While the 2021 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 11.
1. Jabril Cox, LB, LSU Tigers
LSU has struggled this season. They are 2-3 and have struggled defensively. Even though they haven’t played their best, they still have some good players on their defense. Jabril Cox transferred in from North Dakota State to play linebacker for the Tigers.
In five games this season, Cox has 31 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovered. He has played solidly in the middle of the LSU defense and will now have a chance to go up against Alabama. Cox is currently projected to be a mid-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, so every performance matters for him.
2. Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama has received a lot of credit for their offense this season, but they still have some great players on the defensive side of the ball. The Crimson Tide will need their defense to continue to help them win games on their way to the College Football Playoff. Patrick Surtain is a big part of the defense and will be a part of a secondary that hopes to slow down LSU.
Surtain has 21 total tackles, one tackle for loss, two passes defended and one touchdown on the season. He is in contention to be one of the first corners selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and will get a lot of reps against LSU this week.
3. Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame is coming off of a big win over Clemson. They now face off against Boston College, which will pit Ian Book against his former backup, Phil Jurkovec. Book has led a good Notre Dame offense, but he needs to keep the progress going.
Book has thrown for 1,534 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception this season. He is coming off one of his best performances in his college career against Clemson. While he is currently projected to be drafted late in the 2021 NFL Draft, a few good performances could push him a little bit up draft boards.
4. Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas and former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks will take on the Gators this weekend. While the last few years have been tough for Arkansas, this year they already have three wins. Franks will be tasked with having their offense keep up with Florida’s, which won’t be easy.
Franks has really improved his draft stock this year with his play. He has 1,428 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on 67.2 percent completion. Franks had a long way to go, but with more good play down the stretch, he could even be invited to the Senior Bowl.
5. Kedarius Toney, WR, Florida Gators
Florida has many key components that make their offense so high-powered. One of these components is Kedarius Toney, who has really improved his stock this season at wide receiver. Toney will have to step his game up if tight end Kyle Pitts is unable to play after getting hit hard against Georgia.
Toney has 29 receptions for 339 yards and six touchdowns this season. He has specifically excelled at running with the ball after the catch. He has already helped himself a lot this season and with more good games, he could work his way into the talk of the top several receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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