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
FIU @ Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM CBSSN
|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.
Michigan @ Wisconsin 11:00 AM FOX
|71||OT||Cole Van Lanen||Wisconsin||Jr||6’5||311|
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|
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
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
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
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
|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…
*Senior Bowl Watchlist