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. 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.
Kansas State @ #3 Oklahoma
Saturday, 9/26 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX
Chabastin Taylor #13, WR 2021 (6’4, 223)
The player I will be watching closest for the Wildcats is WR Chabastin Taylor. He is a monster target for QB Skylar Thompson and this KSU offense. He posted an impressive 4/98/0 performance last time out against Arkansas State. He still has one more year of eligibility, and he likely will use it, but he’s someone to watch when K-State has the ball.
Spencer Rattler #7, QB 2023 (6’0, 198)
Another year, another starting QB for Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners offense. In his first game under center at the collegiate level, Rattler posted a robust 290 yards and 4 TDs whilst only attempting 17 passes. Obviously, it helped that his opponent was Missouri State, but it’s easy to see why his name is so popular in devy leagues. Don’t forget him.
Theo Wease #10, WR 2022 (6’3, 200)
The Sooners boast a strong group of pass catchers at Rattler’s disposal. The first I will note is the former 4-star recruit, Theo Wease. At 6’3, Wease is a big target that flashed a few times as a freshman last year. He will be in Norman at least one more year, but I like what I have seen from him so far.
Charleston Rambo #14, WR 2021 (6’1, 179)
The next player to note is junior WR Charleston Rambo. He trailed only 2020 1st round draft pick, CeeDee Lamb, in every major receiving category for the Sooners in 2019. He is a little bit undersized but is incredibly talented. Also, he may have one of the coolest names in all of college football. Not that it impacts his potential, but still, it’s worth noting.
Kennedy Brooks #26, RB 2021 (5’11, 214) ***OPT-OUT***
The final name I will mention here is RB Kennedy Brooks. He has opted out of the 2020 season, but he will be a name you will hear again come draft season. He isn’t quite the top-tier talent of some of the 2021 RBs, but he absolutely is someone to remember in the spring.
#5 Florida @ Ole Miss
Saturday, 9/26 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Kyle Trask #11, QB 2021 (6’5, 240)
There are two players of note for me on the Gators side of the ball. The first is senior QB, Kyle Trask. He had a respectable year for Florida in 2019 and will look to build on that and propel himself into a chance at making it in the NFL. He certainly has the size and physical tools that NFL GMs covet, but time will tell if he can put it all together.
Kyle Pitts #84, TE 2021 (6’6, 240)
However, the player I will be watching closest in this game for the Gators is TE Kyle Pitts. Pitts is on the shortlist for top TEs in the 2021 draft. He has the size and physical tools to succeed at the next level and barring any unforeseen changes. He will likely be one of the top TEs come draft day.
Jerrion Ealy #9, RB 2022 (5’8, 190)
For Ole Miss, there are a few players to remember. The first is a 2022 prospect, RB Jerrion Ealy. Ealy is actually a two-sport athlete and is a well-thought-of outfielder for the Rebels baseball team. Assuming Ealy continues his football plans, he also has plenty of promise on the gridiron. He was a 5-star RB prospect coming out of high school and led Ole Miss RBs in 2019 in all rushing categories. Remember his name going forward.
Jonathan Mingo #1, WR 2022 (6’2, 210)
The next player to keep in mind is another 2022 prospect, WR Jonathan Mingo. Mingo had a relatively pedestrian freshman year, but as a former 4-star recruit, he has shown that he can potentially be the next in line of Ole Miss WRs to make it to the NFL. I’m very interested in seeing how he develops in Lane Kiffin’s offense.
Elijah Moore #8, WR 2021 (5’9, 185)
The final Ole Miss player to watch is WR Elijah Moore. He hauled in 67 receptions for 850 yards and 6 TDs in 2019, which were all easily the best-receiving numbers for Mississippi. Moore is a dynamic playmaker, and while he is a bit undersized for a typical NFL receiver, he profiles as someone that can produce well and consistently out of the slot.
