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Zach's Draft Corner: Breaking Down Chase Young Situation/What to Watch

November 15, 2019

 

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

 

 

Certain school seem to have trends in the players they produce.  For instance, you can pretty comfortably assume that LSU defensive backs, Alabama running backs, and Clemson wide receivers are going to be at least solid pro players.  Ohio State seems to be making a trend themselves with the "elite edge rusher at the top of the class who misses some games in his final season as a Buckeye due to some relatively controversial reasons."  Pretty simple trend, right?

 

Last year, Nick Bosa missed some time due to a hernia.  He could have returned for the final game or two of the season, if he really wanted to push himself, but instead chose to get fully healthy for the draft process.  This led to many in the media, as well as fans, questioning his desire to compete, to play football, and to support his teammates.  It's pretty safe to say that those concerns are now put to rest, but it took a while for him to shake those labels.

 

This year, we have Chase Young.  Young is a hybrid of the Nick Bosa and Myles Garrett molds.  If you were to rank these three players based on technique, it would go Bosa-Young-Garrett.  If you were to rank them based on athleticism, it would go Garrett-Young-Bosa.  Young has the technical refinement to make a more immediate impact than Garrett did, but also has the sheer athleticism to physically dominate opponents from day one.  It's truly a frightening combination.

 

Chase Young is facing scrutiny for receiving impermissible benefits last season while at Ohio State.  What were those "impermissible benefits"?  He received a loan from a "family friend" so that Young's girlfriend could travel to Pasadena, CA to watch Young play in the Rose Bowl.  You read that correctly.  Young apparently received a loan, which he has since paid back in full, so that he could pay for his girlfriend to watch him play in the biggest game of his career to date.  

 

I do not believe that schools should pay players directly.  If you look at athletic departments, while some football and basketball programs to turn a hefty profit, almost every other sport does not.  The profits from these programs pay for so many student athletes to get scholarships and to compete in something that could get them away from troubling situations they otherwise could not escape.  In 2014, only 24 of the 130 FBS schools generated a profit overall when considering every sport at their school.  By paying players directly, students who participate in the non-revenue-generating sports would likely be the ones that suffer.  Yes, I understand that coaches get paid a ton of money and that goes in to the equation here, but when have the people with power ever accepted making less money as a solution?

 

This does not mean that I believe college athletes should not be able to get paid.  Please note the distinction there.  This Chase Young situation could have worked out in many different ways.  What if Young's girlfriend had accepted the loan herself directly from the family friend?  Assuming she is not also an NCAA athlete , but even if she was simply a student, there would be no repercussions.  If any other student accepted a loan from a family friend so that they, or their significant other, could travel to the Rose Bowl, the school would not punish that student whatsoever.  There is a clear hypocrisy with how the NCAA treats student athletes, in the sense that they are treated differently from every other student on campus and have very different rules applied to them than regular students do.  However, it is still expected that these student athletes be "students first," requiring them to maintain certain GPAs and other academic standards in order to participate.

 

The line between what is allowed and what isn't allowed for an NCAA athlete is shaded quite unfairly towards disallowing things any other person in the world would expect.  Shabazz Napier, former point guard for UConn, mentioned how he had "hungry nights [where they] don't have enough money to get food" because of the limitations on student athletes earning money and dining hall packages.  More recently, James Wiseman, a freshman center for the University of Memphis basketball team, was ruled ineligible to play this season because Penny Hardaway, the current head coach of Memphis, gave Wiseman's family a loan so that they could move to Memphis to be closer to Wiseman's sister.  While this seems like a blatant violation, this occurred years ago, before Hardaway was the coach of Memphis.  However, since Hardaway once donated money to the University (he is an alum), he was considered a booster, and this was considered a booster giving money to a recruit.  If Hardaway had coached anywhere else or if Wiseman had went anywhere else, this would not have been an issue, but because everything happened to align just so, it's a violation.

