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Zach's Draft Corner: 2020 Top Ten Mock Draft/What to Watch

September 20, 2019

 

 

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

 

 

Todd McShay always puts out his first mock draft the day after the previous year’s draft ends, so it’s safe to say it’s almost never too early for a good ol’ fashioned mock draft!  You know the drill.  I only took the projected top 10 picks for this version of the mock draft.  To be fair, the order is reflected by the Super Bowl odds laid out by FanDuel (in the order of worst odds to win the Super Bowl).  There was a six-way tie for the tenth and final draft slot, so I left it up to a Twitter poll and you all chose the Panthers as the worst team in that six-way tie, so they get the tenth pick.  Let’s get down to it!

 

1.  Miami Dolphins - Tua Tagovailoa, QB, University of Alabama

 

Now, it could very well have Justin Herbert here.  The Dolphins are obviously in need of a quarterback, and I don't think that Chris Grier can afford to wait for Trevor Lawrence in 2021.  The Patriots offense, which Brian Flores is likely to try to implement in Miami, predicates itself on using all levels of the field and especially favoring the middle of the field.  These types of high-low reads are the route combinations that Tua already excels at, making him a perfect fit for the Phins.  Tua also brings great mobility, which is just another tool in the arsenal for a Miami team lacking… well, everything.  You wish Tua was an inch or two taller, but he still has enough size that it shouldn't be an issue.

 

2.  Cincinnati Bengals - Justin Herbert, QB, University of Oregon

 

Zac Taylor finds his Jared Goff.  Herbert has the prototypical size and arm strength you want in a quarterback, and the Bengals brain trust is very happy that he falls in their lap.  He will have very similar issues as Goff did coming into the league.  Herbert will stare down receivers, he becomes flustered if his first read isn't open, and he can sometimes just look plain lost.  However, the tools are elite, and Taylor has to hope that he can catch lightning in a bottle twice with another quarterback in drastic need of development.

 

3.  Washington Redskins - Andrew Thomas, OT, University of Georgia

 

With the whole Trent Williams debacle still up in the air, it's quite obvious that the Washington football team will need to find a replacement soon.  In this scenario, they jump over the Cardinals, another team needing an offensive lineman, and snag the best tackle in the class.  Thomas is a complete football player, having the prototypical size and strength to go along with excellent technique.  There really isn't a hole in his game, and Washington benefits from it.

 

4.  Arizona Cardinals - Chase Young, DE, Ohio State University

 

The Cardinals are the benefactor of quarterback-needy teams drafting ahead of them, landing the best defensive prospect in the draft.  At 6'5" and 265 pounds, Chase Young has the strength you would expect from a larger lineman but moves with the fluidity and quickness of a player 40 pounds lighter.  He is a plug-and-play prospect, and should wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines across from Chandler Jones.

 

5.  New York Giants - Jerry Jeudy, WR, University of Alabama

 

The Giants traded away one of the best receivers in the past decade for peanuts when they got rid of Odell Beckham Jr. this past offseason.  Their punishment?  They get to select one of the best receiver prospects of the past decade in Jerry Jeudy.  Much like Andrew Thomas, Jeudy is a complete prospect for his position.  He has size, fluidity in his movement, nuanced route running, reliable hands, and breakaway speed.  Jeudy might only have average height, but the rest of his game is what you would get if you built a receiver in a laboratory.

 

6.  Denver Broncos - Grant Delpit, S, Louisiana State University

 

The Broncos once had a much-feared defense, that has regressed to only making teams a little nervous of the pass rush.  The Broncos are in need of a weapon on the back end who can make their team feared once again.  That player is Grant Delpit.  Delpit is a true playmaker at the safety position, using his knowledge of route combinations, speed, and length to get into throwing lanes both deep and in the box.  If Delpit has any holes in his game, it's that he has pretty terrible form when tackling.  If he can match his tackling to the general physicality he plays with elsewhere, then he could be the next elite safety in the game.

