While the 2022 NFL Draft is still far off in the distance, players that will be drafted early are on the field now. Each week presents unique matchups for draft prospects and this week is no different. Here are NFL Draft prospects to watch in college football week 10.
1. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty Flames
Liberty is having their second-straight quality season thanks to a good offense. That offense is led by quarterback Malik Willis, who transferred to Liberty from Auburn. So far this season, Willis has passed for 1,986 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions on 66.7 percent completion. He has also rushed for 684 yards and nine touchdowns, helping show off his dual-threat abilities.
The game against Ole Miss will be his last time playing against a power five team, unless the Flames play one in a bowl game. Willis will also be going up another quarterback prospect in Matt Corral. Willis has shown off his arm strength, mobility and the ability to extend plays, but needs to show better accuracy and the ability to read defenses better. His physical tools though could make him a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
2. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn Tigers
Auburn wasn’t expected to have the greatest season, but they are 6-2 with a real chance to finish solidly for new head coach Bryan Harsin. Their defense has played solidly and a lot of that is thanks to their secondary. Roger McCreary specifically has had a great season. He has two interceptions and six passes defended so far this season. His impact isn’t fully shown in his stat line.
The Tigers have a big game against the Texas A&M Aggies in week 10. The Aggies don’t have the best quarterback in Zach Calzada, who started off the year as the backup, but McCreary will need to limit big plays. If he can help get the Aggies off the field and help Auburn win the time of possession battle, it will go a long way for the team. He is currently projected to be selected before day two of the 2022 NFL Draft is over.
3. Kenyon Green, OG/C, Texas A&M Aggies
Things looked bleak for the Aggies after quarterback Haynes King went down with an injury and the team lost two-straight games. Their fortunes have turned, as they have won the last three games, which includes a win over Alabama. Their offensive line has helped the Aggies win games, even with a backup quarterback. Kenyon Green has played well even after moving from left guard to right tackle this season.
The Aggies will want to keep the ball on the ground and keep the clock ticking against Auburn. Green will help their rushing attack a lot. While he has played tackle this season, he projects to be a guard in the NFL. With a solid finish to the season, Green could be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
4. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington Huskies
Washington hasn’t had a great season, as they are 4-4, but the Huskies still could make a bowl game. Their defense has been keeping them competitive this season. There are plenty of impact players on the defense and Trent McDuffie might be the best of them. He has just three passes defended this season, but he has shut down his side of the field in a lot of games.
This week, the Huskies play Oregon. If the defense can limit big plays, the Huskies could pull off an upset. McDuffie could generate some big plays and possibly get his first interception of the season against Anthony Brown, who has been inconsistent this season. McDuffie’s coverage has been good and he could be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
5. Mykael Wright, CB, Oregon Ducks
Oregon has just one loss on the season and are the class of the Pac-12. They could find themselves in the College Football Playoff at the end of the season if they win out. They’ll need some good performances from their defense, which has plenty of NFL-level talents. Mykael Wright is one of those players. He has one interception and four passes defended on the season.
Wright will be one of the many defenders on Oregon’s defense who will be looking to take advantage of a weak Washington offense. He could be in store for a big day. Like McDuffie, and most defensive players, their impact on the game isn’t always reflected in the stat line, but the stats may be there in this game. Wright is currently projected to be a second-day pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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