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Scouting 49ers Scouts: College games the team attended Week 8

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We highlight and profile the 2017 NFL draft-eligible prospects from college football games 49ers' scouts attended during Week 8.

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We continue our Scouting 49ers' Scouts series with a look back on some of the draft-eligible players from the college football games 49ers' scouts attended during Week 8. The Internet, and Twitter in particular, provide some insight into where NFL teams are sending scouts for college football games. We will likely never know the full list of games, but it does give us some insight.

Thanks to Chase Goodbread and the folks at NFL.com's College Football 24/7, along with various sources on Twitter, we have a look at some of the Week 8 action where 49ers' scouts were credentialed to attend.

Weeks 1-7

* = indicates junior status
+ = injury status

Week 8:

Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Miami

*QB Brad Kaaya, No. 15, 6'4" - 215 lbs., 4.84 40 - (1st)
WR Stacy Coley, No. 3, 6'1" - 195 lbs., 4.39 40 - (3rd-4th)
TE Standish Dobard, No. 5, 6'4" - 252 lbs., 4.83 40 - (UDFA)
OG Danny Isidora, No. 63, 6'4" - 305 lbs., 5.29 40 - (7th)
OLB Jermaine Grace, No. 5, 6'1" - 205 lbs., 4.62 40 - (UDFA) Dismissed from School
CB Corn Elder, No. 29, 5'10" - 180 lbs., 4.49 40 - (3rd)
FS Rayshawn Jenkins, No. 26, 6'2" - 210 lbs., 4.53 40 - (7th-UDFA)
SS Jamal Carter Sr., No. 6, 6'1" - 215 lbs., 4.58 40 - (UDFA)
P Justin Vogel, No. 16, 6'4" - 215 lbs., 4.94 40 - (UDFA)

*QB Brad Kaaya, No. 15, is a very smart pocket passer with incredible poise and savviness in his game. The lanky framed quarterback lacks the rocket arm, but displays solid touch, good ball placement (needs more consistency), a smooth over-the-top delivery, a quick release, nice zip, and makes good anticipation throws. Kaaya displays a high mental acumen with a terrific football IQ and is a quick decision maker able to swiftly process information efficiently and successfully. Although not a running threat, Kaaya shows good movement in the pocket taking subtle steps to avoid pressure and displays sound awareness. Will stand tall in the pocket and shows toughness and grit taking hits displaying his physical toughness to go along with his mental toughness. He's best operating in a clean pocket. Has shown the capacity to improve, especially under new offensive minded head coach, Mark Richt, who has been known for his ability to develop quarterbacks.

Miami has a couple more draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: WR Stacy Coley, No. 3; CB Corn Elder, No. 29; OG Danny Isidora, No. 63; and FS Rayshawn Jenkins, No. 26.

Virginia Tech

FB Sam Rogers, No. 45, 5'10" - 230 lbs., 4.80 40 - (7th)
*WR Isaiah Ford, No. 1, 6'2" - 195 lbs., 4.49 40 - (2nd)
*TE Bucky Hodges, No. 7, 6'7" - 245 lbs., 4.78 40 - (1st-2nd)
OT Jonathan McLaughlin, No. 71, 6'5" - 294 lbs., 5.28 40 - (UDFA)
OG Augie Conte, No. 72, 6'6" - 305 lbs., 5.24 40 - (UDFA)
DE Ken Ekanem, No. 4, 6'3" - 260 lbs., 4.82 40 - (6th)
DT Woody Baron, No. 60, 6'2" - 280 lbs., 4.97 40 - (UDFA)
DT Nigel Williams, No. 8, 6'2" - 297 lbs., 5.04 40 - (UDFA)
*CB Brandon Facyson, No. 31, 6'2" - 197 lbs., 4.52 40 - (3rd)
FS Chuck Clark, No. 19, 6'0" - 205 lbs., 4.57 40 - (7th)

*WR Isaiah Ford, No. 1, is an explosive vertical threat prospect with the knack for taking the top off coverages. The former high school basketball star athlete (averaged 37 points per game as a senior) utilizes his impressive speed (runs fast in pads), size, length, agility, quickness, body control, and solid route running skills to gain separation with great suddenness exploding out of his breaks and bursts with acceleration making huge plays. Has a tendency to be a body catcher, but displays solid reliable hands and great awareness. Moreover, Ford does a solid job blocking in the running game.

Virginia Tech has a couple more draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: *TE Bucky Hodges, No. 7; *CB Brandon Facyson, No. 31; DE Ken Ekanem, No. 4; FB Sam Rogers, No. 45; and FS Chuck Clark, No. 19.

