We have made it to another weekend with football! We might even be seeing more conferences playing games in the near future! 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. This year will be a little different than last because of all the unknowns we face. Some of the games may be postponed or cancelled 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 Indiana @ #3 Ohio State
Saturday, 11/21 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX
Stevie Scott III #8, RB 2021 (6’2, 231)
The first game of the week should be an interesting one. Despite being undefeated and ranked #9 in the country, Indiana is a three-touchdown underdog. There are a couple of players that I’ll be watching on the Hoosiers’ side of the ball. First is junior RB Stevie Scott III. Scott is a bigger back that runs with good power and a decent amount of quickness for his size. His 3.6 YPA isn’t incredibly inspiring, but he should be heavily involved on Saturday.
Peyton Hendershot #86, TE 2021 (6’4, 250)
The other player I am keeping my eyes on for Indiana is junior TE Peyton Hendershot. He had a very promising sophomore year in 2019, catching 52 passes for 622 yards and four TDs. He’s off to a bit of a slower start to 2020, but Hendershot certainly has the size to be an impact TE at the next level. He does have some off the field concerns, but he has shown plenty of potential on the field.
#3 Ohio State
Justin Fields #1, QB 2021 (6’3, 228)
The main man to watch on for the Buckeyes is junior QB and Heisman hopeful Justin Fields. You’ve almost certainly heard Fields’ name mentioned as one of the top QBs for 2021, and he certainly is deserving of that recognition. Fields possesses a better running ability than the other top names, and for that reason, his fantasy potential may actually be higher than that of Trevor Lawrence. However, he’s still well behind Lawrence as a prospect for me, but firmly QB2.
Chris Olave #2, WR 2021 (6’1, 188)
The next name for OSU is another junior, WR Chris Olave. After getting injured against Nebraska in the season opener and still posting an admirable 6/104/0 receiving line, Olave has tallied 12 catches for 184 yards and four TDs in the next two games. If he keeps posting big numbers week in and out, Olave will see his stock continue to rise up the WR rankings.
Garrett Wilson #5, WR 2022 (6’0, 193)
The final player I will mention for the Buckeyes is sophomore WR Garrett Wilson. He had a promising year last year as a freshman and has almost reached his receiving totals from last year in only three games. Wilson has displayed the ability to get open and make some pretty spectacular catches. I’m excited to see him develop for at least another year.
#4 Clemson @ Florida State
Saturday, 11/21 | 12:00 PM ET, ABC
Trevor Lawrence #16, QB 2021 (6’6, 220)
There isn’t much to say about Trevor Lawrence other than he’s really, really, good, and it’s really fun to watch him play. He’ll likely be the 1st pick in the NFL draft, and the only thing that can spoil that excitement is if somehow Adam Gase is still the Jets coach come draft day. It will be nice to get to see T-Law make his comeback after testing positive for COVID-19. I don’t expect there to be much rust, but it is something worth noting. He should be the 1st pick in every Superflex draft this coming year.
Amari Rodgers #3, WR 2021 (5’10, 210)
The next name for Clemson is their leading WR, senior Amari Rodgers. He has bounced back nicely this year. His junior year was a bit of a disappointment, but considering he tore his ACL in March of 2019 and was playing football in September of 2019, I’d say it was still impressive. Rodgers is a much smaller, quicker WR than most of the recent Clemson pass catchers, but I think he still has a promising future in the NFL as a slot WR.
Travis Etienne #9, RB 2021 (5’10, 205)
The final name for Clemson is RB Travis Etienne. The biggest question that remains for Etienne is if he can put his name firmly on the top of the RB draft board the same way that Lawrence has done so at the QB position. He certainly has a chance to, but the margin between him and Najee Harris is very close, with some people preferring Harris. As of now, I have Etienne higher than Harris, but it’s razor-thin.