Iowa State @ TCU
Saturday, 9/26 | 1:30 PM ET, FS1
Brock Purdy #15, QB 2021 (6’1, 212)
If Iowa State is playing, that means I will once again be focused on Brock Purdy. He didn’t exactly instill confidence in us with his 16/35 for 145 yards with no TDs and 1 INT against Louisiana. If Purdy is going to have a chance to hear his name called early come next year’s NFL Draft, he will need to improve from that game dramatically.
Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 215)
My favorite player in this game is RB Breece Hall. The bad news is that he isn’t eligible for the NFL Draft until 2022. The good news is that it means more time to get excited about his potential. Hall had a respectable 20/103/1 line against Louisiana, but I expected more. I’ll be interested to see how he does against TCU.
Chase Allen #11, TE 2021 (6’7, 240)
I know that TE prospects can be tough to gauge in college. The position is one of the slowest to develop. The usage can vary so drastically in college that some better NFL players don’t always put up big numbers collegiately. However, one thing that you can count on is size. And, at 6’7, Iowa State’s Chase Allen has plenty of it. His outlook will likely depend on how he performs at the NFL Combine and where he ends up landing, but he’s a name to remember.
Zach Evans #6, RB 2023 (5’11, 200)
On the TCU side of the ball, the name to monitor here is Zach Evans. He is only a freshman, so there is still plenty of time to get familiar with him on the field. But, he was a surprising late commit to TCU. Evans was a 5-star RB and the number 2 RB in the 2020 class. He can do anything you want from an RB on the field. His biggest question will be if he can avoid any off the field issues.
Mississippi State @ #6 LSU
Saturday, 9/26 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Kylin Hill #8, RB 2021 (5’11, 210)
There are two Bulldogs that I will be watching. The first is Kylin Hill. He was a player that I was really excited about leading to the 2020 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for one more year in Starkville. Hill is a powerful back that often uses that to run through tackles rather than avoid them. He doesn’t have elite speed, but I think he can be a value pick in rookie drafts next year.
Osiris Mitchell #5, WR 2021 (6’5, 210)
The other player to watch is WR Osiris Mitchell. At 6’5, he is a monster target for new Bulldogs QB KJ Costello to target early and often in the Mike Leach air-raid offense. Mitchell hasn’t exactly been the most productive WR in his career yet, and Mississippi State isn’t exactly known as a WR factory, but I think Mitchell could have a big year, and I’ll be watching closely.
Ja’Marr Chase #1, WR 2021 (6’0, 200) ***OPT-OUT***
The player that I most wanted to see in this game is WR Ja’Marr Chase. Along with Rondale Moore, he is my picks as the two best WRs in the 2021 class. However, Chase has chosen to opt-out of the 2020 season to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Terrace Marshall Jr. #6, WR 2021 (6’3, 200)
One of the WRs that will attempt to fill the shoes of Chase is Terrace Marshall Jr. He is a big target for the new LSU starting QB, Myles Brennan, who has some rather large shoes of his own to fill. Marshall struggled with some injuries in 2019, so it would greatly benefit his draft stock if he could stay on the field this year.
John Emery Jr. #4, RB 2022 (5’11, 215)
Now that Clyde Edwards-Helaire is out of town, LSU will look to a few sophomore RBs to replace his production. Emory was a 5-star RB out of Louisiana, and the 2nd ranked RB in his class. Emery split most of the workload with the next player on this list but now has an opportunity to make a name for himself.
Tyrion Davis-Price #3, RB 2022 (6’1, 232)
My pick for the RB most likely to take over the lead role for LSU is Tyrion Davis-Price. He was the most used returning RB from last year’s National Championship team. Davis-Price is a bigger back and looked strong when given the opportunity last year. The other name to monitor that could potentially contribute is a fellow sophomore, Chris Curry.
