NFL Draft: Grudge match prospect watch

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NFL Draft: Grudge match prospect watch
November 30, 2013, 6:00 am
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From left to right: Florida State's Jameis Winston, Notre Dame's Zack Martin, and Alabama's C.J. Mosley. (USA Today Images)

It's rivalry weekend in college football, and while some of the big ones have already been played, there's still a slew of Saturday grudge matches to go.

Here are the biggest ones and the prospects to keep an eye out for while you're watching.

Florida State vs. Florida (ESPN, Noon)

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State, No.  5
Only a redshirt freshman, Winston could be next year's No. 1 pick assuming his off-field trouble is cleared up.

Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State, No. 75
Big, athletic left tackle who is still learning the game. Should be off the board by the middle of the first round.

Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida, No. 15
Tall cover corner who can shut down one side of the field. Consistency is hot and cold, but the potential is there. A late first-, early-second round pick.

Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State, No. 20
Undersized DB who hits like a freight train and makes plays all over the field. Size will drop him to the second round.

Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, No. 8
Explosive DT better suited for a 4-3 defense, but athletic enough to maybe move outside to DE in a 3-4.

Christian Jones, LB, Florida State, No. 7
An outstanding middle linebacker for FSU, Jones is big enough and athletic enough to play outside as well. Could sneak into the bottom of the first round.

Duke vs. North Carolina (ESPN2, Noon)

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina, No. 85
Big, fast pass-catcher who could be the first TE off the board somewhere in the middle of the first round.

James Hurst, OT, North Carolina, No. 68
Very tall (6-7) tackle who needs some technique work but has the physical skills to stick on the left side. The latest he goes is middle of the second round.

Alabama vs. Auburn (CBS, 3:30 p.m.)

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama, No. 71
Strong LT who still has some potential to live up to. Too athletic to pass on early in the draft, he'll go middle of the first round.

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama, No. 32
Perhaps the most versatile LB in the draft, Mosley could be a star inside or out, in a 4-3 or 3-4 front. Won't go as high as he should because he's not a pure pass rusher, but someone will get a steal in the middle-to-late first round.

Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama, No. 6
Ha-Ha is the best of a rather weak safety class. Still, he has a nose for the ball and covers very well. Late first-round pick.

Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama, No. 42
A good pass rusher, Hubbard has the size (6-5/255) teams running 3-4 schemes like in an OLB. He also plays DE at times. Middle of the second round.

Clemson vs. South Carolina (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, No. 7
I believe Clowney is the best player in the draft by a mile. Despite the perceived lack of effort, Clowney still dominates. A top 3 pick in April.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemons, No. 2
My top WR in the 2014 class, Watkins is a blur with great hands and playmaking ability. Would love to see him in Eagles green.

Vic Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson, No. 3
A dynamic pass rusher who will need to get a bit stronger at the pro level, Beasley should go no later than early in the second round.

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson, No. 10
Once thought to be a surefire first-round pick, Boyd's erratic accuracy and decision-making should see him go no earlier than bottom of the second round.

Notre Dame vs. Stanford (FOX, 7 p.m.)

David Yankey, OG, Stanford, No. 54
Big, tough run blocker will battle Baylor's Cyril Richardson to be the first interior lineman off the board. Late first-round pick.

Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford, No. 93
Aggressive and physical OLB who sets the edge against the run and overpowers blockers to get to the QB. He'll go middle of the first round.

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame, No. 9
Nix underwent surgery on a torn meniscus last week and is out for the rest of the season. Nix is huge (6-2/345) and agile, and could be a nice fit in the middle of the Eagles' D-line. But consistency has been an issue this season, and could see Nix drop to the bottom of the first round. Assuming the surgery is successful, he should still be a late first-round pick.

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame, No. 7
Tuitt is another physical freak (6-6/312) who flashes sometimes but disappears just as much. The prototype 3-4 DE who just needs to show up more often. Early second-round pick.

Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame, No. 70
Martin is a fixture at LT for the Irish but is probably physically best suited for OG in the pros. A plug-and-play starter who should be gone by the end of the second round.

Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford, No. 11
Blue-collar ILB who has recovered from a torn ACL and MCL and plays with passion and smarts. The Eagles could certainly do worse in the second or third round.