Welcome back to another edition of Dishing on the Draft. This week, we welcome the Big Ten and the Mountain West into the 2020 season. The Senior Bowl has its second invitation accepted. We also have a new candidate for CB1.
THIS WEEK’S DRAFT NEWS
Let’s start with the Senior Bowl. Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown (6-9 321) became the second player to accept an invitation to the 2021 Senior Bowl. Brown joins fellow Missouri Valley Conference offensive tackle Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State) in the premier college football all-star game.
Speaking of the Senior Bowl, per a source close to the game, the 2021 Senior Bowl will stay a one-week event. The game’s executive director Jim Nagy had spoken openly about the possibility of a two-week event to accommodate players who not have been able to play in the fall. However, now with nearly every FBS team in the fold, that plan has been scrapped. The game’s date is still in flux. It is now solely dependent on if the NFL has to add makeup weeks to the regular season. The Senior Bowl is traditionally played during the off week between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. If those games are pushed back, the Senior Bowl will likely follow suit.
Covid-19 wreaked havoc on my game-watching plans this weekend. Five games that I had planned to watch this past weekend were postponed because of outbreaks on teams. Oklahoma State-Baylor, Cincinnati-Tulsa, LSU-Florida, Southern Miss-UTEP, and FIU-Charlotte all vanished from my DVR. Vanderbilt-Missouri and Appalachian State-Georgia Southern were also nuked from this week. This was always going to happen this year. However, this is the highest number of single week postponements.
Penn State RB Journey Brown is likely to miss the 2020 season due to injury. The Nittany Lion ball carrier is highly thought of in the scouting community and had the chance to be a Top-100 level player.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
The Ragin Cajuns have a two-headed monster at RB and both should be on NFL rosters next season. Trey Ragas is more of the bruiser while Elijah Mitchell is more elusive. Neither are featured in the passing game the way I would like to see. In the loss to the Chanticleers, Ragas finished with ten totes for 78 yards and a score. Mitchell ran nine times for 41 and two TDs.
I believe Shane Buechele is going to have a chance to be a low-end starting QB in the NFL. He has the arm and size but he needs to make quicker decisions. Against the Green Wave, Buechele was 23/37 for 384 yards and two touchdowns.
SMU was without star wide receiver, Reggie Roberson Jr. Roberson injured his knee against Memphis and will miss the rest of the year. He has likely played his last game for the Mustangs.
While I don’t have a draft grade for junior QB Zach Wilson yet, when I do, it will probably come in the late-round one range. Wilson has been electric for the Cougars so far in 2020. Against Houston, he went 25/35 for 400 yards and 4 TDs.
There was a tremendous battle going on all day between two future NFL stars. South Carolina corner Jaycee Horn and Auburn WR Seth Williams duked it out all day with Horn coming out on top. Horn saw more targets against Auburn than he saw in the first three games combined.
Seth Williams high pointed a 44-yard catch over Horn but was mostly kept in check otherwise. Horn finished with 4 PBUs, 3 tackles, and 2 INTS.
South Carolina senior WR Shi Smith continues to evolve into a potential Top-100 WR. The speedy Smith caught eight balls for 76 yards and a big boy TD that he outjumped an Auburn corner for.
West Virginia DL Darius Stills made an athletic diving play for a pick against Kansas. He continues to make plays. He finished with 3 tackles, one TFL, and the aforementioned pick.
This game saw over 1500 yards of total offense. UCF ran 96 plays. Memphis ran 95. Tigers senior QB Brady White was 34/50 for 486 yards with 6 touchdowns. He also ran for a score. White doesn’t have any special traits but he is solid and could be a late-round selection.
Memphis star WR Damonte Coxie did not play and the rumor mill is churning that he may be opting out of the rest of the year.
Marshall senior OT Josh Ball (6-8 308) has the long arms you look for but he needs to develop more strength. I currently envision him going in the 5th-7th round range.
Does Mac Jones have a future as an NFL quarterback? A year ago, I would have said no. However, after seeing how he controls the Alabama offense, I may be changing my tune. Jones threw for 417 yards against Georgia. It was his third 400-yard passing game this season.
In the first game that he was truly healthy this year, Alabama DL Christian Barmore was disruptive. He finished the Georgia game with three tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and he batted two balls at the line.
WHAT’S ON TAP
Arkansas State-@-Appalachian State-6:30 PM-ESPN (Thursday)
Tulsa-@-South Florida-6:30 PM-ESPN (Friday)
Illinois-@-Wisconsin-7:00 PM-BTN (Friday)
Nebraska-@-Ohio State-11:00 AM-FOX
NC State-@-North Carolina-11:00 AM-ESPN
South Carolina-@-LSU-6:00 PM-ESPN