Zach's Draft Corner: College Football Opening Weekend Preview

August 30, 2019

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Welcome to Zach’s Draft Corner, where it’s always amateur hour.

 

 

It was so nice to watch real football games that matter again after a long spring and summer.  There weren’t many games, but the games we had still provided some good insight about what we can expect from a few teams this season.

 

Florida has two pass rushers?

 

We already knew about Jabari Zuniga, and his performance last Saturday did not disappoint.  Who we didn’t know much about was his counterpart, Jonathan Greenard (#58), the senior defensive end who wreaked just as much havoc in the Miami backfield as Zuniga, if not more.  A grad transfer from Louisville, nobody knew what to expect after a less than stellar career at Louisville.  After Saturday, now we might expect Florida to consistently have two of the best pass rushers in college football.

 

C.J. Henderson might like contact even less than Greedy Williams

 

Henderson was always seen as one of the best pure cover corners in this class.  His big knock was that he seemed to avoid contact all together as opposed to being selective as to when he makes contact.  After a full offseason, nothing seems to have changed.  If attitude and a lack of desire to make heavy contact caused Williams to fall into the second round, the same might happen for Henderson.

 

DeeJay Dallas is an old school Miami running back

 

Meaning he's good.  Like, really good.  Back in the days of Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, and, of course, Frank Gore, Miami was RB U.  Since then, Miami has seen dud after dud (with the exception of players like Duke Johnson).  However, Dallas might be the best of the bunch since that group back in the aughts.  Nobody on Florida’s defense could tackle him, and that’s with a pretty terrible offensive line blocking for him.  Dallas is the real deal.

 

Felipe Franks is not great

 

Nobody expects Franks to throw the ball with much accuracy.  Franks is a running threat, and uses his arm only to keep defenses honest.  However, Franks fumbled multiple option handoffs, which is supposed to be his strength as a running quarterback.  It wasn’t an impressive showing for Franks, and I’m not sure how many impressive showings we can expect the rest of the season.

 

Neither is Khalil Tate

 

Now, Tate is great at what he is, which is a runner with great arm strength who can make a big play in the air and on the ground.  There might be a place for him at the next level, seeing the roles carved out for players like Taysom Hill in New Orleans.  On the more routine plays, he was skipping short passes and generally inaccurate, save for a few big plays deep down the field.  Tate is a weapon, but he is not a top-line quarterback.

 

Cole McDonald is a gunslinger off AND on the field

 

We were shown a wide array of plays from the Hawaii quarterback.  We were shown his peak, with 4 touchdowns and some beautiful passes into tight windows despite his awkward mechanics.  We were also shown his floor, with 4 really bad interceptions and some misfires that should have led to even more.  McDonald ended up getting benched for the end of the game, but his peak will still be good enough to get him professional looks.

TV Guide

 

The sheer amount of college games on at any given time can be completely overwhelming.  Every week, in the TV Guide section of my column, I will choose the top two games at any given time slot and outline the various prospects you can watch in those games.  That way, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and hit the “Previous Channel” button on your remote to toggle between games chock full of pro prospects.  Here is your guide for week zero (all times Eastern, Playoff rankings in parentheses).

 

Just a quick note!  We will have a new format for the TV Guide moving forward this season.  I’m going to list all of the draft eligible players that will impact the games themselves, meaning the lists will be pretty long.  Then, I'll summarize each team by showing the players seriously in contention to be drafted at this point in time.  However, it's important to know that one exceptional season can cause an impactful player to become a draftable player, so these names are still good to monitor.

 

Friday, August 30, 2019

 

University of Wisconsin at University of South Florida, ESPN, 7:00 PM

 

Wisconsin

Jonathan Taylor, Junior Running Back, #23

Bradrick Shaw, Senior Running Back, #7

QuintezCephus, Senior Wide Receiver, #87

A.J. Taylor, Senior Wide Receiver, #4

Danny Davis III, Junior Wide Receiver, #6

Jake Ferguson, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #84

David Moorman, Senior Tackle, #68

Cole Van Lanen, Junior Tackle, #71

Tyler Biadasz, Junior Center, #61

Isaiah Loudermilk, Junior Defensive Tackle, #97

Chris Orr, Senior Linebacker, #54

 

Like I said all last season, Taylor is one of the best running backs in the nation.  This year, he’s finally draft eligible.  He’s running behind an almost completely new offensive line, but each of Moorman, Van Lanen, and Biadasz will hear their names called in April.  Cephus was excused from school last season for sexual assault charges, but the charges were dropped and he was readmitted to school.  He has talent, but we’ll see if the red flags haunt him.Wisconsin also lost some players on defense, leaving, really, only Loudermilk with a chance to be drafted as of now.

 

South Florida

Blake Barnett, Senior Quarterback, #11

Jordan Cronkrite, Senior Running Back, #2

Mitchell Wilcox, Senior Tight End, #89

Marcus Norman, Senior Tackle, #77

William Atterbury, Senior Guard, #78

Kirk Livingstone, Senior Defensive End, #94

Greg Reaves, Senior Defensive End, #4

Nico Sawtelle, Senior Linebacker, #54

Mike Hampton, Junior Cornerback, #7

Nick Roberts, Redshirt Sophomore Safety, #24

 

USF is all about Mitchell Wilcox and the secondary (Hampton and Roberts).  Wilcox is in contention for the second tight end spot behind Colby Parkinson of Stanford, and Hampton and Roberts are solid mid-round prospects.

 

Utah State University at Wake Forest University, ACC Network/ESPN3, 8:00 PM

 

Utah State

Jordan Love, Junior Quarterback, #10

Gerold Bright, Senior Running Back, #1

Caden Anderson, Junior Defensive Tackle, #94

TipaGaleai, Senior Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, #10

David Woodward, Junior Linebacker, #9

D.J. Williams, Senior Cornerback, #7

 

We can’t miss our first dose of Jordan Love, the quarterback darling expected to work his way into being in the same breath as Tua Tagavailoa from Alabama and Justin Herbert from Oregon.  On defense, the focus will be on Galeai.

 

Wake Forest

Cade Carney, Senior Running Back, #36

Steven Claude, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Sage Suratt, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #14

Scotty Washington, Senior Wide Receiver, #7

Jack Freudenthal, Senior Tight End, #86

Nathan Gilliam, Senior Tackle, #71

Justin Herron, Senior Tackle, #75

Jake Benzinger, Senior Tackle, #75

Carlos Basham, Junior Defensive End, #9

Justin Strnad, Senior Linebacker, #23

Essang Bassey, Senior Cornerback, #21

Amari Henderson, Senior Cornerback, #4

 

Wake Forest has the depth that comes along with being an ACC school, but the lack of star power that comes along with being a bad ACC school.  Right now, only Suratt and Gilliam really stand a chance at being drafted.

 

Colorado State University vs. University of Colorado in Denver, CO, ESPN, 10:00

 

Colorado State

Warren Jackson, Junior Wide Receiver, #9

Nate Craig-Myers, Senior Wide Receiver, #4

Cameron Butler, Junior Tight End, #16

Jalen Bates, Senior Defensive End, #1

Tron Folsom, Senior Linebacker, #24

Jamal Hicks, Senior Safety, #7

 

Jackson looks to continue the string of strong receivers from Colorado State, and has a good chance to show his ability on a national stage against his in-state rival.  Tron Folsom, who makes me think of Johnny Cash on a light cycle, leads the defense.

 

Colorado

Steven Montez, Senior Quarterback, #12

Laviska Shenault Jr., Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Tim Lynott, Senior Guard, #56

Mustafa Johnson, Junior Defensive Tackle, #34

Nate Landman, Junior Linebacker, #53

Davion Taylor, Senior Linebacker, #20

Delrick Abrams Jr., Senior Cornerback, #1

MikialOnu, Senior Safety, #2

 

You might hear some chatter about Montez, but Colorado is Viska Shenault and only Viska Shenault.  His versatility and playmaking ability are reminiscent of Sammy Watkins, and he hopes to have a similar draft status come April.