 

Perhaps the most famous case was from 2010, where five Ohio State football players, including Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, and Solomon Thomas (not that one), exchanged memorabilia that they had won through Ohio State football for cash and tattoos from a Columbus tattoo parlor.  In any other walk of life, if you sell personal property or barter your personal property for other services, it is perfectly legitimate.  If any of these players had waited until they had graduated before making the exchange, then they would have been able to do so.  In fact, none of the transgressions described here are illegal at all.  They are merely in violation of the outdated bylaws of a corrupt organization that fails to see the daily impact they have on over 460,000 current student-athletes.

 

Luckily, there seems to be some headway to fix these issues.  Many states, starting with California, are passing laws that make it illegal for colleges to prevent student-athletes from making money on their image and likeness.  This would allow individual college athletes to sign endorsement deals, to be in commercials, and to accept loans from family friends that are not affiliated with universities.  It is a necessary change that is both long overdue and also seems to fix the issue of unfair regulation over student athletes while not taking money and sports away from athletic programs providing scholarships to many deserving young people.

 

Ultimately, the Chase Young situation is a blip on what promises to be a successful career playing football.  I don't believe any scout will ding him for this infraction, and he is only suspended for two games, total.  Ohio State already played the first of these two games, defeating Maryland by a score of…. *squints*… 73-14.  The second game is this Saturday, where Ohio State travels to Rutgers and are only favored to win by 52.5 points.  With a 61.5 point over-under, Vegas is expecting that score to be about 57-5 in favor of Ohio State, even without Chase Young.  While suspensions grab the headlines, this debacle merely gives Chase Young a couple of extra weeks to rest before Ohio State's big games against Penn State and Michigan.  And maybe it saves Ohio State from dropping an 80-0 shutout on a hapless Big Ten bottom dweller.

 

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 twelve (all times Eastern, playoff 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, November 15

 

Louisiana Tech University at Marshall University, 7:00 PM, CBS Sports Network

 

Louisiana Tech

J'Mar Smith, Senior Quarterback, #8

Jaqwis Dancy, Senior Running Back, #23

Malik Stanley, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Gewhite Stallworth, Senior Tackle, #77

Ethan Reed, Senior Guard, #61

L'Jarius Sneed, Senior Cornerback, #1

Amik Robertson, Junior Cornerback, #21

Darryl Lewis, Senior Safety, #4

James Jackson, Senior Safety, #10

 

Let’s face it, this game is just so you can watch football.  This is the only game on in this timeslot, and it’s relegated to CBSSN.  I don’t blame you if you want to watch basketball instead.

 

Marshall

Tyler King, Junior Running Back, #3

Obi Obialo, Junior Wide Receiver, #7

Levi Brown, Senior Center, #61

Channing Hames, Senior Defensive Tackle, #94

Chris Jackson, Senior Cornerback, #3

 

I wouldn’t be surprised if Marshall did not have a player drafted this year.  King and Brown have the best chance, but they are late round picks at best.

 

Fresno State University at San Diego State University, 9:30 PM, ESPN 2

 

Fresno State

Ronnie Rivers, Junior Running Back, #20

Jordan Mims, Junior Running Back, #22

Jared Rice, Senior Tight End, #16

Netane Muti, Junior Guard, #52

Mykal Walker, Senior Linebacker, #3

Jaron Bryant, Senior Cornerback, #14

JuJu Hughes, Senior Cornerback, #23

 

Fresno State has quite a few players that might hear their name called in April, as they seem to every year.  The best of the bunch is Muti, the strong interior lineman.  Jared Rice is a good receiver, but needs work as a blocker.  On defense, the strength for the Bulldogs is the secondary, led by Bryant and Hughes.

 

San Diego State

Juwan Washington, Senior Running Back, #29

Chase Jasmin, Junior Running Back, #22

Parker Houston, Senior Tight End, #82

Daishawn Dixon, Senior Guard, #79

Keith Ismael, Junior Center, #60

Kyahva Tezino, Senior Linebacker, #44

Tariq Thompson, Junior Safety, #14

 

There’s really only one player to watch here, and that’s Kyahva Tezino.  He doesn’t have great athleticism, which may limit his ceiling as a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker, but he is an incredibly smart player.  Those types of players can always find a home somewhere.

