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Vontaze Burfict's NFL Draft Stock Slipping, Oregon Game Crucial For Linebacker

Vontaze Burfict has had a strong start to his junior season and is a leader on a team on track for the Pac-12 championship game. His reputation of being one of the hardest hitters in college football has garnered exposure from the national media, but has it improved his draft stock?

According to Ted Miller, Mel Kiper of ESPN does not think so and he has lowered Burfict a few slots on his big board:

Burfict has a showcase game at Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks' speedy, high-tempo running game will provide him plenty of opportunities to throw his 250 pounds around. 

"Huge game in Eugene for Burfict. He has great instincts, makes plays sideline to sideline and is far more disciplined than he gets credit for. Has a ton of experience since landing at ASU."

A big game against Oregon's high-flying offense would be huge for Burfict. With recent reports indicating he may elect to return to ASU in 2012, all eyes will be on the linebacker this Saturday evening.

For more on Arizona State, check out House of Sparky.