While the 2020 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 five NFL Draft prospects to watch in college football week 14.
1. Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
Young is the best player in the draft class and is doing crazy things for the Buckeyes this season. Despite being ineligible for two games, Young set the single-season sack record for Ohio State and now sits at 16.5 on the season. He is must-see television and has another big game this week.
The Buckeyes are taking on their rivals in Michigan this week. Recently, Michigan has won games by being physical and controlling the line of scrimmage. That will be hard with Young on Ohio State’s defensive line. Young could make it really difficult for Michigan to move the ball. He can’t make his draft stock go up higher than it already has, but he is still insanely fun to watch.
2. Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
Collins is a big receiver who creates matchup problems for a defense. He has 31 catches for 649 yards and seven touchdowns this season. In his latest game against Indiana, he had six catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He and the Michigan offense are on a hot streak.
Now the Wolverines will have to go up against a great defense. The offensive line will try to deal with Chase Young, while the receivers will try to beat a secondary that includes cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Collins has the height advantage over Ohio State’s corners and could make some big plays to help Michigan move the chains this weekend.
3. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Alabama scored big time when they landed Harris out of high school. He split time with other backs in the last few seasons, but this year, the junior has taken over a lead role in the backfield. He has 942 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.
The Crimson Tide have been able to dominate up front for most of their games this season. This could be different this week, as they play a formidable Auburn defensive front. Harris will have to find running room in this game to give Alabama a shot to win it, as inexperienced Mac Jones will be under center for the Crimson Tide.
4. Jeremiah Dinson, S, Auburn
The Tigers have NFL-level players on each level of the defense. Gus Malzahn has raved about his safeties, as they are smart and able to make plays. Jeremiah Dinson has had a fantastic season for Auburn with 69 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and one pass defended.
Auburn’s safeties might have a different role in this game than they originally thought. They will likely be asked to come into the box to help stop the run with Alabama starting Jones at quarterback. Dinson will have to show his toughness and help stop the run, while also limiting the big play to help his team win.
5. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
One of the under-the-radar Heisman Trophy contenders is Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard. The redshirt sophomore has made a huge impression this season with 1,832 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. In the process of being very productive, Hubbard has drawn the eyes of NFL evaluators as well.
Hubbard is going to try and lead his Cowboys to an upset win over their in-state rival Oklahoma this weekend. The Sooners have a much-improved defense this season, so it will be a stiff test. Hubbard has a chance to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark and get a big win for Oklahoma State.