 

Saturday, November 16

 

University of Alabama (5) at Mississippi State University, 12:00 PM, ESPN

 

Alabama

Tua Tagovailoa, 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

 

It’s really amazing just how much talent Alabama gets every season.  It’s likely the reason why they are able to lose at home and remain ahead of other undefeated teams in the Playoff Rankings.  Everyone on this list will likely matter at some point.  This year, in the first round alone, Alabama will likely get Tua, Jeudy, Ruggs, Leatherwood, Davis, Diggs, McKinney, and Carter.  Even Jedrick Wills is getting some first round love.   That’s literally over one-quarter of the first round that could be from the University of Alabama.  That’s not even counting Dylan Moses, the injured linebacker who was the unanimous LB1 coming into the season.  Harris, Smith, Tennison, Lashley, and Jennings round out the stacked squad.

 

Mississippi State

Tommy Stevens, Senior Quarterback, #7

Kylin Hill, Junior Running Back, #8

Osirus Mitchell, Junior Wide Receiver, #5

Stephen Guidry, Senior Wide Receiver, #1

Isaiah Zuber, Senior Wide Receiver, #12

Farrod Green, Senior Tight End, #82

Greg Eiland, Junior Tackle, #55

Stewart Reese, Junior Tackle/Guard, #51

Michael Story, Senior Guard, #75

Tyre Phillips, Senior Guard, #78

Darryl Williams, Senior Center, #73

Lee Autry, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

Chauncey Rivers, Senior Defensive End, #5

Marquiss Spencer, Junior Defensive End, #42

Fletcher Adams, Senior Defensive End, #43

Erroll Thompson, Junior Linebacker, #40

Willie Gay Jr., Junior Linebacker, #6

Leo Lewis, Senior Linebacker, #10

Tim Washington, Senior Linebacker, #41

Cameron Dantzler, Junior Cornerback, #3

Jaquarius Landrews, Senior Safety, #11

Brian Cole, Senior Safety, #32

 

It’s difficult to overcome the loss of three first round defensive prospects, but Mississippi State gave it the old college try.  Guidry is the top weapon for the Bulldogs, while Story, Reese, and Williams give Mississippi State one of the better offensive lines in the country.  Williams is the best of the bunch, and a likely second round pick at this time.  Hill has worked his way into being a late-round running back.  Spencer will see what he can do when defenses pay him more attention with Montez Sweat no longer playing opposite him.  Gay and Thompson form a strong pair of linebackers in the linebacker-rich SEC.  Cameron Dantzler is a very good cornerback, and Landrews might work his way into being a draftable safety with a strong finish to the season.

 

University of Indiana at Penn State University (9), 12:00 PM, ABC

 

Indiana

Peyton Ramsey, Junior Quarterback, #12

Whop Philyor, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Nick Westbrook, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Donavan Hale, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Peyton Hendershot, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #86

DaVondre Love, Senior Tackle, #52

Coy Cronk, Senior Tackle, #54

Simon Stepaniak, Senior Guard, #72

Hunter Littlejohn, Senior Center, #68

Andre Brown, Senior Cornerback, #14

Marcelino Ball, Junior Safety, #9

 

Indiana makes their first appearance on the guide here in what has been a spectacularly average season in the Big Ten.  Indiana is a team that plays really well together, but Westbrook and Stepaniak are the only prospects worth monitoring.

 

Penn State

K.J. Hamler, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #1

Pat Freiermuth, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #87

Will Fries, Junior Tackle, #71

Steven Gonzalez, Senior Guard, #74

Mike Miranda, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #73

Michael Menet, Junior Center, #62

Robert Windsor, Senior Defensive Tackle, #54

Yetur Gross-Matos, Junior Defensive End, #99

Shaka Toney, Junior Defensive End, #16

Shane Simmons, Junior Defensive End, #34

Cameron Brown, Senior Linebacker, #6

Jan Johnson, Senior Linebacker, #36

John Reid, Senior Cornerback, #29

Tariq Castro-Fields, Junior Cornerback, #5

Garrett Taylor, Senior Safety, #17

Jonathan Sutherland, Redshirt Sophomore Safety, #26

 

Penn State is coming into this game angry after dropping the thriller last week in Minneapolis.  Hamler and Freiermuth are playmakers on offense, and Fries, Miranda, and Menet has held up well all season.  The stars, though, are Gross-Matos and Toney, who are maybe the top pair of defensive ends in the nation.  Castro-Fields has had a ton of trouble this year, but still could be drafted in April based on athleticism alone.

