Welcome back! It’s time for week 2 of college football! If you’re new to this article, the goal is to bring you the top dynasty prospects to watch in nationally televised college football games. It’s never too early to take a look forward. Who are going to be the sleepers of upcoming rookie drafts? Check back here every week for my ‘Weekly Watch’ series before you head into the weekend. Use this article each week as a place to refer back to as you get ready to watch each game.
How This Article Works
I’ll give you the network, time, and teams playing in nationally televised games. Below that, I’ll list the respective schools’ prospects that are, in my opinion, worth mentioning, their position, the year they are eligible to enter the NFL Draft, and their listed heights and weights.
Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have players you think deserve to be mentioned in next week’s article. But, hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
#12 Oregon @ #3 Ohio State
Saturday, 9/11 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX
CJ Verdell #7, RB 2022 (5’8″ 211)
In their season opener against Fresno State, the Ducks struggled but managed to pull out a 31-24 win. If they want to have any chance against Ohio State this week, they will likely need to lean heavily on senior RB CJ Verdell. We saw (before his injury) Mo Ibrahim had success running the ball against OSU last week. So, I expect to see Verdell get plenty of work. This will also be a good test for him as he tries to elevate his name on NFL scouting boards.
#4 Ohio State
CJ Stroud #7, QB 2023 (6’3″ 215)
After a shaky start, Stroud settled down and threw for four TDs and nearly 300 yards against Minnesota last week. I expect to see him continue to grow and progress throughout the season. And, if he continues to play well, he’ll garner some NFL hype going into the 2022 season. He still has at least one more year after 2021 before we could see him in the NFL, but what we saw last week is promising.
Chris Olave #2, WR 2022 (6’1″ 188)
You’re probably quite familiar with the names to know on the OSU roster, and one of the top ones for this year’s class is still Chris Olave. He showed off his smooth route running and playmaking ability, hauling in four catches for 117 yards and a TD. If I had to speculate right now, I’d say Olave will likely be a late first-round rookie pick or high second. Obviously, many things can change between now and rookie drafts, but that’s my current thought.
Garrett Wilson #5, WR 2022 (6’0″ 193)
The next OSU player that I think will end up being drafted the highest in the NFL draft and rookie drafts is Garrett Wilson. He has displayed all the traits that you could want from a WR and the ability to play both in the slot and outside. He also had a good game against Minnesota, hauling in five passes, including a long TD. I’m excited to watch Wilson this season. He’s currently just outside the top 10 on Mel Kiper’s big board (insider). And, he could work his way up that list if he continues to play well.
TreyVeyon Henderson #32, RB 2024 (5’10″ 210)
We didn’t get to see much of Trey Henderson against Minnesota. In fact, he only saw three touches the whole game. He rushed the ball twice for 15 yards, but his most impressive play was catching a short pass and taking it 70 yards to the house. It’s obviously incredibly early, but Henderson has to be the odds on favorite to be RB1 in the 2024 class right now. He’ll be a pleasure to watch over the next few years.
#13 Florida @ South Florida
Saturday, 9/11 | 1:00 PM ET, ABC
Emory Jones #5, QB 2022 (6’2″ 211)
There really aren’t many players of note in this game, but the one I want to highlight is Gators’ QB Emory Jones. Florida won pretty handily last week against FAU, and Jones played alright. He did throw two INTs but also ran the ball for 74 yards on 10 carries. Jones is someone that has an outside shot at playing his way into the early NFL draft discussion. He also could end up returning for another year to Gainesville. I don’t expect a tough game here for Florida, so he’ll likely play well.
#5 Texas A&M @ Colorado
Saturday, 9/11 | 3:30 PM ET, FOX
#5 Texas A&M
Isaiah Spiller #28, RB 2022 (6’1″ 215)
There are a few guys to watch on the Aggies roster. The most exciting player to watch on the A&M side is junior RB Isaiah Spiller. He is currently neck-and-neck with Iowa State’s Breece Hall as the top RB in this potential 2022 class for me. Fortunately, I don’t have to make a call on which RB I would take first. They both are excellent backs and do some things better than the other. The important thing to watch for is how Spiller continues to develop this season.
Devon Achane #6, RB 2023 (5’9″ 185)
While Spiller looked good last week for A&M, Devon Achane actually had a slightly better day statistically. He ran the ball for 124 yards on only 12 carries and managed to find his way into the end zone twice. Spiller will still be the main guy this season, but the Aggies are in a good position with Achane if Spiller takes his talents to the NFL after this season. Remember his name for 2023.
Ainias Smith #0, WR 2022 (5’10″ 190)
The last guy to mention for A&M is WR Ainias Smith. He’s an interesting prospect because he wasn’t a highly ranked recruit. But, after arriving in College Station, he has shown us dynamic skills with the ball in his hands regardless of if he’s catching passes or running the ball. Smith will likely be a slot WR at the next level, but he has the quickness and explosiveness to make an impact potentially.
Jarek Broussard #23, RB 2023 (5’9″ 185)
On the Buffs side of the ball, the main player to know here is RB Jarek Broussard. Last week, he had a solid game for CU, totaling 94 rushing yards and a TD on 15 carries. With an incredibly inexperienced QB, I expect the Buffs to rely on Broussard to move the ball for them heavily. This will be a tough test as he’s going up against one of the better defenses in the nation.