 

7.  New York Jets - A.J. Epenesa, DE, University of Iowa

 

The Jets took Quinnen Williams this year, and now they can pair him with a weapon just as dangerous on the edge.  My comp for Epenesa continues to be Julius Peppers, as he is a hulk of a man (6'6", 280 pounds) that is explosive and uses quickness in addition to his power to win against opposing offensive linemen.  With Quinnen on the inside and Epenesa on the edge, the Jets might have the top young duo of defensive linemen in the league.

 

8.  Oakland Raiders of Las Vegas - Kristian Fulton, CB, Louisiana State University

 

The Raiders’ defense has been abused by opposing wide receivers for a long time.  In a division with Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, Emmanuel Sanders, and Courtland Sutton, that's going to happen when you have bad cornerbacks.  With this pick, they take the corner with the highest ceiling in Kristian Fulton.  Playing opposite of Greedy Williams, Fulton actually popped more ability in coverage than his highly touted counterpart, partly due to his elite athleticism.  He can sometimes get burned when he is too overly aggressive, but I'd much rather have a guy that you have to rein back than a guy you need to tell to attack. 

 

9.  Jacksonville Jaguars - CeeDee Lamb, WR, University of Oklahoma

 

The Jaguars are in desperate need of offensive weapons.  It's not that their receiving corps is bad, it's just that they all have the fast, downfield skill set that doesn't allow for an offense with much nuance or variation.  In comes CeeDee Lamb who, while still able to win on the deep balls, has the size, hands, and short-area quickness to win underneath and across the middle of the field.  Lamb is a perfect Alshon Jeffrey-like receiver to pair with Nick Foles, who had the most success when throwing those middle of the field passes as opposed to throwing it deep down the sideline.

 

10.  Carolina Panthers - Bryce Hall, CB, University of Virginia

 

If Fulton has the highest ceiling amongst this year's cornerbacks, Hall has the highest floor.  Hall is an experienced cornerback who displays picture perfect route coverage in both man and zone snaps.  His lack of elite athleticism can cause him to get overmatched at times, but he will win way more often than he loses.  For a defense that has looked lost since their dominating run to the Super Bowl a few years ago, Hall will be a welcome addition.

 

BONUS:  17.  San Francisco 49ers - Tyler Biadasz, G, University of Wisconsin

 

There are a number of ways the 49ers could go with this pick.  Tristan Wirfs, the offensive tackle from the University of Iowa, has the strength, athleticism, and technique to be a perfect replacement for Joe Staley if they feel they need his replacement in the building sooner rather than later.  Same goes for a replacement for Richard Sherman, where the 49ers could easily draft Paulson Adebo out of Stanford or Jeffrey Okudah out of Ohio State.  Strong safety could also be an issue for the 49ers, and Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson would be a great addition.  A sneaky selection here could be Henry Ruggs III, the other wide receiver out of Alabama, who may be the only prospect outside of John Ross who has the speed to match Marquise Goodwin should the 49ers decide they want to move on from the Olympian in 2020.

 

Without the foresight to predict whether any of those veterans need a replacement in 2020, I went with the pick that would help the most in the immediate future without knowing any of the above situations, and that's Tyler Biadasz.  His last name is pronouned "bee-AD-iss", but you can call him Tyler Badass, because this guy is an animal.  Biadasz is the perfect guard for a zone running scheme because he has the athleticism to get out into space and to excel in pass blocking, but he also has the mauling strength and attitude to finish his blocks once he gets out there.  Biadasz won't be a liability on power runs, either, with his aforementioned strength and drive.  Biadasz is the pick here, but the one thing that should be evident is that there will still be plenty of talent in the middle of the first round where the 49ers are currently projected.

 

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 four (all times Eastern, rankings in parentheses).

