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    Draft Prospects 2021

    Thought I'd start a thread since CFB activity is starting to heat up... SEC play starts this weekend, the ACC has had a few games, Big 12 heating up, and Big Ten starting next month.

    Here's the list of guys who have opted out for this year. Some are super high-profile draft prospects like Jamarr Chase, Penei Sewell, and Micah Parsons. This is the latest updated list from The Athletic.


    The list below is comprised of players who have officially announced they will not play in the FBS this season, with some on the list not planning to play college football again. (NOTE: Because it was a long list, I just included...

    returning starters who aren't necessarily draft-eligible, denoted by asterisks - and players who HAVE declared for the NFL draft denoted by pound signs.

    Players opting out of FBS in 2020

    *#Caleb Farley DB Virginia Tech Junior

    *Kerry Martin Jr. S West Virginia Sophomore

    *#Micah Parsons LB Penn State Junior

    *#Gregory Rousseau DE Miami R-Sophomore

    *Jacub Panasiuk DE Michigan State Senior

    *Jordan Reid RT Michigan State Senior

    *Josh Jackson QB Maryland Senior

    *DJ Ford DB North Carolina Senior

    *#Jalen Twyman DT Pittsburgh Junior

    *Djimon Colbert LB Iowa Junior

    *Eddie McDoom WR South Florida Senior

    *Cole Clemens OL Vanderbilt Senior

    *Jonathan Stewart OL Vanderbilt Senior

    *Bryce Bailey OL Vanderbilt Senior

    *Kennedy Brooks RB Oklahoma R-Junior

    *#Warren Jackson WR Colorado State Senior

    #Kary Vincent Jr. CB LSU Senior

    *Jacques Turner DL Southern Miss Senior

    *Racheem Boothe LB Southern Miss Senior

    *Jaylond Adams WR Southern Miss Senior

    *Eli Johnson C Ole Miss Senior

    *#Sage Surratt WR Wake Forest R-Junior

    *#Jay Tufele DT USC R-Junior

    *#Rashawn Slater OL Northwestern Senior

    *#Ambry Thomas CB Michigan Senior

    *#Joe Tryon LB Washington R-Junior

    *#Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU Junior

    *Kenneth Gainwell RB Memphis R-Sophomore

    *Tyler Shelvin DT LSU R-Junior

    *Tay Gowan DB UCF R-Senior

    *Khalia Davis DL UCF R-Junior

    *#Camryn Bynum CB Cal R-Senior

    *#Penei Sewell OT Oregon Junior

    *#Alijah Vera-Tucker OG USC R-Junior

    *#Thomas Graham Jr. CB Oregon Senior

    *Jalen Redmond DT Oklahoma R-Sophomore

    *#Deommodore Lenoir CB Oregon Senior

    *#Walker Little OT Stanford Senior

    *#Jhamon Ausbon WR Texas A&M Senior

    *#Levi Onwuzurike DL Washington Senior

    *Anthony Hines III LB Texas A&M R-Junior

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    This is from a few weeks ago - some draft names from the ACC and Big 12...


    NFL Draft weekend primer: ACC and Big 12 prospects return to the field

    By Dane Brugler Sep 11, 2020

    Last week was a satisfying appetizer, but now we are getting to the main course as NFL prospects from Power 5 conferences return to the field Saturday.

    From a scouting perspective, every game and every snap matters, but even more so with the pandemic-related uncertainties this season. Hopefully, we see a full college football season, but there are no guarantees, which makes these September matchups even more important for NFL prospects.

    Syracuse at North Carolina
    Noon ET, ACC Network

    The main attraction in this matchup will be the North Carolina passing offense versus the Syracuse new-look 3-3-5 scheme under defensive coordinator Tony White. The transition means junior DS Andre Cisco (6-0, 205) makes the move from boundary safety to the “rover” position where he will have the chance to showcase his versatility and fine-tune his freelancing. Junior DB Trill Williams (6-2, 195) bumps inside from corner to free safety, which might ultimately be the best move for his long-term football future. Cisco and Williams received Day 2 draft grades from NFL scouts over the summer.