#10 Iowa @ #9 Iowa State
Saturday, 9/11 | 4:30 PM ET, ABC
Tyler Goodson #15, RB 2022 (5’10″ 199)
Saturday, the big game is in Ames, Iowa, as the Hawkeyes take on the Cyclones in a top 10 state supremacy game. This game will feature two offenses that are atypical for the collegiate landscape in 2021. I expect to see Tyler Goodson be a focal point of the Hawkeyes offense on Saturday. He has shown impressive athleticism in flashes but needs to take this big stage to show that he can be an NFL RB.
Sam LaPorta #84, TE 2022 (6’4″ 249)
The other name to know for Iowa is TE Sam LaPorta. Iowa has been as good of a TE factory for the NFL as any other school over the last handful of years with George Kittle, Noah Fant, and TJ Hockenson. LaPorta isn’t in that tier of prospect, but he’s been one of Iowa’s best weapons, so look for him to be involved over the middle often. He led the Hawkeyes with 83 receiving yards in their victory over Indiana last week.
#9 Iowa State
Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1″ 220)
On the other side of the ball, the Cyclones have one of the top college dynasty prospects in the 2022 class in Breece Hall. As previously noted, Hall is on the short-list for top RB in the 2022 class going into this season. He didn’t have a particularly promising opening game against Northern Iowa last week, but I expect to see him get on track in a big rivalry game this week.
Xavier Hutchinson #8, WR 2022 (6’3″ 210)
The next player to know is senior WR Xavier Hutchinson. He accounted for nearly half of Iowa State’s receiving yards last week against UNI. Hutchinson is a big target at 6’3 and blew up last year in his first year in Ames after transferring. I expect Xavier to be once again one of the focal points of this passing attack. I think he’s a bit of a sneaky NFL prospect going into this season.
Brock Purdy #15, QB 2022 (6’1″ 220)
The last name I will mention is senior QB, Brock Purdy. He went into the 2020 season hoping to be in the discussion for the third QB taken after Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields. Instead, he underwhelmed and decided to return for his senior season. I think he has a chance to be a day two NFL prospect. He still has quite a bit of work, and because of the COVID waiver, he could actually return for another year if he wanted. But I look forward to seeing him play in a tough rivalry matchup.
Stanford @ #14 USC
Saturday, 9/11 | 10:30 PM ET, FOX
EJ Smith #22, RB 2023 (6’0″ 208)
There’s really only one guy I’m interested in watching for Stanford. That player is EJ Smith. If you didn’t know, he is the son of Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith. EJ didn’t do much of anything last week, only running for 18 yards on three carries. He did add four catches for a modest 12 yards. I will be interested to see if he gets more work against USC this week.
Kedon Slovis #9, QB 2022 (6’2″ 205)
The Men of Troy have three prospects of note in this game. The first is junior QB Kedon Slovis. As many know, Slovis took over for an injured (and now transferred) JT Daniels in 2019 and hasn’t looked back. The Trojans only played a limited schedule last year, but Slovis started this season off well. He completed two-thirds of his passes for 256 yards and two TDs in an easy win over San Jose State last week. Slovis could challenge the top QB in the 2022 class if he continues to look good and develop well.
Keaontay Ingram #28, RB 2022 (6’0″ 215)
The next player is senior RB Keaontay Ingram. He transferred from Texas and, in his first start, put up 86 rushing yards on 15 carries. Those stats aren’t incredibly exciting, but it was nice to see him utilized so much in his first game for a new program. Thanks to Bijan Robinson, Ingram was dethroned as starting in Texas, but he is still a very talented back. I expect him to have a good amount of success this week against Stanford.
Drake London #15, WR 2022 (6’5″ 210)
Speaking of success, the final player for USC tore up the San Jose secondary last week for 137 yards and 12 catches. The Trojans needed someone to step up as a reliable weapon for Slovis, and it looks like London has done exactly that. He is a massive target at 6’5″ and looks to be on his way to a big season in this system. London will be an interesting name to monitor this season.
UNLV @ #23 Arizona State
Saturday, 9/11 | 10:30 PM ET, ESPN 2
Charles Williams #8, RB 2022 (5’9″ 200)
There aren’t many players to note for this UNLV squad. But the one player I’ll mention is super-senior RB Charles Williams. This is actually his sixth season in college. And he’s off to a very strong start. He carried the ball 27 times last week, scoring two TDs and rushing for 172 yards. I expect him to be the main threat on offense for UNLV.
#23 Arizona State
Jayden Daniels #5, QB 2022 (6’3″ 185)
The guy to watch in this game is QB Jayden Daniels. There seem to be quite a few QBs that could work their way into the first-round discussion for the upcoming draft, and Daniels is one of them. He is a dynamic QB, both running and throwing the ball. However, he didn’t really have to do either of those things last week against Southern Utah. I think UNLV will give Daniels a bit more trouble than the Thunderbirds did, but he shouldn’t have many worries. I’ve been a fan of Daniels for a few years now, and I wouldn’t be shocked to hear his name shoot up draft boards this season.
DeaMonte Trayanum #1, RB 2023 (5’11″ 235)
The final player for ASU that I will be monitoring is Deamonte Trayanum. It’s been tough figuring out which RB will be the lead guy for Herm Edwards and Co each week. We may see more Rachaad White or Daniyel Ngata. But, I think Trayanum is the most intriguing of the three for the next level. He is a much bigger back than the other two, so he’s hard to miss. But really, I’ll be watching all three of these guys to see if one can separate from the others.
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