#8 Texas @ Texas Tech
Saturday, 9/26 | 3:30 PM ET, FOX
Keaontay Ingram #9, RB 2021 (6’0, 222)
The first player to monitor here is RB Keontay Ingram. Ingram isn’t quite the household name that you see listed as the top 2021 RB prospects. But, I think he could be a mid-late round pick that provides some solid value in the NFL. He could benefit from returning to Texas for his senior year, but he’s worth noting.
Brennan Eagles #13, WR 2021 (6’4, 229)
After the departures of WRs Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson, Brennan Eagles will get his chance to shine as the WR1 for the Longhorns. Eagles profiles more as a replacement for Johnson, and he, like Ingram, would likely benefit from another year in Austin. He’s more of a developmental player at this point, but with that size, he’s someone I’ll be watching.
SaRodorick Thompson #4, RB 2022 (6’0, 210)
For the Red Raiders, the player to watch is sophomore RB SaRodorick Thompson. Thompson will continue building on a strong freshman campaign, where he led Texas Tech in rushing and TDs. He posted an admirable 118 yards on 22 carries with 2 TDs in the first game of 2020. The good news is that he had a strong performance. The less than ideal news is that it came against Houston Baptist, which isn’t exactly the strongest competition.
#2 Alabama @ Missouri
Saturday, 9/26 | 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Najee Harris #22, RB 2021 (6’2, 230)
The first player I’ll be watching for ‘Bama is RB Najee Harris. Harris surprised me when he decided to return to Tuscaloosa for the 2020 season. I think he would have been one of the early RBs taken in this year’s draft. For an RB listed at 230, Harris is much quicker than you might expect. We will see if Alabama relies on him more heavily this year without the services of Tua Tagovailoa.
Jaylen Waddle #17, WR 2021 (5’10, 182)
The next player to monitor is WR Jaylen Waddle. He is incredibly fast and plays the game at full speed. He is an extremely explosive player that will likely be an early draft pick come spring. I am excited to see what Waddle can do in this retooled offense.
DeVonta Smith #6, WR 2021 (6’1, 175)
Finally, I am also excited to watch one more season of DeVonta Smith. He is more of a technician than Waddle, and definitely doesn’t quite have the same top gear. But, Smith is certainly a promising prospect. He will likely need to put on some weight in the form of muscle before the Draft.
Larry Rountree III #34, RB 2021 (5’10, 210)
On the Missouri side of the ball, the main player to watch is senior RB Larry Rountree III. He is certainly the Tigers’ best player. He has shown excellent vision and burst in his first few years, but facing Alabama will be a good test of his ability. I think Rountree is currently a late-round pick, but he has the opportunity to improve his stock this season.
Florida State @ #12 Miami (FL)
Saturday, 9/26 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Tamorrion Terry #5, WR 2021 (6’4, 210)
The player to watch for the Seminoles is WR Tamorrion Terry. He posted a 6/52/0 line in Florida State’s first game against Georgia Tech, but his day could have been significantly better if not for a dropped pass when he was open behind the secondary. Terry needs to clean up his drop issues because he has as much potential as any WR in the 2021 class.
#12 Miami (FL)
D’Eriq King #1, QB 2021 (5’11, 202)
For Miami, I will once again be watching their signal-caller, D’Eriq King. He looked good against the Cardinals last week but will need to increase his accuracy if he is going to be a serious NFL prospect. But, his ability to run and extend plays makes him incredibly fun to watch.
Brevin Jordan #9, TE 2021 (6’3, 245)
The star of Miami’s win over Louisville was TE Brevin Jordan. Jordan posted a 7/120/1 stat line and looked incredibly impressive in doing so. He is currently in the running to be my top TE for the 2021 class. He isn’t quite on Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth level, but he has put his name in the discussion.
Cam’Ron Harris #23, RB 2021 (5’10, 210)
Cam’Ron Harris followed up his strong showing against UAB with another strong game against Louisville. Harris’ highlight of the night was a 75 yard TD run where he went nearly untouched. If he continues to perform like this weekly, Harris will continue to climb up draft boards.
That’s it for this week’s games. I will be previewing a handful of players each week going forward. 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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