Week 5 of college football is here! 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 a mention in next week’s article. But, hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
#8 Arkansas @ #2 Georgia
Saturday, 10/2 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Treylon Burks #16, WR 2022 (6’3, 225)
The main man to know on the Arkansas side of the ball is junior WR Treylon Burks. He is coming off of a monster week last game against Texas A&M. Burks caught 6 passes for 167 yards and a TD in the upset victory. He’s been dealing with some soreness but should play against Georgia. Burks has been showing why he is considered one of the top WRs in the 2022 class. I hope to see him as a full go this week.
Trelon Smith #22, RB 2022 (5’9, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION
JT Daniels #18, QB 2022 (6’3, 210)
The first player to know for Georgia is junior QB, JT Daniels. He has been playing through a lat muscle injury and has put up solid numbers. Daniels is eligible to declare for the draft this season but may return to Georgia for at least another season. None of the QBs in this class have exactly separated themselves. So, it’s possible that if he continues to play well, he will declare this season.
Zamir White #3, RB 2022 (6’0, 215)
The next player to know, on the field at least, is Zamir White. He has been the Bulldogs’ best RB this season. But, hasn’t exactly been the dominant force that I hoped he would be this year. White has rushed for 207 yards on 37 carries this year. He, as you probably are aware, has suffered some significant knee injuries previously. But, Zamir remains one of the most talented backs, and if he can continue to stay healthy, he could become a future NFL asset again.
George Pickens #1, WR 2022 (6’3, 200) ***INJURED*** – HONORABLE MENTION
Arik Gilbert #14, WR/TE 2023 (6’5, 248) ***AWAY*** – HONORABLE MENTION
#14 Michigan @ Wisconsin
Saturday, 10/2 | 12:00 PM ET, FOX
Blake Corum #2, RB 2023 (5’8, 200)
The name to know for the Wolverines is second-year RB Blake Corum. He is off to an incredibly impressive start to his first real season as the lead back for Michigan. Corum is coming off of his worst game of the season against Rutgers. He only managed a miserable 3.2 ypc on 21 carries. He also failed to reach the endzone. We still have quite a while before we have to worry about Corum declaring, but I like the start that he’s off to.
Chez Mellusi #6, RB 2022 (5’11, 204)
Like the aforementioned Corum, Mellusi is coming off of his worst game of the season. He only managed 54 yards on 18 carries in Wisconsin’s abysmal loss to Notre Dame last week. Mellusi took over the lead role from Jalen Berger this season and has done well prior to the last game. I expect to see him once again be relied on heavily. I’m not sure that I think the long-term elite potential exists for Mellusi, but he will play a lot.
Jake Ferguson #84, TE 2022 (6’5, 244)
The other name to know is TE Jake Ferguson. He, like Mellusi, and all of Wisconsin, had a rough game last week. I expect better days ahead for Ferguson, and it could likely start this week. Jake Ferguson is an underappreciated TE prospect. I think he has a chance to be one of the better TEs in this class. He should be much more heavily involved this week than his one catch performance from last week.
Jalen Berger #8, RB 2023 (6’0, 203) – HONORABLE MENTION
#7 Cincinnati @ #9 Notre Dame
Saturday, 10/2 | 2:30 PM ET, NBC
Desmond Ridder #9, QB 2022 (6’4, 215)
The player to know for Cincinnati is dual-threat QB Desmond Ridder. He seems to be one of the most unheralded QBs that could potentially be in the 2022 draft class. Ridder has both the arm strength and size that NFL teams covet. He also is quite mobile for his size. Last week against Indiana wasn’t his best game, so it will be telling to see how he performs against a good opponent this week.
Jerome Ford #24, RB 2022 (5’11, 220) – HONORABLE MENTION
#9 Notre Dame
Kyren Williams #23, RB 2022 (5’9, 199)
The two names to know on the Notre Dame side of the ball remain the same. First, we have third-year RB Kyren Williams. He will be one of the better backs in whatever year he chooses to declare. Last week he struggled against Wisconsin to the tune of 33 yards on 18 carries. I expect him to have a better game this week.