 

Oklahoma State University at Oregon State University, FS1, 10:30 PM

 

Oklahoma State

Dru Brown, Senior Quarterback, #6

Chuba Hubbard, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #30

Dillon Stoner, Junior Wide Receiver, #17

Tylan Wallace, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Teven Jenkins, Junior Tackle, #73

Johnny Wilson, Senior Guard, #72

Marcus Keyes, Senior Guard, #75

Kyle Junior, Senior Defensive Tackle, #93

Calvin Bundage, Senior Linebacker, #1

Rodarius Williams, Junior Cornerback, #8

A.J. Green, Senior Cornerback, #4

 

It’s the Big 12, so we have to be looking at some skill position players, right?  Mr. Bubble Gum Hubbard is primed to take over for Justice Hill, and Tylan Wallace might be the next great Oklahoma State receiver.Stoner is a very good second receiver for the Cowboys.  On the defense, we are staying on the boundaries with A.J. Green (not that one), who will have plenty of opportunities to showcase himself in the pass-happy conference.

 

Oregon State

Jake Luton, Senior Quarterback, #6

Artavis Pierce, Senior Running Back, #21

Tevin Bradford, Senior Wide Receiver, #8

Isaiah Hodgins, Junior Wide Receiver, #90

Noah Togiai, Senior Tight End, #81

Blake Brandel, Senior Tackle, #73

Nathan Eldridge, Senior Guard, #64

Gus Lavaka, Senior Guard, #63

Nous Keobounnam, Junior Center, #69

Elu Aydon, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

Avery Roberts, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #34

Shemar Smith, Senior Linebacker, #41

Andrzej Hughes-Murray, Senior Linebacker, #49

Hamilcar Rashed, Junior Linebacker, #9

Jalen Moore, Senior Safety, #33

 

Oregon State is the Wake Forest of the Pac 12:  A lot of depth, but no stars.  Linebackers Roberts and Rashed stand the best chance to be drafted, and will provide a good test for Chuba Hubbard.

 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

 

Florida Atlantic University at Ohio State University, FOX, 12:00 PM

 

Florida Atlantic

B.J. Emmons, Senior Running Back, #4

Harrison Bryant, Senior Tight End, #40

Brandon Walton, Senior Tackle, #73

 

The early slate of games isn’t great.  Bryant is the best bet to be drafted as of now, but let’s face the facts.  You’re not watching this game for FAU, unless you like yourself some Lane Kiffin antics.

 

Ohio State

J.K. Dobbins, Junior Running Back, #2

Demario McCall, Junior Running Back, #30

K.J. Hill, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Austin Mack, Senior Wide Receiver, #11

Binjimen Victor, Senior Wide Receiver, #9

Luke Farrell, Junior Tight End, #89

Rashod Berry, Senior Tight End, #13

Thayer Munford, Junior Tackle, #75

Jonah Jackson, Senior Guard, #73

Robert Landers, Senior Defensive Tackle, #67

Davon Hamilton, Senior Defensive Tackle, #53

Chase Young, Junior Defensive End, #2

Jonathon Cooper, Senior Defensive End, #18

Jashon Cornell, Senior Defensive End, #9

Malik Harrison, Senior Linebacker, #39

Pete Werner, Junior Linebacker, #20

Baron Browning, Junior Linebacker, #5

Tuf Borland, Junior Linebacker, #32

Jeffrey Okudah, Junior Cornerback, #1

Shaun Wade, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #24

Damon Arnette, Senior Cornerback, #3

Jordan Fuller, Senior Safety, #4

JahsenWint, Junior Safety, #23

 

This is the treat for the early slate of games.  Quarterback Justin Fields isn’t draft eligible this year, but this is our first look at the 5-star quarterback in college.  As far as draft-eligible players go, Dobbins, Hill, and Farrell should all hear their names called relatively early next April.  Munford anchors a typically decent offensive line.  On defense, Okudah is in great position to work his way into the first round as Ohio State’s next great cornerback.  Young is one of the top two edge defenders in the class (along with A.J. Epenesa of Iowa).  Elsewhere, Landers, Harrison, Borland, and Wade are all mid- to late-round prospects.