 

Wake Forest University at Clemson University (3), 3:30 PM, ABC

 

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

 

Just when I get all high and mighty about Sage Surrat, he hurts his shoulder and is out for the season.   Gilliam and Herron continue solid play along the line, keeping them in day three consideration.  On defense, Basham is the star with a day two grade.  Strnad and Bassey round out the players to watch on the Demon Deacons.

 

Clemson

Trevor Lawrence, True Sophomore Quarterback, #16

Travis Etienne, Junior Running Back, #9

Darien Rencher, Junior Running Back, #21

Tee Higgins, Junior Wide Receiver, #5

Justyn Ross, True Sophomore Wide Receiver, #8

Diondre Overton, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Amari Rodgers, Junior Wide Receiver, #3

Tremayne Anchrum, Senior Tackle, #73

John Simpson, Senior Guard, #74

Sean Pollard, Senior Guard, #76

Gage Cervenka, Senior Center, #59

Nyles Pinckney, Junior Defensive Tackle, #44

Xavier Kelly, Junior Defensive Tackle, #22

Jordan Williams, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #59

Justin Foster, Junior Defensive End, #35

Isaiah Simmons, Junior Linebacker/Safety, #11

A.J. Terrell, Junior Cornerback, #8

K'Von Wallace, Senior Safety, #12

Denzel Johnson, Senior Safety, #14

Tanner Muse, Senior Safety, #19

 

They aren’t draft eligible, but the best prospects on Clemson are Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross.  I would not be surprised if both are top ten picks in 2021.  For the more immediate future, the first round talents include Simmons, Etienne, Higgins, and potentially Terrell.  Simpson and Pollard give Clemson one of the best interior lines in the ACC.  On defense, Clemson has tried to replenish the dominant defensive line class from 2019 with Williams and Foster, to modest results. Wallace and Muse are day three picks for the time being, but could see a rise.

 

University of Georgia (4) at Auburn University (12), 3:30 PM, CBS

 

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

 

There was a lot of chatter about how it was wrong to place Georgia, who lost to South Carolina, above Alabama, who lost to LSU. in the Playoff Rankings.  Georgia has a chance to earn that position with a win over Auburn.  Swift and Thomas will absolutely have first round grades at the end of the day.  Led by Fromm, their offense is stacked for college.  However, Simmons, Landers, Robertson, Woerner, Wilson, Kindley, and Cleveland are probably closer to day three prospects at this point than first rounders.  The defense is not quite as stacked as far as quantity, but they do have quality safeties in Reed and LeCounte.  Herring, Rice, and Stokes round out the defensive side of the ball as late round hopefuls. 

 

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

 

Auburn is building along the lines, and doing it very well.  Outside of Martin, all of the draftable talent is on the lines.  Wanogho and Driscoll combine to form one of the best bookend pairs in the nation.  Derrick Brown is elite and in the running for the top defensive tackle in the class, while the rest of that defensive line is full of day two or day three prospects.

 

Louisiana State University (1) at Ole Miss, 7:00 PM, ESPN

 

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

Adrian MaGee, Senior Guard, #73

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

 

LSU needs to be on the lookout for a letdown game against a feisty Ole Miss squad after their takedown of the juggernaut Crimson Tide last week. Joe Burrow, a highly recruited transfer from Ohio State, is finally living up to his potential.  In some eyes, he has surpassed Tua as QB1 in this class, and could be the first overall pick in April.  He is getting help on offense from Jefferson and Charles.  As always, the LSU defense is stacked with first round prospects in Lawrence, Chaisson, Fulton, and Delpit, with a trio of day three linebackers in Phillips, Queen, and Divinity.

 

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.  Benito Jones is probably best of the bunch, but any of these players could see their stock rise with a strong finish to 2019.

