Clay’s NFL Draft Cheat Sheet – Post Regular Season

Clayton Smarslok with his post regular season college football cheat sheet

It was over before we knew it. No more weekly Saturday games until next September but it was a great season to look back on. It had young first year starters take over the sport, major upsets, redemption stories and one of the most memorable games in regular season history.

With every bowl game and three playoff games left to play the season isn’t over yet, but for many top prospects their collegiate careers are finished. They make the smart business decision to sit out their meaningless last game to ensure their health heading into the offseason. With that, let’s review the last week and the season as a whole for some of these soon to be NFLers.

Conference Championship Top Performers

QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

The Buckeye did not hold back in his final chance to make a Heisman statement. In the Big Ten Championship, he went up against an always well coached Pat Fitzgerald defense and blew it up. He completed 83% of his 41 attempts on his way for 499 yards and five touchdowns in the blowout 45-24 win.

All season long, Haskins has been one of the best players in the nation and he did everything in his power to lift his team to the playoffs. Haskins now goes into the offseason as QB1 on many boards, especially if Justin Herbert doesn’t declare. Haskins has his questions against pressure but his accuracy, athleticism and decision making as a first year starter will be loved by a lot of quarterback needy teams.

HB Darrell Henderson, Memphis

One of my favorite players to watch in this class did not disappoint on Saturday. In the first half alone, Henderson went off for 207 yards and three touchdowns (62, 12 and 82 yards) on only 10 carries to build a huge lead. Not to mention he threw for a touchdown as well. That lead wasn’t sustained and neither was his performance finishing with three yards on six carries in the second half in a 56-41 loss to UCF.

Sure that second half was disappointing but his season as a whole was not. Henderson was a dominating force all year becoming the second leading rusher with over 1900 yards and the highest yards per attempt at 8.9 a carry. He has a knack of getting to the second level with good burst and vision. His 40-yard dash at the combine will be vital for him because if he can run high 4.4’s, he could potentially be one of the first running backs taken off the board.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

Because there was no way to choose two of the three, Collin Johnson makes an appearance after a outstanding performance against Oklahoma for the Big 12 Championship. He was able to bring in eight catches for 177 yards and a touchdown, giving the Sooner defense fits all game. His length was a noticeable problem for the defense as he was just able to use it to his advantage multiple times. Despite Johnson’s great game, Texas took the defeat which in turn allowed Oklahoma in the playoffs.

Collin Johnson has made a name for himself making plays with his large catching radius and tremendous body control. The hope is that he will declare for the draft but it’s entirely possible he goes back for his senior season. If he makes the jump to the NFL, he would be a legitimate red-zone threat right away for any team with his 6’6 frame, the only thing to question with him is his quickness and long speed.

CB Byron Murphy, Washington

Locked in a defensive battle all game, the final of the PAC-12 Championship came down to one player, Byron Murphy. He has slowly, but surely been climbing up the ranks all season long and last Friday against Utah was the icing on the cake. His two interception performance, including the pick-six to win the game, was phenomenal. The PAC-12 may not have been the greatest to watch this season but if there’s one man to watch it’s this one.

Byron Murphy has quickly become one of my favorite players in this draft thanks to Stick to the Jets host, Connor Rogers, talking about him for months. The more tape you go through on Murphy it’s hard not to feel that way. He’s a scrappy, smaller corner but won’t back down from a fight. My top two corners from last year were Denzel Ward and Jaire Alexander, and Murphy reminds me of them in that way. Granted, he doesn’t have Ward’s speed or Jaire’s swagger but he’s very sticky in man with good technique and a great feel for his surroundings.

Weekly Rankings

Top 30 Big Board

  1. Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

  2. Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama

  3. Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

  4. Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

  5. Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama

  6. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

  7. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

  8. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

  9. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

  10. Devin White, LB, LSU

  11. Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

  12. Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

  13. Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

  14. Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

  15. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

  16. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

  17. DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

  18. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

  19. Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

  20. Raekwon Davis, IDL, Alabama

  21. Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin

  22. David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

  23. Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

  24. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

  25. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

  26. Rashan Gary, IDL, Michigan

  27. Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion

  28. Yodny Cajuste, OL, West Virginia

  29. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

  30. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma