We have made it to another weekend with football! We might even be seeing more conferences playing games soon! 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 will be the sleepers in 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. This year will be a little different than last because of all the unknowns we face. Some of the games may be postponed or canceled by the time this article is posted, but that is just a reality of the situation we are currently navigating. I will still be trying to highlight the players to watch, but we will likely be digging a little bit deeper with fewer games. Hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
#9 Miami @ Virginia Tech
Saturday, 11/14 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
D’Eriq King #1, QB 2021 (5’11, 202)
The names to monitor for the Hurricanes remain the same. The first player I’ll be keeping my eyes on is QB D’Eriq King. King is a bit undersized for a prototypical QB, but as we know, that doesn’t mean as much as it used to. There are still questions surrounding his ability to play QB at the next level, but what King does possess is amazing speed and quickness. He’s a very intriguing prospect, and it will be interesting to see how the NFL views him.
Cam’Ron Harris #23, RB 2021 (5’10, 210)
Next, Miami’s second notable player is RB Cam’Ron Harris. He is coming into this ACC game after a rather disappointing performance against NC State. Harris has garnered some NFL draft buzz this year, but he will need to do better than the 15/62/0 he put up last week if he hopes to continue his ascension up draft boards. Harris has shown good burst and power as a runner, and he’s a capable receiver out of the backfield. He is only a junior, so he could be back in 2021 for another year.
Brevin Jordan #9, TE 2021 (6’3, 245)
The player I am most excited to watch is TE Brevin Jordan. He isn’t quite the imposing specimen that some of the other tight ends in the 2021 class are, but he’s still incredibly athletic. Listed at 6’3, he still creates mismatches and has continually improved his ability to make contested catches. I think he has been a bit overshadowed by the ridiculous start to the year for Florida’s Kyle Pitts, but Jordan should still end up hearing his name early in 2021, assuming he declares.
Tre Turner #11, WR 2021 (6’2, 187)
The player to watch for the Hokies is WR Tre Turner. As a junior, he can choose to declare early, but I believe he would benefit from returning for his senior season. As part of a run-first offense, the production numbers aren’t quite what you would hope for, but Turner is still someone to watch. He is a former 4-star recruit and has shown some flashes of ability, so keep your eyes on him for VA Tech.
Penn State @ Nebraska
Saturday, 11/14 | 12:00 PM ET, FS1
Pat Freiermuth #87, TE 2021 (6’5, 260)
Penn State is off to a slow and disappointing start so far in 2020. They have played three games and have yet to win. Fortunately for them, they get to square off against another winless team this week, Nebraska. When they have the ball, there are two names to remember for the Nittany Lions. First, we have Pat Freiermuth. He is a monster, both as a blocker and receiver. He does everything you want and should be a 1st round pick in the NFL draft.
Jahan Dotson #5, WR 2021 (5’11, 182)
The other player to watch for the Nittany Lions is Jahan Dotson. He made some unbelievable catches against Ohio State a couple of weeks ago, and if he keeps this up will be the next in line of PSU WRs to be drafted into the NFL. I have been a fan of his for a while now, but it’s been exciting to see him shine in the spotlight. He’ll likely be someone that I try to draft in as many rookie drafts as I can.
Journey Brown #4, RB 2021 (5’11, 215) ***RETIRED***
The final name I’ll mention is Journey Brown. You’ve probably heard the news by now, but Journey Brown was forced to retire from football for medical reasons. He was one of my favorite 2021 RB prospects, but none of that matters now. I mention him here because health is obviously way more important than football. Hopefully, he gets things in order and has success in whatever he does next.
Adrian Martinez #2, QB 2021 (6’2, 220)
There are a couple of names to know for the winless Cornhuskers. First, we have QB Adrian Martinez. He has actually regressed since his freshman year, but Martinez is still an interesting prospect for me. He certainly has the athleticism to play in the NFL, but he hasn’t shown anywhere near enough consistency to do so. When he plays well, Martinez is a dual-threat QB that can electrify an offense but hasn’t shown that side as much of late. In fact, RS freshman QB Luke McCaffrey has seen playing time this year for Nebraska. We’ll see how it plays out.