Tamorrion Terry #5, WR 2021 (6’4, 210) ***LEFT TEAM***
The main player that I would have been excited to watch is WR Tamorrion Terry. He’s been someone I’ve been monitoring closely as a potential value pick with so many players emerging as late 1st – early 2nd round rookie picks. But, as of a couple of weeks ago, Terry is no longer a part of the Seminoles football program. He decided to leave the program after multiple disagreements with the coaching staff. I’m still anxious to see how he does in the pre-draft process and if this will hurt his stock any. It shouldn’t, but it might.
Jashaun Corbin #0, RB 2021 (6’0, 220)
There aren’t many other players on this FSU team that I get overly excited about, but someone that I’ll be somewhat interested in watching is RB Jashaun Corbin. Corbin is a former 4-star recruit from Florida that has seen his role increase in 2020. He is a third-year sophomore and technically eligible to declare for the draft, but I expect to see him play another year at the collegiate level. This defense will be a good test for him.
#6 Florida @ Vanderbilt
Saturday, 11/21 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Kyle Trask #11, QB 2021 (6’5, 240)
The final early game that I’ll cover is Florida @ Vandy. If there’s a Florida game that I am covering, that means the discussion starts with the Kyles. The first one of which is QB Kyle Trask. Last week he continued his amazing 2020 by absolutely dismantling the Razorbacks 63-35. He threw for more than 350 yards and 6 TDs. Trask is really making a push for the QB3 title, but so are several others. This could end up being a much deeper class than some initially thought.
Kyle Pitts #84, TE 2021 (6’6, 246) ***INJURED***
As of writing this, it is unclear if Florida will be getting their other ‘Kyle’ back for this game. He missed last week with a concussion, and his status for Saturday has yet to be announced. However, regardless of if he plays in this game or not, Pitts is a name that you’ll hear and that you should know come rookie draft season. He’s been absolutely dominant, and whenever he makes it back on the field, we should see that dominance continue.
Kadarius Toney #1, WR 2021 (6’0, 193)
The final name of note for the Gators is WR Kadarius Toney. Toney has shown a lot more consistency this year than previous seasons, and the senior WR has subsequently garnered more draft attention because of it. In fact, Toney recently accepted an opportunity to play at the Senior Bowl. I have been watching his game closely of late, he’s incredibly elusive and fun to watch with the ball in his hand, so it’ll be exciting to see how the NFL views him as we progress through this upcoming process.
#7 Cincinnati @ UCF
Saturday, 11/21 | 3:30 PM ET, ESPN
Desmond Ridder #9, QB 2021 (6’4, 215)
The main man to watch for the Bearcats is junior QB Desmond Ridder. He is in the midst of a very impressive start to his 2020 season and is coming off a big game against ECU where he completed more than 75% of his passes, threw for 300+ yards, three TDs, and added another 75 yards and a TD running the ball. Ridder isn’t quite at the level of Florida’s Kyle Trask, Alabama’s Mac Jones, or BYU’s Zach Wilson, but he does possess a very strong arm and quite a bit of athleticism. I think he still has quite a bit of development left before he is NFL ready, but he very may well choose to declare this year. His ceiling is high, but his floor is also one of the lower ones in the top group. It will be interesting to see how scouts view him if he foregoes his final year in Cincy.
Marlon Williams #6, WR 2021 (6’0, 215)
There are two players to watch for the Knights. The first is senior WR Marlon Williams. Williams has taken over as UCF’s top receiver after the departure of Gabriel Davis to the NFL, and he has absolutely flourished. Williams is leading the team in catches, yards, and TD receptions. He is a physical WR that has proven to be tough to stop in the red zone this year. His eight TD catches are double that of the next best WR on the roster. Williams doesn’t have exceptional speed, but he could make a name for himself as a possession WR at the next level.