Ole Miss at University of Memphis, ABC, 12:00 PM

Ole Miss

Braylon Sanders, Junior Wide Receiver, #13

Octavius Cooley, Senior Tight End, #15

Alex Givens, Senior Tackle, #67

Bryce Mathews, Junior Guard, #71

Benito Jones, Senior Defensive Tackle, #95

Josiah Coatney, Senior Defensive Tackle, #40

Austrian Robinson, Senior Defensive End, #38

Sam Williams, Junior Defensive End, #13

Qaadir Sheppard, Senior Defensive End, #97

Ryder Anderson, Junior Defensive End, #89

Momo Sanogo, Junior Linebacker, #46

Willie Hibbler, Senior Linebacker, #17

Myles Hartsfield, Senior Cornerback, #15

Jalen Julius, Senior Cornerback, #26

Vernon Dasher, Senior Safety, #3

 

Ole Miss lost a ton of talent this offseason, leaving them with not a lot of top talent.  They do have some good depth, but that doesn’t help you get drafted.  Givens is probably best of the bunch, but any of these players could see their stock rise with a strong 2019.

 

Memphis

Brady White, Junior Quarterback, #3

Patrick Taylor, Senior Running Back, #6

Pop Williams, Senior Wide Receiver, #9

DamonteCoxie, Junior Wide Receiver, #10

Joey Magnifico, Senior Tight End, #86

Dustin Woodard, Senior Guard, #53

Jonathan Wilson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #38

Bryce Huff, Senior Linebacker, #55

T.J. Carter, Junior Cornerback, #2

 

Memphis lost Darrell Henderson to the NFL, but Taylor andCoxie are more than talented enough to fill in for the playmaker. Woodard has impressed on the interior of the Tigers offensive line.  On defense, Carter has the best chance to hear his name called in April.  Ole Miss might not have the top talent, but they will still be a great test for Memphis.

 

Duke University vs. University of Alabama in Atlanta, GA, ABC, 3:30 PM

 

Duke

Deon Jackson, Junior Running Back, #25

Trevon McSwain, Senior Defensive Tackle, #95

Mark Gilbert, Junior Cornerback, #28

Dylan Singleton, Senior Safety, #16

 

Not a lot of depth for the Blue Devils, but we do have a few stars.  Jackson will control the offense.  On the other side of the ball, Gilbert is a personal favorite of mine and is looking to have a strong junior season after losing last season to injury.  It should be obvious, but we aren’t watching this game for Duke, although Gilbert’s matchup could be a great stepping stone for him.

 

Alabama

TuaTagovailoa, Junior Quarterback, #13

Brian Robinson, Junior Running Back, #24

Najee Harris, Junior Running Back, #22

Jerry Jeudy, Junior Wide Receiver, #4

Henry Ruggs III, Junior Wide Receiver, #11

DeVonta Smith, Junior Wide Receiver, #6

Miller Forristall, Junior Tight End, #87

Major Tennison, Junior Tight End, #88

Scott Lashley, Junior Tackle, #76

Matt Womack, Senior Tackle, #77

Alex Leatherwood, Junior Guard, #70

Jedrick Wills, Junior Guard, #74

Deonte Brown, Junior Guard, #65

Chris Owens, Junior Center, #79

LaBryan Ray, Junior Defensive Tackle, #89

Phidarian Mathis, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #48

Raekwon Davis, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

Anfernee Jennings, Senior Defensive End, #33

Terrell Lewis, Junior Defensive End, #24

Christopher Allen, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #4

Dylan Moses, Junior Linebacker, #32

Ben Davis, Junior Linebacker, #1

Joshua McMillon, Senior Linebacker, #40

Trevon Diggs, Senior Cornerback, #7

Xavier McKinney, Junior Safety, #15

Shyheim Carter, Senior Safety, #5

Jared Mayden, Senior Safety, #21

 

Let’s face it.  Everyone here will likely matter at some point.  It's Alabama.  Tua is QB1 for a lot of scouts, Jeudy is prospect #1 for some, and the rest of the offense is full of good to great prospects everywhere else with Harris, Ruggs, Smith, Tennison, Lashley, and Leatherwood.  Davis is a top defensive tackle prospect, and McKinney might be the best safety in the class.  Elsewhere, Jennings, Diggs, and Carter will all hear their names called at the draft.  The big disappointment is Dylan Moses, who suffered a season ending injury in training camp.  He had a chance to be the top linebacker in this class, but still could enter the draft if he wants to start making money.

