NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT
WHO TO WATCH IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND
After two weeks filled with really intriguing games, the third week of the college football season looks like it will be a little tamer. Still, there is at least one huge early season SEC contest on the docket as well as at least a couple of other potentially interesting interconference match-ups.
#16 Stanford (3-1) at Washington (4-0); 4:15 PM ET; FOX … Its almost like old times at Washington where the still unbeaten Huskies host Stanford to kick off their PAC-12 schedule. And while Stanford is still likely the favorite in this one, the Huskies concede nothing to the Cardinal at least in terms of prospects for the upcoming draft. Indeed, Washington could have as many as a half dozen second-day prospects for the upcoming raft including athletic junior OLB Shaq Thompson (#7, 6-1, 230), massive NT Danny Shelton (#55, 6-2, 335) who already has 40 tackles and 7 sacks thru 4 games this season, OLB/DE Hau’oil Kikaha (#8, 6-3, 250), who’s got 6 sacks of his own, junior CB Marcus Peters (#21, 5-11, 200), and WR Kasen Williams (#2, 6-2, 225). In fact, this game could see one of the better individual matchups of the week when Kkaha goes against star Stanford junior LT Andrus Peat (#70, 6-6, 315) who figures to be in the top 10 mix if he ultimately opts to enter the upcoming draft. Stanford also features a top-end receiver corps including Ty Montgomery (#7, 6-2, 215) and junior Devon Cajuste (#89, 6-3, 230) catching passes from star junior QB Kevin Hogan (#8, 6-4, 230), who has some mid-to-late first round aspirations of his own. Meanwhile, other Stanford players to watch in the later rounds include OLB James Vaughters (#9, 6-2, 255, DE Henry Anderson (#91, 6-5, 295), MLB A.J. Tarpley (#17, 6-1, 240), DE Blake Lueders (#43, 6-5, 260), and junior CB Alex Carter (#25, 5-11, 200).
Bonus coverage: In fact, there are several potentially interesting one-on-one pass rush duals likely to take place this weekend. When Arkansas plays at #6 Texas A&M (3:30 PM ET; CBS) in the featured SEC game of the week, for example, A&M LT Cedric Ogbuehi (#70, 6-5, 305), another potential top 10 prospect for the upcoming draft, goes up against Hogs’ DE Trey Flowers (86, 6-3, 265) ... Meanwhile, it will be two for the price of one when South Carolina hosts Missouri (7 PM ET; ESPN) early this evening. That’s when the very fine South Carolina bookend OTs Corey Robinson (#53, 6-7, 350), who locks down the LT spot for the Gamecocks, and junior RB Brandon Shell (#71, 6-5, 335) go against emerging Missouri DEs Markus Golden (#33, 6-3, 260) and junior Sane Ray (#56, 6-3, 245) who have combined for 10 sacks and 6 other tackles for loss thru the Tigers first four games to date this year. As good as Robinson and Shell are on the outside, the SC offensive line’s best player is veteran OG A.J. Cann (#50, 6-3, 320), arguably the top prospect at the position for the upcoming, while junior RB Mike Davis (#28, 5-9, 220) isn’t that far behind the likes of elite RB prospects Gurley, Yeldon and Gordon ... And for night owls, ESPN offers a chance to check out Oregon State QB Sean Mannion (#4, 6-5, 220) when his Beavers travel to LA to face Southern California (10:30 PM ET; ESPN). It will be interesting to see how Mannion reacts to facing the pretty good USC defense led by star junior DE Leonard Williams (#94, 6-5, 290), who reportedly continues to draw lots of interest as a possible #1 pick overall at this year's draft. USC junior WR Nelson Agholor (#15, 5-11, 190), also currently rates among the top receivers in this year’s draft, while TE Randall Telfer (#82, 6-4, 250), OG Aundray Walker (#70, 6-5, 300), OLB JR Tavai (#58, 6-2, 270) and MLB Hayes Pullard (#10, 6-0, 230) are solid mid-round candidates