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 7.
1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU Tigers
LSU got a big win over Florida this week. Burrow kept up his high level of play and even played better than could ever be expected of a college quarterback. He threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns on 21 of 24 passing. Florida has plenty of talented defenders on their roster and Burrow absolutely carved them up.
Burrow has arguably seen his draft stock rise the most out of anyone in recent memory. This game just reinforces that fact. He will have even more big games to play in this season, as Burrow and the Tigers still have to play Auburn and Alabama. Playing well in those games could help him even further.
2. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners won their rivalry game with Texas and look like they are well on their way to a College Football Playoff appearance. CeeDee Lamb was arguably the star of the weekend. He finished the game with 10 catches for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Lamb was reliable, but also was great running with the ball after the catch, creating some highlights.
Lamb has put himself in the conversation with Jerry Jeudy as the best receivers in the class. Even though Lamb wasn’t playing a great defense, he more than proved he is worth an early-round pick. Lamb won’t play many great defenses in the Big 12, but if Oklahoma does play well the rest of the season, they could play some good ones in the CFP.
3. Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State Nittany Lions
Gross-Matos and the Nittany Lions kept their unbeaten season alive by winning on the road at Iowa. In the game, Gross-Matos had five total tackles and one tackle for loss. That isn’t the biggest game of his career, but he did get a little banged up and the commentators noted how fast he was getting off the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball.
This was a great matchup for Gross-Matos to play well in because of the great Iowa offensive linemen. More good news comes in the form of opportunity, as Penn State still has to play Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Gross-Matos could be a first-round lock with good performances for the rest of the season.
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
Wisconsin got another win under the belts by beating Michigan State 38-0. Taylor had his worst performance of the season, with 80 rushing yards and two touchdowns. That is still a solid game, especially given that Michigan State has a tough run defense. He may have lost ground in the Heisman Trophy race, but his draft stock still looks good.
Taylor still should be one of the first running backs selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has the speed and power to do a little bit of everything at the next level. Wisconsin still has matchups with Iowa and Ohio State on the schedule.
5. Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
The Colorado offense struggled and the Buffaloes lost the game to Oregon 45-3. Montez played an awful game, as he had 131 passing yards and four interceptions. He has shown the ability to make NFL-level throws, but has struggled with consistency, which hindered him in this game.
Colorado won’t have too many more games for Montez to prove himself this season, as the Pac-12 is down this year. The senior will likely still be selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it will likely be in the later rounds.