BYU Cougars vs. Boise State Broncos - Trent Baalke visit

BYU

QB Taysom Hill, No. 7, 6'2" - 235 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)
RB Jamaal Williams, No. 21, 6'0" - 220 lbs., 4.62 40 - (6th) rising
FB Algernon Brown, No. 24, 6'1" - 250 lbs., 4.67 40 - (UDFA)
WR Nick Kurtz, No. 5, 6'6" - 215 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)
OT Brad Wilcox, No. 75, 6'7" - 310 lbs., 5.31 40 - (UDFA) Not with team Academic Ineligible.
C/OG Parker Dawe, No. 54, 6'3" - 307 lbs., 5.16 40 - (UDFA)
DT Travis Tuiloma, No. 91, 6'2" - 301 lbs., 5.07 40 - (7th)
DT Logan Taele, No. 62, 6'2" - 295 lbs., 5.05 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Sae Tautu, No. 31, 6'4" - 245 lbs., 4.82 40 - (UDFA)
ILB Harvey Langi, No. 21, 6'3" - 252 lbs., 4.77 40 - (UDFA)
CB Michael Davis, No. 15, 6'2" - 196 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
FS Kai Nacua, No. 12, 6'2" - 215 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)

RB Jamaal Williams, No. 21, is an underrated powerful and violent downhill runner that is poised to rise up draft boards throughout the season. Williams' career at BYU started out great from having the most carries, yards, and touchdowns by a BYU true freshman in 2012, to leading the team as their top rusher in 2014 despite playing only eight games due to a season ending knee injury. In 2015, Williams withdrew from the football program, as well as the school, for "personal reasons"; however, it turns out Williams violated unspecified team rules and was told he could either be suspended indefinitely or withdraw from school. Reasons for his redshirt year in 2015, an arrest in 2014 for suspicion of underage drinking, and another alcohol related team suspension (one game) will no doubt be major factors NFL teams will need to address, as well as durability concerns with the knee injury he suffered in 2014.

Nevertheless, the 2016 version of Williams is similar to a Phoenix rising from the ashes, where a bigger, faster, and stronger version has emerged rooted by his growth in maturity (elected team captain). Williams displays excellent balance and vision rumbling through defenses spinning and shedding off tackles with great power and physicality. Shows solid pad level hitting the hole with power behind his pads, sound ability in making consecutive moves in a short area (excellent at jump-cuts), great football IQ and awareness showing the football smarts on ball security (adept and transitioning ball from one arm to the other at key moments), and looks promising in a zone blocking scheme. Ideally a short yardage type of back that battles for tough yards, Williams also showcases the ability as a natural pass catcher out of the backfield with good hands and fair blocking skills, although very inconsistent blocking where at times it seems like he blocks on a wing and a prayer -- closing your eyes and launching yourself hoping for the best. Does not possess the blazing speed one would like to see for their starting running back in the NFL level, but is a solid change-of-pace back many teams will covet with the ability to play all three downs. Moreover, outstanding production.

Another BYU prospect to keep an eye on: DT Travis Tuiloma, No. 91.

Boise State

*RB Jeremy McNichols, No. 13, 5'9" - 212 lbs., 4.55 40 - (2nd-3rd)
WR Thomas Sperbeck, No. 82, 6'0" - 180 lbs., 4.55 40 - (UDFA)
OG Travis Averill, No. 73, 6'3" - 295 lbs., 5.42 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Ben Weaver, No. 51, 6'0" - 220 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UDFA)
ILB Tanner Vallejo, No. 20, 6'1" - 223 lbs., 4.75 40 - (6th)
CB Jonathan Moxey, No. 2, 5'10" - 185 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
SS Chanceller James, No. 3, 6'2" - 208 lbs., 4.63 40 - (UDFA)
K Tyler Rausa, No. 49, 5'9" - 189 lbs., 4.87 40 - (UDFA)

Oregon Ducks vs. California Bears

Oregon

QB Dakota Prukop, No. 9, 6'2" - 195 lbs., 4.68 40 - (UDFA)
*RB Royce Freeman, No. 21, 5'11" - 230 lbs., 4.49 40 - (1st-2nd)
*WR Darren Carrington II, No. 7, 6'2" - 195 lbs., 4.49 40 - (3rd-4th)
+*WR Devon Allen, No. 13, 6'0" - 185 lbs., 4.33 40 - (6th) Out for the year torn ACL
WR Dwayne Stanford, No. 88, 6'4" - 205 lbs., 4.56 40 - (UDFA)
TE Pharaoh Brown, No. 85, 6'6" - 250 lbs., 4.76 40 - (4th-5th) Medical Concerns
TE Evan Baylis, No. 81, 6'6" - 250 lbs., 4.79 40 - (7th-UDFA)
TE Johnny Mundt, No. 83, 6'4" - 232 lbs., 4.78 40 - (UDFA)
+*OT Tyrell Crosby, No. 73, 6'5" - 310 lbs., 5.29 40 - (3rd) Out for the year broken foot.
OG Cameron Hunt, No. 78, 6'4" - 295 lbs., 5.37 40 - (UDFA)
DE T.J. Daniel, No. 6'6" - 275 lbs., 4.92 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Torrodney Prevot, No. 86, 6'3" - 225 lbs., 4.72 40 - (7th-UDFA) suspended indefinitely for violation of Oregon's codes of conduct. Under investigation for a criminal offense - alleged assault.
+OLB Johnny Ragin III, No. 27, 6'3" - 225 lbs., 4.78 40 - (UDFA) Out for year leg injury.
SS Reggie Daniels, No. 8, 6'1" - 205 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)

