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 week 11.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
Alabama dropped their first game of the season against LSU in a shootout. Tagovailoa was returning from a sprained ankle injury and wasn’t 100 percent. Although he completed just 21 of 40 passes, he threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns. He did turn the ball over twice on one fumble and one interception.
Tagovailoa will get some heat from the draft community for his game, but he battled tough and gave his team a chance to win. If fully healthy, Tagovailoa is the best quarterback in the class. The question with that now is: Can he stay healthy?
2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Joe Burrow had one of the most efficient games against an Alabama defense in recent memory. He completed 31 of 39 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns. Burrow led the offense to 46 total points, which is an outrageous number against a solid Alabama defense. He has earned all of the hype he has received this year.
The LSU Tigers now look like they will be heading to bigger games in the future. They likely have an SEC Championship and a College Football Playoff ahead of them. With the way Burrow is playing, they will be tough to beat. HIs continued good play this season has put him in the conversation to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
The Golden Gophers proved to be for real by beating Penn State this week. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan played well and moved the ball up the field a lot. While wide receiver Rashod Bateman had a huge day with seven catches for 203 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Johnson also had a good day. He finished the day with seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown himself.
Johnson is still likely going to be a mid-round pick, but showed out in this game. There is a possibility that his stock can improve as he gets more national media coverage in the next few weeks. Either way, Minnesota has a fantastic receiving duo, who played well when the lights were bright.
4. Tyler Biadasz, OG/C, Wisconsin
Wisconsin needed to get back on track after losing two straight. They did just that by sneaking past Iowa with a 24-22 win. The offensive line set the tone for the game, as the Badgers were able to for 300 yards and pass for 153. Running back Jonathan Taylor had a big day with 31 carries for 250 yards.
A lot of Taylor’s success should be credited to the offensive line. Specifically, Tyler Biadasz set the tone from his center position. He led a unit that run-blocked well, but they also only gave up one sack on the night. Biadasz is likely going to be the first interior lineman selected in the 2020 NFL Draft and that didn’t change this weekend.
5. Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
Maryland lost big time to Ohio State, 73-14. The Terrapins likely knew they were going to lose, but they didn’t play up to their potential. Anthony McFarland also didn’t play to his potential, as he finished with just six attempts for seven rushing yards. He added two catches for three yards.
Last season, McFarland had a career day against Ohio State. McFarland is still explosive and can make plays, but this was not a great day for him. He is just a redshirt sophomore, so if he decides his draft stock isn’t good enough, maybe another year at Maryland could help him out.