 

University of Oklahoma (10) at Baylor University (13), 7:30 PM, ABC

 

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

 

This is likely a preview of the Big 12 Championship game in a few weeks.  Jalen Hurts is officially locked in the middle of the Heisman battle, and I really don’t know what it’s going to take to stifle Lincoln Riley.  This offense is running on all cylinders, led by CeeDee Lamb and Creed Humphrey as first round locks.  Sermon, Brooks, Calcaterra, and Hayes all are draftable prospects on day two or three.  On defense, Gallimore and Murray are the only hopefuls, but they are looking better and better as time goes on.

 

Baylor

Charlie Brewer, Junior Quarterback, #12

JaMycal Hasty, Senior Running Back, #6

Denzel Mims, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Chris Platt, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Jake Fruhmorgen, Senior Tackle, #63

Johncarlo Valentin, Senior Guard, #57

Sam Tecklenburg, Senior Center, #52

James Lynch, Junior Defensive Tackle, #93

Bravvion Roy, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

James Lockhart, Senior Defensive End, #9

Blake Lynch, Senior Linebacker, #2

Jordan Williams, Senior Linebacker, #38

Jameson Houston, Senior Cornerback, #11

Chris Miller, Senior Safety, #3

 

All the credit in the world has to go to Matt Rhule here.  After the sexual assault scandal at Baylor a few years ago, this team was barren with talent.  This is shown by Denzel Mims being the only draftable prospect here.  Rhule has brought Baylor out of irrelevancy quicker than anyone thought, and has an undefeated Baylor squad to show for it.  A win here keeps the Bear playoff hopes alive.

 

University of Arizona at University of Oregon (6), 10:30 PM, ESPN

 

Arizona

Khalil Tate, Quarterback, Senior, #14

J.J. Taylor, Running Back, Senior, #21

Cody Creason, Guard, Senior, #76

Justin Belknap, Defensive End, Senior, #86

Colin Schooler, Linebacker, Junior, #7

Jace Whittaker, Cornerback, Senior, #17

Lorenzo Burns, Cornerback, Junior, #2

Tristan Cooper, Safety, Senior, #31

 

The talent level at Arizona has really gone downhill.  J.J. Taylor is likely the strongest prospect at this school, and even he is going to need a standout season to be drafted.  The most exciting name on this list is Khalil Tate, a classic story of an athlete as a quarterback who just doesn’t have the accuracy and nuance as a quarterback to succeed in the NFL.

 

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

 

Oregon seems to be on this list every week because they are a) good, and b) playing late games on the west coast.  As such, you should know by now that Justin Herbert and Shane Lemieux are first round talents, the Oregon offensive line as a whole is nothing to take lightly, and everyone else on offense should get drafted at some point.  On defense, it’s the linebacker duo of Dye and Slade-Matautia that you should keep your eye on.

 

University of Southern California at University of California - Berkeley, 11:00 PM, FS1

 

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

 

That’s right!  We’re doubling up on the Pac 12 after dark this week!  USC is another west coast team that we see plenty of because of their late kickoffs.  Pittman has been one of the most impressive receivers in this class for me, and is squarely in the day two conversation now.  Opposite him is Vaughns, who is starting to garner day three grades himself.  Carr is the top rusher for USC, and should also hear his name called at some point in April. On defense, Tufele and Rector are the prospects to watch for.

 

Cal

Kekoa Crawford, Junior Wide Receiver, #11

Luc Bequette, Senior Defensive Tackle, #93

Zeandae Johnson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #44

Tevin Paul, Junior Defensive End, #96

Kuony Deng, Junior Linebacker, #8

Evan Weaver, Senior Linebacker, #89

Traveon Beck, Senior Cornerback, #22

Camryn Bynum, Junior Cornerback, #24

Ashtyn Davis, Senior Safety, #27

Jaylinn Hawkins, Senior Safety, #6

 

The USC offense will be a great test for this Cal defense.  Their elite pair of safeties in Davis and Hawkins will have to try to limit Michael Pittman as best they can, while their pair of mid-round linebackers in Paul and Weaver will try to stifle Stephen Carr.  This should be a fun matchup to close out the night.

 

 

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