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 8 recap.
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1. Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota Golden Gophers
It was a rough opener for Minnesota, as Michigan beat them 49-24. Not only was it not a great opener for the team, but Tanner Morgan did not play well. He finished with a statline of 18 of 31 for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
With the Big Ten getting a late start to the season, other quarterbacks have jumped Morgan in a lot of rankings. He may not be able to catch some of the players who have jumped him, like Zach Wilson, but there is still a lot of football left to be played.
2. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State defeated a ranked Iowa State team to stay undefeated. All of their goals are still attainable this season and the offense still hasn’t started to peak. Hubbard had a fine day on the ground, running the ball 25 times for 139 yards and one touchdown.
Hubbard is still in the top group of running backs and there really isn’t much he can do to help his stock. He just needs to stay healthy the rest of the season. If he plays well and stays healthy, he will still be one of the first several running backs selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.
3. Wyatt Davis, OG/C, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State did about exactly what everyone expected heading into their game with Nebraska. They won 52-17 with a big game coming from their offense. The offensive line, including Wyatt Davis, deserves a lot of credit for that, as they played extremely well. They cleared plenty of running room and kept the pocket clean for Justin Fields.
Davis is likely going to be the first interior lineman picked in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’ll have tougher matchups than Nebraska on the schedule, but if he remains consistent, he shouldn’t have to worry about his stock falling too much.
4. Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina got back on track with their win over NC State this week. Their offense played well and their defense held NC State to just 21 points. A lot of the credit for their defensive play should go to Chazz Surratt, who was all over the field with eight tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and an interception.
The more time that the former quarterback gets at linebacker, the better he gets. His stock has risen and now he may just be picked in the back half of the first round. There is a lot of potential for Surratt at linebacker as he continues to get comfortable at the position.
5. Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State Seminoles
Florida State had a bad loss to Louisville this week. It was a blowout, as Florida State remains one of the more inconsistent teams in the country. Asante Samuel Jr. played a quiet game with just one tackle recorded, but that happens sometimes with shutdown corners.
Samuel has been one of the best corners in the country this year with three interceptions and five passes defended. While he may not be a first round pick, Samuel has played well enough to be considered on the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft.
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