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 2.
1. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Although the Tigers gave up 38 points, they were able to beat Texas. Delpit had a pretty nondescript game with three total tackles. While it wasn’t his best performance, this does not likely hurt his draft stock too much unless it becomes a regular occurrence.
Luckily for Delpit, he will have plenty of upcoming games to prove that he is worthy of being the first safety selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. They still have games with Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Texas A&M on the schedule.
2. Isaiah Simmons, S, Clemson
Clemson played great against Texas A&M. The defense specifically played well too, as they allowed just 10 points all game. Simmons was a big part of that with six total tackles and one pass defended. He was able to demonstrate good run support and decent range.
This game was one of Clemson’s biggest tests of the season. Simmons won’t have too many more games against great competition until the postseason.
3. Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado
Colorado and Nebraska played in one of the most exciting games of the young season. The Buffaloes were able to come back and win 34-31 in overtime. Shenault was decently bottled up by Nebraska’s experienced corners with five receptions for 31 yards. He also fumbled once. The star receiver did, however, show explosiveness in the return game with a 54-yard return.
All in all, it was a decent performance for Shenault. He displayed some athleticism and playmaking ability on the kickoff return. Now, he’ll have to wait until later in the season to get another game to really prove himself.
4. Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State
The Buckeyes had no problem with Cincinnati, winning 42-0. Young showed off his playmaking ability with 1.5 sacks and three total tackles. While it isn’t a dominant stat line, Young now has three sacks in just two games, which is a really good pace.
It is likely Young will keep terrorizing offensive lines and quarterbacks in the weeks to come. Young will have a few more chances to show what he can do down the road with games against Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan.
5. Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
The Texas offense put up a lot of points, but the LSU defense did a decent job of locking up Johnson. He had just three catches for 49 yards. This was a big chance for Johnson to get some good tape against a good secondary and it may not be enough to improve his stock. He did have a quad injury though, which likely limited what he was able to do.
Johnson won’t play as good of a secondary until a bowl game. Until then he has a chance to put up a lot of stats, if he can stay healthy.