.
Although Kentucky is mostly considered a basketball school, there are plenty of solid prospects in the football program. The most highly touted at this point is junior cornerback Trevard Lindley. Lindley measures in at 6'0", 178 lbs. and runs in the 4.3's (40-yard dash). Lindley possesses great ball skills which are evidenced by his four interceptions and nine passes defensed entering Saturday's play. He also has accumulated 35 tackles and one TFL. Lindley is projected as a first-round pick.
Another defensive prospect from the Wildcats is junior defensive end Jeremy Jarmon. Jarmon has prototypical NFL size at 6'3", 278 lbs., and can play outside and inside in pass rush situations. Jarmon runs in the 4.8's (40-yard dash), and can fill up the stat sheet as he has 33 tackles, nine TFL, 3.5 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and five quarterback hurries entering Saturday's action. Jarmon currently projects as a late first, early second-day pick.
One other featured defensive player from Kentucky is active junior middle linebacker Micah Johnson. Johnson has the size to play in the middle in a 4-3 scheme as he stands 6'2", 252 lbs. Although he's not the fastest linebacker (4.6's in the 40-yard dash), he can make plays using good instincts. Johnson has 75 tackles, 11TFL, 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. Johnson currently projects as a late first, early second-day pick.
A few other defensive prospects from UK are senior outside linebacker Johnny Williams, senior outside linebacker Braxton Kelley, senior defensive tackle Myron Pryor, junior defensive tackle Corey Peters, and senior free safety Marcus McClinton.
Offensive prospects include senior running back Tony Dixon and senior offensive tackle Garry Williams. Special teams prospects are junior kicker Lones Seiber, and senior punter Tim Mashay.
One of the top prospects from Tennessee is junior outside linebacker Rico McCoy. McCoy reminds many of his former teammate and last season's first-round pick by the Patriots, Jerrod Mayo. McCoy measures in at 6'1", 224 lbs., and has sideline to sideline ability as he runs a 4.52 40-yard dash. McCoy was a second team all-SEC selection a year ago and currently has 79 tackles, three TFL, one sack, three passes defensed, and two quarterback hurries. McCoy is currently projected as a second-round pick.
Another top prospect from the Vols is senior running back Arian Foster. Foster is a powerful inside runner as his 6'1", 216 lb. frame would suggest. Foster is quick, but lacks some explosion, but he's an accomplished blocker and has adequate hands. Entering Saturday's action, Foster has gained 511 yards on 110 attempts with one touchdown, and has caught 18 passes for 149 yards. Foster is currently projected as a late first, early second-day pick.
Blocking for Foster is junior center Josh McNeil. McNeil is a big, tough, intelligent football player, as he measures in at 6'4", 286 lbs. He was an honorable mention all-SEC selection a year ago, and is on both the Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy watch lists. McNeil is currently projected as a third-round pick.
Some other defensive prospects from Tennessee are senior middle linebacker Ellix Wilson, senor defensive end Robert Ayers, junior defensive tackle Dan Williams, senior defensive tackle Demonte' Bolden, senior cornerback DeAngelo Willingham, and junior free safety Demetrice Morely.
Offensive prospects include senior wide receiver Lucas Taylor, senior offensive guard Anthony Parker, junior offensive guard Jacques McClendon, and junior offensive tackle Chris Scott.
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