Welcome back to another edition of Dishing on the Draft. This week, we talk about the Big Ten and MWC returning, one of the best wide receivers in the class is now out for the year, another prospect decided this season wasn’t in their best interest, and much more.
THIS WEEK’S DRAFT NEWS
The biggest news of the week came out of the Alabama-Tennesse game. Junior WR, Jaylen Waddle, will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his ankle on the opening kickoff. Waddle is one of, if not the most, explosive player in the 2021 NFL Draft class. Hopefully, he will be able to fully rehab before the combine or his pro day so he can test as explosive as everyone expects.
Matt Zenith of AL.com is reporting that Mississippi State senior RB Kylin Hill is opting out of the remainder of the season. Hill hasn’t played since the second game of the year. I will likely have a second-round grade on the former Bulldogs RB.
Duke senior CB Mark Gilbert opted out of the rest of the 2020 season and will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Gilbert recorded six picks in 2017 but has seen his career ravaged by injuries. I would expect because of this, Gilbert will likely go undrafted but should have a chance to stick on a team.
Months after acquiring him from Jacksonville, Minnesota is trading DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore. The Vikings will receive a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 5th in 2022. Misfiring on Ngakoue will end up costing Minnesota about 50 slots in the draft after sending a 2021 second-round pick to the Jaguars.
The New York Giants traded OLB Markus Golden to Arizona for a 2021 6th. Golden returns to the Cardinals as they make a playoff push while the Giants look like they will be picking in the top five again.
The Cowboys traded DE Everson Griffen to the Lions for a conditional 6th-round pick.
The Bengals are trading the franchise’s #2 sack generator, Carlos Dunlap, to Seattle in exchange for reserve lineman B.J. Finney and a 2021 7th-round pick. Cincinnati’s relationship with Dunlap had deteriorated to the point of no return with Dunlap.
Thanks to the great folks over at Tankathon, we will start looking at how the draft order is shaping up for all non-playoff teams.
The Jets obviously still hold the top spot in the #TankforTrevor sweepstakes as they have yet to win a game.
In sad, albeit expected news, the 2021 East-West Shrine Game has been canceled due to concerns from Covid-19. The game will return in 2022. AL.com’s Creg Stephenson reached out to the Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy and was told that everything is still a go for this season’s game.
Speaking of the Senior Bowl, their third accepted invite is also their 3rd FCS offensive lineman. Grambling State guard David Moore will play in the top All-Star game in 2021.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
Arkansas State-@-Appalachian State
Appalachian State DL Demetrius Taylor is a disruptive three-tech prospect. He hustles the entire game and just makes plays. Taylor recorded two sacks against the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State senior WR Jonathan Adams continued his great start to 2020 catching six balls for 134 yards. However, it one of the best blocks you will ever see a WR make that will get the NFL scouts attention.
He didn’t get in the end zone tonight, but Arkansas St. WR Jonathan Adams Jr. has been on fire this season. Finishing with 6 catches for 134 yards tonight, he’s up to 27 catches for 412 yards and 4 TDs over the past 3 games.
This block was excellent.pic.twitter.com/XHFXcO1TsI
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) October 23, 2020
USF senior CB K.J. Sails shows good cover skills down the field. He is probably destined to be a nickel in the NFL.
Tulsa junior LB Zaven Collins is a huge man (6-4 260) but he runs well and makes a ton of plays. Against the Bulls, he recorded 5 solo tackles, a forced fumble, and returned an interception for a TD.
I was hoping to get a good look at Illinois WR Josh Imatorbhebhe but unfortunately, QB Brandon Peters couldn’t get the football to anyone of note. Imatorbhebhe reportedly has notched a 47-inch vertical and should test great in the other metrics as well.
Ohio State junior QB is well on his way to cementing his status as QB2 for the 2021 NFL Draft. Fields sees the field well, he has a big arm, and he moves in the pocket like a seasoned veteran. Against Nebraska, Fields was 20/21 for 276 yards and 2 scores.
NC State-@-North Carolina
NC State senior WR Emeka Emezie jumped out to me in their loss to the Tar Heels. Emezie is a big target (6-3 220) but appears to be limited athletically. He caught four passes for 84 yards and a TD.
William Bradley-King continues to emerge as a potential Top-100 edge rusher prospect. He hustles, has great bend, and he converts speed-to-power well. WBK finished with six tackles and a sack against Texas.
Rondale Moore opted back into the season but missed this game against Iowa. It sounds like he may miss a few more games too.
South Carolina senior QB Collin Hill has an internal clock that resembles a sundial when it needs to be like a stopwatch.
LSU WR Terrance Marshall is a chess piece on offense for the Tigers. He can work outside as well as the slot. He diced up the Gamecocks with six grabs for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
File away the name of Nevada redshirt sophomore QB Carson Strong for the future. Strong does a great job in the pocket with plus arm strength. He went 39/52 for 420 yards and 4 TDs in the overtime win over Wyoming.
Kwity Paye, number one on Bruce Feldman’s annual Freaks list, took over the game late against Minnesota. On three straight plays in the fourth quarter, Paye had a pressure and sacked Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan…twice.
WHAT’S ON TAP
Colorado State-@-Fresno State-9:00 PM-CBSSN (Thursday)
Hawaii-@-Wyoming-8:45 PM-FS1 (Friday)
Michigan State-@-Michigan-11:00 AM-FOX
Ole Miss-@-Vanderbilt-3:00 PM-SECN
Ohio State-@-Penn State-6:30 PM-ABC
San Diego State-@-Utah State-8:30 PM-CBSSN
Western Kentucky-@-BYU-9:15 PM-ESPN