I'll be updating this thread throughout the weekend as I see specific players who catch my eye and look the part and play the part of NFL players. I've always done it informally. Now I'll just track one season. I won't go overboard on how many guys stand out. I'll probably try to talk about a star/sure bet type and then a sleeper or 2.
Game - Wazzu at BYU:
1- Future NFL Star Player - Marquess Wilson - WR - WSU - 6'4" 185 lbs. Jr. Wilson had the two most amazingly athletic catches in the game. The first a toe touch TD extended up to about 10 feet in the air that was nullified by an awful hold by #77. Wilson then had about another 50 yard catch and the same thing happened. Even BYU players were giving him five on his second catch and realizing he was losing out on his great play. Wilson runs great routes. He gets open. He finds the ball, even if it isn't thrown all that accurately. He can catch with his hands, and does so very well. This is the guy you want on your team as the go to WR. I'm totally impressed, especially considering who he's playing with. He doesn't have a great supporting cast, but as Leach grows the program, then I think Wilson will put up massive numbers. My prediction is All-American, NFL Pro Bowler talent level.
2- Future NFL Starter - Kyle Van Noy - OLB - BYU - 6'3" 235 - Jr. Van Noy is an intense athlete. Very smart. Has a nose for the ball. Is all over the field. The guy creates havoc. He was instrumental at holding Wazzu to negative rushing yards as we hit the end of the 3rd quarter. Van Noy can rush the passer on delayed blitzes, can line up as an extra lineman, and can drop back and cover RB's and TE's without issue due to his speed. He's not filled out all the way, but already hits hard and causes balls to hit the turf. He creates turnovers. I think he'll be a future NFL player. I think he'd be wise to finish up next season as well though as his body fills out. He kind of reminds me of Bobby Wagner in the build and way they approach the game.
3- My sleep pick of the game, who I will be following all season. Ezekial Ansah - 6'6" 270 lbs. DE from BYU. Is a track runner from Accra Ghana Africa and decided to come out for the football team. Now get this... the guy's size is legit. He's built like Bruce Irvin. He ran a 21.9 200 meter for the BYU track team. AT 270 lbs!!! I watched him closely and was impressed with the moves he had for a guy who was so raw. He understands the swim, the roll, getting off of initial blocks and is able to do so. He was deprived of 2 first quarter sacks on obvious holds (feel free to watch replays on espn and check him out). I saw enough today to say that there is a chance that he continues to improve and becomes an Antonio Gates like player who just learns incredibly fast and naturally becomes a serious player. He is relentless. I saw him cut in on one play, got doubled, spun back out of it and circled around the end and pursued the runner across the field and ran him down and helped make the stop. No way he should have been on that play after getting stonewalled trying to cut between tackle and guard. He chased all night extremely well and was a disruptive force. This kid's size, strength, speed, and quickness with which he has learned the sport has me watching him very closely throughout the season.