Dishing on the Draft (11-4-20)

Welcome back to another edition of Dishing on the Draft. This week, we talk about the NFL trade deadline which has come and gone, a few more opt-outs, and we welcome the Pac-12 and MACtion into the 2020 season.

THIS WEEK’S DRAFT NEWS

The Pac-12 begins its 2020 football season on Saturday while the MAC actually gets started on Wednesday night. These are the final two FBS conferences to get started.

Two more players have entered their names into the 2021 NFL Draft pool.

BYU senior TE Matt Bushman, who suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason, is now opting into the draft. Bushman was one of the top senior TEs entering 2020.

Pitt junior safety Paris Ford has decided the rest of the season wasn’t in his best interest and he has entered the draft as well. Ford should end up grading out as one of the top prospects ay his position. Ford joins his teammate Jalen Twyman as early entrants.

Clemson QB, and presumptive #1 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, has tested positive for COVID-19. He becomes the highest-profile player to have to miss time. Clemson survived Boston College this past weekend. However, their trip to Notre Dame may present the Tigers with a different challenge.

The NFL trade deadline closed at 3 pm yesterday, and a handful of players will have new homes. However, the actual “deadline” was pretty much a dud.

The 49ers dealt LB Kwon Alexander to the Saints for a conditional 5th-round pick and LB Kiko Alonso. The trade leaves New Orleans with only four picks in the 2021 draft (1st, 2nd, 4th, & 7th).

The Chargers traded safety Desmond King to the Titans for a 2021 sixth-round selection.

LAST WEEK IN REVIEW

Colorado State-@-Fresno State

I went into this game with no expectations and came away wowed by Fresno State senior RB Ronnie Rivers. I think, at worst, Rivers can be an outstanding 3rd down option in the NFL. He is a tremendous pass catcher and is elusive in the open field. Against CSU, Rivers had 28 touches for 164 yards and three TDs.

Georgia-@-Kentucky

Georgia safety Richard LeCounte is one of the top safety prospects this season. He is rangy, has good ball skills, and plays disciplined. Against Kentucky, LeCounte had 13 tackles (6 solos), one fumble recovery, and 3 PBUs. Unfortunately, after the game, he was involved in a motorcycle accident. LeCounte was in stable condition while suffering no injuries that should be permanent. At this time, we do not know if he will be able to return this season.

Michigan State-@-Michigan

Michigan State senior LB Antjuan Simmons jumped onto my radar after his tremendous performance against Michigan. Simmons notched 11 stops (6 solos) and two PBUs in the Spartans upset of the Wolverines.

TCU-@-Baylor

TCU junior safety Trevon Moehrig is versatile. He can play center field or in the box. Moehrig has great size (6-2 202). He was not on my original list but that will be rectified soon. Moehrig had eight tackles, one TFL, and PBUs against Baylor.

Ole Miss-@-Vanderbilt

Ole Miss TE Kenny Yeboah, a transfer from Temple, is a willing blocker with field-stretching ability. A few weeks ago, he absolutely terrorized Alabama. He caught three balls against Vandy for 32 yards. Two of his catches were touchdowns.

Junior WR Elijah Moore is a bit on the small side (5-9 185). However, Moore is a crisp route runner, has good hands, and is a YAC monster. He caught 14 balls for 238 yards and three scores.

Ohio State-@-Penn State

Ohio State QB Justin Fields has now thrown seven TDs in two games. He also has seven incomplete passes. Not too shabby. Fields shredded Penn State to the tune of 28/34 318 and four TDs.

WR Chris Olave (7-120-2 TD) continues to improve weekly and is firmly amongst the top ten WR prospects.

Junior DL Tommy Togiai (6-2 300) had a breakout game as an interior pass rusher. Togiai had seven tackles and three sacks against the Nittany Lions.

San Diego State-@-Utah State

In what appears to be a trend this week, the top prospects in this game were a pair of safeties. San Diego State senior Dwayne Johnson, Jr is more of the LB/safety hybrid. He has quick instincts. Tariq Thompson is rangier and is solid in coverage. Both recorded three tackles against Utah State.

Western Kentucky-@-BYU

WKU senior edge rusher DeAngelo Malone struggled to make an impact as a pass rusher against BYU. The Cougars ran away from Malone most of the game.

Nevada-@-UNLV

The Nevada offense is fun to watch. We talked about RS sophomore QB Carson Strong last week. This week we are going to file away the names of a pair of junior pass catchers. WR Romeo Doubs both looks the part (6-2 200) and plays the part (6/211/1 TD). As does the 6-6 240-pound TE Cole Turner (4/72).

WHAT’S ON TAP

Buffalo-@-Northern Illinois-6:00 PM-ESPN2 (Wednesday)

Bowling Green-@-Toledo-7:00 PM-ESPNU (Wednesday)

San Jose State-@-San Diego State-8:00 PM-CBSSN (Friday)

BYU-@-Boise State-8:45 PM-FS1 (Friday)

Arizona State-@-Southern Cal-11:00 AM-FOX

Houston-@-Cincinnati-2:30 PM-ESPN

Pittsburgh-@-Florida State-3:00 PM-ACCN

Texas A&M-@-South Carolina-6:00 PM-ESPN

Clemson-@-Notre Dame-6:30 PM-NBC

Stanford-@-Oregon-6:30 PM-ABC

Washington-@-Cal-9:30 PM-ESPN

Washington State-@-Oregon State-9:30 PM-FS1

 

Image courtesy of AP/Barry Reeger