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 2 recap.
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1. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon Ducks
Although listed on the starting depth chart for Oregon this week, Thibodeaux didn’t play against Ohio State.
2. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State struggled, then eventually lost to Oregon 35-28. The Buckeyes had trouble running the ball, but the offensive line was solid in pass protection. Petit-Frere didn’t have to match up against Thibodeaux, but he was solid in pass protection. Petit-Frere will have to continue to work on his run blocking.
The performance wasn’t a great one, but there is plenty of time for Petit-Frere to improve his stock through the rest of the season. Ohio State didn’t have a great game plan and it made it difficult on both sides of the ball. If the team can mesh down the stretch, Petit-Frere can help them win big games and his own stock will rise.
3. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State Cyclones
Iowa State ended up losing to their rivals 27-17. They turned the ball over too many times to expect to win the game. Hall wasn’t free from blame, as he fumbled the ball near his own goal line and Iowa was able to get a scoop’n score. He did have 16 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown to go with his four catches for 24 yards.
The fumble really hurt the Cyclones and Hall will need to show more ball security in the future. Hall had a decent game running the ball against a stout defense. He is still in play to be the first running back selected, but Hall will need to pick up the pace a little bit in the offense-happy Big 12 schedule coming up.
4. Tyler Goodson, RB, Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa’s ability to force turnovers won them the Cy-Hawk trophy. It wasn’t an easy game to run the ball for either team. Goodson looked good, but finished with 21 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He added two catches for nine yards, but the Hawkeyes didn’t need a great game from Goodson to win the game.
While the stats don’t pop off the page, Goodson showed what he does best against Iowa State. He is quick and has tremendous moves to make defenders miss. Goodson also can catch passes out of the backfield to make him a versatile player. The stats don’t tell the whole story and that was the case with Goodson. His stock could rise throughout the Big Ten season.
5. Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina were huge favorites over Kansas and they delivered with a 49-22 victory. They moved the ball well and the Jayhawks were unable to keep up. Likely had a solid game with five catches for 40 yards. While the stats weren’t amazing, Likely was able to show his versatility, as he line up all over the field and was a matchup problem for the Kansas defense.
There aren’t many tight ends who are really gaining a lot of attention for the 2022 NFL Draft. Likely has the opportunity to move up draft boards. He may not be a candidate to be picked in the first round or two, but he has more than enough talent to be a mid-round pick if he plays well the rest of the season.
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