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 4.
1. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia Bulldogs
Fromm started off the game slow, but made some great throws to help the Bulldogs beat the Fighting Irish. He was 20 of 26 for 187 yards and a touchdown. That isn’t the most eye-popping stat line, but Fromm managed the game well, which along with his incredible passes, likely helped his draft stock.
For his lone touchdown pass of the game, Fromm found Lawrence Cager in the corner of the end zone. He hit Cager a few times on that drive with some nice throws. Fromm likely hasn’t jumped either Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert, but it was a solid game against good competition. He will have more chances for the rest of the way to prove what he can do.
2. Khalid Kareem, Edge, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Notre Dame defense kept the game close against Georgia, which was not expected, as Georgia controlled the clock. Kareem couldn’t get past the stonewall of Georgia’s offensive line to register a sack, but he did have three total tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss for the Irish though.
While Kareem didn’t play poorly, he likely didn’t improve his draft stock in this game either. Fromm had all day to throw and got the job done. Kareem and the Irish will have a few more big contests this season, but that was the most NFL-like offensive line he will have the chance of playing.
3. Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia was able to hang on to beat Notre Dame in a close game, which has them as the talk of college football after week 4. The Georgia offense operated efficiently and Thomas was a big reason why. His pass blocking gave Jake Fromm plenty of time to find open receivers. He also helped pave the way for D’Andre Swift to rush for 98 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs didn’t allow a sack in this game, which means a lot of credit needs to be given to Thomas, who was protecting Fromm’s blindside. Thomas and Georgia will have plenty of more games against top-tier pass rushers, which will give him even more tape for NFL scouts.
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin completely destroyed Michigan on Saturday. They were the more physical team and Michigan couldn’t keep up. Taylor had a massive game to help the Badgers get the win. He had 23 carries for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
Taylor is raising his stock more and more as time goes on. Everyone knows that he is getting the football and he is still torching defenses. With good speed and power, Taylor can be an every-down back in the NFL. Wisconsin has some tough teams to play later in the season, so the Heisman Trophy-contender will want to keep up this pace.
5. Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn Tigers
In a big game, Brown stepped up to lead his team to victory. Auburn has a great defensive front and Brown is clearly the leader and will likely be the first one selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Brown had four tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and two passes defended in the game.
For Brown it wasn’t that he just showed up for the big game, he showed up in crunch time with some well-timed sacks and batted balls at the line of scrimmage. There may be a few players selected higher than him in the draft, but it likely won’t be interior defensive linemen.