    Who has the best starting wide receiver talent in the ACC? Most would say Clemson or maybe Louisville, but North Carolina belongs in the conversation. For the first time in school history, the Tar Heels had two players surpass 1,000 receiving yards in the same season and both are legitimate NFL prospects: junior WR Dyami Brown (6-1, 195) and senior WR Dazz Newsome (5-11, 190). With his knack for stacking corners vertically, Brown was one of only four FBS players with 40-plus catches to average over 20 yards per reception in 2019, joining CeeDee Lamb, Ja’Marr Chase and Rashod Bateman. Tar Heels senior WR Beau Corrales (6-3, 208) is also on the NFL radar as a possible priority free agent.

    One of the most intriguing senior prospects in the upcoming draft cycle is North Carolina redshirt senior LB Chazz Surratt (6-2, 227). An All-American quarterback in high school, he led the Tar Heels in passing in 2017 before making the position switch prior to last season. Despite his meager defensive experience, Surratt had a fantastic debut season at linebacker, leading the team with 115 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. With his athletic profile and nose for the football, he is in the conversation with LSU’s Jabril Cox and a few others to be the first senior linebacker drafted in April.

    Louisiana at Iowa State
    Noon ET, ESPN

    Louisiana had the sixth-most productive rushing offense in college football last season, averaging 257.4 rushing yards per game. Raymond Calais (seventh-round pick of the Buccaneers) is gone from the Ragin’ Cajuns’ three-headed rushing attack, but seniors RB Elijah Mitchell (5-10, 218) and RB Trey Ragas (5-10, 222) are back and both are considered draftable NFL prospects. There is debate among scouts on who is the better player, although I give the slight edge to Mitchell right now because of his quickness and pass-catching skills. The top prospect to watch on the Cyclones defense is senior DS Greg Eisworth (6-0, 205), who is a two-year team captain and considered a possible late-rounder because of his toughness and smarts.

    Though Louisiana has one of the most talented backfields in the country, Iowa State has arguably the deepest tight-end depth chart in college football. The Cyclones have two seniors at the position on the NFL radar in TE Dylan Soehner (6-6, 266) and TE Chase Allen (6-7, 245). But it is redshirt junior TE Charlie Kolar (6-5, 255) who has really grabbed the attention of scouts. Though he won’t be a player who consistently separates or creates after the catch, Kolar has an NFL-ready frame with strong, confident hands to win contested catches and move the chains (76.5 percent of his receptions last season resulted in a first down), according to Sports Info Solutions.

    Junior QB Brock Purdy (6-1, 210) is an easy player to like with his twitchy delivery and quick process to work through things as a decision-maker. But as an NFL prospect, he is tougher to love because his physical traits are very average, lacking zip on his throws. Some scouts think Purdy is Jake Fromm 2.0, and others think he has more to offer.

    Duke at Notre Dame
    2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

    With Zack Martin, Ronnie Stanley and Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame has developed an impressive NFL pipeline at left tackle over the past decade. Redshirt senior LT Liam Eichenberg (6-5, 301) isn’t on that level as an NFL prospect, but he has done a solid job the past two years and enters his final season in South Bend as a borderline top-100 pick in the eyes of NFL teams. He will be tested in this contest versus Duke’s pass-rush tandem of senior edge Victor Dimukeje (6-2, 260) and redshirt junior edge Chris Rumph (6-2, 227). Dimukeje is considered a priority free agent, but Rumph, who led the Blue Devils with 13.5 tackles for loss last season, has explosive speed off the edge that intrigues evaluators, although his tweener traits create concern for his next-level role.

