The UW vs. Nebraska games features six players on our latest top 100 2012 NFL Draft prospects board.
Each team boasts three players in the top 100 and we will be paying close attention to the Washington offense vs. Nebraska defense this week. Nebraska’s defense features CB Alfonzo Dennard, DT Jared Crick, and LB Lavonte David. They will matchup with RB Chris Polk and WR Jermaine Kearse. The Washington defense has a mammoth DT in Alameda Ta’amu that is rising up draft boards as a possible 3-4 run stuffer.
Guys to keep an eye on:
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska #15
There are many that believe Dennard is a superior prospect to former teammate Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was a first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Dennard excels in man coverage and particularly when he can get his hands on the receiver early and often. He’s a physical corner that isn’t afraid to stick his nose into the action. This weekend’s matchup with Jermaine Kearse will be intriguing in that both players seek out contact at the line of scrimmage.
Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska #94
Crick is a tough grade because he appears to excel more in a complementary role. He broke out when paired Nmdamukong Suh but hasn’t flashed the same explosive power since that time. He’s not going to be a playmaker at the DT spot and may be a better fit as a five-technique in the NFL. His feistyness and ability to pursue the play will intrigue NFL teams which will probably land him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Washington offensive line has struggled against lesser competition so Crick should have a field day in the UW backfield. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft Prospects Preview: Nebraska vs. Washington»