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 5.
1. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia has been a solid team last year and this season and a lot of that is a credit to Bryce Hall at cornerback. The senior corner has already generated some draft buzz. This season, he has 15 total tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack and four passes defended.
This week Hall will get a chance to play with a lot of eyeballs on him. Virginia takes on Notre Dame in South Bend. Hall will have to be at his best to give his team a chance to win. He will be going up against several talented receivers. If Hall can help slow down the Fighting Irish passing-attack, Virginia could win and he could rise up draft boards.
2. Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Claypool is one of the many talented receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft class. He has a big-body, making him quarterback friendly, but he also has some good mobility to go with his size. So far this season, Claypool has 15 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
Virginia has a talented secondary that is led by Hall. They will give the Fighting Irish a tough matchup. Claypool, and the other receivers, will need to get open for Ian Book for them to move the ball. Doing so will improve Claypool’s draft stock even more. Notre Dame should win the game, but the corners going against the wide receivers will be something the NFL scouts will be watching.
3. Trey Adams, OT, Washington Huskies
A few weeks ago, Jacob Eason was on this list and he has now bounced back to make some really good throws. Now the attention can shift to his offensive line. Adams has been a solid tackle prospect for a few years now, but decided to return to Washington after suffering injuries. This season will give him a chance to revamp his draft stock.
Washington has a big game this weekend against USC. Adams will have to deal with a defensive line that features Christian Rector and a few other talented players. If Adams and the rest of the offensive line give Eason enough time to throw the ball, the Huskies should be able to beat the Trojans.
4. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wallace is coming off of a solid game against Texas where he had five catches for 83 yards. For the season, he already has 20 catches for 473 yards and six touchdowns. Like Claypool, he is a part of a deep wide receiver class that could have plenty of talented players selected in the first few rounds.
After losing their first game of the season to the Longhorns, the Cowboys will want to get back on track this week against the ranked Kansas State Wildcats. Kansas State is a physical team and Wallace will get a chance to prove he can show up when his team needs him. Wallace will be jockeying for position on draft boards all season with other receivers.
5. Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern Wildcats
Fisher has been playing good football at Northwestern since he was a freshman. He has experience and the physical tools to be a solid NFL Draft prospect. In three games this season, Fisher has totaled 22 tackles, one tackle for loss, three passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble.
This week the Wildcats will be going up against Jonathan Taylor and the potent Wisconsin rushing-attack. Last week, the Badgers and Taylor took it to Michigan. If Northwestern wants any hope of winning, they need to make Wisconsin throw the ball. A lot of that will fall on Fisher’s shoulders, as he’ll have to catch and bring Taylor to the ground a lot. For his draft stock to really improve, he needs to do better in coverage.