Week 4 Prospect Matchups

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

During week four of the college season, we’re concentrating on three underrated matchups scouts will be watching. Five of the six players on the radar this weekend come from the ACC.

Boston College vs. Clemson

3:30 p.m. EST - ESPN 2

Harold Landry vs. Mitch Hyatt

Last week many were hoping to see a matchup between Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey and Boston College pass rusher Harold Landry. It was a matchup that rarely came to fruition as the Eagles kept Landry away from McGlinchey most of the game.

This week the matchup pits Landry against Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt, a prospect who receives a variety of grades around the scouting community.

The junior has been graded as early as the third round but is also stamped by others as a free agent. I align myself more with the latter and don’t believe Hyatt has the mobility or lateral agility to stay on the left side.

Landry was listed as the highest-rated senior prospect by a number of scouts entering the season. He’s a tremendous edge rusher who plays with speed, quickness and balance.

Landry is the type of player who could give Hyatt fits. He’s also the pass rushing specialist who will enable Hyatt to make his mark with a good outing.

Duke vs. North Carolina

3:30 p.m. EST - ESPNU

Daniel Jones vs. the UNC secondary

Daniel Jones of Duke was listed as a legitimate sleeper at quarterback during our Blue Devils preview. In conversations with people the past few weeks, no one is sleeping on Jones any longer. I’ve been told scouts presently grade the junior as a second-day pick and feel he could move into the first round should he continue to progress.

That’s a bit of a reach in my opinion but earlier this season when the Blue Devils smoked Northwestern, Jones looked like the better pro prospect compared to Clay Thorson, the Wildcats' highly rated quarterback.

Despite the fact that North Carolina possesses one of the worst pass defenses in the ACC, the game presents challenges for Jones. He’ll face off against M.J. Stewart, Week 2 slider graded by scouts as a potential first-round prospect and one of the top cornerbacks from the senior class. Safety Donnie Miles can be an intimidating presence in center field.

Jones needs a good outing against the pair to keep the tide moving in his favor.

Syracuse vs. LSU

7:00 p.m. EST - ESPN2

Underrated Jordan Martin vs. DJ Chark

This is one of the more underrated matchups nobody is paying attention to.

I’ve mentioned the name Jordan Martin, the former Toledo cornerback who transferred to Syracuse, on a number of occasions. Despite outstanding length (over 6-foot-2) plus solid ball skills, Martin was ignored by scouts entering the season.

After moving to Syracuse he switched to safety, a more natural position where he can utilize his size while not letting opponents exploit his suspect speed.

The LSU game will be the first of several difficult challenges on the schedule for Martin.

Tigers receiver DJ Chark has been receiving plenty of praise recently, as he’s turning into a big play receiver on an otherwise boring pass offense at LSU. Chark’s receiving yardage this season outdistances any other LSU pass catcher by a margin of almost 3-to-1.

Martin’s mission will be two-fold: stop the Tigers' primary passing target while trying to slow down their lethal running game. It’s a tall order for Martin but one that could instantaneously put him on the scouting radar if he’s successful.