    The highest-ranked Notre Dame prospect on my early draft board is redshirt junior LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (6-2, 220), who is basically a do-everything nickel defender in defensive coordinator Clark Lea’s hybrid scheme. With his athletic traits and football IQ, he can stay on the field in any situation and will be an important matchup piece versus Duke seniors (and team captains) TE Noah Gray (6-4, 240) and RB Deon Jackson (6-0, 215). Currently my No. 1 ranked senior tight end, Gray had only one drop (on 75 targets) last season and his pass-catching skills could make him a mid-round pick.

    Duke ranked 110th in the FBS in passing offense last season, but that should change with redshirt junior QB Chase Brice (6-2, 230) now leading the offense. After three seasons as a backup behind Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence at Clemson, he transferred to Duke over the summer and earned the starting job. Despite seeing only mop-up duty in his career, Brice is already well liked by scouts with some believing that further tutelage under head coach David Cutcliffe will make him a sought-after prospect. One other Duke prospect worth mentioning is redshirt senior OC Jack Wohlabaugh (6-3, 305), who received draftable grades from scouts this summer. Unfortunately, he recently suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for the 2020 season.

    Clemson at Wake Forest
    7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

    Clemson is favored by 31 points so this likely won’t be a competitive contest. But it will be a great opportunity to evaluate Wake Forest redshirt senior edge Carlos Basham (6-4, 274), specifically when he lines up against Tigers junior LT Jackson Carman (6-5, 345). Basham is quick to read and attack and his relentless energy translates to production, leading the ACC in pressures (61) last season. Carman is a little heavy in his shuffle, but his quick hands and aggressive demeanor are why he can be a Day 2 prospect. Wake Forest has produced only one top-50 draft pick over the past decade, but Basham has a good chance of adding his name to that shortlist in April.

    Aside from Basham, there are plenty of question marks on the Wake Forest defense that will be easily exposed by Clemson’s explosive offense. Junior QB Trevor Lawrence (6-5, 220) starts the season as the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in April so every snap will be put under a microscope. Senior RB Travis Etienne (5-10, 212) has dominated Wake Forest over the past two seasons, averaging 11.1 yards per carry (26 carries for 288 yards and four touchdowns). His quest for the first round should get off to a great start in this matchup.

    Wake Forest redshirt junior WR Sage Surratt (6-3, 215) elected to opt out of the 2020 college football season and prepare for the NFL Draft, eliminating the opportunity for scouts to see him face off against Clemson junior CB Derion Kendrick (6-0, 190), one of the best cover athletes in the country.

    Western Kentucky at Louisville
    8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

    There are a few projected Day 2 draft picks suiting up in this matchup. For Western Kentucky, senior edge DeAngelo Malone (6-3, 231) is in the conversation to be one of the first senior pass rushers drafted in April. Though undersized by NFL standards, the Georgia native has excellent cornering skills with the quickness to jump between gaps, finding cracks at the line of scrimmage. With continued development as a run defender, Malone, who debuted at No. 47 on my preseason draft board, will continue to move up draft boards this fall.

    For Louisville, its NFL talent is on offense, starting with junior WR Tutu Atwell (5-9, 165). Though the lack of size is an obvious red flag, his dynamic athleticism makes him a nightmare for defenders when he gets the ball in space. Last season against the Hilltoppers, Atwell racked up 145 receiving yards and three touchdowns on only five receptions. In each of the past two NFL Drafts, an undersized wide receiver was drafted in the top 50 with Hollywood Brown (5-9, 166) and KJ Hamler (5-9, 178), and there is no reason to believe Atwell can’t join them.

    The Cardinals have two other offensive playmakers on the NFL radar with redshirt senior WR Dez Fitzpatrick (6-1, 199) and redshirt sophomore RB Javian Hawkins (5-9, 199). A possible mid-round pick, Fitzpatrick has a good mix of speed, toughness and ball skills, and his coaches say his leadership skills have grown each season. Hawkins posted 1,525 rushing yards (5.8 yards per carry) in his first season as a starter, although scouts want to see him more involved in the passing game. Entering his fourth season as a starter, Western Kentucky redshirt senior FS Devon Key (5-11, 216) is the veteran leader of the secondary and he will have his hands full versus Louisville’s offensive skill talent. Key enters the season as a projected late-rounder or priority free agent.