 

As a reminder, we have a new format for the TV Guide 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, September 20

 

University of Utah (10) at University of Southern California, 9:00 PM, FS1

 

Utah

Tyler Huntley, Senior Quarterback, #1

Zack Moss, Senior Running Back, #2

Darrin Paulo, Senior Tackle, #77

Viane Moala, Junior Defensive Tackle, #98

John Penisini, Senior Defensive Tackle, #52

Leki Fotu, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

Bradlee Anae, Senior Defensive End, #6

Francis Bernard, Senior Linebacker, #13

Jaylon Johnson, Junior Cornerback, #1

Julian Blackmon, Senior Safety, #23

 

The Utah Utes finally make an appearance on the TV Guide!  Zack Moss was seen as slow coming off of his performance last season, but it’s safe to say his ankle injury was more serious than he may have let on.  He has found a new gear this year, and looks to be one of the top backs in the class.  Utah’s strength is on defense, beginning with Fotu and Anae on the defensive line and ending with Johnson and Blackmon in the secondary.  The way the Pac 12 is looking thus far, this game likely will decide who represents the South division in the Pac 12 championship.

 

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

 

USC was thought to have had a resurgence when they crushed Stanford a couple of weeks ago, but fell back to earth with a loss to BYU last week.  Now it seems more like Stanford might not be as good as we thought as opposed to USC being better than we had thought.  The matchup to watch will be Pittman on the outside for USC going against Johnson and Blackmon in the Utah secondary.  I like to call this a Mad Money game, because someone’s stock will rise and someone’s stock will fall because of this game.  On defense, the only real prospect to consider remains Rector.

 

Air Force Academy at Boise State University (20), 9:00 PM, ESPN 2

 

Air Force

Jeremy Fejedelem, Senior Safety, #2

 

I appreciate all that the service academies do and the way that they prepare young men for the future.  But Air Force isn’t producing any NFL talent.

 

Boise State

John Hightower, Senior Wide Receiver, #16

CT Thomas, Junior Wide Receiver, #6

Ezra Cleveland, Junior Tackle, #76

Eric Quevedo, Senior Guard, #79

John Molchon, Senior Guard, #77

Garrett Larson, Senior Center, #67

David Moa, Senior Defensive Tackle, #55

Curtis Weaver, Junior Defensive End, #99

Kekoa Nawahine, Senior Safety, #10

 

Hightower remains a strong weapon on the outside for Boise State, but Ezra Cleveland is a newcomer to the consideration as a draftable prospect.  Cleveland has had a great start to the season, and hopes that his stock only climbs higher with a dominant performance against Air Force.  Moa and Weaver continued their strong play from previous seasons, and remain draftable.

 

Saturday, September 21

 

University of Michigan (11) at University of Wisconsin (13), 12:00 PM, FOX

 

Michigan

Shea Patterson, Senior Quarterback, #2

Tru Wilson, Senior Running Back, #13

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Junior Wide Receiver, #9

Nico Collins, Junior Wide Receiver, #4

Tarik Black, Junior Wide Receiver, #7

Sean McKeon, Senior Tight End, #84

Nico Eubanks, Junior Tight End, #82

Ben Bredeson, Senior Guard, #74

Jon Runyan, Senior Guard, #75

Michael Onwenu, Senior Guard, #50

Michael Dwumfour, Senior Defensive Tackle, #50

Josh Uche, Senior Defensive End, #6

Kwity Paye, Junior Defensive End, #19

Khaleke Hudson, Junior Linebacker, #7

Josh Ross, Junior Linebacker, #12

Lavert Hill, Senior Cornerback, #24

Josh Metellus, Senior Safety, #14

 

Good morning, Vietnam!  That’s right, we have multiple actual, good football matchups between ranked teams this week!  After a bye week to ruminate over Army’s triple-option, Michigan is back playing the Big Ten brand of football they love to play.  Peoples-Jones, Collins, and Black look good on the field, but sadly don’t have a quarterback capable of throwing them the ball. On defense, Uche and Paye are a decent duo on the line, but the strength is in the linebackers and secondary.  Hudson should be drafted in the first three rounds, as will Hill.  Metellus hopes to join that pair with a strong showing of his own, but is still solidly in Day 3 territory.