Jaylon Robinson #1, WR 2022 (5’9, 163)
For all that Marlon Williams is, Jaylon Robinson is not. He is a very small, quick WR that can take the top off any defense and is dangerous in open space. Robinson is a former OU recruit that transferred to UCF and has been making a name for himself. I would expect to see Robinson in Orlando for a couple more years, but he has the one trait you can’t coach speed. If he continues to develop, he could be an interesting name to watch.
Kansas State @ #17 Iowa State
Saturday, 11/21 | 4:00 PM ET, FOX
Deuce Vaughn #22, RB 2023 (5’5, 168)
The first name to watch for the Wildcats is Deuce Vaughn. At 5’5, he’s certainly not your prototypical size for an RB, but man, is he fun to watch with the ball. He’s leading KSU’s team in both rushing and receiving yards and is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands. At that size, and playing for K-State, he’s undoubtedly going to receive some Darren Sproles comps, and while that would certainly be the ceiling for him, it’s easy to see why people go there.
Chabastin Taylor #13, WR 2021 (6’4, 223)
The other name to note is junior WR Chabastin Taylor. At 6’4, Taylor is a monster of a target on the outside for the Wildcats. He hasn’t quite had the breakout campaign that I was hoping for, but he has shown glimpses of elite potential. Any time you have his combination of size and athleticism, you’re going to raise eyebrows in NFL circles. I do expect to see him return for his final year in Manhattan, but I’ll be tracking his development closely.
#17 Iowa State
Brock Purdy #15, QB 2021 (6’1, 212)
The names to watch for the Cyclones have remained the same all year. First, we have junior QB Brock Purdy. He has struggled with some inconsistency issues this year, but the tools are certainly there for Brock. Like many of the names on this list, he has the option of returning for his senior season. I think his play down the stretch will dictate his decision. There have been some QBs whose stock has gone way up, while Purdy has probably dipped a bit. At this point, I would imagine he’s closer to the 6th or 7th QB taken rather than the 3rd, which was a real possibility at the beginning of the season.
Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 215)
Another player to watch is sophomore Breece Hall. I have talked about him several times and would say that I’m a pretty big fan of his game. I have some concerns about top-end speed and how high his upside is, but fortunately, I’ll get another year of tape to watch. Remember him for 2022. He’ll likely start the year as one of the top few names.
Charlie Kolar #88, TE 2021 (6’6, 257)
The final name for Iowa State is Charlie Kolar. He, along with teammate Chase Allen, are two TE names to keep in the back of your mind going into the draft process. Neither are at the level of any of the ‘big 3’ TEs in this class, but both could make an impact in the right situation at the NFL level. Kolar has been the better TE this year, but they both are names to know.
Tennessee @ #23 Auburn
Saturday, 11/21 | 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Eric Gray #3, RB 2022 (5’10, 205)
The name to remember for the Vols is sophomore running back Eric Gray. Gray has taken over the lead RB role for this offense and is having a strong year. He has also shown the ability to passes out of the backfield. I’ll be interested to see if he can continue this trajectory in his junior year in 2021. He’s someone to watch for the future.
Seth Williams #18, WR 2021 (6’3, 211)
The name to know from Auburn for this upcoming draft is WR Seth Williams. I’ve talked about him for a couple of years now, and he’s been exactly what I expected. Williams is a big-bodied WR that thrives in contested catch situations. He’s physical and tough to bring down after the catch as well. He doesn’t quite have the same level of hype as some of the top WRs in this class, but I think he is one of my favorite prospects in this class.
Tank Bigsby #4, RB 2023 (6’0, 204)
The other name to know on this offense is Tank Bigsby. Tank is only a freshman, so it’s important to remember that there is a lot of time before we could see him playing on Sundays. But, he has shown everything you want out of an RB prospect. Bigsby is powerful and elusive, he’s caught the ball out of the backfield and has good speed. He’ll likely be a top name in 2023 if this continues.