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    ... and here's some good information on SEC prospects, with SEC play starting this weekend. It's not a comprehensive lost, as is indicated below. Given the Bengals will likely be addressing the OL, Trey Smith (G, Tennessee) and Alex Leatherwood (T, Alabama) are intriguing prospects.


    NFL Draft: SEC prospects make their highly anticipated return

    By Dane Brugler Sep 25, 2020 12

    College football takes another step towards normalcy with the SEC returning to action this weekend.

    And with the SEC consistently producing more draft picks than any other conference, this weekend represents an uptick in productivity for NFL evaluators. All 14 SEC programs, not just Alabama and LSU, have something to offer NFL teams.

    Below is one draft-eligible NFL prospect from each SEC program that I can’t wait to see back on the field.

    They aren’t necessarily the 14 best prospects in the conference or even the best players on their teams. But they are 14 of the more intriguing SEC prospects that NFL scouts can’t wait to see return to the field.

    Florida at Ole Miss (Noon, ESPN)

    Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-4, 236)
    The chances of a prospect having a Joe Burrow-like ascension this season are slim to none, but Trask is a prospect who could steadily rise in Year 2 as the Gators’ starter. The redshirt senior has only average arm strength and needs to eliminate the high-risk decisions, but he is cerebral and efficient with his reads before and after the snap. Trask starts this season with a chance to be the first senior quarterback drafted.

    Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (5-9, 185)
    While a different style than recent Ole Miss wide receiver prospects like AJ Brown and DK Metcalf, Moore is no less dangerous. The Rebels’ slot receiver is electric in the open field, creating separation before and after the catch. Look for first-year head coach Lane Kiffin to showcase Moore every chance he gets.

    Kentucky at Auburn (Noon, SEC Network)

    Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky (6-4, 345)
    Arguably Kentucky’s best pro prospect, Kinnard put himself on the NFL radar last season as a first-year starter at right tackle. While a tad heavy in his pass sets, he shows the body flexibility and anchor strength to stymie rushers off the edge. If he can improve his timing and technique as a junior this season, Kinnard will continue to move up draft boards.

    Jamien Sherwood, DB, Auburn (6-2, 218)
    A little bit of a late bloomer, Sherwood is poised for a breakout season in Year 3 at Auburn. A reserve safety the last two seasons, he needed time to adjust to the playbook and the speed of the SEC, but defensive coordinator Kevin Steele thinks he can be “special” if he stays healthy. A versatile athlete with above-average tackling skills, Sherwood has NFL scouts highly intrigued.

    Mississippi State at LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS)

    K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State (6-4, 217)
    A grad transfer from Stanford, Costello and Mike Leach’s offense are an interesting pairing. From an intangible perspective, NFL scouts rave about his moxie, toughness and natural presence, which coaches and teammates follow. However, Costello must be more consistent with his decision-making and ball placement as a passer to be considered anything more than a late rounder.

    Jabril Cox, LB, LSU (6-3, 244)
    While he could have stayed at North Dakota State and continued to dominate as the big fish in a small pond, Cox transferred to Baton Rouge this offseason to prove he has the talent to play with anyone. He is a strong tackler with athleticism to make plays in space, but can he make a quick adjustment versus SEC speed? Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill will quickly test him.

    Georgia at Arkansas (4 p.m., SEC Network)

    Zamir White, RB, Georgia (6-0, 215)
    A five-star recruit in 2018, White tore the ACL in his right knee as a senior in high school and tore the one in his left knee as a freshman for the Bulldogs. He returned last season as a backup to D’Andre Swift and Brian Herrien, averaging 5.2 yards per carry in limited action. Now the starter as a redshirt sophomore, all eyes will be on White to see if he can stay healthy and finally showcase his unique talents.

