Welcome back to another edition of Dishing on the Draft. A whole lot of mind changers amongst the players that have declared for the draft, especially in the Big Ten. The most positive thing this week? The SEC returns on Saturday!
THIS WEEK’S DRAFT NEWS
Now that the Big Ten has announced their revised 2020 football schedule several of the prospects that weren’t going to play this season have had a change of heart.
Ohio State corner Shaun Wade, just a few days after opting out, announced he would be returning to the Buckeyes. Wade likely would have been a first-round pick a year ago had he entered the draft.
Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman has re-enrolled in classes. The standout pass-catcher must get an NCAA waiver to be eligible as he has already signed with an agent.
Michigan redshirt sophomore OT Jalen Mayfield has also announced a return to school. Mayfield probably needed to come back. Especially if he wants to be a first-rounder.
Washington senior DL Levi Onwuzurike is opting out of this season and declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. I haven’t watched the U-Dub prospect yet but plan to later this week.
Michigan WR Nico Collins has reportedly signed with an agent. It is expected that he will not appeal to return to Ann Arbor.
Texas A&M junior LB Anthony Hines opts out of the 2020 season. However, it just appears he is taking the season off and not declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.
LSU DL Tyler Shelvin had toyed with the idea of returning to LSU but apparently had a change of heart.
And finally, Tennessee junior OT Cade Mays won his NCAA appeal and was granted immediate eligibility after transferring from Georgia.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
He wasn’t on my list to watch before Saturday, but after Boston College junior TE Hunter Long’s performance against Duke, he is now. Long made some crazy catches while consistently getting open. He finished with seven catches for 93 yards and a TD.
For Duke, junior edge Chris Rumph gets all of the headlines. However, it was his partner, senior EDGE Victor Dimukeje (6’2” 265) that had the big day against BC. Dimukeje recorded 3.5 sacks on Saturday.
Despite having to use three separate QBs, Oklahoma State managed to hang on against Tulsa. It took Chuba Hubbard a while to get going but he finished strong. Hubbard had one long run of 40 yards that raised his YPC average about 3 per carry. Tylan Wallace wasn’t his normal big-play self against the Golden Hurricane. He caught four passes for 94 yards.
I came away impressed by Marshall SR OT Josh Ball. He has experience playing both tackle spots. He should be available in the mid-rounds. The player that really jumped out to be was Thundering Herd JR corner, Steven Gilmore. He is the younger brother of the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore was hit with multiple interference penalties on one drive. However, he wasn’t discouraged. Gilmore finished the drive with a beautiful read to pick off a pass. He had a couple more PBUs later in the game. He has a chance to be a high draft pick in the future.
The UCF offense was humming against Georgia Tech. Senior RB Otis Anderson was well rounded. The 6’ 193-pound back totaled 109 yards of offense with one score. The Knights were led by a pair of senior wideouts, Marlon Williams and Tre Nixon. The duo combined to catch 14 balls for 248 yards and two TDs.
Louisiana Tech-@-Southern Miss
It was a wild game in Hattiesburg. La Tech was down about 20 players due to COVID protocols. However, they scored the game-winning TD with less than ten seconds to play. The star of the game was USM senior WR Tim Jones. Jones (6’1” 202) finished with 8 catches for 160 yards and 2 scores. He outran the entire Bulldogs defense on a 74-yard catch-and-run.
Wake Forest-@-NC State
This was another fun shootout. Carlos Basham, the 6’5” 278-pound senior edge rusher for Wake Forest, is the real deal. He has the power to seal the edge and has the speed to rush off the edge. Basham had 5 tackles and 1 sack against the Wolfpack. Basham is a potential late first-round pick.
WHAT’S ON TAP
UAB-@-South Alabama-6:30 PM-ESPN (Thursday)
Kansas State-@-Oklahoma-11:00 AM-FOX
Mississippi State-@-LSU-2:30 PM-CBS
Florida State-@-Miami (FL)-6:30 PM-ABC
Tennessee -@-South Carolina-6:30 PM-SECN