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 7.
1. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU Tigers
Burrow has been one of the biggest risers on NFL Draft boards already this season. He has thrown 1,864 yards, 22 touchdowns and three interceptions on 78.4 percent completion. Those are eye-popping numbers for any quarterback at this point in the season, but especially for an LSU quarterback, as the offense is traditionally rudimentary.
The Tigers will face the Florida Gators this week in a stiff matchup. Florida completely limited Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix last week and will want to do the same to Burrow. With NFL players on every level of the defense, Burrow will have to play well to get the offense moving.
2. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma Sooners
Lamb was overshadowed a little bit last season by Marquise Brown, but now is the main receiver in the Oklahoma offense. He has 18 receptions for 439 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The Sooner is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft if he continues to play well.
The Red River Rivalry is this weekend, which will give Lamb an opportunity to shine. Neither the Oklahoma, nor the Texas defense is elite, so a lot of points can be scored. Look for Lamb to have some highlight-reel plays to prove he is worthy of an early pick in April.
3. Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State Nittany Lions
While Gross-Matos doesn’t get as much hype as other Big Ten pass rushers like Chase Young and A.J. Epenesa, he is playing really well. He has five sacks in four games so far this season. Gross-Matos also has seven tackles for loss. Playing at this level for the rest of the season will make him a lock to be a first-round selection.
The junior will be lining up against the Iowa Hawkeyes this week. Iowa has a few NFL prospects on their offensive line, which will make it a good matchup to watch. If Gross-Matos can get pressure, while going up against this offensive line, his stock will improve.
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin Badgers
Taylor is having a great season that has seen him become one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy. In five games this season, Taylor has rushed for 745 yards and has 16 total touchdowns. He has a few marquee games already under his belt this season, including a good game against Michigan, but still has a few tough matchups this season.
Michigan State’s run defense is normally solid. They did get gashed by Ohio State last week, as J.K. Dobbins had 172 yards on the ground, but they still rank fourth in the country. Taylor having a good game in this one will increase his draft stock and help him in the Heisman race.
5. Steven Montez, QB, Colorado
Montez isn’t in the top tier of quarterbacks for this class, but is still a solid prospect. He has thrown for 1,463 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions on 67 percent completion. He has an NFL arm, but has struggled to stay consistent in his time at Boulder.
This week, Montez will be going head to head with another quarterback prospect in this draft class, Justin Herbert. He’ll have to perform well to keep up with Oregon and it won’t be easy, as their defense has some talented players on it. This game will be on Friday, which will put the spotlight on for the quarterback matchup.