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 13.
1. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Ohio State played a tough Penn State team and came out on top to keep them highly ranked. They made it a point to run the football early and often, which means J.K. Dobbins was a big reason why they won the game. He rushed the ball 36 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, as the Buckeyes held off Penn State for the win.
The game brought his season rushing total to 1,446 yards. He is a Heisman Trophy contender and showed once again he can produce against tough defenses and in big games. Although he might not be the first running back selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, he will be considered.
2. K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
While he was questionable with an injury, Hamler was able to suit up against Ohio State. He did not have a big impact in the game though. Hamler finished with three catches for 45 yards. He also pitched in for the return teams with 19.5 yards per kick return and one punt return for seven yards.
Sean Clifford, Penn State’s starting quarterback, was knocked out of the game with an injury, but the Nittany Lions did better after his injury. Both quarterbacks who played missed Hamler when he was open. While it wasn’t his best game, it won’t hurt his draft stock too much.
3. Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State
*Weaver did not play due to injury.
4. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Baylor notched their 10th win of the season against Texas this weekend. Mims was a big part of the gameplan and for good reason, as he was super-effective. He totaled seven catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. The Bears knew that Texas couldn’t defend the pass and they took advantage of that to win the game.
Mims has been making a name for himself all season and his draft stock has already risen. This game won’t necessarily boost his stock any higher, but it is good that he continues to produce and put up numbers. He will likely be a mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
5. Michael Warren, RB, Cincinnati
The Bearcats worked their way to a win this week against the Temple Owls. Winning that game means they are still one of the frontrunners to be the group of five representatives in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game. Cincinnati couldn’t pass the ball at all, so they had to rely on the running game. Michael Warren led the team with 24 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Warren was able to show his great power and contact balance against Temple. He is projected to still be a mid to late-round pick, but could have more big games to prove himself if Cincinnati keeps winning and gets to the New Year’s Six Bowl Game.