The scouting process for the draft runs primarily from September through mid- April. The athletic testing portion of the evaluation process takes center stage starting in February. However, how NFL draft prospects perform in actual football games is what matters most. Here is a closer look at some of the notable prospects in the LSU-Texas A & M contest and their impact on the outcome:OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A & M, Junior: The talented left tackle prospect had an excellent test against A & M’s quality pass rushers. He passed with flying colors. Joeckel went primarily against Sam Montgomery and neutralized him. Joeckel displayed terrific balance and quickness to stay in front of his man. He also had no problem handling the bull rush. His use of his hands was impressive as Joeckel controlled Montgomery with short, but powerful hand punches. His long arms and fluid kick-slide enabled Joeckel to ride his man past the quarterback. Luke Joeckel played like an athletic technician at left tackle. He could be a more powerful mauler as a run blocker, but his pass protection skills were impressive. He will be a very high 1st round pick in the 2013 NFL draft should he decide to declare early.OT Jake Matthews, Texas A & M, Junior: A & M’s other talented offensive tackle also had a strong day versus LSU. Matthews has the power to be a right tackle in the NFL. He on more than one occasion drove Barkevious Mingo well off the line of scrimmage. Matthews also had the quick feet to stay in front of the athletic Mingo. Matthews will likely be viewed as a left or right tackle candidate at the next level. He comes out of his stance powerfully and quickly. Matthews is an aggressive blocker who plays under control. He has heavy hands and the athleticism to bend his knees and not do very much reaching.DE Damontre Moore, Texas A & M, Junior: Moore paced the Aggies on defense with 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. He also displayed toughness by fighting through a banged up knee and ankle. Moore looked like a natural at working his way inside and using a combination of quickness and leverage to harass the quarterback. An offensive tackle also must respect his ability to use speed off of the edge. Moore gave great effort against the run and kept battling versus double teams. His hustle even when the ball was run away from him was a big reason why he had a lot of tackles. Moore is a defensive end who can play the run and rush the quarterback. He should figure prominently in the 2013 draft if he chooses to enter it.OLB Sean Porter, Texas A & M, Senior: Porter was active with 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, a sack and one pass breakup. He came screaming unblocked up the middle on a blitz in the 2nd quarter and easily sacked Zach Mettenberger. Porter closes in a hurry, but is no Von Miller as a pass rusher. Porter is predictable as a pass rusher and relies purely on speed. He projects best as a weakside outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense at the pro level. Porter has excellent range and looked smooth dropping into coverage. He prefers to run around blocks rather than take on blockers. Porter will have to be kept relatively clean in the NFL by his defensive line to be free to run and chase running backs.WR Ryan Swope, Texas A & M, Senior: A & M’s top receiver contributed 10 catches for 81 yards (8.1 per). Swope worked out of the slot and was fearless working the middle of the field. He easily catches the ball and can also take a hit and still hold on. Swope varies his speed well and can execute double moves to get open. He had a fine reception down the sideline in the 2nd quarter between two defenders that required terrific concentration. Swope did not look explosive or elusive against the caliber of athletes in the LSU secondary. He was frequently tackled shortly after making a reception. The Texas A & M receiver also had more trouble separating on deeper routes. His ability to block was a plus in the running game.DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU, Junior: The extremely athletic Mingo had some problems freeing himself from Jake Matthews. Mingo finished with 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 batted pass and a quarterback pressure. The talented junior was pushed around a bit in run support and did not play with leverage. He jumped offsides a couple of times trying to get a great jump at the snap. There is no question that Mingo has long arms and can really run. However, he has to learn to play with better leverage and use his hands more aggressively. His lone sack came when he beat a tight end late in the game. There are shades of Jayson Taylor to his game, but also Aaron Maybin. Mingo is not a naturally powerful man for his size. The raw athletic ability is there, but he needs technique work to fulfill his potential as a pass rusher.DE Sam Montgomery, LSU, Junior: Montgomery had a tough time shaking loose from Luke Joeckel. The LSU defensive end made only 2 tackles, half a tackle for loss and a batted pass. Montgomery could not out-quick Joeckel and struggled to overpower him as well. The normally disruptive defensive end did a decent job of getting his hands up to distract the quarterback. Montgomery did not get blown off the line of scrimmage as a run stopper, but had trouble disengaging.FS Eric Reid, LSU, Junior: One of the nation’s top collegiate safeties rang up 11 tackles and had 1 pass break-up. Reid is a secure and powerful tackler. He displayed range and a burst to close and limit run after the catch yardage. Reid uncharacteristically was penalized for a very late hit on a receiver in the closing minutes of the game. Reid showed some toughness by playing in this game despite being banged-up. Reid missed an interception opportunity late in the game, but was decent in coverage. He has not made as many plays in coverage this season, but quarterbacks still have to be very careful with Reid plying centerfield.LB Kevin Minter, LSU, Junior: The powerful inside linebacker led the Tigers with 12 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 sack and 2 quarterback pressures. Minter played fast and downhill. He is a fundamentally sound tackler who plays a disciplined brand of football. Minter displayed terrific range and does not over-pursue. Minter has the lower body strength and good use of his hands to take on blocks and defeat them. The LSU linebacker was alert in coverage and looked fluid dropping back. Minter was effective on the blitz and showed a solid burst to the quarterback.QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU, Junior: The LSU quarterback completed only 11 of 29 passes (38%) for 97 yards (3.3 yards per attempt). He did not turn the ball over and threw a perfectly lofted 29-yard touchdown pass. Mettenberger overthrew a number of receivers and just was not accurate. He also showed poor field awareness when he launched a pass a couple of yards past the line of scrimmage. The first-year starter has a good arm and NFL size, but his accuracy and pocket awareness need work. The struggling LSU passing attack is not all his fault, but Mettenberger would be wise from a draft standpoint to return next season much improved.