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 10.
1. Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia kept their College Football Playoff chances alive with their win over Florida this weekend. One of the reasons they were able to win the game was the play of quarterback Jake Fromm. He went 20 of 30 passing for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Fromm didn’t throw an interception either, which helped the Bulldogs grind out a win, 24-17.
Fromm still isn’t where he started the year in terms of draft value, but a good game against a tough Florida defense is a good way to start getting his stock back up. He’ll have a game against Auburn and an SEC Championship left to really impress scouts and to get his team back into the CFP picture.
2. Alohi Gilman, S, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Fighting scored a touchdown late to take the game against Virginia Tech. Alohi Gilman had a pretty quiet day with only three tackles, but the Notre Dame defense did play well, only allowing 20 points. Gilman helped the Notre Dame defense keep a lot in front of them, as the Hokies only had 139 yards passing on the day.
This game won’t improve Gilman’s draft stock. The safety will likely be drafted on the second or third day of the draft, somewhere in the middle rounds. Notre Dame doesn’t have too many tough games left, so Gilman will have to really show out in Notre Dame’s bowl game.
3. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State Seminoles
Florida State lost 27-10 to rival Miami, which resulted in head coach Willie Taggart getting fired. The loss wasn’t the fault of Akers, even though he didn’t have his best game. He ran the ball 22 times for 66 yards. Akers also had three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown. The Seminoles even let Akers throw two passes, which he completed for 24 yards. Akers did the best he could given that he hasn’t run behind a good offensive line his whole career.
If NFL evaluators look at stat lines, they would not be impressed with Akers. When they watch the tape and notice he doesn’t have room to run, they will understand the stat lines. Akers should be drafted on day two and will have a big test in the season-finale against Florida.
4. Shane Buechele, QB, SMU Mustangs
The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season, but Shane Buechele had a great game. He went 34/54 for 456 yard and three touchdowns. Buechele also didn’t throw an interception on the day. His play has elevated his team this season regardless of the result of this game.
Buechele got the spotlight and didn’t disappoint. He will still likely be a late-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. If things go SMU’s way, they can still make a New Year’s Six Bowl Game, which would be good for Buechele to get a shot at another big-time team.
5. Michael Pittman, WR, USC Trojans
USC has many talented receivers and they spread the ball around. Michael Pittman had eight catches for 37 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t get a lot of yards, but was a reliable target for quarterback Kedon Slovis. His play was not good enough to get his team to compete with the Oregon Ducks, but Pittman didn’t hold the team back.
Pittman is in a very talented draft class of receivers, which makes pinning his draft stock down difficult. He will likely be a mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Pittman needs to help his team win one more game this regular season to get a chance to go bowling.