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Draft Quack: Saturday Speed Edition

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Several big time match-ups are on deck today. Which prospects will step up?

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#14 Iowa at #19 Michigan 9 AM PT / NOON ET FOX

  • It’s Big Nude Saturday (courtesy of the good folks at Shutdown Fullcast making a pun out of Gus Johnson’s enunciation of Big Noon Saturday). The undefeated Hawkeyes travel to Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines who needed a rebound against Rutgers after being demolished by Wisconsin.

Iowa prospects to watch

1. Tristan Wirfs 6’5 315 OT Junior

  • Wirfs is one of the best tackles in the nation. Unreal athleticism for a tackle. Strength is a plus as well. Footwork is a major plus as he knows how to anchor in base and move quickly very adeptly. He should dominate the Combine drills should he go pro.

2. A.J. Epenesa 6’6 280 EDGE Junior

  • It can be argued that he is the best EDGE prospect in the nation. Some have erroneously compared him to J.J. Watt. While not on Watt’s level, he’s a very strong edge prospect. Power is the name of his game, not athleticism. Position and scheme versatile.

3. Alaric Jackson 6’7 320 OT RS Junior

  • The Hawkeyes’ other bookend tackle is a good prospect in his own right. OL IQ is above average. He’s an underrated athlete that can move to the second level with pace. A mountain at 6’7. Could play inside at guard or move to right tackle at the next level after being the left tackle in college.

Michigan prospects to watch

1. Donovan Peoples-Jones 6’2 193 WR Junior

  • The former five star recruit is finally a draft eligible junior. He’s an ATHLETE. Strong hands and a good catch radius allows him to catch anything in sight. A well built receiver that turns into a running back with the ball in his hands. Willing run blocker who does the dirty work even for a receiver for his caliber.

2. Ben Bredeson 6’5 310 OL Senior

  • Bredeson has a lot of experience at guard for the Wolverines. He’s a typical Big Ten lineman i.e. country strong and a brutal finisher. Footwork is a plus along with his anchor in pass pro. Can fly on pull blocks, relatively speaking.

3. Jon Runyan 6’4 304 OT RS Senior

  • The son of longtime Philadelphia Eagles tackle and current NFL executive Jon Runyan, Sr. He’s been the starter at left tackle since last season after being on the right side before that. Fundamentally sound as he’s been taught well by his father. Hand usage is very good. Athleticism is a question.

4. Khaleke Hudson 6’0 220 LB Senior

  • Big hitter who can get a touch too aggressive and get called for targeting. Athleticism is an issue. Can play safety or linebacker at the next level. Football IQ is a plus. Projects as a two down special teams linebacker in the pros.

#21 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech 9 AM PT / NOON ET FS1

  • Heisman finalist RB Chuba Hubbard and the Pokes travel to Lubbock to take on a game Texas Tech squad who got beat down by Oklahoma last week. Will there be any defense in this game?

Oklahoma State prospects to watch

1. Chuba Hubbard 6’1 207 RB RS Sophomore

  • He’s been a monster this season, going for 296 yards and a touchdown last week to add to his FBS leading total to 938 yards on 128 carries and TEN touchdowns. Justice Hill who? He’s an electric runner both in and outside of the tackle box.

2. Tylan Wallace 6’0 185 WR Junior

  • A deep ball specialist that is fourth in the nation with 22.1 yards per reception. He’s a big time playmaker that projects as a slot receiver at the next level due to his size and speed.

Texas Tech prospect to watch

1. T.J. Vasher 6’6 190 WR RS Junior

  • Vasher is a big red zone threat that can make any catch look routine. Excellent route runner that knows how to round off routes and make himself available to the QB. Lateral agility is a plus while straight line speed is an issue. He’ll have a place in the league just for his red zone talents.

#7 Auburn at #10 Florida 12:30 PM PT / 3:30 PM ET CBS

  • College GameDay was in Gainesville for this top ten match between SEC foes. Can the Tigers keep on winning against a backup QB? Will the Gators spring the upset at home?

Auburn prospects to watch

1. Derrick Brown 6’5 318 DT Senior

  • Brute strength is the name of his game but his athleticism is nothing to sneeze at. Has a bevy of pass rush moves in his arsenal. High motor that won’t stop until the play is over. Quick burst off the snap.

2. Prince Tega Wanogho 6’7 305 OT RS Senior

  • One of the nation’s best tackle prospects. He has the size and length to stay at tackle at the next level. Physical at the point of attack. Hand usage is a great. Still learning the technical points of the game as he started playing football in high school. Footwork is a plus.

3. Nick Coe 6’5 291 EDGE Junior

  • Position versatile athlete that played both end and tackle. Holds up well at the POA and is very strong against the interior. Needs to develop a counter move as he solely relies on the bull rush move to get by.

