College Football Week 8: NFL Draft prospects to watch

Streeter Lecka

Focusing on an ACC battle, Florida State at Clemson, draft prospects are plentiful on both sides, but two of them pique our interest in Week 8 of the college football season.

Game: Florida State at Clemson

Player: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd

Boyd was a project quarterback early in his career.

That project is close to being completed.

Interestingly, two things stand out when I watch Boyd play; he's a pocket passer with the ability to escape, much like Ben Roethlisberger, and he's from Hampton, Va., the backyard of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

While the former is likely over-praise and the latter may not matter much, they are both things the Steelers will remember when evaluating the 6-foot-1, 225 pound senior.

He easily has the physical potential to be a first-round pick. The question with him is likely to be his footwork, which is something fixed through practice and time - two things he'd be able to work on as an understudy, should the Steelers be interested in him at some point in the upcoming draft.

Player: Florida State left tackle Cameron Erving

A converted defensive tackle, he's massive (6-foot-5, 320 pounds) and has great athleticism for the position. Even better, he has the tenacity and quickness of a defensive lineman still, and considering he was moved initially from defensive tackle to guard, then to offensive tackle, the fact he doesn't look completely lost is a compelling trait.

Considering his need to develop a bit, it wouldn't be a surprise if he waits to enter the draft, but he has loads of potential as a pro.

Player: Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan

He looks more like a prototype 4-3 under tackle, but he's an impressive player. In fact, it will be hard to watch this game and not notice him. He moves like a player 50 pounds lighter, but has heavy hands. He's well-proportioned, and his long arms made him a defensive end at one point. The pace he's on, he'll be a top 10 pick and is one of the best defensive tackles in this draft.

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