Clay’s NFL Draft Cheat Sheet – Week 5

Clayton Smarslok with his week 5 college football cheat sheet…

The college football season is now more than a quarter through. We’ve got to see some great matchups thus far but we’re in for a treat today. If you were smart, you would find a couch with a television in front of you and watch these games from noon until whenever you fall asleep. Here are some of the players/games to keep a look out for.

Week 4 Top Performers

Offense: HB Benny Snell Jr, Kentucky

My first repeat has come only in my fifth week of writing these articles. Benny Snell Jr has quickly become one of my favorite players to watch in college. Having already gone in depth about him, we all know what kind of runner he is but to do it against a defensive front like Mississippi State, it will boost up his stock big time. Going off for 165 yards and 4 TDs in the shocking win is no joke. In a HB class that has some question marks, he could be moving his way towards the top for some teams. I do believe he will need to show he can get involved in the passing game a bit more, due to today’s NFL. If he can show that, while he may not be my top HB, I would not be shocked to see his name get called first at the position in April.

Defense: LB Devin White, LSU

Devin White is one fun player to watch. The way he flies to the ball is like no other at the position. His speed and the reaction time he has shown this year has been phenomenal making plays what seems like every down he’s on the field. Last week against Louisiana Tech, he had 11 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 PBU and one fumble recovery that he took 29 yards, 3 short of a touchdown. Those are monster numbers, granted against an inferior opponent, but outstanding numbers nonetheless. White does it in both the running game and passing game at a high level, these numbers are not fluky at all. If there was one concern when watching White, I have noticed he does need to get a little better in terms of tackling as he often needs a second defender but is by no means poor to the point where he won’t be top 10 player on my next board.

 

Week 5 Players to Watch

Ole Miss WRs/TEs vs LSU DBs/LBs

This week I’m only going to have this one matchup because there are about 7 different players you can watch at any given time. Starting with Ole Miss, you have 2 of my top 5 WRs (DK Metcalf, AJ Brown), one that is on the cusp (DeMarkus Lodge) and one of the top TEs (Dawson Knox), all just in the 2019 class. On the defensive side you have top player in general with CB Greedy Williams, another draft worthy CB in Kristian Fulton and the stud LB we just talked about in Devin White. No matter where you put your eyes, you will find a great matchup and shouldn’t be disappointed.

 

Week 5 Games to Watch

#8 Notre Dame vs #7 Stanford (7:30pm on NBC)

The first of two great 7:30 matchups later tonight. The side of the ball that will probably be the most fun to watch is Stanford’s offense against Notre Dame’s defense. Stanford has the obvious big name in Bryce Love, who has really struggled this season, probably hurting his draft stock in the process. Wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside was a vital piece in the comeback against Oregon last week bringing in two touchdowns. His big frame going against Notre Dame CB Julian Love could create some mismatches but will be a fun battle whenever lined up across from each other. The front seven matching up against Stanford’s OL will be the highlight. Stanford has arguably a top 5 offensive line in the nation, highlighted by interior linemen Brandon Fanaika and Nate Herbig. With Notre Dame they have DL Jerry Tillery and LB Te’Von Coney as the big names to watch. Outside the player matchups, this is a great game that will have major implications for the winner.

#9 Penn State vs #4 Ohio State (7:30pm on ABC)

We will have to switch back and forth between the games but if I’m choosing one, I’m choosing this game. The 2019 class is still looking for the hands down top quarterback and while it may not happen tonight, I think Dwayne Haskins is the real deal and could definitely be regarded as such even after just five starts. He has great mechanics in and out of the pocket, showing great accuracy to all levels and has natural arm talent. This will definitely be his biggest test of his collegiate career going against one one the top corners in the class in Amani Oruwariye. Unfortunately there will be no Nick Bosa to watch tonight, but Dre’Mont Jones and true sophomore Chase Young will look to shine and continue their tremendous 2018 campaigns. If you’re looking for a player vs player match up, OSU CB Kendall Sheffield lining up against PSU WR Juwan Johnson will be one to watch.

 

Weekly Rankings

Top 5 TE

 

  1. Noah Fant, Iowa
  2. Dawson Know, Ole Miss
  3. Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
  4. Caleb Wilson, UCLA
  5. Kaden Smith, Stanford