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 15.
1. Coby Bryant, CB, Cincinnati Bearcats
The Cincinnati Bearcats have had a great season so far and are undefeated at 8-0. A big reason why they are playing so well is there defense and specifically their great secondary. One of those good players is Coby Bryant, who has 28 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, three interceptions and six passes defended.
For his career, Bryant has been a great corner for the Bearcats. He has six interceptions and 23 passes defended in his career and has played a lot over the last three seasons. Bryant will need to play well against Tulsa for Cincinnati. His play has garnered him some attention from the NFL, but he is likely a late round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
2. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
Tulsa has only lost to Oklahoma State this season and are in the top 25. They have good players on both sides of the ball, but specifically have some stars on defense. One of these stars is do-it-all linebacker Zaven Collins. He has 52 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, four interceptions and two passes defended on the season.
In order for Tulsa to beat Cincinnati, Collins will have to be the versatile player he has been all season long. At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, NFL teams will love to work with him and find a good fit in their defense. He could be a day two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
3. Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell has thrown the ball all over the field this season. They have had a good season and will likely have a shootout of a game against the Miami Hurricanes. That means wide receiver Dyami Brown could end up having a big game. Brown has 51 receptions for 932 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Brown has produced over the last two seasons for North Carolina. If he decides to go pro, it will be competitive, as the wide receiver class is stocked with talent. He is currently a mid to late round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
4. Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa Hawkeyes
Last season, the Hawkeyes had a first round pick at offensive tackle go pro. They have another future pro on the offensive line this season. Iowa will need their offensive line to play well against the Wisconsin Badgers, which includes offensive tackle Alaric Jackson. Jackson has blocked well this year for the Hawkeyes and has a chance to prove himself again against the Badgers.
Jackson could have gone pro after last season, but decided to return for another season as a Hawkeye. There are a lot of good tackles in this class. Jackson may not be taken in the first round, but he should be a solid pick for a team in the middle rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
5. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State has had a great season, when they’ve been able to play. COVID issues have canceled games, but they are undefeated looking for a spot in the CFP. They’ll need to go through their rivals, Michigan, but the Buckeyes are favored by 30 points. That means wide receiver Chris Olave is bound to have a big game. In five games this season, Olave has had 36 receptions for 528 yards and five touchdowns.
The only question for Olave is whether he will be able to suit up with the team dealing with COVID. If he suits up and plays well, he could improve his draft stock. He is currently seen as a first or second round pick. Every game matters for wide receivers to improve their stock in this deep class.
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