This Week In College Football

2019 NFL Draft Trending Chart

Last update: November 18

College Football Week 12: More of a verification week than a week of movers and shakers. Positions such as QB, CB, OG, don’t have clear front runners yet. The “elite” QB group normally sets the tone of the draft, and that is a crowded bunch at the moment. Ryan Finley had an outstanding game, but against a very poor defense. Daniel Jones had bad numbers, against an elite opponent. Drew Lock and Justin Herbert steadied the ship.

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Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
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Emerged as the top potential defensive tackle prospect in the draft, with a relentless motor and devastating pass rush technique. Added another sack on Saturday.
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Ed Oliver, DE/DT, Houston
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Sideline hystrionics and coming after his coach won't help a player that has all but quit on this year and his team to prepare for the draft.
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Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
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Out of the OSU program, working on a core muscle injury. Has a good hold on top pick, but there is a long way to go in the draft process. Elite and polished technique as an edge rusher.
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Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
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Starting the year with an injury allowed some others around him to take the spotlight, but now back and close to healthy, it is clear that Gary is the key to that defense. 9 tackles, and 1.5 sacks. Demands extra attention, and is very disciplined in his role, allowing others to make plays.
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Devin White, LB, LSU
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Top off the ball linebacker did nothing to change that status as he led his team with 9 tackles, including a sack against an outmatched Rice team.
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Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
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27/48 for 364 and two TD's, Grier continues to put up a lot of yards. Ok. State's secondary played surprisingly tight, despite the score, and his receivers got outfought for a lot of contested passes. Scheme related stats will be a question throughout the draft process.
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Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
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4 tackles, including 2 for losses. What impressed this week was his ability to disengage on plays where he is not near the QB, get his hands up and disrupt passes. Smart DT that will anchor a defense at the next level.
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Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, LSU
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The LSU secondary features 4 future NFL draft picks, so it is not an easy evaluation of their players. Williams has excellent coverage ability, but has had some games he has gotten picked on, and gave up a fairly easy pass on a Rice TD drive.
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Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
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Defenses continue to work around Little to go after weaker blockers, but on tape had another steady game, which NFL teams love to see in a LT.
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A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
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Making a strong push to be the top WR in the draft with 9 receptions for 212 and a TD. Still producing even tough he is getting lots of attention after the Metcalf injury. Out of the box ready for the next level.
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Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
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Late year total mismatch game didn't tell us much. Big games ahead.
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Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
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Another technically beautiful game for the top LT prospect in the draft. Auburn and Georgia games will tell us a lot.
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Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
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In a game where the defense needed a spark, he provided it and ended up with 2 sacks and 5 tackles. Probably the most complete defensive end prospect.
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Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
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Fair performance, 19/34 for 262, with 2 TD's and 2 INT's. A lot of that was YAC as well. Makes a few very poor decisions almost every game that hurts his team, but also has stretches of very good QB play.
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Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State
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Albeit over a hapless Louisville team, Finley looked superb, going 26/36 for 316 and 4 TD's with no INT's. Most NFL ready QB in the draft right now.
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Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
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Putting together a remarkable year where he sets the tone for the defense to dominate opponents. Can anchor and also 1 gap.
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Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
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These late season cupcake opponents that SEC teams schedule don't offer much for scouting. Not much to evaluate vs. Liberty.
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Brian Burns, OLB/DE, Florida State
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7 tackles and a sack against Boston College, and continues to show some impressive coverage skills not seen in most of the other top DE prospects.
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Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
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3 solo tackles and a sack. Looks like the best player on Clemson's dominant defense.
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N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
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Third straight game over 100 yards, and had to fight for every catch. Had lots of errant throws tossed at him which he had no chance to catch.
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Montez Sweat, LB, Mississippi State
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Saw extra blocking, but should have produced more against an over-matched Arkansas o-line.
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Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
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6 tackles and a sack vs FSU. Relentless, and really efficient vs. the run as well.
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Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
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8 tackles, and played all over the field. Big games coming up.
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Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
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Has these up and down games, this game vs. Kansas going just 6/65. An agile WR with burst, but small and small framed. Nice complementary weapon in an NFL offense.
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Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky
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15 tackles and 2 sacks. Arguably the best player in the draft, but draft stock will be affected by position value and supply/demand.
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Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
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Won't be fully healthy this year, but continues to battle week in and week out and every play. 4 tackles and a sack.
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Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
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Going 24/43 for just 158 and no TD's looks bad, but this is college football where sometimes there are just total mismatches. What was important was that Jones looked poised under relentless pressure and had no where to run or throw. More evenly matched games coming up will help.
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Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
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Devastating when able to work the gaps in front of him, and is an excellent fit for a 3-4 team where he can primarily move forward and control the run game and blitz.
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Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
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21/30 for 257 and two TD's. At times looks like a polished, pro-style NFL passer, with an excellent deep ball. Far too inconsistent, though, and has wilted in big games. QB projections are all about potential, however, and can have a nice game vs. Arkansas and a good bowl game, could regain stock value.

 

 

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