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 will be the sleepers in the 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.
#4 Florida @ #21 Texas A&M
Saturday, 10/10 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Kyle Trask #11, QB 2021 (6’5, 240)
The first game of the week is #4 Florida, so that once again means I’ll be watching the dynamic duo of Kyle & Kyle take the field. It’s hard to argue that there has been a better combo this year than Kyle Trask throwing the ball to Kyle Pitts. If Trask can keep up this strong start, he will continue to see his name rise up draft boards.
Kyle Pitts #84, TE 2021 (6’6, 240)
As impressive as Trask has looked, it’s hard to argue that any college football player hasn’t had a more dominant start to the season than Kyle Pitts. He is absolutely on fire this year, totaling 12 catches for 227 yards and 6, yes 6 TDs. If he keeps looking this good, it will be hard for me not to put him above Pat Freiermuth of Penn State. I can’t wait to see what Pitts does this week.
#21 Texas A&M
Isaiah Spiller #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 220)
The player to watch for A&M is RB Isaiah Spiller. He struggled to only 25 yards rushing on 11 carries in his last game against Alabama. So, I am anxious to see how and if he bounces back against this Florida team. I think Spiller is an interesting prospect, and I am excited to see how he develops over the coming years.
#22 Texas vs Oklahoma
Saturday, 10/10 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX
Keaontay Ingram #26, RB 2021 (6’0, 222)
Another noon eastern kickoff that I’ll be watching is the Red River Showdown. When Texas has the ball, I will be focused mainly on two players. The first is RB Keaontay Ingram. He coughed up the ball last game in heartbreaking fashion at the goal line, so I am interested in seeing how he bounces back. I like Ingram as a prospect and expect more success this week than against TCU.
Joshua Moore #6, WR 2021 (6’1, 169)
The other name to keep in mind is WR Joshua Moore. He was a talented 4-star prospect coming out of high school in Texas, but off the field issues have raised some concerns. He seems committed to the second chance he’s been given and has some notable talent. He played well in Texas’s first two games, but failed to catch a pass against TCU and is rehabbing a knee injury.
Charleston Rambo #14, WR 2021 (6’1, 179)
On the Oklahoma side of the ball, the main focus for me will be Charleston Rambo. He is a very talented receiver that has been projected as high as a first-round NFL pick. Rambo has shown the ability to get open in many different ways, all over the field. My biggest concern for him is his frame. But, I expect him to bulk up a bit during draft season.
Marvin Mims #17, WR 2023 (5’11, 174)
The next name to watch is a WR that will not yet be eligible for the NFL draft but should be on your radar. Marvin Mims is a freshman but has been a huge part of this Oklahoma passing attack. He leads the team in TD receptions and only trails Rambo in catches. There is still a lot of time before you need to know his name, but you’ll likely see him making plays in this one.
#14 Tennessee @ #3 Georgia
Saturday, 10/10 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Jarrett Guarantano #2, QB 2021 (6’4, 230)
Moving on to the 3:30 eastern time slot, we have a big SEC matchup between Tennessee and Georgia. The two players I’ll be watching most intently are Jarrett Guarantano and Eric Gray. I’m not the biggest fan of Guarantano, but he has generated some draft buzz. It’ll be a good test to see how he plays against a strong Georgia defense.
Eric Gray #3, RB 2022 (5’10, 205)
The main ticket on the Vols side is RB Eric Gray. Like many of the prospects I’ll be watching in this game, Gray is not eligible until 2022 at the earliest. But, he projects to be one of the better RBs in that class, so I’ll be focused on how he handles Georgia. Gray does share time in the backfield with Ty Chandler, who is a nice prospect in his own right. But Gray has the potential to be a very good prospect.
Zamir White #3, RB 2022 (6’0, 215)
Continuing the 2022 trend, the two players I’m most excited about for Georgia will not be eligible for the draft this year. First, we have Zamir ‘Zeus’ White. His story is relatively well known now, but he will have to continually prove that he can stay healthy and that his knees are able to hold up to a significant workload.
George Pickens #1, WR 2022 (6’3, 190)
The other name is again one that you are probably familiar with, George Pickens. Pickens has been considered by some to be the best WR prospect to come out of Georgia since AJ Green. He has the prototypical size that GMs covet and has shown the ability to be a mismatch in the red zone. Pickens still has plenty of time to develop as a receiver, but the tools are certainly there.
#7 Miami @ #1 Clemson
Saturday, 10/10 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
D’Eriq King #1, QB 2021 (5’11, 202)
The main event for this weekend is Miami vs. Clemson. That means we get to see several 2021 draft prospects on display on both sides of the ball. The first one I will mention here is D’Eriq King. Prior to this season, he transferred from Houston and has taken the reins of the Miami offense and thoroughly excelled. He’s a dual-threat QB that has propelled the resurgence of The U. I have my concerns for his NFL potential, but every year we see more and more unconventional QBs in the NFL, so I will continue to watch how King develops.
