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 9.
1. Marlon Davidson, Edge, Auburn Tigers
Davidson came into this game as one of many Auburn defenders who were solid prospects. He was still able to stick out in this game. The defensive lineman had five tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. Davidson constantly got pressure and beat the men blocking him. He did have to leave the game with an injury in the second quarter, but while he was on the field he showed up.
Auburn still has a few big games this year. Davidson will have matchups with some good offensive linemen as well. The regular-season finale will have him go up against an offensive line with a few prospects on it, when Auburn plays Alabama.
2. Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU Tigers
Although he has had a great season, Jefferson had a pretty mundane game by his standards against Auburn. He finished with seven catches for 60 yards and no touchdowns. The seven catches were nice, but in this offense different receivers step up every week. It wasn’t a poor showing though and Jefferson still has plenty of draft value.
LSU looks like they will be playing in a few big games the rest of the season. The Tigers play Alabama after a bye which will feature two great wide receiver groups going up against each other. Jefferson doesn’t have the value of some of the Alabama receivers, so he’ll have extra motivation in that game.
3. Tommy Kraemer, OG, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame was humbled at Ann Arbor, as they lost to Michigan 45-14. They were unable to run the ball, finishing the game with 47 rushing yards. Brian Kelly elected to pass the ball a lot, which was a surprise given the rain that was pouring down. They still only managed 133 passing yards. Kraemer blocked well, but did have to leave the game with an injury.
Luckily for Kraemer, it doesn’t appear that his injury will be too serious. Notre Dame doesn’t have too many tough games left, so Kraemer will have to dominate his competition to help raise his draft stock. He’ll still likely be a mid-round pick.
4. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan Wolverines
Due to the weather, Patterson was unable to really improve his draft stock. He did what he needed to do to win though. Patterson went 6/12 for 100 yards and two touchdowns. For Patterson, it was good that he didn’t turn over the ball, as that is something he is prone to do.
Michigan still has the big game with Ohio State at the end of the season. Playing really well in that game would elevate Patterson’s stock. Unfortunately, he hasn’t shown the good play that would give many fans confidence that he will have a big game against the Buckeyes.
5. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State played against a physical Wisconsin defense in the rain. It looked like offense would be hard to come by, but the Buckeyes fed their talented running back J.K. Dobbins and it led them to success. Dobbins ran the ball 20 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He added three catches for 58 yards as well.
In a game against Jonathan Taylor, Dobbins showed his own worth. With the performance he has proven to be worthy of being one of the first five running backs selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Through eight games, he has 1,110 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He’ll have plenty of chances to improve his stock further this season.