#13 Oklahoma St. @ #18 Oklahoma
Saturday, 11/21 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
#13 Oklahoma State
Chuba Hubbard #30, RB 2021 (6’0, 208)
The OK State players to know haven’t changed. The first one is Chuba Hubbard. His stock has taken a bit of a hit since returning to Stillwater for his final season of eligibility, but that may not be such a bad thing for dynasty players. He still has the opportunity to move up draft boards with the pre-draft process, but as of now, he looks like he could end up being a value pick in rookie drafts.
Tylan Wallace #2, WR 2021 (6’0, 190)
The other player to know is Tylan Wallace. Wallace is possibly the best contested-catch WR in all of college football, which is an even more impressive statement considering he’s only 6’0 and 190 lbs. There shouldn’t be any lingering concerns about his surgically repaired knee, and I expect Wallace to be a late riser in rookie drafts. I’m going to try to get as many Wallace/Hubbard shares as possible, assuming their values remain where they currently are.
Charleston Rambo #14, WR 2021 (6’1, 175)
The 2021 eligible player to watch here is Charleston Rambo. I’ve seen his name in some 1st round NFL mock drafts, and while I may not be quite ready to go that high on him, he does have intriguing upside. Rambo is a slight-framed WR, but despite his size, he’s tough. His production has actually regressed this year, but I expect him to declare. We’ve seen an increased number of these slender WRs be successful in the NFL, and he certainly could be the next.
Spencer Rattler #7, QB 2023 (6’1, 205)
There are two more players that you’ll likely see making several plays in this game. The first is QB Spencer Rattler. Rattler has had a bit of an up-and-down season, but the tools are there for him to succeed. He is a very dynamic QB and should have a lot of success in this offense as he develops.
Marvin Mims #4, WR 2023 (5’11, 177)
The other name to note here is freshman WR Marvin Mims. Mims has been the Sooners’ best WR this year. As a freshman, we will have plenty of time to watch him play, but Mims looks like a star in the making. It will be a lot of fun to watch Rattler and Mims grow and develop together. Remember his name. It’ll be one you likely hear for years to come.
#20 USC @ Utah
Saturday, 11/21 | 10:30 PM ET, ESPN
Amon-Ra St. Brown #5, WR 2021 (6’1, 195)
USC is one of those schools that will always have draft relevant players; the two I will focus on are eligible for 2021. The first is Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is a junior WR and has been the best offensive weapon so far for the Trojans. St. Brown is a very dynamic receiver that has produced since he touched foot on campus. He broke out for 77/1042/6 in 2019 and is poised to be a popular name if he declares this season.
Tyler Vaughns #21, WR 2021 (6’2, 190)
The other Trojans’ WR to know is Tyler Vaughns. Vaughns is a big outside WR that uses his physicality to succeed. He doesn’t have exceptional speed or quickness, so his future is going to be more of a possession WR, but a lot will come down to how he tests at the combine and/or USC’s pro day.
Kedon Slovis #21, WR 2022 (6’2, 200)
The final name I will mention here is QB Kedon Slovis. He’s not eligible for the 2021 draft but could come out in 2022. He had a very strong freshman year where he threw for over 3500 yards and 30 TDs. Slovis will hear his name in the 2022 top QB discussion, so you should be familiar with him.
Jake Bentley #8, QB 2021 (6’4, 220)
The first name of note for the Utes is South Carolina transfer, QB Jake Bentley. He had an unspectacular career for the Gamecocks that ended after a foot injury last season. He chose to transfer to Salt Lake City and is now poised to make his debut for the Utes. Bentley has always been a guy that hasn’t quite lived up to the hype, but perhaps a change of scenery can give him one last shot at making the NFL.
Solomon Enis #21, WR 2021 (6’3, 208)
The other name to remember here is junior WR Solomon Enis. He, like Bentley, has had a rather underwhelming career. A former 4-star recruit, Enis has only tallied 27 catches in his first two seasons for a total of 337 yards and 1 TD. Hopefully, this will be the start of his breakout year. He could be a big target for Bentley to throw to in the red zone.
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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