Wan’Dale Robinson #1, WR 2022 (5’10, 185)
The other name to watch here is sophomore WR Wan’Dale Robinson. Robinson is leading the Huskers passing attack, although his numbers don’t look too great. He’s an explosive WR that will likely see a heavy target share against Penn State this week. I’m anxious to see how he develops, and he could be a riser come 2022 or 2023, depending on when he declares.
#20 USC @ Arizona
Saturday, 11/14 | 3:30 PM ET, FOX
Amon-Ra St. Brown #5, WR 2021 (6’1, 195)
On the USC side of the ball, I’m going to focus on two of their draft-eligible WRs. The first is Amon-Ra St. Brown. He is the younger brother of former Notre Dame and current Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown. Amon-Ra has been a dynamic inside receiver for the Trojans. He had an impressive 77/1042/6 receiving line as a sophomore last year, and if he can build on that, he will be a popular name come draft season.
Tyler Vaughns #21, WR 2021 (6’2, 190)
The other Trojans’ WR to watch is Tyler Vaughns. Conversely to Amon-Ra, Vaughns excels on the outside, using his physicality and leaping ability to make contested catches. He doesn’t have exceptional speed or quickness, so if he is going to succeed at the NFL level, it will be as a possession WR. If he runs a solid time at the combine, he could be a late riser.
Jamarye Joiner #10, WR 2022 (6’1, 214)
For Arizona, the player I’m most interested in is converted, QB Jamarye Joiner. After making the switch to WR before the 2019 season, Joiner led the Wildcats in receiving yards and TDs. As a sophomore, he can’t declare until 2022 at the earliest, but he should improve as he develops and gets more experience as a WR. I’ll be interested to see how he does in his 2nd year playing the position.
Arkansas @ #6 Florida
Saturday, 11/14 | 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Rakeem Boyd #5, RB 2021 (6’0, 206)
The two players I’ll be watching when the Razorbacks have the ball are Rakeem Boyd and Treylon Burks. Boyd is a senior RB that stood out on Last Chance U, and has propelled himself to a successful career for the Hogs. Boyd ran for over 1100 yards as a sophomore last year, but his 2020 campaign hasn’t been quite as impressive. It’ll be a good test for Boyd this week against a good Florida team.
Treylon Burks #16, WR 2022 (6’3, 232)
The other name to remember is Treylon Burks. He is a big target for QB Feliepe Franks and is leading Arkansas in all receiving categories. Like many of these prospects, Burks is only a sophomore, but his promising sophomore season has me intrigued for the future. I’ll be watching him closely this weekend.
Kyle Trask #11, QB 2021 (6’5, 240)
You’re probably familiar with the two big Kyles for UF. The first is QB Kyle Trask. Trask is in the midst of an incredible year. He’s completed 68.7% of his passes for 1815 yards, 22 TDs, and only three INTs. Trask has forced his way into the conversation for the 3rd QB taken in the draft. It’s safe to say Trevor Lawrence is QB1 by a significant margin, and Justin Fields is firmly in the QB2 slot. But, the conversation for who is QB3 and how close the gap to Fields is heating up. Most people had ND State QB Trey Lance as the QB3 coming into this season, but Trask is making a claim for that title.
Kyle Pitts #84, TE 2021 (6’6, 246)
The other Kyle for Florida is TE Kyle Pitts. He’s been an absolute monster this year. His TD rate has actually significantly decreased, but still, one of every three catches for him has been a score. It’s hard to argue that Pitts doesn’t deserve to be the first TE taken in the draft this year. He’ll likely be a mid-late 1st round pick in rookie drafts as well.
Kadarius Toney #1, WR 2021 (6’0, 193)
One other player to mention for the Gators is WR Kadarius Toney. If it weren’t for the incredible year that Pitts is having, Toney would be getting a lot more hype. He’s an incredibly quick and elusive player that has bloomed this year for Florida. Toney has incredible ability with the ball in his hands and is developing as a route runner and pass catcher. I am interested to see how the NFL views him come draft season.