 

Wisconsin

Jonathan Taylor, Junior Running Back, #23

Bradrick Shaw, Senior Running Back, #7

Quintez Cephus, 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

 

Taylor and the always dangerous Wisconsin offensive line have yet to be tested this season, but a matchup against the stingy Michigan defense will change that quickly.  Cephus could be a game changer on the outside, but draws a tough matchup with Lavert Hill.  On defense, Loudermilk is the only prospect worth watching at this time.

 

Louisiana State University (4) at Vanderbilt University, 12:00 PM, SEC Network/ESPN 3

 

LSU

Joe Burrow, Senior Quarterback, #9

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Junior Running Back, #22

Lanard Fournette, Senior Running Back, #27

Derrick Dillon, Senior Wide Receiver, #19

Dee Anderson, Senior Wide Receiver, #11

Justin Jefferson, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Stephen Sullivan, Senior Tight End, #10

Jamal Pettigrew, Junior Tight End, #80

Thaddeus Moss, Junior Tight End, #81

Saahdiq Charles, Junior Tackle, #77

Badara Traore, Senior Tackle, #74

Damian Lewis, Senior Guard, #68

Lloyd Cushenberry, Junior Center, #79

Breiden Fehoko, Senior Defensive Tackle, #91

Tyler Shelvin, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #72

Rashard Lawrence, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

K'Lavon Chaisson, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #18

Andre Anthony, Junior Defensive End, #46

Justin Thomas, Junior Defensive End, #93

Jacob Phillips, Junior Linebacker, #6

Patrick Queen, Junior Linebacker, #8

Michael Divinity, Senior Linebacker, #45

Kristian Fulton, Senior Cornerback, #1

Grant Delpit, Junior Safety, #7

Todd Harris, Jr., Junior Safety, #33

 

If you’re looking for a dark horse Heisman candidate, go throw money down on Joe Burrow, ASAP.  What has always kept LSU from true dominance was a lack of a quarterback, and that is changing this season as Burrow has been excellent through the air.  Edwards-Helaire continues the LSU tradition at running back, and Charles is playing like a mid-round talent at tackle.  You still need to watch LSU for that terrifying defense, though.  Lawrence, Chaisson, Fulton, and Delpit are all likely to be taken in the first round.  Phillips and Queen are mid- to late-round linebackers for the time being.

 

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

Dayo Odeyingbo, Junior Defensive End, #10

Caleb Peart, Senior Linebacker, #9

Cam Watkins, Senior Cornerback, #31

 

This is a Mad Money game for Vandy’s offense.  Riley Neal is garnering some love in scouting circles at quarterback, and now he gets to square off against potentially the best defense in the nation.  The same goes for Vaughn and Lipscomb, who are looking to claw their way into Day 2 territory.  A strong game against LSU would certainly help that.  Meanwhile, Pinkney is likely the best prospect of them all and is trying to surpass Colby Parkinson as the nation’s top tight end prospect.

 

Auburn University (8) at Texas A&M University (17), 3:30 PM, CBS

 

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 Tega Wanogho, 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

 

While there may seem like a lot of offensive prospects, Martin and Wanogho are really it for the Tigers.  The strength of the team lies with the defensive line, with first-round talent Derrick Brown leading the way.  The rest of the defensive line will also get drafted, with Coe, Davidson, and Bryant proving that they have earned their stripes.

 

Texas A&M

Kellen Mond, Senior Quarterback, #11

Kendrick Rogers, Junior Wide Receiver, #13

Jhamon Ausbon, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Quartney Davis, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Dan Moore, Junior Tackle, #65

Carson Green, Junior Tackle, #54

Justin Madubuike, Junior Defensive Tackle, #52

Michael Clemons, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #91

Tyree Johnson, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #3

Anthony Hines III, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #19

Charles Oliver, Senior Cornerback, #21

Larry Pryor, Senior Safety, #11

 

Game two of ranked vs. ranked!  Thoughts and prayers to Texas A&M, who get saddled with what is likely the toughest schedule in the nation.  Not only do they get Auburn, LSU, and Alabama in the SEC West, they play Georgia in Athens and have already faced Clemson in Death Valley.  A&M literally plays every team currently in the top four, three of which are road games, and they break that up by playing the 8th-ranked team at home.  Good luck, Aggies.  There is plenty of opportunity for Mond, Rogers, and Davis to put up stats against elite competition, but also plenty of opportunity for their flaws to be exposed.  Same goes for Madubuike, Clemons, Johnson, and Hines on defense.  Each of these prospects are currently draftable, but this will be a long season.

