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Draft Quack: Showdown Saturday Edition

A couple of big games with several more intriguing ones on the docket

Georgia Southern v LSU Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images

Vanderbilt at Purdue 9 AM PDT / NOON EDT Big Ten Network

  • The Commodores travel to West Lafayette to take on a reeling Purdue team who lost a heartbreaker last week on a last second field goal to Nevada. Can the Boilermakers bounce back against Vanderbilt? Watch for the Ke’Shawn Vaughn vs. Rondale Moore battle. Should be a fun one.

Vanderbilt prospects to watch

1. Ke’Shawn Vaughn 5’10 215 RB RS Senior

  • A tough runner inside the tackles with the vision and instincts to process the hole and go through it rapidly. Lateral agility is a plus. One of the more underrated backs in the SEC. He’s very good.

2. Jared Pinkney 6’4 255 TE RS Senior

  • The next great tight end prospect? Pinkney has the athleticism to make a lot of catches and is a good blocker as well. hythloday’s favorite tight end prospect. Hands catcher for the most part. Willing blocker.

Purdue prospects to watch

1. Lorenzo Neal, Jr 6’2 345 DT Senior

  • The son of longtime NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal, who dominated during the 1990s and early 2000s with several teams. LN 2.0 is a monstrous 3-4 nose tackle type given his size. Lateral agility is a hidden gem to his game though. Needs to lose some weight to gain more quickness.

2. Rondale Moore 5’9 180 WR Sophomore

  • Moore had an electric debut season last year. He’s a slot monster with the ball in his hands. Has a sudden burst about him and lateral agility is really good. Is in contention for WR1 for the 2021 class if he keeps up his trajectory.

West Virginia at Missouri 9 AM PDT / NOON EDT ESPN2

  • The Mountaineers travel to Columbia to take on the Tigers who lost to Wyoming on the road last weekend. WVU is coming off a hard fought win against recent FCS champion James Madison. A battle of transfer QBs brewing with Kelly Bryant in for the Tigers and Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall for the Eers.

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.

Missouri prospects to watch

1. Larry Rountree III 5’10 210 RB Junior

  • The Tigers leading rusher from last season returns for another go. Runs with good burst and athleticism. Pad level is a question, however as he tends to run high. Usable in the pass game.

2. Albert Okwuegbunam 6’5 255 TE RS Junior

  • An athletic freak that can make something happen on quick passes. He has a medical history though so that knocks him down a bit. Vertical threat as well. One of the best tight end prospects in the class.

3. Cale Garrett 6’3 230 LB Senior

  • Missouri’s leading tackler from last season. He’s generally in the picture making the tackle even if he’s a bit limited athletically. Should be a late round draft pick with a good senior season.

#12 Texas A&M at #1 Clemson 12:30 PM PDT / 3:30 PM ABC

  • The rematch after a thrilling Clemson win at College Station last season. Can the Aggies hang around in Death Valley to make it interesting late? Clemson looked a bit rusty in their week one match against Georgia Tech.

A&M prospects to watch

1. Kellen Mond 6’3 217 QB Junior

  • Think Colin Kaepernick coming out of college and you get Mond but a much better passer due to the tutelage of Jimbo Fisher and his pro style system.

2. Justin Madubuike 6’3 304 DL RS Junior

  • He’s a solid pass rusher from the interior. Good run stopper as well. Leverage is an asset. A force in the middle that frees up the defensive ends to play looser. He terrorized Clemson last season.

3. Kendrick Rogers 6’3 210 WR Junior

  • A big receiver that can get after it on the 9 route. He needs further development on the route tree to have any success at the next level. Great ball skills. Huge frame is an asset in the red zone.

Clemson prospects to watch

1. Travis Etienne 5’10 200 RB Junior

  • I’ll just leave this here as a reflection of his game

2. Tee Higgins 6’4 200 WR Junior

  • NFL teams should be drooling over his H/W/L right now. Every bit of 6’4. Long arms and an impressive catch radius. Ball skills are very good. Blew up during the national title game.

3. Isaiah Simmons 6’3 225 LB RS Junior

  • Simmons is an athlete in every sense of the word. Can fly sideline to sideline all over the place. Needs further refinement as a linebacker but the tools are there. He should be drafted high based off his measureables alone.

#6 LSU at #9 Texas 4:30 PM PDT / 7:30 PM EDT

  • The showdown between these two rivals on the recruiting trail. LSU overpowered hapless Georgia Southern while the Horns had little difficulty with Louisiana Tech. At least LSU played the correct GSU, Tennessee. Can the remade Bayou Bengals offense keep up with the Texas offense? Will the Texas offense do anything against the stout LSU defense?

LSU prospects to watch

  1. Grant Delpit 6’3 201 S Junior
  • The best safety in college football, no questions asked.

2. K’Lavon Chaisson 6’5 240 EDGE RS Sophomore

  • He had a monster opening game last season against Miami before tearing his ACL late. He’s an athletic freak. One of the best EDGE prospects in the nation.

3. Rashard Lawrence 6’3 317 DL Senior

  • Quick burst off the line. Gets by with good athleticism. Will need further development of pass rush arsenal. The man in the middle for the stingy Tigers defense.

4. Kristian Fulton 6’1 192 CB Senior

  • He’s one of the best cornerbacks in the nation. A true cover corner but tackling is an issue. Missed some of his early career due to a failed drug test (used someone else’s urine).

Texas prospects to watch

1. Sam Ehlinger 6’3 230 QB Junior

  • Coach O put it best and more aptly when he compared Ehlinger to being a much better passing Tim Tebow earlier this week.

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.

Miami at North Carolina 5 PM / 8 PM ACC Network

  • The Canes travel to Chapel Hill to play a potential ACC Coastal division decider early. Can the Canes rebound after a shaky loss to the Gators? Can the Heels keep up the momentum from a thrilling victory over South Carolina? Will Mack Brown keep on dancing?

Miami prospects to watch

1. Shaquille Quarterman 6’1 235 LB Senior

  • The latest in a long line of standout Hurricanes LB surprisingly stayed in a school for a senior season. Versatile athlete that was used some as an edge rusher at times while primarily playing as an inside linebacker. Can cover sideline to sideline rapidly. Quick to diagnose plays and attack downhill.

2. Johnathan Garvin 6’1 250 EDGE Junior

  • A terror off the edge. Can disengage the blocker rather quickly but rather small for an EDGE prospect at just 6’1 250. Doesn’t possess an arsenal of pass rush moves just yet but is learning under great DC / HC Manny Diaz. Should be fun to watch in 2019.

3. Jeff Thomas 5’10 180 WR Junior

  • Simply put, he’s a burner. He can get going in a hurry. Deep speed is tremendous. Great ball skills. He could be one of the fastest receivers in the country. Entered the transfer portal only to come back to the Canes.

North Carolina prospect to watch

1. Charlie Heck 6’8 315 OT Senior

  • Heck is a massive tackle at 6’8. He had a great game last week against South Carolina. He should be one of the more talented tackles in the ACC this season.