Bradley Chubb, Edge Defender, NC State: I know that these guys are just kids but spitting on the opponents logo is not a good look especially for a player of the class of Chubb. Putting that unfortunate scene aside, Bradley Chubb is looking like a man among boys out there. Chubb does not have the twitch that Harold Landry and Arden Key have at the edge position but wins with power. Chubb is a bigger player and is as strong against the run as he is at getting after the passer. Chubb has 3.5 sacks in the first 4 games and continues to be a middle-of the first round prospect on my big board.
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State: I am not going to get too down on Nick Fitzgerald from his lackluster performance against Georgia this past weekend mostly because he was never a factor in my 2018 projections to begin with. There are a lot of things to like about Fitzgerald and he has an excellent coach to learn from. This is a JR QB, however, that absolutely needs his senior season. Fitzgerald went 14/29 for 83 yards and threw 2 interceptions Saturday.
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Auden Tate, WR, Florida State: Auden Tate was having himself a day before injuring his shoulder in the 3rd quarter of a losing effort to NC State. All he had for the Seminoles was 9 catches, 138 yards, and 1 touchdown. Tate is still developing as an outside option but presents elite size at 6’5 and will be a red-zone threat on Sundays from day 1. Let’s hope that his shoulder injury is minor and that he can get back on the field quickly.
Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA: Caleb Wilson is a former walk-on turned star for UCLA at the TE position. He has ideal height at 6’4 and seems to be Josh Rosen’s go-to guy in the passing game. His production has been off the charts. If Wilson looks like a very good athlete it won’t surprise you that he is a former basketball player. If he also looks like a smart route runner it also won’t surprise you that he is a former QB. Wilson still has 2 years of eligibility but if the red-shirt sophomore decides to declare for the draft he might find his way towards the top of a nice TE class.
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Josey Jewell vs. Saquan Barkley Saturday Film Session Week 4
This was arguably the best game of both Josey Jewell and Saquan Barkley’s collegiate careers. Jewell recorded 16 tackles, 3 of which were behind the line of scrimmage, recovered a fumble, had an interception, and broke up 2 other passes Saturday in front of his home crowd. Not to be outdone, Barkley rushed for 211 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. As if that wasn’t enough he let the Nittany Lions with 12 catches for 94 yards. Insane.
Jewell is as savvy of a MLB as they come. He is the leader of the team and plays with a toughness that represents the Hawkeyes defense. Jewell is a very competitive player and always seems to be around the football. While Josey is not a perfect prospect for the NFL his name will be called earlier rather than later draft weekend. As a senior he will have the opportunity to display his talents in the Senior Bowl if he decides to.
Everyone is looking for a NFL RB comparable to Barkley. I don’t think they’ve made 1 like him yet. He has the lateral elusiveness and stop and go ability that doesn’t fall very short from LeSean McCoy, the quick and explosive power of Ezekiel Elliot, and the ability to be a factor in the passing game like David Johnson. Is it possible that he can be as good as these superstar RBs? It isn’t just possible it is very likely. Barkley, for me, is the best player in college football, the best NFL prospect in college football, and the first choice for the Heisman for this season. Any other night I would have selected Jewell here but Barkley was just too good.