 

Northwestern University at Stanford University, FOX, 4:00 PM

 

Northwestern

Hunter Johnson, Redshirt Sophomore, Quarterback, #15

Ben Skowronek, Senior Wide Receiver, #88

Jared Thomas, Senior Guard, #65

Trent Goens, Senior Defensive End, #83

Joe Gaziano, Senior Defensive End, #97

Paddy Fisher, Junior Linebacker, #42

Blake Gallagher, Junior Linebacker, #51

Trae Williams, Senior Cornerback, #3

 

Gaziano and Fisher are the main draws from Northwestern, because we know that they are productive, technically sound prospects.  However, the most interesting draw might be Hunter Johnson, the quarterback transfer from Clemson that left after Trevor Lawrence committed to the team.  He is Northwestern’s highest rated quarterback in school history as far as high school rankings go, so he has a lot of pressure to live up to the hype.

 

Stanford

K.J. Costello, Junior Quarterback, #3

Cameron Scarlett, Senior Running Back, #22

Colby Parkinson, Junior Tight End, #84

Walker Little, Junior Tackle, #72

Devery Hamilton, Junior Tackle, #74

Michael Williams, Junior Defensive Tackle, #57

Jovan Swann, Senior Defensive Tackle, #51

Gabe Reid, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #90

Casey Toohill, Senior Linebacker, #52

Jordan Fox, Junior Linebacker, #10

Paulson Adebo, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #11

Obi Eboh, Junior Cornerback, #22

 

Costello and Little are decent prospects, but Stanford is vying for two first round prospects this year.  The first is Colby Parkinson, who is generally seen as TE1 for his do-it-all style of play, huge frame, and excellent athleticism.  The second is Paulson Adebo, who very well might be the best cornerback in the country.

 

University of Oregon vs. Auburn University in Arlington, TX, ABC, 7:30 PM

 

Oregon

Justin Herbert, Senior Quarterback, #10

C.J. Verdell, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #7

Juwan Johnson, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Jacob Breeland, Senior Tight End, #27

Calvin Throckmorton, Senior Tackle, #54

Brady Aiello, Senior Tackle, #66

Shane Lemieux, Senior Guard, #68

Dallas Warmack, Senior Guard, #75

Jake Hanson, Senior Center, #55

Jordon Scott, Junior Defensive Tackle, #34

Austin Faoliu, Junior Defensive Tackle, #52

La'Mar Winston Jr., Senior Linebacker, #32

Isaac Slade-Matautia, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #41

Troy Dye, Senior Linebacker, #35

Deommodore Lenoir, Junior Cornerback, #6

Thomas Graham Jr., Junior Cornerback, #4

 

You know Justin Herbert.  You love Justin Herbert.  So watch yourself some Justin Herbert.  Everyone else listed on offense is draftable, as Oregon might have the best offensive line in the nation when viewed as a whole.  Oregon’s defense leaves a bit to be desired, but Slade-Matautia and Dye should get drafted.

 

Auburn

Kam Martin, Senior Running Back, #9

Jay Jay Wilson, Senior Fullback, #42

JaTarvarious Whitlow, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #28

Will Hastings, Senior Wide Receiver, #33

Sal Cannella, Senior Tight End, #80

Jack Driscoll, Senior Tackle, #71

Prince TegaWanogho, Senior Tackle, #76

Marquel Harrell, Senior Guard, #77

Mike Horton, Senior Guard, #64

Kaleb Kim, Senior Center, #54

Derrick Brown, Senior Defensive Tackle, #5

Nick Coe, Senior Defensive Tackle, #91

Marlon Davidson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #3

Big Kat Bryant, Junior Defensive End, #1

Javaris Davis, Senior Cornerback, #13

Noah Igbinoghene, Junior Cornerback, #4

Daniel Thomas, Senior Safety, #24

Jeremiah Dinson, Senior Safety, #20

 

Martin is a dependable and skilled running back, and Wanogho is a raw but talented tackle.  Brown is the best challenger to Raekwon Davis as the top defensive tackle in the country.  In fact, Auburn might be the 2019 version of 2018 Clemson, as the entire defensive line is full of good prospects, both in talent and name.  I mean, come on, Big Kat Bryant as a given name?  That’s fantastic.

