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 5.
1. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss is 3-0 this season and a lot of that is thanks to quarterback Matt Corral. He has protected the ball better than in past years and the Rebels have benefitted. Corral has passed for 997 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions on 68.8 percent completion. He will need to have a great game for Ole Miss to beat Alabama, but that isn’t out of the question with how he has played.
Alabama, as they usually do, has a great defense, but they did show some vulnerability when they let Florida back into the game in week 3. Corral can stretch the defense vertically with his arm strength, which may open up the run game. If he can protect the football while stretching the defense, the team may win and his draft stock will improve. He is in the running to be the first quarterback selected in a down year for quarterbacks.
2. Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide
On the flip side of the Ole Miss-Alabama matchup, the Crimson Tide have started another year off undefeated, going 4-0. Their defense looks solid with the help of Josh Jobe at corner. Jobe has just five tackles and one pass defended, but the Crimson Tide haven’t allowed teams to really beat them through the air this season.
Going up against Corral and the Rebels will put Jobe to the test. Ole Miss has had two receivers, Dontario Drummond and Jonathan Mingo, that have really impressed so far. If Jobe can help shut one or both of them down, Alabama should win the game. Jobe is a first or second-day prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft, but with a lot of football left, he could improve and solidify himself as a first-round pick.
3. Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame has struggled, but they are undefeated this season at 4-0. It is a lot easier to go undefeated when they have one of the best defensive players in college football on their team. Kyle Hamilton has been playing well for years now and has played solidly to start the season. He has 24 total tackles, three interceptions and two passes defended this season.
At 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, Hamilton is so good because he has great size and can run well. To go with that, he also has a good eye for the ball. In a tough game against Cincinnati, he can show off a lot of his talents. He can match up with Cincinnati tight-end Josh Whyle. Hamilton can play deep. He can come up and stop the running efforts of running back Jerome Ford and quarterback Desmond Ridder. Hamilton is a pretty sure-fire top 10 pick and his play could help Notre Dame stay undefeated.
4. Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati Bearcats
Cincinnati is undefeated this season after going undefeated in the regular season in 2020. They too have some good NFL Draft prospects on their defense. One of which is edge rusher Myjai Sanders, who considered entering the 2021 NFL Draft before going back to school. In three games so far this season, Sanders has yet to register a sack.
Against a Notre Dame offensive line that is struggling, Sanders could change the game with his pressure. With Notre Dame also having injuries at the quarterback position, his pressure could lead to turnovers if one of the more inexperienced quarterbacks are forced into the lineup. Sanders is likely a day two pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but could improve that if he plays well down the stretch.
5. Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia is another undefeated team this weekend with a big game this weekend. They impressed with their win over Clemson, specifically on defense. Jordan Davis is a huge part of the defense, literally. He doesn’t always show up on the statsheet, but his impact should not be understated. Davis has four tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2021.
This week the Bulldogs will play Arkansas, who has had success running the ball this season. Davis can be disruptive with his 6-foot-6 and 340-pound frame. He is a player that demands double-teams and can wreck the entire game for the Razorbacks. Davis will likely be picked within the first few rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft and can show why against Arkansas.
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