 

University of Washington (22) at Brigham Young University, 3:30 PM, ABC/ESPN 2

 

Washington

Jacob Eason, Junior Quarterback, #10

Salvon Ahmed, Junior Quarterback, #26

Aaron Fuller, Senior Wide Receiver, #2

Andre Baccellia, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Quinten Pounds, Senior Wide Receiver, #21

Hunter Bryant, Junior Tight End, #1

Cade Otton, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #21

Trey Adams, Senior Tackle, #72

Henry Roberts, Senior Guard, #59

Henry Bainivalu, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #66

Nick Harris, Senior Center, #56

Levi Onwuzurike, Junior Defensive Tackle, #95

Josiah Bronson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

Benning Potoa'e, Senior Defensive End, #8

Ryan Bowman, Junior Linebacker, #55

Myles Bryant, Senior Cornerback, #5

Elijah Molden, Junior Cornerback, #3

Keith Taylor, Junior Cornerback, #27

Brandon McKinney, Junior Safety, #23

 

This should be a fun one in what I expect to be a shootout.  Eason has performed admirably in his first season under center for the Huskies, with Ahmed and Otton proving to be solid weapons.  Adams continues to excel, and hopes to maintain his health that has plagued him throughout his college career.  Harris leads the offensive line from the center position.  Onwuzurike has had a decent start to the season, but the generally strong secondary for Washington has been underwhelming.  They’ve been good, but not as strong as in years past.

 

BYU

Ty'Son Williams, Senior Running Back, #5

Aleva Hifo, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Matt Bushman, Junior Tight End, #89

Thomas Shoaf, Senior Tackle, #59

Tristan Hoge, Senior Guard, #69

Zayne Anderson, Senior Linebacker, #23

Dayan Ghanwoloku, Senior Cornerback, #5

Troy Warner, Senior Cornerback, #1

Austin Lee, Senior Safety, #2

 

Matt Bushman is continuing to show he is one of the best receiving options at the tight end position in college football.  BYU has been especially fun to watch this season with Zach Wilson, a.k.a. the Mormon Manziel, leading the charge for the Cougars.  Unfortunately, double-M is only a sophomore.  Williams is putting up solid numbers in the ground game.  The younger sibling of 49er favorite Fred, Troy Warner is playing decently, but it remains to be seen whether it is good enough to be drafted.

 

University of Oregon (16) at Stanford University, 7:00 PM, ESPN

 

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

 

Everyone on offense listed above is likely to be taken, beginning with Justin Herbert challenging for the first overall selection.  It helps that, as a whole, he is being protected by maybe the top offensive line in the nation.  The Ducks have strong defensive weapons, as well, with Slade-Matautia and Dye making a formidable duo at the linebacker position.

 

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

 

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  As a team, Stanford looks to be having quite the down year, with back-to-back bad losses against USC and UCF.  Returning home to Palo Alto, Parkinson and Adebo look to prove their first-round worth and get Stanford back on track.  Costello may remind some a little too much of tall, lanky quarterbacks of yesteryear (see Osweiler, Brock), but will still likely be drafted for his tools.  Little also hopes to get back on track.


University of Notre Dame (7) at University of Georgia (3), 8:00 PM, CBS

 

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

 

This is it.  The game of the weekend.  If you can only watch one game, make sure you’re parked in front of your television for this one.  As an independent team, Notre Dame needs to go undefeated to make it into the playoffs, and it’s looking like Georgia is going to be the only challenge for them on the schedule.  Claypool, Kmet, and the entire offensive line for the Fighting Irish face what will likely be their biggest test of the season, potentially making or breaking their draft stock.  On defense, Okwara is the pleasant surprise of the season for Notre Dame, working his way from a day 3 prospect to garnering some first-round buzz.  Pride, Gilman, and Elliott are all late-round prospects in the secondary.