Michael Mayer #87, TE 2023 (6’4, 251)
The other guy to know is super sophomore TE Michael Mayer. After a very quiet game against Purdue two weeks ago, Mayer put up much better numbers last week against Wisconsin. He has been a mismatch nightmare since he touched the field and has no looks of slowing down soon. I expect to see Mayer be one of the top TE prospects in 2023.
Chris Tyree #25, RB 2023 (5’9, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION
#12 Ole Miss @ #1 Alabama
Saturday, 10/2 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
#12 Ole Miss
Matt Corral #2, QB 2022 (6’0, 200)
The exciting part of this game will be watching Matt Corral face off against the Crimson Tide defense. Corral has quickly risen to be in the discussion as the top QB in the 2022 class. For me, he’s still behind Rattler and Howell, but the gap is now razor-thin within that top 3. If Corral continues to play well and Rattler and Howell continue to underwhelm, it’s quite possible that Corral will pass them. This game will be a great test for him.
Jerrion Ealy #9, RB 2022 (5’9, 185)
The other main player to watch for Ole Miss is their RB, Jerrion Ealy. Along with Henry Parrish Jr. and the aforementioned Corral, Ealy has been tearing up defenses on the ground. Ealy is also a more than adequate receiver out of the backfield. This Alabama defense will be quite the test for him as well.
Dontario Drummond #11, WR 2022 (6’1, 220) – HONORABLE MENTION
Bryce Young #9, QB 2023 (6’3, 214)
The best player on this Alabama offense is sophomore QB Bryce Young. He has already blown past the 1000 yard passing mark. His 15:1 TD:INT ratio is also quite impressive. There’s little doubt that Young is currently leading the Heisman race. He looks to be the top QB in the 2023 class. I love watching him play.
John Metchie III #8, WR 2022 (6’0, 195)
The guy to know for the 2022 class from Alabama is WR John Metchie III. He has twice as many catches as anyone else on the roster this year. Metchie isn’t quite the prospect that some of the other recent WRs from Alabama have been, but he still is a high-caliber prospect and worth knowing as the season progresses.
Jahleel Billingsley #19, TE 2022 (6’4, 230) – HONORABLE MENTION
#3 Oregon @ Stanford
Saturday, 10/2 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC
CJ Verdell #7, RB 2022 (5’8, 211)
The player to know for the Ducks is fourth-year RB CJ Verdell. He has looked incredibly impressive this season for Oregon and is subsequently moving up my draft board. Verdell chose to return to Eugene after a disappointing 2020 season where he struggled with injuries. It certainly looks like that was the right decision. I expect to see a heavy dose of him and Travis Dye this game for the Ducks.
Travis Dye #26, RB 2022 (5’10, 190) – HONORABLE MENTION
Johnny Johnson III #3, WR 2022 (6’1, 199) – HONORABLE MENTION
Elijah Higgins #6, WR 2022 (6’3, 235) – HONORABLE MENTION
#6 Oklahoma @ Kansas State
Saturday, 10/2 | 3:30 PM ET, FOX
Spencer Rattler #7, QB 2022 (6’1, 205)
I’ve said this already, but the 2021 season for Oklahoma has been a bit of an underwhelming one, and it starts with Spencer Rattler. He hasn’t exactly looked bad, but he isn’t tearing up defenses as we expected. Rattler has completed a high percentage of passes but isn’t standing out like you would hope a potential 1st overall draft pick to do. Perhaps this will be the week he gets it all figured out.
Eric Gray #0, RB 2022 (5’9, 205)
Eric Gray and the entire OU offense haven’t been very special this year. Incumbent RB Kennedy Brooks is currently outplaying him. Gray is still one of my favorite RB prospects, but if he doesn’t turn around his gameplay, there’s a chance he will return to Norman. He has continued to display the ability as a receiving threat out of the backfield, but he needs to get on track soon.
