Each week 5 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch will be published. After the week is over, each of the players will be evaluated to see how they did. Here is the recap for the five NFL Draft Prospects to watch in conference championship week.
1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
LSU beat Georgia by a wide margin in the SEC Championship Game. This has locked their place in the CFP. The Tigers have Joe Burrow to thank for their great season and their win in this game. Burrow had a fantastic game against Georgia, throwing for 349 yards and four touchdowns.
There was little doubt heading into this game, but Joe Burrow will be the first quarterback selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and the Heisman winner from this season. He has been efficient and clutch this season. Burrow is a rising star.
2. Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
Georgia’s defense had a rough game. They carried the team for most of the season, but could not slow down LSU’s high-powered passing attack. The loss leaves Georgia out of the CFP. LeCounte played decently, with six tackles, but it will be hard for any defender to feel good about their performance in this game.
LeCounte will still likely be selected in the middle rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. This game wasn’t his best, but he’ll have a bowl game and pre-draft testing to make sure his value is maintained. There weren’t a whole lot of defensive backs who played well against LSU this season, so this game doesn’t change too much.
3. Zack Moss, RB, Utah
Utah’s chances at the CFP were thwarted by the Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship Game. The offense struggled to score, but Moss still played well. He had 19 rushing attempts for 113 yards against a tough Oregon defense. He didn’t just produce, Moss made defenders miss and created a lot of his own running room in this game.
Moss looked good, but he couldn’t help his team score a lot of points. He is going to be selected in the middle to late rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Utah’s bowl game will give Moss one more chance to put out some good tape for NFL execs.
4. Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
Oregon got the Pac-12 Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance after beating Utah. A lot of credit has to go to Dye, who is the heart and soul of their defense. He has a cast on his hand, but still totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss, 0.5 sacks and one interception.
Dye is one the best linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft and his play on Friday night just solidified that. He had a great game and now will have the Rose Bowl left to try and improve his stock even more.
5. Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
Oklahoma won the Big 12 Championship over Baylor, even if it did take overtime to do it. The win solidified their spot in the CFP. The Sooners’ defense played better this season than in past years and that continued this year. Gallimore had two tackles, but as an interior lineman, his impact doesn’t always appear on the stat line.
The defensive lineman was a big reason why the Sooners were able to play better defense this season. His play has earned him a chance to be one of the first interior defensive linemen selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. He can improve his stock in the CFP.