Tuesday Draft Notes -- 2.0

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

After Week 3 of the college season, we move out west for this edition of Tuesday Draft Notes. We are getting differing points of view on two Washington Huskies and rave reviews on a pair of ball carriers.

Despite a bump in the road during the first game of the year against Rutgers, most west coast scouts feel Washington left tackle Trey Adams is a lock first-round prospect. His size, ability in pass protection and future potential have area scouts excited. No one has told me Adams is perceived as a can’t-miss left tackle, but all agree he will be a starter somewhere at the next level.

The expectations from those close to the situation is Adams will enter the draft off a good campaign.

Conversely draft grades for defensive tackle Vita Vea are volatile and understandably so.

Vea is a big guy who plays with speed and can be an overwhelming force. He’s not limited and scouts feel he offers potential in a multitude of schemes and a variety of defensive line positions.

Consistency is a huge problem for Vea in the scouting community -- he’ll be a dominant force on one snap then disappear for long stretches. In other words, he plays like a world beater on one set of downs then looks like an egg beater the next set of series.

We alluded to this during our Washington preview at the start of the season, mentioning that Vea just doesn’t seem to play with a nasty attitude or killer mentality. When he’s firing on all cylinders, Vea is a dominant force.

I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on Kalen Ballage of Arizona State, as scouts like his game and feel he could develop into a feature back at the next level. The biggest concern at this point is his pure speed, and it’s something to keep an eye on in predraft workouts.

Scouts are not concerned about the game-day speed of San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny, a Week 3 riser. Scouts like everything about his game: size, speed, tenacity and versatility. The fact that he easily made the transition to feature ball carrier for SDSU this season after previously rotating behind Donnel Pumphrey is another positive in his favor.

From where I sit right now, Penny’s week at the Senior Bowl -- assuming he attends -- will be a major factor in his final draft grade, but the arrow is pointing north on his draft stock.

Keep an eye on cornerback Isaiah Oliver of Colorado, another prospect climbing boards. He’s dominated the competition thus far, albeit at an inferior level of competition, aside from Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup in Week 1.

This week he’ll be matched up against Washington receiver Dante Pettis, who is flying up draft boards, then faces UCLA and quarterback Josh Rosen the following game. Right now I’m hearing second-day grades on Oliver if he enters the draft, which is a distinct possibility, but the next two games will be key.