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 2.
1. D’Eriq King, QB, Miami Hurricanes
D’Eriq King is drawing rave reviews already in Miami. He transferred after setting plenty of dual-threat records at Houston and will be looking to help take Miami to the next level. They will be taking on UAB, which will give King the chance to put up some serious stats.
He does have some issues as a pro prospect. His arm talent isn’t great and he is short for a quarterback. King is 5-foot-11 and 202 pounds. If he has worked well on his accuracy and makes good decisions, King could be drafted this season.
2. Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State Seminoles
It was a bit of a surprise when Wilson decided to go back to school instead of entering the 2020 NFL Draft. Now, he is one of the best prospects who will suit up for the 2020 season, as several are sitting out to prepare for the draft. Wilson will help the Seminoles take on Georgia Tech in the opening week.
He will be one of, if not the best interior defensive linemen in the class. At 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, he fits the bill of an NFL interior defensive linemen. Wilson has gotten better every season and if he can do it again this season, he will be an early pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
3. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson Tigers
Another player who surprisingly returned to school for the 2020 season is Clemson running back Travis Etienne. Etienne had produced big time over his first three seasons on campus with 518 carries for 1,614 yards and 56 touchdowns. He was projected to be an early-round pick, but will now be trying to lead Clemson to a National Championship again.
Etienne and the Tigers will be going up against Wake Forest in their first game. Clemson is expected to win by a lot, but it is still worth watching how Etienne plays in his first game. With other top running back, Kenneth Gainwell sitting out this season, Etienne can make a case to be the first one at his position selected, but he will also have more wear and tear on the tires.
4. Carlos Basham Jr., Edge, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
On the other side of the ball from Etienne and Clemson’s offense will be Carlos Basham, an edge prospect. He had 10 sacks last season, which really help put him on the map. Now, he will be jockeying for position behind Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau in the 2021 class.
Basham is 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, which also gives him the versatility to move inside if needed. His production speaks for itself, so if he can match that, it will go a long way. For the Demon Deacons to have any chance, Basham has to have a great game.
5. Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse Orange
Cisco is in the conversation as one of the best safeties in the class. Over the last two seasons for the Orange, Cisco has 125 tackles, 12 interceptions and 14 passes defended. While his play has been good, he still has something to prove if he wishes to stay in the running to be the first safety selected.
He stands 6-foot and 209 pounds, which is solid for an NFL safety. This week he is going up against the North Carolina Tar Heels, who had a solid season last year and have the potential to have similar results this season. Syracuse is not expected to win, so if they wish to compete Cisco needs to play well.
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