 

University of Georgia at Vanderbilt University, SEC Network/ESPN3, 7:30 PM

 

Georgia

Jake Fromm, Junior Quarterback, #11

D'Andre Swift, Junior Running Back, #7

Brian Herrien, Senior Running Back, #35

Tyler Simmons, Senior Wide Receiver, #87

Matt Landers, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #5

Demetris Robertson, Junior Wide Receiver, #16

Lawrence Cager, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Charlie Woerner, Senior Tight End, #89

Eli Wolf, Senior Tight End, #17

Andrew Thomas, Junior Tackle, #71

Isaiah Wilson, Redshirt Sophomore Tackle, #79

Solomon Kindley, Junior Guard, #66

Ben Cleveland, Junior Guard, #74

Tyler Clark, Senior Defensive Tackle, #52

Julian Rochester, Senior Defensive Tackle, #5

Malik Herring, Junior Defensive End, #10

Monty Rice, Junior Linebacker, #32

Tae Crowder, Senior Linebacker, #30

Eric Stokes, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #27

Tyrique McGhee, Senior Cornerback, #26

Richard LeCounte III, Junior Safety, #2

J.R. Reed, Senior Safety, #20

 

Georgia has great prospects everywhere on offense.  Jake Fromm is a top five quarterback, Swift is a top five running back, and Thomas is a top one offensive tackle.Wilson and Cleveland might not be studs, but they will get drafted.  Georgia lost a lot of talent on defense this offseason, but safeties LeCounte and Reed should hear their names called before the end of day two.

 

Vanderbilt

Riley Neal, Senior Quarterback, #6

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Senior Running Back, #5

Kalija Lipscomb, Senior Wide Receiver, #16

Jared Pinkney, Senior Tight End, #80

Saige Young, Senior Guard, #56

DayoOdeyingbo, Junior Defensive End, #10

Caleb Peart, Senior Linebacker, #9

Cam Watkins, Senior Cornerback, #31

 

Vanderbilt doesn’t have an SEC defense, but they have the skill on offense to challenge some of the real SEC defenses.  Vaughn, Lipscomb, and Pinkney are all vying to move into the day two conversation, and Riley Neal is hoping to surprise some scouts and work his way into the second, or even top, tier of quarterbacks.

 

Fresno State University at University of Southern California, ESPN, 10:30 PM

 

Fresno State

Ronnie Rivers, Junior Running Back, #20

Jordan Mims, Junior Running Back, #22

Jared Rice, Senior Tight End, #16

NetaneMuti, Junior Guard, #52

Mykal Walker, Senior Linebacker, #3

Jaron Bryant, Senior Cornerback, #14

JuJu Hughes, Senior Cornerback, #23

 

His name might sound vaguely familiar to those in the Bay Area, but Jared Rice is not related to any GOATs.  He is, however, a great receiving threat at tight end.

 

USC

Vavae Malepeai, Junior Running Back, #29

Stephen Carr, Junior Running Back, #7

Michael Pittman, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Velus Jones Jr., Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Tyler Vaughns, Junior Wide Receiver, #21

Josh Falo, Junior Tight End, #83

Drew Richmond, Senior Tackle, #53

Austin Jackson, Junior Tackle, #73

Marlon Tuipulotu, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #51

Jay Tufele, Redhsirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #78

Brandon Pili, Junior Defensive Tackle, #91

Christian Rector, Senior Defensive End, #89

Jordan Iosefa, Senior Linebacker, #56

John Houston Jr., Senior Linebacker, #10

Dominic Davis, Senior Cornerback, #16

 

It’s really a shame to see how far USC has fallen.  This year, the only draftable prospects, at least for now, seem to be Pittman and Rector.  We’ll see if any of these other names raise their stock this season, but, like my freshman year of college, it could be a disappointing year for the Trojans.

