What to Watch: Week Five Prospect Platter

WHAT TO WATCH

It is catch up time for Deep Fried Draft this week. I will tell you what to watch, and more importantly, whom to watch in the 12 games I will be consuming in week five.

WHAT TO WATCH: WEEK FIVE PROSPECT PLATTER

9/27/2019     

Arizona State @ Cal 9:30 PM ESPN

3 RB Eno Benjamin Arizona State Jr 5’9 201
24 CB Chase Lucas Arizona State Jr 6’0 175
2 WR Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State* Sr 6’1 206
93 DL Luc Bequette Cal Sr 6’1 300
6 S Jaylin Hawkins Cal Sr 6’1 205
27 S Ashtyn Davis Cal* Sr 6’1 200
89 LB Evan Weaver Cal Sr 6’3 235

The Cal Bears are surprisingly unbeaten with a real chance to win the Pac 12 North. They are at this point because of their suffocating defense lead by Hawkins, Davis, and Weaver. Weaver has 62 tackles in just four games.

The top prospect for the Sun Devils is likely Eno Benjamin. However, WR Brandon Aiyuk is picking up steam as a prospect.

9/28/2019     

Buffalo @ Miami (OH) 11:00 AM ESPNU

14 CB Zedrick Raymond Miami (Ohio) Sr 6’0 181

Unlike last year when Buffalo was appointment viewing for me that is not the case in 2019. For me, this game is all about Redhawks corner Zedrick Raymond.

Holy Cross @ Syracuse 11:00 AM ACCN

94 EDGE Alton Robinson Syracuse Sr 6’3 249
3 CB Christopher Frederick Syracuse* Sr 5’11 198
98 DL McKinley Williams Syracuse* Sr 6’4 282
55 EDGE Kendall Coleman Syracuse* Sr 6’3 253
29 RB Otto Zaccardo Syracuse* Sr 5’10 212

My main focus in this one is to watch Orange edge rusher, Alton Robinson. Robinson has two sacks so far in 2019. I wish I had scheduled to see him against a stronger test. Oh well, perhaps later in the year.

Idaho @ Northern Colorado 2:00 PM ELVN

7 QB Jacob Knipp Northern Colorado Sr 6’4 218

Knipp was the only QB of the 25 I had listed to watch that I wasn’t able to see over the summer. So, this will be my first exposure to him.

Florida Atlantic @ Charlotte 2:30 PM NFLN

40 TE Harrison Bryant Florida Atlantic Sr 6’5 240
5 EDGE Alex Highsmith Charlotte Sr 6’3 244
32 RB Benny Lemay Charlotte* Sr 5’9 218

Things haven’t gone quite as smoothly for Lane Kiffin at the FAU after his unbeaten CUSA debut season. Kiffin doesn’t have an abundance of NFL talent on his roster. Bryant leads the Owls with 249 receiving yards.

Charlotte doesn’t have anyone on my list currently. However, Alex Highsmith will likely be making his way there soon. Dane Brugler of The Athletic had a great write up about the 49ers edge rusher today.

Southern Cal @ Washington 2:30 PM FOX

7 RB Stephen Carr Southern Cal Jr 6’0 205
21 WR Tyler Vaughns Southern Cal Jr 6’1 185
89 EDGE Christian Rector Southern Cal Sr 6’3 275
91 DL Brandon Pili Southern Cal Jr 6’3 325
6 WR Michael Pittman Southern Cal Sr 6’4 225
51 OT Drew Richmond Southern Cal Sr 6’5 301
10 QB Jacob Eason Washington Sr 6’5 212
8 EDGE Benning Potoae Washington Sr 6’2 277
72 OT Trey Adams Washington Sr 6’8 309
56 C Nick Harris Washington* Sr 6’1 302
5 CB Myles Bryant Washington* Sr 5’8 185
2 WR Aaron Fuller Washington* Sr 5’11 188

This is easily the game of the week for scouting purposes for me. Southern Cal may be on their third QB of the year but they have multiple NFL prospects at the skill positions.

Jacob Eason has lowkey had a really good start to 2019. He has one of the strongest arms of any QB in this draft class. OT Trey Adams has suffered so many setbacks over the years that you can’t help but root for him to succeed. It helps that he is an excellent talent at a position of critical need in the NFL.

SMU @ South Florida 3:00 PM ESPNU

89 TE Mitchell Wilcox South Florida Sr 6’4 236
11 QB Blake Barnett South Florida Sr 6’4 217
2 RB Jordan Cronkrite South Florida Sr 5’10 207
94 EDGE Kirk Livingstone South Florida Sr 6’3 263
7 CB Mike Hampton South Florida Jr 6’0 168
3 WR James Proche SMU* Sr 6’0 193
5 RB Xavier Jones SMU Sr 5’11 208

SMU is off to a surprising 4-0 start. RB Xavier Jones is someone I was high on as a sophomore but seemingly fell out of favor a year. Jones has re-emerged this year and leads the Mustangs in rushing. For USF, QB Blake Barnett was benched for playing completely terrible if we are being honest. Mitchell Wilcox and Jordan Cronkrite are the players to watch for the Bulls.

Towson @ Florida 3:00 PM SECN

14 QB Tom Flacco Towson Sr 6’1 208

The younger brother of Broncos QB Joe, Tom Flacco will have an opportunity to show off against an SEC defense. Flacco looked solid against Wake Forest in the one game I watched of him over the summer.

Uconn @ UCF 6:00 PM ESPN2

13 WR Gabriel Davis UCF Jr 6’2 212
72 C Jordan Johnson UCF* Sr 6’1 320
14 CB Nevelle Clarke UCF Sr 6’0 187
65 OT Matt Peart Uconn* Sr 6’5 300

UCF suffered its first regular-season loss in a few years at Pitt last week. Now, WR Gabriel Davis and company will look to bounce back against the defensively inept Uconn Huskies.

Kentucky @ South Carolina 6:30 PM SECN

56 LB Kash Daniel Kentucky Sr 6’0 242
71 G Logan Stenberg Kentucky Sr 6’6 321

Kentucky LB Kash Daniel is brazened to put it lightly. The Wildcat’s senior got the wrong kind of headlines when showed him allegedly twisting the ankle of Florida QB Kyle Trask. Stenberg is a solid interior prospect.

UNLV @ Wyoming 7:00 PM ESPNU

1 QB Armani Rogers UNLV Jr 6’5 225
78 G Justin Polu UNLV* Sr 6’3 325

Against my better judgment, I will continue to evaluate Armani Rogers as a quarterback prospect. Rogers is a fabulous athlete. Unfortunately, he is barely a 50% passer. When a coach like Tony Sanchez is fighting for his job, I am not sure how much longer he can keep him out there.

* Senior Bowl watchlist

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