#11 Oregon @ Washington State
Saturday, 11/14 | 7:00 PM ET, FOX
CJ Verdell #7, RB 2021 (5’10, 210)
The post-Herbert era at Oregon is upon us, and one of the players worth noting is RB CJ Verdell. He had a very productive year in 2019 for the Ducks, rushing for 1220 yards and eight TDs. Verdell does a lot of things well, but not necessarily anything great. I can see him making a team at the next level, but I’m not sure how high his ceiling is. Regardless, Verdell will be heavily involved against Washington State, so you should know his name.
Johnny Johnson III #3, WR 2021 (6’0, 199)
The next player of note is Johnny Johnson III. He was the Ducks leading receiver in catches, yards, and TDs in 2019 and comes back for his senior year as the clear #1 option. If Johnson can build on his strong junior year, he could potentially make some waves in the draft this coming year.
Mycah Pittman #4, WR 2022 (5’11, 200)
The final player I will mention for Oregon is Mycah Pittman. He’s the younger brother of Colts rookie WR Michael Pittman and is looking to make a big name for himself this year. Pittman is only a sophomore, so he will have time to develop with Ducks QB Tyler Shough, but he is someone to remember for the future.
Max Borghi #21, RB 2021 (5’10, 198)
The main man to watch for the Cougars is RB Max Borghi. He missed the first game for Washington State with what is believed to be a back injury. If he does make his season debut this week, you’ll hear his name often. Many people like to compare Borghi to former PAC-12 RB Christian McCaffrey, but I don’t exactly agree with it. I am interested to see how he looks in the post-Mike Leach era in Pullman. I’m going to reserve judgment, but he likely will be one of the more polarizing players in the draft, assuming he declares.
Travell Harris #1, WR 2021 (5’9, 180)
The other name I will mention here is WR Travell Harris. Last week, he had a monster game for the Cougars, tallying seven catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Harris is an explosive athlete with incredible speed and quickness. I would imagine he comes back for his senior year, but you’ll probably see him involved a lot in this game.
#13 Wisconsin @ Michigan
Saturday, 11/14 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
Graham Mertz #5, QB 2023 (6’3, 215)
The Badgers are scheduled to make a comeback to the field this week after dealing with covid issues following their 10/23 victory over Illinois. We saw two huge performances in that game—the first being from RS freshman QB Graham Mertz. Mertz went 20/21 with five TDs in the 45-7 throttling of the Illini. Mertz has a long time before he will be a draft-eligible prospect, but he’s a name you should know.
Jake Ferguson #84, TE 2021 (6’5, 246)
The other player to go off was junior tight end, Jake Ferguson. Ferguson went for 7/72/3 and showed that at 6’5 and 246 lbs, he’s an absolute beast. Ferguson isn’t quite in the league of the top TEs in this class, but he has the frame to be a weapon and has shown a good ability to catch the ball. You’ll likely see him involved regularly for this offense.
Ronnie Bell #8, WR 2021 (6’0, 190)
The main player to watch for UM is WR Ronnie Bell. He has been the best receiving weapon for the Wolverines so far in 2020. Bell is likely going to see his future be as a slot WR in the NFL, but his route running and ability to find the open spot on the field could lead to him being a reliable option for an NFL team.
Nico Collins #4, WR 2021 (6’4, 216) ***OPT-OUT***
There is one other player to note, but not because he will be on the field for Michigan, but because he has opted out of the 2020 season. Nico Collins would have most certainly been the top WR for the Wolverines had he chosen to play this year. Instead, he is someone that you should remember come draft season. He’s a big-bodied WR that can also run. I’m a big fan of Collins.
That’s it for this week’s games. Next week brings the return of the PAC 12, so we’ll have even more games to preview. As I previously mentioned, if there is anyone you’d like me to take a look at, or want to share your thoughts on anything dynasty related, hit me up on Twitter ( @tristancook_ ). Also, check out tape on some of these guys in the Dynasty Nerds Film Room. It’s an amazing tool that I plan to take full advantage of.
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