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 5.
1. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia Cavaliers
Hall had a pretty mundane game against the Fighting Irish, and the Cavaliers ended up losing the game. He finished with four tackles and no passes defended. Hall also had a pass interference call, which was questionable, but allowed Notre Dame to keep driving.
Even though this wasn’t his best performance, Hall is still one of the best corners in the country. Virginia won’t have too many more good games in the ACC, but Hall has enough tape over his career to make him a solid NFL Draft prospect.
2. Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Claypool was targeted a lot, but didn’t pick up a lot of yards vs. Virginia. He totaled six catches for 30 yards, although he left the game early with an ankle injury. It would’ve been nice for him to have a better individual performance for his NFL Draft stock.
The Fighting Irish play a few more big games, which will allow Claypool to get some more good opportunities to impress scouts. With some good performances down the stretch, Claypool could jockey for better position among the many talented receivers in the class.
3. Trey Adams, OT, Washington Huskies
The Washington Huskies are now one of the favorites in the Pac-12 after coming away with the win over USC. Adams played well, as quarterback Jacob Eason was able to play the game without much pressure, as he was sacked just two times all good. The running game was also working for Washington with 193 rushing yards on the day.
NFL scouts will be watching Adams the rest of the year to see if he can play well despite the injuries he has had over the last few years. Adams had the talent to be picked early in the draft the last few years, but now has to continue to prove himself. Washington will have a few more big games for Adams to prove he is good to go.
4. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wallace, like Claypool, is one of the talented receivers in the class. Oklahoma State knocked off a ranked team in Kansas State this week. Wallace played well with eight receptions for 145 yards. He has put up great stats all season and figures to be one of the contenders for the Biletnikoff Award.
Oklahoma State will not play many good defenses for the rest of the season. Wallace will have a chance to put up really good numbers, which will impress, but he really needs to show better tape vs. quality competition to really improve where he could be drafted.
5. Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern Wildcats
The Wildcats kept the game close with Wisconsin, but lost by nine points. Fisher had just five total tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. His draft stock has been slowly dropping after many thought he could be a first-round pick earlier in his career.
He still has time to improve his stock, but must show that he can cover better. Northwestern doesn’t play a lot of teams who will test Fisher’s coverage routinely, so he’ll have to play well in the limited opportunities he’ll have.