 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

 

University of Houston at University of Oklahoma, ABC, 7:30 PM

 

Houston

D'Eriq King, Senior Quarterback, #4

Mulbah Car, Senior Running Back, #34

Patrick Carr, Senior Running Back, #21

Marquez Stevenson, Junior Wide Receiver, #5

Keith Corbin, Senior Wide Receiver, #2

Courtney Lark, Senior Wide Receiver, #9

Jarrid Williams, Senior Tackle, #62

Josh Jones, Senior Tackle, #74

Braylon Jones, Senior Guard, #52

Isaiah Chambers, Junior Defensive End, #94

Leroy Godfrey, Senior Linebacker, #4

Nathan Fox, Senior Linebacker, #54

Deontay Anderson, Junior Safety, #2

Gleson Sprewell, Junior Safety, #21

 

You are bound to hear some D’EriqKing hype this season after Kyler Murray broke the glass crawlspace for short quarterbacks with big arms who are very athletic.  King is a worse version of Murray, but people will talk themselves into him.  His main target, Lark, is the best prospect to watch here.

 

Oklahoma

Jalen Hurts, Senior Quarterback, #1

Trey Sermon, Junior Running Back, #4

Kennedy Brooks, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #26

CeeDee Lamb, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Lee Morris, Senior Wide Receiver, #84

Grant Calcaterra, Junior Tight End, #80

Marquis Hayes, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #54

Creed Humphrey, Redshirt Sophomore Center, #56

Neville Gallimore, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

LaRon Stokes, Junior Defensive End, #96

Kenneth Mann, Senior Defensive End, #55

Kenneth Murray, Junior Linebacker, #9

Caleb Kelly, Senior Linebacker, #19

Mark Jackson Jr., Senior Linebacker, #42

Tre Brown, Junior Cornerback, #6

Parnell Motley, Senior Cornerback, #11

 

Oklahoma has three good running back prospects with Sermon, Brooks, and Hurts.  Now, Lincoln Riley has worked his magic with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, but I’m not sure even he can fix Hurts’s throwing.  Lamb is a top receiver, and Humphrey is the top center in the class.  Calcaterra and Hayes round out the offense.  On defense, Gallimore is really the only good prospect.  Don’t be fooled by Kenneth Murray’s 28 tackle game against Army.  They ran the ball directly at him, and for a reason.

 

Monday, September 2, 2019

 

University of Notre Dame at University of Louisville, ESPN, 8:00 PM

 

Notre Dame

Ian Book, Junior Quarterback, #12

Chris Finke, Senior Wide Receiver, #10

Chase Claypool, Senior Wide Receiver, #83

Cole Kmet, Junior Tight End, #84

Liam Eichenberg, Junior Tackle, #74

Robert Hainsey, Junior Tackle, #72

Tommy Kraemer, Junior Guard, #78

Aaron Banks, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #69

Trevor Ruhland, Senior Center, #57

Julian Okwara, Senior Defensive End, #42

Khalid Kareem, Senior Defensive End, #53

Daelin Hayes, Senior Defensive End, #9

Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Junior Defensive End, #91

Asmar Bilal, Senior Linebacker, #22

Shaun Crawford, Senior Cornerback, #20

Troy Pride Jr., Senior Cornerback, #5

Donte Vaughn, Senior Cornerback, #8

Alohi Gilman, Junior Safety, #11

Jalen Elliott, Senior Safety, #21

 

Claypool and Kmet look to continue Notre Dame’s recent success at receiver and tight end.  Notre Dame always produces strong offensive linemen, and their entire offensive line is draft eligible.  Don’t be surprised if each one of them is drafted at some point in the next few seasons.  On defense,Okwara, Pride, and Gilman are mid-round prospects for now.

 

Louisville

Tobias Little, Junior Running Back, #27

Seth Dawkins, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Dez Fitzpatrick, Junior Wide Receiver, #7

Jordan Davis, Senior Tight End, #85

Mekhi Becton, Junior Tackle, #73

T.J. McCoy, Senior Center, #59

G.G. Robinson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #34

Ty Tyler, Senior Defensive End, #18

AmonteCaban, Senior Defensive End, #53

T.J. Holl, Senior Linebacker, #35

Dorian Etheridge, Junior Linebacker, #17

P.J. Mbanasor, Senior Cornerback, #1

Cornelius Sturghill, Senior Cornerback, #6

Khane Pass, Senior Safety, #30

Rodjay Burns, Junior Safety, #10

 

Louisville has a number of draftable prospects, but none of them are anything more than day three guys for now.  Those players are Fitzpatrick, Dawkins, and Becton on offense, and Tyler, Etheridge, and Burns on defense.

 

 

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