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 6 recap.
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1. Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State Nittany Lions
It was a tough, physical game in Iowa, but Penn State fell to the Hawkeyes. Sean Clifford left the game with an injury, which hampered the Nittany Lions. They only rushed for 107 yards and passed for 180 yards. Walker blocked well though and even paved the way for one of Penn State’s rushing touchdowns.
Walker is a left tackle, but his run blocking stood out in this game. He has the size of an NFL lineman, but needs to refine his technique to improve his draft stock. Either way, he should be selected before the second day of the NFL Draft is over.
2. Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma Sooners
Things did not look good for the Sooners going into halftime. They were losing 38-20 and they were able to come back and win. While the offense and Caleb Williams get a lot of the attention, their defense stepped up big time in the second half. Winfrey was a big part of that with three total tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and one sack.
Winfrey’s impact on the game stretched further than just the box score, as he was disruptive. He attacked gaps and made things tough for Texas. Winfrey can continue to play well and improve his stock for Oklahoma. If he does, he is a likely first-or second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
3. Jerrion Ealy, RB, Ole Miss Rebels
*Ealy didn’t end up playing after being questionable with a concussion.
4. Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas played a game that featured almost no defense against Ole Miss. The Razorbacks lost 52-51 in a wild game. Catalon was all over the field for the Razorbacks, even with their defensive struggles. He finished the game with nine total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, one pass defended and a quarterback hurry.
It’s hard to come away with too many positives for team that allowed that many points, but Catalon played well. He has put himself in the talk about the best safeties in the draft. Catalon is likely going to be a day two pick in the NFL Draft.
5. Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M Aggies
Alabama was heavily favored over the unranked Aggies, but Texas A&M took control of the game and won. Zach Calzada had a great game, which was nice because the rushing attack of the Aggies was slowed down. Spiller rushed for just 46 yards. He did add something as a receiver with 43 receiving yards.
It is never easy running on Alabama and Spiller was still able to show flashes of his talent. He runs tough and has solid vision, which will translate to the next level. Spiller has every opportunity to finish the season strong and be the first running back drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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