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 6.
1. Marlon Davidson, Edge, Auburn Tigers
Auburn lost to Florida, but it wasn’t for a lack of defensive effort. The defensive line constantly got pressure on the Florida quarterbacks and played up to their potential. While Davidson didn’t get a sack, he did get a QB hurry. He was pushed into Kyle Trask by a Florida offensive lineman, which caused Trask to sprain his MCL. Derrick Brown was the true star of the defensive line.
This wasn’t Davidson’s best game, but he does have 2.5 sacks on the season. Auburn’s schedule gets tougher down the stretch, so he’ll have a lot of time to try to improve his stock. With other talented players up front, he shouldn’t draw too many double-teams and needs to produce.
2. C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida Gators
The Gators got the big win over Auburn and their defense was a big reason why. Bo Nix was only 11 of 27 with three interceptions. There were good and bad plays in Henderson’s first game back from an ankle injury. He had one tackle and three passes defended, but he also got beat a few times by Auburn star receiver Seth Williams.
It will be interesting to see how Henderson plays in the future given that he is still not 100 percent. He’ll have to play well in the coming weeks, as the Gators play both LSU and Georgia in the coming weeks. His stock has dropped to start the season, but there is still time to make it up.
3. Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa had a bad offensive day against Michigan. They lost the game 10-3 and it looked ugly all game. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley was under constant pressure as the Iowa offensive line couldn’t handle the Michigan pressure. Wirfs played decently, but did have a false start and a few holds that weren’t called.
Wirfs is one of the top tackles in the class already, so this one game likely won’t drop his stock too much. Iowa will still have big games against Wisconsin and Penn State. He’ll have to play better though for his team to achieve more success.
4. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State got a ranked win over Michigan State this weekend and their defense slowed down the leading passer in the Big Ten up to that point in Brian Lewerke. Okudah didn’t have highlight-reel interceptions like he has in the past few weeks, but he played well. The secondary helped limit Lewerke to just 218 passing yards.
Okudah has already worked his way up to being one of the best corners in the draft class, if not the best corner in the class. Ohio State still has Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan on the schedule, so Okudah still has some chance to make an impact in big games.
5. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Ducks
Oregon got the win, that’s the important thing. The defense had to lead them to the win, as it was a 17-7 final score. Herbert struggled though, going 20 of 33 for 214 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The whole offense didn’t look in sync, but luckily for the Ducks it didn’t cost them.
Herbert’s stock isn’t going up as the season goes on, like some prospects. He still has all the tools to be a successful pro quarterback though. Oregon will still play Washington, which should give Herbert another opportunity to prove himself.