What We Learned in College Football Week 5

Who’s Up?

Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson:  There is a lot of NFL talent on Clemson lining up this year on the defensive side of the ball. Kendall Joseph quietly tallied 131 tackles for the Tigers as a sophomore and already has 39 tackles as he has transitioned to more of a leadership position this year. Joseph has great range and looks like a good fit as a WLB at the next level.

Who’s Down?

Sam Darnold, QB, USC:  See below

I See You

Bryce Love, RB, Stanford:  Bryce Love was asked to replace All-Everything and top 10 pick RB Christian McCaffrey this season for Stanford…talk about having big shoes to fill. Love is someone that I did not have featured in my pre-season top 50 and to be honest wouldn’t have cracked the top 100. Love has been the bell-cow for the Cardinal and has rewarded his team with big yards on the carries they have given him. Love runs in a pro-style offense and seems to always select the correct rush lane. He is not a big back but is as strong between the tackles as he is dangerous when he gets to the second level. The RB position is absolutely stacked this year and Love is one of several backs that should be selected within the first 2 days if he declares.


Who is The Winner of The Main Event? 

Sam Darnold vs. Luke Falk SATURDAY FILM SESSION WEEK 5

In last week’s match-up we had career games delivered by both RB Saquan Barkley and LB Josey Jewell. The same could not be said this week.

There are not a lot of mock drafts that I have seen, if any to be honest, to this point that doesn’t have Sam Darnold going either number 1 or number 2 overall. With that in mind, it seems right to start with his performance first. Overall this was easily Darnold’s worst game as a Trojan. He only threw for 164 yards, he turned the ball over, and looked flustered and unable to complete a pass under pressure. Unlike in other outings that he has struggled in he wasn’t able to figure out how to pull the rabbit out of the hat at the end of the game and win either. Even at his worst he still displays occasional moments of brilliance. He can make every throw, seems to have great field awareness, is able to throw his targets open, has excellent feet in the pocket, etc, etc. Darnold has a very high ceiling but unfortunately he has played much closer to his floor this season so far.

Statistically speaking, Luke Falk had a very nice game. The problems for Falk, as a NFL prospect, however, have never been not being able to fill in the stat sheet. The book on Falk is that he is someone that stands tall in the pocket, has a great understanding for the offense, completes a high percentage of his passes, does not throw on the run well, does not make challenging throws often, takes too many sacks, and does not have an elite arm. With the exception of a brilliant throw while being chased to his right (a dropped touchdown pass on the first possession) this is exactly how Falk would grade out for his performance against USC.

The better QB prospect is without a doubt Sam Darnold but the winner of the week goes to Luke Falk. Falk did what he needed to do to upset the Trojans and was much more efficient than Darnold. While I don’t think Falk improved his draft stock as I still see him at this point as a day 3 pick it is becoming easier to find scenarios where Darnold isn’t the first name called this spring.

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