Scouting Roundup College Football: Championship Week

News and Notes

 

Draft season is now in full swing, and I could not be happier about it. This week we got some of our first declarations from underclassmen, as well as, a bunch of Senior Bowl acceptances. I will talk about some of the bigger names this week and touch on some small school guys to keep an eye on. This week’s roundup will also focus on the best Championship games for scouting this weekend.

 

Rashan Gary (DT, Michigan), DK Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss), and N’Keal Harry (WR, Arizona State) all declared for the draft this week. Rashan Gary is an interesting prospect because he has all the talent in the world but has been unable to stay on the field this year for the Wolverines. DK Metcalf is in the running for WR 1 and it is easy to see why. He is big, strong, and fast. Metcalf has one problem though, he had a bad neck injury that ended his season. N’Keal Harry is my current WR 1 in this class. He has the perfect frame to be an outside threat but combines that with elite YAC ability. The knock on Harry’s game is that he does not appear to be fast on tape which could prevent him from separating at the next level. All three of these guys currently have a round one grade from me, however, they each have a fatal flaw that could drop them down boards come April.

 

I want to talk just briefly on some small school players who have impressed me so far in the draft process or that I have heard NFL teams love. I do not want to go into to much detail because some of these guys will be showing up in an article I will post tomorrow. Andy Isabelle (WR, Umass), Jaylon Ferguson (Edge, LA Tech), Nasir Adderley (Safety, Delaware), and Nate Davis (OG, UNC-Charlotte) are all guys I would keep my eye on going forward. Obviously, those are not the only small schools who will be in Mobile, Alabama but these guys are getting the most hype right now.  

 

If you scroll down this week you will probably notice the lack of position rankings. I started to do them,  but I am making so many changes this week that this article would have been like 20 pages long. To make up for it I have updated my Big Board to a top 50 this week, and next week I will release my top 100 at some point. The next time you will see my position rankings will most likely be after the Senior Bowl. If you are curious about where I have a player ranked feel free to tweet me @DanteCollinelli and I will most definitely get back to you.

 

Top 50 Big Board

1.Nick Bosa Edge Ohio State
2. Ed Oliver DT Houston
3. Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
4. Devin White LB LSU
5. Deionte Thompson S Alabama
6. Clein Ferrell Edge Clemson
7. Jonah Williams OT Alabama
8. Greddy Williams CB LSU
9. Raekwon Davis DT Alabama
10. Jacahi Polite Edge Florida
11. Noah Fant TE Iowa
12. Justin Herbert QB Oregon
13. Josh Allen Edge Kentucky
14. Trayvon Mullen CB Clemson
15. Dalton Risner OG Kansas State
16. Rashan Gary DT Michigan
17. Tyler Biadez OG/C Wisconsin
18. Devin Bush LB Michigan
19. Montez Sweat Edge Mississippi State
20. Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State

 

21. Deandre Baker CB Georgia
22. David Edwards OT Wisconsin
23. Byron Murphy CB Washington
24. Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
25. Dexter Lawerence DT Clemson
26. Mack Wilson LB Alabama
27. Juan Thornhill S Virginia
28. Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame
29. Bryce Hall CB Virginia
30. Elgton Jenkins OG/C Mississippi State
31. N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
32. Taylor Rapp S Washington
33. Zach Allen Edge Boston College
34. AJ Brown WR Ole Miss
35. Greg Little OT Ole Miss
36. Julian Love CB Notre Dame
37. Yodny Cajuste OT West Virginia
38. Gerald Willis DT Miami
39. Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
40. Kelvin Harmon WR NC State

 

41. Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
42. Chase Winovich Edge Michigan
43. Kaden Smith TE Stanford
44. Lamar Peters CB Mississippi State
45. Oshane Ximines Edge Old Dominion
46. Isaiah Buggs DT Alabama
47. Jonathan Abram S Mississippi State
48. Brain Burns Edge Florida State
49. Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
50. Damarkus Lodge WR Ole Miss

 

Best Championship Games to Scout

 

Game one: Texas vs Oklahoma/ Saturday, 12/1 12:00 PM

For the Big 12 championship, we get a rematch of the Red River showdown with Texas and Oklahoma. Texas won the first meeting 48-45 with a winning kick by a freshman named Cameron Dicker. Neither team as a lot of NFL talent, however, Marquise Brown and Ben Powers are two players I really like. Texas as some players who can be good value picks in the later rounds of the draft.  

 

Players to watch for Texas:

Kris Boyd: CB 12

Charles Omenihu: DT 14

Colin Johnson: WR 14

Lil Jordan Humprey: WR 20

 

Players to watch for Oklahoma:

Ben Powers: OG 3

Marquise Brown: WR 3

Rodney Anderson: RB 5 (Injured)

Bobby Evans: OT 11

 

Game Two: Alabama vs Georgia/ Saturday, 12/1 4:00 PM

This is the only time this year where Alabama might have a slight chance of playing in a close game. Georgia is a really good football team, and they are playing their best football of the season. This might be the most prospect-rich game of the entire season, and I am so excited to see it.

 

Players to watch for Alabama:

Deionte Thompson: Safety 1

Mack Wilson: LB 3

Christian Miller: LB 12

Anfernee Jennings: Edge 14

Isaiah Buggs: DT 9

Quinnen Williams: DT 2

Raekwon Davis: DT 3

Ross Pierschbacher: OG 12

Jonah Williams: OT 1  

Irv Smith JR: TE 3

Damien Harris: RB 3

 

Players to watch for Georgia:

JR Reed: Safety 9

Deandre Baker: CB 2

D’andre Walker: Edge 15

Issac Nauta: TE 8

Riley Ridley: WR 10

Elijah Holyfield: RB 12

 

Game Three: Northwestern vs Ohio State/ Saturday, 12/1 8:00 PM

Northwestern is not exactly filled with a lot of great prospects, but they do have Clayton Thorson who is one of the quarterbacks going to the Senior Bowl. This is a good opportunity to see him against a good defense. Ohio State as always has plenty of NFL talent so this game is a must watch. If you have not been watching Dwayne Haskins closely I suggest you start because all signs point to him entering the draft this year.

 

Players to watch for Northwestern:

Clayton Thorson: QB 9

Paddy Fisher: LB (most people think he is a 2020 guy)

 

Players to watch for Ohio State:

Kendall Sheffield: CB 11

Tuf Borland: LB 9

Dre’Mont Jones: DT 5

Isaiah Prince: OT 10

Mike Jordan: OG 14

KJ Hill: WR 14

Mike Weber: RB 9

Dwayne Haskins: QB 2

 

 

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