 

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

J.R. Reed, Senior Safety, #20

Richard LeCounte III, Junior Safety, #2

 

This team is just stacked, from top to bottom.  Fromm, Swift, and Thomas are all at or near the top of the rankings for their respective positions.  Simmons, Landers, Robertson, Woerner, , Wilson, Kindley, and Cleveland all have the talent to be drafted, meaning Georgia can routinely trot out ten players on offense who are likely to be playing professional football at this time next year.  On defense, Herring, Rice, and Stokes are decent prospects, but the strength lies in the safety duo of Reed and LeCounte.

 

University of Colorado at Arizona State University (24), 10:00 PM, PAC 12 Network

 

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

Mikial Onu, Senior Safety, #2

 

After a thrilling evening slate, it’s about time for a nightcap.  We start off the night slate with a chance to watch Laviska Shenault against a surprisingly strong Arizona State defense.

 

Arizona State

Eno Benjamin, Junior Running Back, #3

Brandon Aiyuk, Senior Wide Receiver, #2

Kyle Williams, Senior Wide Receiver, #10

Zach Robertson, Senior Tackle, #51

Steven Miller, Senior Guard, #71

Cohl Cabral, Senior Center, #73

Roe Wilkins, Senior Defensive Tackle, #95

George Lea, Senior Defensive Tackle, #17

Tyler Johnson, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #41

Kobe Williams, Senior Cornerback, #5

Chase Lucas, Junior Cornerback, #24

 

Eno Benjamin is one of my favorite running backs to watch in this class.  His combination of strength, speed, and ability as a receiver remind me of a young Melvin Gordon.  Robertson played extremely well against a decently strong Michigan State defensive line last week, so he gets his name on the players to watch.  Johnson and Lucas are the core pieces of a solid Arizona State defensive line.  As their coach would say, the Sun Devils are playing to win this game.

 

University of California - Los Angeles at Washington State University (19), 10:30 PM, ESPN

 

UCLA

Joshua Kelley, Senior Running Back, #27

Theo Howard, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Devin Asiasi, Junior Tight End, #86

Boss Tagaloa, Senior Center, #75

Odua Isibor, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #97

Keisean Lucier-South, Senior Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, #11

Tyree Thompson, Senior Linebacker, #25

Krys Barnes, Senior Linebacker, #14

Darnay Holmes, Junior Cornerback, #1

 

Oh, Chip.  Chippy Chip Chip Chipster.  You’ve come a long way down since those Oregon days.  UCLA is not a good football team, but at least they have had a lot of talent in the past.  Now they have poor coaching and not a lot of talent for a Pac 12 school.  Howard is the best prospect of the bunch, but is probably a day 3 pick at best right now. Asiasi and Isibor have hopes of getting drafted, but the cupboards are bare for the Bruins.

 

Washington State

Anthony Gordon, Senior Quarterback, #18

Davontavean Martin, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Dezmon Patmon, Senior Wide Receiver, #12

Easop Winston, Senior Wide Receiver, #8

Abraham Lucas, Redshirt Sophomore Tackle, #72

Frederick Mauigoa, Senior Center, #69

Lamonte McDougal, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #9

Willie Taylor III, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #27

Nnamdi Oguayo, Senior Defensive End, #30

Dominick Silvels, Junior Defensive End, #20

Will Rodgers, Junior Defensive End, #92

Jahad Woods, Junior Linebacker, #13

 

On the other side, Mike Leach is just as entertaining as always, even with the departure of a character like Gardner Minshew.  Lucas has done a great job of replacing Andre Dillard, and Mauigoa joins him to make a good offensive line.  The Cougars also have a good defensive line as well, with McDougal, Taylor, and Oguayo setting the tone for a feisty Washington State team.

 

 

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