PFF breaks down Big Ten's top NFL Draft prospect matchup for Week 4
Conference play will be starting up for the Big Ten this week and one of the most anticipated games will be Michigan-Penn State. The No. 4-ranked Wolverines will be hosting the Nittany Lions tomorrow, and Pro Football Focus touched on one of the more intriguing matchups within the game to look for.
PFF makes a list each week regarding some of the top individual matchups going on regarding highly-rated NFL Draft prospects. The website’s Steve Palazzolo discusses the Michigan secondary covering Chris Godwin.
“NFL teams seem to be looking for long cornerbacks, and Michigan boasts two options in the 6-foot-2 Stribling and 6-foot-4 Clark,” Palazzolo said. “Both players are off to strong starts in 2016, combining to allow seven catches on 20 targets, though they have given up 122 yards on those seven catches. They’ve played well while PFF All-American Jourdan Lewis has been out injured.
“As for Godwin, he was a big-play threat in Penn State’s offense last year and the Big Ten’s No. 5-graded receiver, averaging 16.0 yards per reception for a team-high 1,101 yards. He’s still Penn State’s top-graded receiver, though he’s averaging only 9.3 yards per reception on his 18 catches this season, as he hasn’t been used in the downfield game quite as often. We’ll see if QB Trace McSorley gives him more opportunities to make big plays this week.”
If Penn State wants to stay above .500 (currently at 2-1 overall), the Nittany Lions have to get Godwin involved. Against Stribling and Clark, however, it will be tougher than most weeks and intriguing to see who comes out on top.
Michigan is hosting Penn State at 3:30 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on ABC.