Marvin Mims #17, WR 2023 (5’11, 177)
Finally, the last name is another familiar one and another one that has been underwhelming. Marvin Mims came into the year with big expectations and looked great in the opening shootout with Tulane. He caught 5 passes for 117 yards but only has 3 catches for 51 yards in the two games since. Like his teammates, I’m not worried about Mims. It’s just been a disappointing start to the year. He didn’t do much of anything last week against WVU, but perhaps this will finally be his get-right game.
Deuce Vaughn #22, RB 2023 (5’6, 172)
One of the most exciting players to watch in college football is Deuce Vaughn. Part of that is because of his slight stature but impressive running ability. He has drawn plenty of Darren Sproles comparisons, and to some extent, it’s understandable. They are both very undersized K-State RBs. It’s hard not to make that comparison. But, time will tell if Vaughn can have any kind of the impact that Sproles did in the NFL.
Liberty @ UAB
Saturday, 10/2 | 7:00 PM ET, CBS Sports Network
Malik Willis #7, QB 2022 (6’1, 215)
Really, the only reason that this game is listed on here is because of Liberty QB Malik Willis. He is becoming a more and more well-known player, and deservingly so. Willis had a breakout year last year in his first real action as the starting QB. He went into this season with a lot of draft hype and hasn’t disappointed. I expect to see Willis continue to trend upward and be in the top tier of QBs by the time the NFL draft rolls around.
#22 Auburn @ LSU
Saturday, 10/2 | 9:00 PM ET, ESPN
Tank Bigsby #4, RB 2023 (6’0, 208)
There are two players to pay attention to closely in this game, and they both are for the 2023 class or later. The first is Auburn RB Tank Bigsby. He has picked up right where he left off last year and has looked quite impressive in doing so. As of now, Tank is one of the top backs in the 2023 class. That class is loaded, but he is deservingly in the discussion to be the RB1.
Kayshon Boutte #1, WR 2023 (6’0, 190)
For the Tigers, they have an impressive second-year WR that has looked exactly like they hoped for. The former 5-star recruit has been on fire so far this season. He has twice as many receptions as anyone else on the team. And, even more impressively, he has 8 receiving TDs already. Boutte was the 2nd ranked WR in his high school class and is on his way to being the top WR in his NFL Draft class.
Arizona State @ #20 UCLA
Saturday, 10/2 | 10:30 PM ET, FS1
Jayden Daniels #5, QB 2022 (6’3, 185)
If you’re staying up late for #Pac12AfterDark, the first player to watch is junior QB, Jayden Daniels. He came into this season with quite a bit of hype as a QB that could move his way into the 1st round of the NFL Draft with a good season. Unfortunately, he hasn’t exactly done that. He has looked like a dynamic rusher, but through the air, there has been something lacking. I expect him to bounce back, but he may stay another year in Tempe before heading to the NFL.
Rachaad White #3, RB 2022 (6’2, 210)
The other name to know for the Sun Devils is senior RB Rachaad White. He has been the best back in a talented backfield so far this year. Admittedly, I wasn’t super high on him going into the season, but many others were. And it looks like he’s proving me wrong. I’ll be watching him closely over the next few weeks to see what I missed.
Zach Charbonnet #24, RB 2022 (6’1, 220)
The first name to know on the Bruins’ side of the ball is former Michigan Wolverine Zach Charbonnet. He has been incredibly impressive in his first season in LA, both as a rusher and a receiver out of the backfield. Charbonnet is averaging nearly 8 ypc and looks like the player many people hoped he would be after his freshman season.
Greg Dulcich #85, TE 2022 (6’4, 245)
The other player to know for UCLA is junior TE Greg Dulcich. He hasn’t done much outside of a monster 3/117/1 game against LSU earlier this year. But, he is one of the better TEs that could be in the 2022 class. I expect to see him utilized as a mismatch where he can show off his athletic abilities.
That’s it for this week’s games. 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. And, if you’re interested in joining the #NerdHerd? Use the code “tcook” for 15% off any membership. Sign up here and get an edge on all of your league mates today! You can get access to the DynastyGM tool (including our Trade Calculator and new Trade Finder), the Prospect Film Room, an extra weekly podcast, full rankings, and much, much more!