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 3 recap.
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1. Zion Johnson, OG/C, Boston College Eagles
Boston College proved that they were for real with their season-opening win over Duke. The Eagles were able to move the ball through the air moreso than the ground and that is partially thanks to Zion Johnson. Johnson lined up at left tackle for Boston College against Duke.
Johnson is a versatile offensive lineman, who can play both guard and tackle. After getting beat a few times on Saturday against Duke, it is more apparent that Johnson might need to play guard at the NFL level, but he is still a solid lineman.
2. Patrick Jones II, Edge, Pittsburgh Panthers
Pitt didn’t have too many troubles with Syracuse. They won the game 21-10 and were able to generate a lot of pressure, racking up seven sacks. It was a solid win, but Jones did not have his best day at the office, as he registered just three tackles and no sacks.
Against a very bad Syracuse offensive line, it would’ve been nice to see Jones have a big day. Unfortunately, it was pretty mundane for Jones. He still has plenty of opportunities to prove his worth for the NFL Draft, but he needs to produce more sacks.
3. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State did not play well against Tulsa. Some of the problem was because starting quarterback Spencer Sanders left the game with a leg injury. The Cowboys eventually took the lead and won the game 16-7. Wallace didn’t have a consistent game, but came up big when his team needed him.
He finished with four catches for receptions for 94 yards, showing the ability to make big plays down field and make contested catches. Wallace had trouble dealing with press coverage and the size and length of the Tulsa cornerbacks, so he’ll need to do better in the future if he wants to improve his draft stock.
4. TuTu Atwell, WR, Louisville Cardinals
Chatarius Atwell, also known as TuTu, helped the Cardinals put up points, but it wasn’t enough. Louisville lost to Miami 47-34. Atwell had a great day with eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns, as the Cardinals tried to keep up with the Hurricanes.
Atwell is one of the smallest players on the field, but he showed off his playmaking ability. He has the quickness to get open and the elusiveness in the open field to turn routine plays into big ones. His size will still hurt his draft stock, but he has proven he can be a game-changer.
5. Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami Hurricanes
Miami got the big week 2 win over Louisville and did so by throwing the ball a lot. Quarterback D’Eriq King had a big day and found several receivers, including tight end Brevin Jordan, very often. It looks like this offense will be worth watching the rest of the season.
The Hurricanes used Jordan well, as he is a huge matchup problem with his size and athleticism. He had seven receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. Jordan will still have to prove he can block better, but he is a good receiver that will be coveted in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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