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Draft Quack: Heisman Conference Edition

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Houston v Rice
Ed Oliver is good.
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Arizona at Houston NOON ABC/ESPN2

- The Wildcats were largely ineffective against BYU until late last week while Houston was dominant against a hapless Rice squad. Cougars DT Ed Oliver is the real deal and should be a top five pick next year should he declare early as a junior. Let’s hope that Kevin Sumlin can improve upon last week and get Tate into the open where he’s very successful. Can Oliver stop the playmaker Tate by himself?

Arizona prospect to watch

1. Khalil Tate 6’1 215 QB Junior

- Tate had a poor season opener last week in which the BYU defense and Arizona’s inept play calling kept him from really getting going like we’re all used to. He still remains an electrifying runner. It will be interesting to watch if Kevin Sumlin can improve his play calling to unlock Tate’s potential.

Houston prospect to watch

1. Ed Oliver 6’3 292 DT Junior

- The best defensive tackle prospect in the 2019 class, no questions asked. He’s been dominant since he stepped foot on campus as a freshman. A former five star recruit that has more than lived up to the billing. He might be the best DT prospect since Aaron Donald coming out of college. He’s a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender.

#17 USC at #10 Stanford 8:30 PM Fox

- We have our first titanic matchup of the Pac-12 slate that could be a possible championship game preview. USC defeated the Cardinal two times last year. Stanford will be looking for revenge. Heisman candidate RB Bryce Love will look to rebound after a miserable season opener. The Trojans struggled a bit with UNLV before ultimately pulling away while the Cardinal dominated SDSU from the jump.

USC prospects to watch

1. Cameron Smith 6’1 250 LB Senior

- Smith is finally a senior after what seems like a lengthy career in LA. One of the best inside linebackers in the class. Football IQ is a plus. Athleticism is a plus as well. The medical history isn’t a good one to say the least. He missed a ton of time with a knee injury during his career. The heartbeat of the Trojans defense.

2. Iman Marshall 6’0 205 CB Senior

- It’s somewhat surprising that Biggie is still at USC as he could’ve been drafted pretty early as a junior. Athleticism is a huge plus. Work ethic and character are pluses as well. Has the speed and agility to keep up with the fastest receivers. Should be in for a big year.

3. Porter Gustin 6’4 255 EDGE RS Junior

- Underrated athlete as an edge rusher. He’s a veteran edge rusher that has seen a lot of offensive schemes to go against. Technically inefficient. Should be a mid round pick next year but wouldn’t be surprised if he came back either.

4. Marvell Tell 6’2 195 S Senior

- Tell is one of the best safety prospects in the conference that has some pretty solid talent. His game is better suited at box safety than as a pass defender. Physical presence at the point of attack. Fundamentals are somewhat there but very inconsistent.

USC prospects to watch

1. Cameron Smith 6’1 250 LB Senior

- Smith is finally a senior after what seems like a lengthy career in LA. One of the best inside linebackers in the class. Football IQ is a plus. Athleticism is a plus as well. The medical history isn’t a good one to say the least. He missed a ton of time with a knee injury during his career. The heartbeat of the Trojans defense.

2. Iman Marshall 6’0 205 CB Senior

- It’s somewhat surprising that Biggie is still at USC as he could’ve been drafted pretty early as a junior. Athleticism is a huge plus. Work ethic and character are pluses as well. Has the speed and agility to keep up with the fastest receivers. Should be in for a big year.

3. Porter Gustin 6’4 255 EDGE RS Junior

- Underrated athlete as an edge rusher. He’s a veteran edge rusher that has seen a lot of offensive schemes to go against. Technically inefficient. Should be a mid round pick next year but wouldn’t be surprised if he came back either.

4. Marvell Tell 6’2 195 S Senior

- Tell is one of the best safety prospects in the conference that has some pretty solid talent. His game is better suited at box safety than as a pass defender. Physical presence at the point of attack. Fundamentals are somewhat there but very inconsistent.

Stanford prospects to watch

1. Bryce Love 5’9 196 Stanford Senior

- Has the speed to make every run a home run. He possesses a supernatural ability to find the correct angles to take when lanes are clogged up. Footwork is a major plus. Pass blocking is above average and makes an effort at it. Had a bad opener last week against San Diego State with 29 total rushing yards.

2. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 6’2 222 Senior

- Baby Mike Evans. That is all. He had a monster game against SDSU to help offset Bryce Love’s struggles.