*RB Royce Freeman, No. 21, is a powerful runner with great balance, and prior to the 2016 season, is the only FBS player nationally to accumulate more than 100 yards from scrimmage in every game, as well as breaking LaMichael James' single season school rushing record with 1,836. Freeman is a big back with an excellent combination of size, speed, power, and vision, he is a downhill runner displaying the suddenness in short areas (good feet), the patience to let plays develop, a great feel with sound instincts, and impressive burst behind power making him quite a load to bring down. Moreover, Freeman displays soft hands as a pass catcher and is adept in finding the holes on defense, as well as being solid in pass protection, a valued necessity for the next level. A big powerful Oregon running back that can pass block, could be a perfect marriage for Chip and the gang. Dipping into the Oregon inkwell three years in a row? At times Freeman can be indecisive as runner, looking to juke with elusiveness or bounce out rather than finishing off with power, which is his bread and butter. He lacks elite break-away speed, but has good speed and elusiveness to be a home run hitter. Lately, Freeman has looked as though he has fallen off a cliff with an anemic lack of production he normally and consistently produces. Is Freeman shutting it down or is it injury related. The latter could be the likely reason, since Oregon has a policy to not discuss injuries with the media. Will need to finish the season strong to maintain draft status.

Oregon has several more draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: *WR Darren Carrington II, No. 7; +*WR Devon Allen, No. 13; TE Pharaoh Brown, No. 85; TE Evan Baylis, No. 81; and +*OT Tyrell Crosby, No. 73.

Cal

QB Davis Webb, No. 7, 6'5" - 230 lbs., 4.86 40 - (4th-5th)
RB Khalfani Muhammad, No. 29, 5'9" - 175 lbs., 4.37 40 - (7th-UDFA)
*WR Chad Hansen, No. 6, 6'2" - 205 lbs., 4.54 40 - (4th)
OT Steven Moore, No. 64, 6'6" - 310 lbs., 5.18 40 - (UDFA)
OG Chris Borrayo, No. 66, 6'3" - 325 lbs., 5.26 40 - (UDFA)
DE DeVante Wilson, No. 95, 6'5" - 260 lbs., 4.78 40 - (UDFA)
CB Antoine Albert, No. 14, 6'1" - 190 lbs., 4.53 40 - (UDFA)
+SS Damariay Drew, No. 27, 6'0" - 205 lbs., 4.53 40 - (7th-UDFA) Out for the year torn ACL.
LS Bradley Northnagel, No. 48, 6'3" - 245 lbs., 5.12 40 - (UDFA)

QB Davis Webb, No. 7, is a graduate transfer from Texas Tech showcasing ideal size, length, solid accuracy, decent mobility, good and quick decision making, big-time arm with a quick motion and snappy release, solid vision, and great field awareness. A technician processing information efficiently operating in an up-tempo Air Raid offense, Webb is an exciting player to watch take apart defenses at every level, where he can beat defenders with quick passes, drive passes in tight windows, great ball placement, throws with touch and precision, or gracefully lofts one over-the-top with amazing touch. He shows poise standing tall in the pocket with impressive footwork and is always looking downfield. Although he is not overly athletic, Webb displays good movement in the pocket, and when pressure forces him to scramble, he consistently keeps his eyes downfield looking to pass squaring up to make impressive throws on the run. Operating exclusively from the shotgun, Webb will need to learn to operate under center at the next level. A very intelligent prospect with an outstanding work ethic, the grit and toughness absorbing hits in the pocket, and a prototypical NFL quarterback frame.

Cal has two other draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: *WR Chad Hansen, No. 6; RB Khalfani Muhammad, No. 29; and +SS Damariay Drew, No. 27.

