For fans who don't have NFL Network but still need their football fix there is a good scouting opportunity tonight at the collegiate level.
On the one hand, Arizona State at Arizona doesn't offer a great deal of senior talent. The Wildcats' pass rushing duo of Brooks Reed (6-3, 262) and Ricky Elmore (6-5, 260) are the only seniors in this game that I believe are surefire NFL draft selections at this time.
There is, however, a great deal of underclassmen talent on these two sidelines.
Most of the attention will, of course, be heaped upon Arizona junior quarterback Nick Foles. While I have reservations about Foles' downfield passing ability, there is no denying the 6-5, 245 pound quarterback has the ideal stature pro scouts are looking for.
The Wildcats also boast one of the better young cornerbacks in the Pac-10 in 5-11 182 pound Trevin Wade.
Perhaps to the surprise of some, the more intriguing talent (at least in my opinion) actually lies with the unranked Sun Devils.
Dennis Erickson has fielded a talented young defense in Tempe. Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (6-5, 300) and cornerback Omar Bolden (5-10, 195) may lack for name recognition outside of the Pac-10, but each is a legitimate pro talent. Scouts expect each of the two juniors to at least consider leaving school early due to the marginal talent at their positions among the senior class.
The Sun Devils also feature one of the more explosive inside linebacker prospects in the country in sophomore Vontaze Burfict. The 6-3, 245 pounder is a natural playmaker with the size and athleticism that NFL teams are looking for, but he's struggled with composure throughout his career, drawing personal fouls in several games and often at the worst possible times for Erickson's team.
This game begins at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN.