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 7 recap.
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1. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia’s defense showed up once again to help the Bulldogs get a win 30-13. Their linebackers were all over the field making plays. Dean had a solid game, totaling seven tackles and one tackle for loss. It was another impressive showing for Dean who has really proven to be a solid prospect this year.
There will be plenty of more big games for Georgia this season where Dean will have a chance to continue to show his promise as a player. His ability to fly around the field and bring down ball carriers and cover will only help his stock. He is currently a day one or day two prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft.
2. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky made too many mistakes to beat Georgia on Saturday. Their offense struggled to move the ball, even though they tried to get the ball into their playmakers’ hands. Their best playmaker, Robinson, 12 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown and added one rush for six yards.
Robinson specializes in finding running room after the catch. That was not possible against Georgia’s stout defense on Saturday. The Wildcats will continue to get Robinson the ball a lot. Playing well the rest of the season should solidify his stock as a mid-round draft pick.
3. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State Bulldogs
It wasn’t very likely that Mississippi State was going to beat Alabama, but that was especially the case after Alabama lost the week before. The Crimson Tide allowed a lot of passing yards, but it didn’t matter. They were able to get to the quarterback seven times, as Mississippi State’s offensive line struggled. Charles Cross still played relatively well, although he did get called for a hold at one point.
With Cross being proficient in pass blocking, he will be valuable at the NFL level. He is going to keep getting a lot of reps blocking in Mike Leach’s scheme the rest of the season. He is currently a day one or two prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft.
4. David Bell, WR, Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue was able to pull off a huge upset over Iowa this weekend. A lot of that was thanks to the play of wide receiver David Bell. He had one of the best individual performances of the college football season to help lead his team to the win. Bell finished the game with 11 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown.
It is a very talented draft class for wide receivers this season, but Bell is playing well. He can continue to improve his stock the rest of the way, as Purdue needs to keep targeting him. Bell is currently projected to be a late first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
5. Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah Utes
Utah pulled off the upset over Arizona State late Saturday night. Their defense showed up big time, allowing just 21 points to the Sun Devils. Their star player, Lloyd, played an amazing game. He totaled eight tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss. Lloyd also had a pass defended.
Lloyd is playing like his hair is on fire this season and is working his way up draft boards. He can help Utah win more games down the stretch and doing so will help his stock. Lloyd could even make it to the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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