Duquesne Dukes vs. Saint Frances (PA) Red Flash

Duquesne

QB Dillon Buechel, No. 5, 6'4" - 200 lbs., 4.87 40 - (UDFA)
OT Larson Graham, No. 62, 6'5" - 292 lbs., 5.19 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Christian Kuntz, No. 43, 6'2" - 228 lbs., 4.78 40 - (UDFA)
K Austin Crimmins, No. 35, 5'11" - 193 lbs., - (UDFA)

Saint Frances (PA)

ILB Solomon Leaeno, No. 5, 5'11" - 245 lbs., - (UDFA)
FS Lorenzo Jerome, No. 22, 6'0" - 195 lbs., 4.59 40 - (3rd)
K Lance Geesey, No. 12, 5'10" - 180 lbs., 4.94 40 - (UDFA)

FS Lorenzo Jerome, No. 22, is an explosive playmaker hugely impacting two phases of football, Jerome wreaks havoc on the defense side of the field, and is a constant threat in the return game. Jerome, an extremely athletic prospect, plays with amazing instincts and awareness, is a ball hawk with a nose for the football (18 career interceptions), and displays a good combination of size, speed, and athleticism with the fluidity, range, and versatility to play outside on the boundary, in the slot, and in the middle. In the return game, Jerome showcases excellent stop and start ability, impressive foot speed with terrific suddenness, and outstanding vision.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers

TCU

RB Derrick Green, No. 27, 5'11" - 234 lbs., 4.53 40 - (UDFA)
WR Deante' Gray, No. 20, 5'10" - 183 lbs., 4.39 40 - (UDFA)
OT Aviante Collins, No. 69, 6'6" - 305 lbs., 5.27 40 - (UDFA)
DE Josh Carraway, No. 94, 6'4" - 250 lbs., 4.68 40 - (3rd-4th)
DT Aaron Curry, No. 95, 6'2" - 270 lbs., 4.98 40 - (UDFA)
OLB James McFarland, No. 40, 6'3" - 250 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UDFA)
FS Kenny Iloka, No. 17, 6'2" - 209 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)
SS Denzel Johnson, No. 30, 6'2" - 210 lbs., 4.58 40 - (UDFA)

DE Josh Carraway, No. 94, is an edge prospect (3-4 OLB in the 49ers scheme) showcasing a solid combination of size, speed, flexibility, and length bending quite well coming off the edge with good foot quickness and speed. A physical and aggressive edge player with a quick burst off the line of scrimmage, Carraway shows good change of direction skills, strength at the point of attack, solid instincts, and is a ferocious player that has a nose for the ball with impressive closing speed and a high relentless motor. One of the better college edge defenders that can set the edge, Carraway displays excellent read and reaction skills, great awareness and discipline always maintaining containment, stacks and sheds with solid technique, and overall is great against the run, showcases good speed to power off the edge and can set the edge in the run game, but will need to gain more play strength at the next level. Has the frame that can add additional bulk.

West Virginia

QB Skyler Howard, No. 6'0" - 207 lbs., 4.79 40 - (UDFA)
RB Rushel Shell III, No. 7, 5'10" - 220 lbs., 4.59 40 - (7th)
WR Daikiel Shorts Jr., No. 6, 6'1" - 204 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)
OG/OT Adam Pankey, No. 57, 6'5" - 316 lbs., 5.33 40 - (UDFA)
C Tyler Orlosky, No. 65, 6'4" - 295 lbs., 5.22 40 - (3rd)
DE Noble Nwachukwu, No. 97, 6'2" - 275 lbs., 4.83 40 - (6th)
DE Christian Brown, No. 95, 6'2" - 305 lbs., 5.02 40 - (UDFA)
DT Darrien Howard, No. 49, 6'1" - 300 lbs., 5.09 40 - (UDFA)
CB Rasul Douglas, No. 13, 6'2" - 203 lbs., 4.56 40 - (UDDA)
CB Nana Kyeremeh, No. 14, 5'10" - 191 lbs., 4.48 40 - (UDFA)

C Tyler Orlosky, No. 65, has a great combination of size, strength, toughness, football instincts, awareness, and athleticism. An intelligent anchor on the offensive line, Orlosky displays good foot agility moving laterally after the snap, active and strong hands, tremendous strength to drive defenders sealing them away from the action and opening holes finishing blocks displaying good movement reaching the second level (a bit stiff in space). Orlosky showcases solid quickness, decent athletic ability and somewhat efficient technique (it might not be pretty, but he gets the job done), anchors the pocket extremely well setting a quality base for the quarterback to climb, and nice balance when anchoring in pass protection. Tremendous leadership skills and a savvy reliable player with the confidence willing himself to succeed.

RB Rushel Shell, No. 7, is a strong downhill running back with a great combination of size (5’10 – 220 lbs.), athleticism, speed, quickness, and power. Shell displays great vision, patience, and balance bringing power behind his pads running low through the hole. He has good short area quickness and the suddenness to evade defenders. Shell is a natural pass catcher and does a good job blocking.

Another West Virginia draft-eligible prospect to keep an eye on: DE Noble Nwachukwu, No. 97.