I just re-watched the BSU-VT game, and here are my thoughts on many of the prospects in that one now that I got the chance to use my "scout's eye."
First, again, let me start off with discussing the QBs.
The thing I liked seeing from Taylor in this game is that he showed a lot more fire than I had seen last year when he tended to be a bit more laid back and cool. He still has issues with his pocket presence and reading the defense. I like the fact that he has freedom to audible, but the issue still remains that when he has to go to his second read he has a tendency to want to escape the pocket. He stares down his receivers and when he needs to go to his second read, he starts using his legs. The clock in his head is too long and he's just not comfortable throwing from the pocket. I like the arm strength and ability to throw the football with touch downfield, but his accuracy/touch still tends to be erratic at times on the shorter, easier throws. Still like his potential, but he's going to have to sit the bench for at least two years and still I think he's probably better off long-term as a backup than as a starter. I still think his pro career will mirror that of Michael Vick's in that after a few years and his lack of progress as a pocket passer, he'll be a lot easier to defend than he is early on. Good enough to get a team to the playoffs, but not a championship-caliber guy.
As for Kellen Moore, he has a better head on his shoulders. He can go to his second read from the pocket and shows good decision making. But his problem is his lack of arm strength. His arm strength isn't bad, but I'm not sure he can make all of the throws. Really struggled with his touch when he was asked to throw down the seam, overthrowing guys. Also has bad mechanics, with a throwing motion like Tim Tebow. He doesn't dip the ball as low as Tebow, but it elongates his release a bit and should make it easier for NFL defenders to force fumbles. His lack of size and height also will hurt him. Works best out of hte shotgun and when he does line up under center often has to take 5-step drops or deeper drops in order to get the spacing needed to see over the line of scrimmage. I don't think he can do a 3-step drop and throw the ball with zip and precision from the pocket at the next level. Now, in many offenses, they like to throw a lot out of the shotgun (see New Orleans & New England), so that can be overcome. But his poor mechanics and iffy footwork mean his accuracy/touch is also a bit erratic. He can develop on the next level because he is a smart, poised passer. But unless he plays in an offense that is tailor-made to his strengths (lots of shotgun and dinking and dunking) and eliminating his weaknesses (throwing downfield and 3-step drops), he is just a backup prospect that isn't really any different than someone like Graham Harrell or Chase Daniel.
Ryan Williams did not have a good game. He showed his trademark burst and speed, but after watching this game I'm concerned about two things: 1) His durability and 2) His ability to run between the tackles.
I've seen in past games where Williams takes a good shot to the ribs, hips, or thigh him walk/limp off the field for a breather. He did the same in the 2nd half of this Boise game, and it reminds me too much of Jerious Norwood. He isn't a small dude, but I'm worried whether he can be a guy that can carry the ball 15-20 times a game for a full season or a guy that should only get 10-15 carries every other week.
Also there were too many times vs. Boise State where he was running between the tackles and stopped his legs moving, leading him to having no power when he made contact. I know he has power and ability to pick up yards after contact, so I'm just counting it as a down game for him. But we'll have to see if that continues to be an issue as the season progresses.
There were just too many times during this game where he looked like another Darren McFadden which is an explosive change of pace back that doesn't have the durability/toughness/strength to be a feature back.
John Graves looked better in this game than what I saw of him last year. But I'm still concerned about whether or not he is using his hands. He needs to do a better job using his hands, getting under the blockers pads and getting leverage inside. He did that on occasion, and was able to make plays at the point of attack. But too often he didn't. He tends to be a straight-line burst guy that relies on his quickness to beat the blocker rather than any sort of pass rush moves or hand technique. So he's talented, but I think raw in a similar way that Jamaal Anderson was when he came to Atlanta. Like Anderson, I do think he projects well in the 3-4 scheme, but I don't think he's going to come in right away and produce.
Rashad Carmichael looks like he's faster and more athletic than Brandon Flowers. But I think Flowers was a bit more polished in zone coverage, in run support and in man coverage. But he's a talented player that like Flowers should be a Top 50 pick come April if he continues to play at a comparable level the rest of the season.
Steven Friday is a new name that is catching my eye. He has the tall frame you like to see in a DE, but I think he probably is going to be a better fit as an OLB on the next level. He's listed at 6-4/238 and has a good first step when he can line up wide of the tackle, but not sure he has really quite mastered the shoulder dip and the flexibility to project well as a DE on the next level even if he does bulk up.
For Boise State, Austin Pettis continues to impress me everytime I see him. He's not explosive guy, but is a solid possession wideout with great hands and body control. Does a great job using his body to shield defender away from the ball. Not sure he has the speed to stretch the field and not sure he can beat the press since he is a flanker. But I think he's going to be a good one at the next level.
Titus Young has the speed you like to see, but he runs out of control. Starts to pump his arms when he's running with the ball, which hurts his ball security. That is going to need to change if he is going to be a trusted option on ST/offense.
Nate Potter, got my first chance to see him as well. Lacks the feet to play LT at the next level. A good fit in the zone blocking scheme, and could play RT in a zone-blocking scheme because he's much better when he's covered up by a TE. Struggled throughout the game matching up with Friday's speed off the edge. But he's fairly technically sound, but probably will be better off moving inside to guard.
Boise State DT Billy Wynn got off to a good start early in the game, living in VT's backfield, but his play tailed off as the game wore on. He has a quick burst upfield, and is similar to Graves in that way. But I think he uses his hands better, shows some pass rush moves with a pretty good swim move, but still has some trouble disengaging from blockers when his speed rush isn't effective. He's only a junior though, so he has more time to develop.
Jeron Johnson is a player I like at Boise State. He's solid in run support although he isn't the biggest guy or greatest tackler. But he gets the job done, shows good range and looks effective in coverage as well for the most part. He can play in a Cover-2 scheme. He reminds me a lot of Erik Coleman as an undersized SS that is better stopping the run than covering the pass.