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 13.
1. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
Dobbins is one of a handful of running backs that top lists of best players at the position. He is having a great season this year with 1,289 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. The junior has added 140 receiving yards and two touchdown catches to help the Buckeyes to an undefeated record.
This week Ohio State will be tested against Penn State. The Nittany Lions have a great defensive line who will be keying on stopping Dobbins and the Ohio State running game. With another big game against a quality defense, Dobbins could out himself in position to be the first running back taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.
2. K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
Hamler has been a playmaker for the Nittany Lions this season and has helped make their offense dynamic. He has 49 catches for 791 yards and eight touchdowns on the year. The star wideout has demonstrated great quickness and the ability to run after the catch.
In this game, Hamler will have to go up against some talented defensive backs for Ohio State. That includes Jeffrey Okudah, who could be the first corner taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is questionable for this game with an injury, but if he plays, he needs to have a huge impact for his team to win.
3. Curtis Weaver, Edge, Boise State
Boise State has had a solid defense this season, which has allowed them to only have one loss this deep into the season. One of the biggest reasons their defense is so effective is the pass-rushing ability of Curtis Weaver. So far this season, Weaver has 12.5 sacks.
Weaver has molded himself into an NFL Draft prospect that could go in the first round. This week, Boise State plays Utah State, who has a draft prospect at quarterback in Jordan Love. Weaver playing well could help Boise State stay in contention for a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
4. Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
One of the most successful players for Baylor over the last few years is wide receiver Denzel Mims. He has helped turn around the Baylor program from laughing stock to Big 12 contender. This season, he has 50 catches for 767 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-3 receiver has had a big season already and will have a chance for a big game this week. Baylor plays Texas, who doesn’t have a great defense. Mims should be able to put up some stats to add to his draft value.
5. Michael Warren, RB, Cincinnati
Cincinnati is in the driver’s seat to make a New Year’s Six Bowl out of a group of five conference. They have just one loss this season and are a solid team. One of the reasons for this is the running ability of Michael Warren. Warren has rushed for 833 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.
He has fewer yards per carry than his past two seasons, but Warren is still a quality draft prospect. Warren is powerful and has good balance. If he can run the ball successfully against Temple, the Bearcats can notch another win. Warren is likely a mid to late-round pick if he leaves school after the season for the NFL.