    Myron Cunningham, OT, Arkansas (6-6, 322)
    After starting his career at Western Illinois of the FCS, Cunningham took a detour to Iowa Central Community College before transferring to Arkansas prior to last season. He became the starting left tackle while also showing his versatility at right tackle and inside at guard. With former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman now the Razorbacks’ head coach, Cunningham has a chance to put himself in the top-100 conversation.

    Alabama at Missouri (7 p.m., ESPN)

    Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri (6-0, 235)
    I received surprise reactions when I ranked Bolton No. 20 on my preseason draft board, but he earned that spot from his 2019 tape. He is a hammer looking for a nail downhill with the agile feet to work around blocks and the closing speed to finish at the ball carrier. While his lack of ideal length is a concern, Bolton’s instincts, quickness and play personality are above average — and that will be tested versus Alabama senior running back Najee Harris.

    Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama (6-3, 235)
    The starting mike linebacker in Nick Saban’s scheme, Moses hasn’t played since the 2018 season, missing last year with a knee injury. How will he look in his return? He used to be a man on a mission, displaying an impressive combination of explosive twitch and power for the position. He looked like a future top-10 pick on his 2018 tape and this game marks the start as he works to regain that trajectory.

    Vanderbilt at Texas A&M (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)

    Dayo Odeyingbo, DL, Vanderbilt (6-5, 279)
    Six SEC programs have produced a top-100 draft pick each of the last four years: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and the sixth? Not Georgia. Not either Mississippi school. It’s Vanderbilt. And Odeyingbo is a prospect capable of extending the Commodores’ streak to a fifth straight year. He is long, physical and powerful in the mold of the Houston Texans’ Charles Omenihu.

    Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M (6-2, 212)
    Now in his fourth year as the Aggies’ starter, it is now or never for Mond to showcase why NFL scouts should take him seriously as a pro prospect. He will make some throws that will make jaws drop, but consistency is a major concern. With Alabama and Florida on the schedule following the opener, it is crucial for Mond to get out to a strong start versus Vandy.

    Tennessee at South Carolina (7:30 p.m., SEC Network)

    Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee (6-5, 333)
    Despite some sloppy tendencies, Smith is the bully on the block with the natural strength to bounce bodies all over the field. The rising senior appeared rusty at times last season as he returned to the field and NFL scouts want to see him play with more control. With added consistency and a clean bill of health, Smith will punch his ticket for the first round.

    Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205)
    With his size and physicality, Horn, who is the son of former NFL wideout Joe Horn, loves to challenge receivers up-and-down the field. While his toughness is a strong selling point, he must also prove that he has the recovery quickness to stay in position and make plays on the football (zero interceptions in 23 career collegiate games). Horn debuted at No. 43 on the preseason top 50.

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    Auburn safety Smoke Monday in 2019:

    Coverage Snaps: 200
    Catches allowed: 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post

    Auburn safety Smoke Monday in 2019:

    Coverage Snaps: 200
    Catches allowed: 6
    Smoke is a hot prospect.

    Forgot to add, he plays with a lot of fire but he doesn’t get burned a lot.
    Last edited by texbengal; 09-26-2020 at 08:09 PM.

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    Trade down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOF View Post
    Trade down.
    From 32? Your negativity knows no bounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengalbro View Post
    From 32? Your negativity knows no bounds.

    Pretty sure I qualify as an optimist. Proof?

    I signed up for Sunday Ticket yesterday despite the cost NOT being prorated and no money back if the season is cancelled.

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    If in the top 5, Sewell, 5-10, Leatherwood, 15 or later, Wyatt Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason_NC View Post
    If in the top 5, Sewell, 5-10, Leatherwood, 15 or later, Wyatt Davis.
    I think Sewell is top 3 and would dictate Jonah move from OLT.

    Not saying they wouldn't, but....


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