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 6.
1. Quincy Roche, Edge, Miami Hurricanes
Miami has started off the season hot with three wins. They now get a big matchup with Clemson, which can really show that they are back. Quincy Roche has been a big part of Miami’s success this season with 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He’ll have to be at his best this weekend.
Roche will be tasked with pressuring Trevor Lawrence this weekend. If he can do so well, it could help Miami pull off the upset. Roche has a chance to be the second best edge rusher in the class and a good game against Clemson would help him in that regard.
2. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson Tigers
Clemson is just like everyone expected this season. They are 3-0 and are frontrunners to win the ACC. The Tigers will have to get through Miami this weekend though to accomplish their goals. Everyone knows how good Trevor Lawrence has been. This season, he has thrown for 848 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions.
Lawrence is already seen as the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, so he can’t really improve his stock. This will be one of the only matchups he faces during the regular season where he will be tested though. If Lawrence plays to his potential, Clemson will be able to win and stay undefeated.
3. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida Gators
One of the stars of the season so far is Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. He has helped Florida to a 2-0 record with wins over South Carolina and Ole Miss. Pitts has helped the offense be very successful, as he has 12 receptions for 227 yards and six touchdowns on the young season.
This week Pitts will be up against the Texas A&M defense. While the Aggies just lost to Alabama, it will still provide a tough matchup for the Florida offense. Pitts is currently one of the top tight ends in the class and another solid performance can help him solidify his status.
4. Creed Humphrey, OG/C, Oklahoma Sooners
Although he could’ve left for the pros after last season, Creed Humphrey decided to return to Oklahoma for another season. That hasn’t gone as planned, as the Sooners have lost two games already. Humphrey is not to blame for the losses and has played well.
The Red River Rivalry will be on this weekend between Texas and Oklahoma. While Texas’ defense won’t provide too many challenges for Humphrey, it will be one of the highly-televised games where all eyes will be on him. He would’ve been one of the highest drafted interior offensive linemen in last year’s class and can do the same in 2021 with some more good play.
5. Trey Smith, OG/C, Tennessee Volunteers
Another one of the best interior linemen in this draft class is Trey Smith. He has helped the Volunteers to a 2-0 record to start the season. They have wins over South Carolina and Tennessee. Smith has been able to prove that he is one of the best linemen in the class.
Smith will have to be at his best this week, as the Volunteers play Georgia. If the Volunteers can win the line of scrimmage, it will help them move the ball, which is something Auburn couldn’t do last week. Smith is a possible first-rounder, but a lot of that will rely on his medical reports checking out, as he has had injuries and health concerns (blood clots in his lungs) that have made him miss time.
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