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 14 recap.
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1. Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech may not have kept it too close with Clemson, but they did run the ball well. Running back Khalil Herbert had 21 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown against a solid Tigers’ defense. He was the leading rusher in the game and it was one of many performances on the season for Herbert.
Herbert has really improved his stock this season at Virginia Tech after transferring in from Kansas. He is one of many good running backs though in the 2021 NFL Draft. Herbert will still likely be selected in the middle rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
2. Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn Tigers
Auburn played Texas A&M close, but the Tigers were unable to pull off the upset. Part of the problem was that they couldn’t get the ball in the hands of their playmakers. Anthony Schwartz, who has blazing speed, had just three catches for 38 yards and no touchdowns on the day.
The lack of production in this game likely won’t hurt Schwartz’s draft stock too much. It speaks more to the quarterback play of Bo Nix than it does of Schwartz. Because of his speed, Schwartz an NFL team will likely take a chance on Schwartz in the middle rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
3. Ty Fryfogle, WR, Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers got another big win over Wisconsin this week. It was the defense who played well specifically for Indiana. The offense was without starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who is out for the year with a torn ACL. Ty Fryfogle only had one catch for the game, but lived up to the fact that he produces big plays, as it was for 35 yards.
Fryfogle could’ve had a much better game with Penix healthy, so this game won’t negatively change his draft stock. This is a very deep wide receiver class, but Fryfogle has played well. He should be selected in the mid to late rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
4. Jake Ferguson, TE, Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin had a very rough day offensively against Indiana and only scored six points. A lot of their good players did not play well against the Hoosiers. Ferguson was the one target that produced well with five catches for 58 yards on the day.
While he won’t be one of the top three tight ends selected in the draft, Ferguson has proven to be a solid draft prospect. In the 2021 NFL Draft, he is worthy of being selected in the middle rounds as a prospect to develop.
5. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG/C, USC Trojans
USC’s game against Washington State was pushed back to Sunday night. The Trojans were able to come away with a win, 38-13 in a good offensive performance. The offensive line for USC played well including Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Vera Tucker’s performance allowed Kedon Slovis to throw for five first half touchdown passes. The Trojans couldn’t get anything going on the ground, but they didn’t need to. Vera-Tucker played well and should expect to be at least a day two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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