4. Marlon Davidson 6’3 278 EDGE Senior

  • A solid run defender that can hold up at the POA. Not the best athlete but he gets by on limited reps. Footwork isn’t the greatest either. Needs more development for the next level.

Florida prospects to watch

1. Jabari Zuniga 6’3 257 EDGE RS Senior

  • Has a lot of athleticism in a herky jerky way. A pass rush talent that go up the field in a hurry. Lateral agility isn’t the greatest but he hasn’t been asked to do that much. One of the best EDGE rushers in the country.

2. C.J. Henderson 6’1 182 CB Junior

  • He’s one of the best corners in the country when engaged. The problem is that either he doesn’t have a strong frame or an unwillingness to tackle.

#11 Texas at West Virginia 3:30 PM ABC

  • Texas broke one hex earlier this season against Oklahoma State, can they do it again against the Mountaineers? WVU is struggling a bit under new head coach Neal Brown but has beaten Texas the past two years. Things get weird in Morgantown so Texas will need to keep its composure.

Texas prospects to watch

1. Sam Ehlinger 6’3 230 QB Junior

  • A better passing Tim Tebow if you will.

2. Collin Johnson 6’6 215 WR Senior

- The Horns’ jump ball specialist. Route running is just average but he uses his size well to box out defenders to make a tough catch. The main target for the QB but QB issues have prevented him from being the true dominant threat he could become. A willing blocker most of the time. He has made the spectacular catch routine.

3. Brandon Jones 6’0 205 S Senior

  • Jones is a safety prospect that no one talks about nationally. He’s an intriguing talent that had to grow up in a hurry due to various reasons. Had some growing pains due to being on the field so early into his career but has matured. A ball hawk.

4. Devin Duvernay 6’1 205 WR Senior

  • It seems like he’s finally turned a corner during his senior season. Solid with the ball in his hands like a running back.

West Virginia prospects to watch

1. Kennedy McKoy 6’0 201 RB Senior

  • Versatile in both the run and pass game. Production is off the charts good even as a freshman. Vision and IQ is a plus. Watch for him to go up the boards as the process unfolds.

2. Colton McKivitz 6’7 307 OT RS Senior

  • Mountain at 6’7. Huge in the run game but is solid as a pass protector. Versatile as he played right tackle last season and is now on the left for the 2019 season.

#25 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State 7:30 PM ABC

  • The game of the night. Does Sparty have enough offense to keep pace with the Buckeyes’ high powered attack? Conversely, can Ohio State be stopped by the traditionally stout Spartans’ defense? OSU QB Justin Fields is lining up his Heisman resume and win here would polish it up even more.

Michigan State prospects to watch

1. Brian Lewerke 6’3 213 QB RS Senior

  • He had a ton of health issues in 2018, which led to sloppy play mechanically. Above average athlete that can run when necessary. Arm talent is a plus. Consistency has been huge issue. One play, he can look like Joe Montana, the next he looks like Joe Mantegna.

2. Kenny Willekes 6’4 239 EDGE RS Senior

  • The Spartans’ best pass rusher has increased his production every year in his career. A plus athlete with an equal work ethic to match. Has developed into a fearsome pass rusher as a junior. Run defense is good. He reportedly lost some weight and he looks significantly quicker this season when I watched him. One of the best EDGE prospects in this class. He looks like he hasn’t lost a step since his unfortunate leg injury against the Ducks.

3. Mike Panasiuk 6’3 312 DL Senior

  • A force in the middle for Sparty as the Ducks saw last season in the bowl game. He needs to develop some pass rush moves to go along with his fierce run stop game. The anchor that Willekes uses to get free to make plays.

Ohio State prospects to watch

1. Chase Young 6’5 265 EDGE Junior

  • Simply put, he’s the best EDGE prospect in the nation, possibly the best overall prospect. He’s a freak athlete.

2. Jeffery Okudah 6’1 193 CB Junior

  • CB1 and it isn’t particularly close. Athleticism for days. Lateral agility is a major plus along with deep speed. Ball skills are a plus thus far into his junior season.

3. Shaun Wade 6’1 194 CB RS Sophomore

  • Okudah’s partner in crime is a great CB prospect as well. Quick twitch athlete with some burst to him. A very good tackler at all levels.

4. Binijimen Victor 6’4 195 WR Senior

  • The Buckeyes’ best receiver. A big red zone threat due to his size. Needs to work on the route tree further for the next level but the tools are there.

5. K.J. Hill 6’0 198 WR RS Senior

  • Athlete. Ball skills are a plus. The best K.J. receiver in the Big Ten as of right now.