What to Watch: Week Four Prospect Platter

What to Watch

Eight games are on the docket for Deep Fried Draft in Week Four.  I will tell you what to watch, and more importantly, whom to watch in this week’s games that I will be consuming.

What to Watch: Week Four Prospect Platter

9/20/19

FIU @ Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM CBSSN

12 QB James Morgan FIU Sr 6’4 230
1 S L’Jarius Sneed Louisiana Tech* Sr 6’1 193
15 WR Malik Stanley Louisiana Tech* Sr 6’3 212

This is a one player eval in this game for me. FIU senior QB James Morgan showed up on multiple top ten senior quarterback lists over the summer so I felt like I needed to see for myself. It has been a rough go of it for the Golden Panthers so far this season.

9/21/19

Michigan @ Wisconsin 11:00 AM FOX

24 CB Lavert Hill Michigan Sr 5’11 177
20 QB Shea Patterson Michigan Sr 6’1 193
7 LB Khaleke Hudson Michigan Sr 5’11 220
9 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones Michigan Jr 6’1 208
6 LB Joshua Uche Michigan Sr 6’3 217
4 EDGE Mike Danna Michigan Sr 6’2 257
51 C Cesar Ruiz Michigan Jr 6’4 320
74 G Ben Bredeson Michigan Sr 6’4 308
61 C Tyler Biadasz Wisconsin Jr 6’3 322
23 RB Jonathan Taylor Wisconsin Jr 5’11 221
49 TE Kyle Penniston Wisconsin Sr 6’3 243
71 OT Cole Van Lanen Wisconsin Jr 6’5 311
4 WR A.J. Taylor Wisconsin Sr 5’11 201

This is my first extended look at several players for both of these squads. The interior offensive line is king in this one. For Michigan Ben Bredeson and Cesar Ruiz are considered top-level prospects. Meanwhile, in Madison, the Badgers keep churning out top linemen. Tyler Biadasz and Cole Van Lanen are the ones to watch. Biadasz could be a late first-round selection.

The top prospect in the game, in my opinion, is Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor. Taylor and Georgia junior D’Andre Swift were the top two RBs I watched over the summer.

Michigan State @ Northwestern 11:00 AM ABC

99 DL Raequan Williams Michigan State Sr 6’3 295
14 QB Brian Lewerke Michigan State Sr 6’3 212
62 OT Luke Campbell Michigan State Jr 6’5 290
48 EDGE Kenny Willikes Michigan State Sr 6’3 260
6 S David Dowell Michigan State Sr 6’0 196
25 WR Darrell Stewart Michigan State Sr 6’2 218
42 LB Paddy Fisher Northwestern Jr 6’4 245

Michigan State senior Brian Lewerke was the worst QB I watched over the summer. I want to see if he has improved any at all over what I saw from his 2018 tape. Spartans edge rusher Kenny Willikes looks fully healed from the injury he suffered at the end of their 2018 campaign. For Northwestern, junior LB Paddy Fisher is the main player I will have my eye on.

Tennessee @ Florida 11:00 AM ESPN

19 EDGE Darrell Taylor Tennessee Sr 6’3 254
18 S Nigel Warrior Tennessee Sr 6’0 188
1 WR Marquez Callaway Tennessee Sr 6’2 199

I added this game to the schedule late because I wanted to watch the Vols players in the first third of the season. Darrell Taylor is a force off of the edge. He presents an issue upfront for Florida.

Appalachian State @ North Carolina 2:30 PM ACC RSN

75 OT Victor Johnson Appalachian State Sr 6’5 296
24 LB Akeem Davis-Gaither Appalachian State Sr 6’2 210
59 LB Jordan Fehr Appalachian State* Sr 6’3 230

I wanted to see App State in person against South Alabama later this year but a schedule conflict prevented that. Akeem Davis-Gaither is an undersized LB prospect that has attracted the attention of scouts. Senior offensive tackle Victor Johnson is a player that I want to see. I want to watch to see if he has the feet and the power to handle both bigger and smaller edge rushers.

Baylor @ Rice 6:00 PM CBSSN

15 WR Denzel Mims Baylor Sr 6’2 209
52 C Sam Tecklenburg Baylor* Sr 6’4 310
2 LB Blake Lynch Baylor* Sr 6’3 225
63 OT Jake Fruhmorgen Baylor* Sr 6’6 305
6 RB JaMycal Hasty Baylor* Sr 5’9 205
14 WR Chris Platt Baylor* Sr 6’2 200

Baylor WR Denzel Mims is the only Bears prospect on my initial list of 300 players. However, the Senior Bowl has several they are keeping an eye on. As for Sims, he is a big speedy wideout capable of picking up chunks of yardage.

Oregon @ Stanford 6:00 PM ESPN

3 QB K.J. Costello Stanford Sr 6’4 215
84 TE Colby Parkinson Stanford Jr 6’6 240
72 OT Walker Little Stanford Jr 6’6 313
11 CB Paulson Adebo Stanford Jr 6’1 188

Stanford got humiliated a week ago at UCF and now they must regroup to defend against Justin Herbert and the Ducks. I already watched Oregon earlier this year so my focus will be solely on the Cardinal in this one. CB Paulson Adebo was burned multiple times by the UCF receivers last week. He needs a huge bounce back this week. TE Colby Parkinson needs to assert himself more into the offense as well.

UCLA @ Washington State 9:30 PM ESPN

14 WR Theo Howard UCLA Sr 6’0 176
11 LB Keisean Lucier-South UCLA Sr 6’3 235
27 RB Joshua Kelley UCLA Sr 5’11 204
1 WR Tay Martin Washington State Jr 6’3 185
12 WR Dezmon Patmon Washington State Sr 6’4 225

It hasn’t been the ideal start for Chip Kelly in his first two seasons in Pasadena. Joshua Kelley only has 130 yards in the two games he has played averaging less than four per rush. For the Cougars, the Mike Leach Air Raid continues to sling it around the yard. It doesn’t matter who the QB is. Tay Martin and Dezmon Patton have caught 13 passes each while combining for a little less than 400 yards. I expect each to excel against a poor UCLA defense.

Until next time…

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