Brevin Jordan #9, TE 2021 (6’3, 245)
The next player to watch is TE Brevin Jordan. Jordan is leading the Hurricanes in all receiving categories, and if not for the aforementioned Kyle Pitts and his strong start, Jordan would probably be receiving much more hype. Jordan is my TE3 right now, but he certainly has the potential to move up if he continues this level of production.
Cam’Ron Harris #23, RB 2021 (5’10, 210)
Finally, the last name I will note is RB Cam’Ron Harris. He is in the midst of a strong season and will have the perfect opportunity against the #1 team in the country to showcase his talent and boost his NFL draft stock. His best asset is his speed, but he brings more than that to the table. Keep your eyes on #23.
Trevor Lawrence #16, QB 2021 (6’6, 220)
The names on the Clemson side of the ball should not be new or surprising to anyone. Trevor Lawrence will almost certainly be the first pick in the NFL draft, and the 1st pick in Super Flex and 2QB rookie drafts. He’s the best QB prospect to come to the NFL since Andrew Luck.
Travis Etienne #9, RB 2021 (5’10, 205)
His running back, Travis Etienne, is in the running to be the #1 pick in single QB rookie drafts. It isn’t as cut and dry as it is with Lawrence, but make no mistake, Travis Etienne is a special running back and should go in the first half of the 1st round in every rookie draft.
Amari Rodgers #3, WR 2021 (5’10, 210)
The last name I will mention here is WR Amari Rodgers. He is leading this passing attack in all receiving categories. He’s not quite the prototypical Clemson WR, but Rodgers is still a very talented WR that has the potential to make an impact at the NFL level as a slot WR.
#2 Alabama @ Ole Miss
Saturday, 10/10 | 7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Najee Harris #22, RB 2021 (6’2, 230)
One of the names that will contend with Etienne as the top RB in this class is Alabama senior, Najee Harris. Harris is a bigger back than Etienne and does not quite have the same top gear, but there isn’t anything that Harris does poorly. In fact, he does everything quite well. He is a good athlete who shows good contact balance, agility, power, and vision when he runs. And, he can catch passes out of the backfield.
Jaylen Waddle #17, WR 2021 (5’10, 182)
Another probable 1st round rookie pick is WR Jaylen Waddle. Waddle is a dynamic playmaker that is a threat to score whenever he touches the ball. He is great after the catch and utilizes his speed to break away from defenders. He’s a little bit on the thin side and could use some polish on his game, but the talent is undeniable.
DeVonta Smith #6, WR 2021 (6’1, 175)
Another likely 1st round rookie pick is WR DeVonta Smith. He is a more polished and smooth receiver than Waddle but doesn’t quite have the same top gear. Like Waddle, he is also a bit lean, which presents some durability concerns, but he will likely add some weight, and his talent outweighs the risk. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah compared Smith to Marvin Harrison, so it’s safe to say the expectations are there.
Jerrion Ealy #9, RB 2022 (5’8, 190)
The first name to watch for Ole Miss is Jerrion Ealy. As I have previously mentioned, Ealy is also on the Ole Miss baseball team. But, assuming he chooses football, Ealy is someone that fits the modern-day NFL. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands and presents matchup problems for opposing defenses.
Elijah Moore #8, WR 2021 (5’9, 185)
The other name to note is Elijah Moore. He is absolutely dominating the receiving game for this offense. The Rebels have only played two games, but Moore already has 20 receptions and 319 receiving yards. Like Ealy, Moore is a little bit undersized, but he has shown the ability to dominate at the collegiate level. I’m interested to see how NFL scouts evaluate him.
Florida State @ #5 Notre Dame
Saturday, 10/10 | 7:30 PM ET, NBC
Tamorrion Terry #5, WR 2021 (6’4, 210)
The player to watch here is WR Tamorrion Terry. He is a big receiver at 6’4, but for someone that size, he has incredible speed. He has shown the ability to make contested catches and make defenders miss with the ball in his hands. His biggest concern is that he can lose focus, which leads to dropped passes. But, you don’t see players with his size/speed combo very often. So if he cleans up the drop issues, he could shoot up draft boards.
#5 Notre Dame
Ian Book #12, QB 2021 (6’0, 206)
There are two players I will be watching in this game. The first is senior QB Ian Book. I have mentioned his name here before a few times as a guy that could potentially use this season to vault his name up, draft boards. But, to this point, that hasn’t exactly happened. Book will likely make an NFL team as a backup. He’s a solid college QB, but I’m not sure I see him doing much more than that at the next level.
Kyren Williams #23, RB 2022 (5’9, 204)
The main player to watch here is RB Kyren Williams. He has been the best weapon for the Fighting Irish so far this season. I expect him to be on full display against a Seminole team that struggled with Jacksonville State in their last outing. Williams is another 2022 draft prospect, but you’ll likely hear his name a lot in this one.
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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