TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils points and yells at quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the University of Southern California Trojans just prior to a play at Sun Devil Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
NFL teams - even the ones generally viewed as among the league's poorest at the craft - are extremely thorough scouting college players. Hours upon hours of game footage are reviewed by scouts and coaches alike, players are interviewed, and scouts spend time on campus talking to coaches and trainers trying to gather as much information as possible on prospects.
The Sun Devils have a half-dozen prospects that will likely merit serious draft-day consideration, but two in particular - quarterback Brock Osweiler and linebacker Vontaze Burfict - could very well be gone by the end of day two. Burfict is a mortal lock as a first-round pick with a prototypical size-speed ratio; he's a 6'4", 250-pound junior entrant coming off a 69-tackle, five-sack season. Osweiler, meanwhile, is a one-year starter and early entrant that completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2011.
We've yet to really sink our teeth into draft prospect research here at Buffalo Rumblings, so this is for couch scouts everywhere: how interested are you in Osweiler and Burfict as potential Bills?