The Mock Draft Version 3.0: Round 2

Round 2

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Jones, OT, Houston

34. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

35. Detroit Lions: Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama

36. New York Giants: Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

37. Las Angeles Chargers: Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn

38. Carolina Panthers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

39. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

40. Houston Texans: Justin Madubuike, DT, Oklahoma

41. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson

43. Chicago Bears: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

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44. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Love, QB, Utah

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marlon Davidson, DE, Auburn

46. Denver Broncos: Cesar Ruiz, OC, Michigan

47. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

48. New York Jets: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

50. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois

51. Dallas Cowboys: Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah

52. Carolina Panthers: Alton Robinson, DE, Syracuse

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona

54. Buffalo Bills: Jordan Elliott, DT, Missouri

55. Baltimore Ravens: Lloyd Cushenberry, OC, LSU

56. Miami Dolphins: Ashtyn Davis, S, California

57. Las Angeles Chargers: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech

58. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

59. Seattle Seahawks: Darrell Taylor, DE, Tennessee

60. Baltimore Ravens: Leki Fotu, DT, Utah

61. Tennessee Titans: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

62. Green Bay Packers: Adam Trautman, TE, Dayton

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

64. Seattle Seahawks: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

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Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3

The 85th NFL Draft will take place from April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.

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Frisco Bowl – Dec 20, 2019: Kent State vs Utah State

Kent State Golden Flash (6-6)  vs  Utah State Aggies (7-5)

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASH | MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Coach:  Sean Lewis

Kent State Players to watch:

Senior CB Jamal Parker  (5-8/185)

Photo: Kent State Athletics

Parker leads the Kent State defense with three interceptions on the season and is one of the leaders in the Mid-American Conference in passes defended with 12. Parker helped to lead a secondary that has allowed just 15 touchdown passes this season, second fewest in the Mid-American Conference this season. On the season, Parker has posted 58 tackles to go along with those team-leading 12 passes defended.

Senior DE Theo Majette  (6-0/260)

Majette was a force on the defensive line for the Golden Flashes this season. The senior led the team in sacks with five and quarterback hurries with four. His five sacks ranks eighth in the Mid-American Conference.  The Michigan native was also second on the team with seven tackles for loss. Majette had big games against Ball State and Bowling Green, recording a pair of tackles for loss and a sack in each game.

*Junior QB Dustin Crum  (6-3/201)

Crum played in 10 games as a true freshman. Last year, Kent State went to a fast paced spread offense (Flash FAST), and was beat out by Auburn transfer Woody Barrett. However, in 2019, Crum came off the bench in the second half of week 1 and never relinquished the reins. He played in 12 games, threw for 2,333 yards and had a most impressive Td/Int ratio of 18-2.

**Sophomore PK Matthew Trickett  (6-0/191)

Trickett has enjoyed a phenomenal sophomore campaign, setting a school record and leading the MAC with 24 made field goals so far, this season. He is currently one of five players in the FBS to have made at least 24 field goals this season. He also has 28 touchbacks on kick-offs this season and even recovered his own on-sides kick against Buffalo.

*Junior P Derek Adams  (6-0/197)

Adams returned to form in 2019 after an injury cost him most of the 2018 season. His 43.3 yards per punt ranks second in the conference and is right in line with his 2017 total of 43.6 yards per kick. Adams had a long of 76 yards this year and boomed 11 punts over 50 yards. Perhaps most impressively, he had 19 punts fair caught and Kent State ranks 10th in the nation in allowing just 2.7 yards per punt return this season.

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UTAH STATE AGGIES | MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Coach:  Matt Wells

Utah State Players to watch:

*Junior QB Jordan Love  (6-4/220)

Photo: jaredleesmith|Heavy.com

Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love announced Tuesday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

For his career, Love is 659-of-1,086 (.607) passing for 8,283 yards with 57 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, and ranks second all-time in school history in passing yards and attempts, third in touchdown passes, completions and total offense (8,670 yards), and fourth in completion percentage. Love also ranks first all-time in school history with 11-career 300-yard passing games and has four completions of at least 80 yards, which is also a school record.

*Junior ILB David Woodward  (6-2/230)

Like Love, Woodward has declared for the NFL Draft. For his career, Woodward has a team-best 256 tackles, which includes 8.0 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss, to go along with six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Overall, he posted 15 double-digit tackle games in his career.

This year, Woodard was named first-team all-Mountain West despite missing the last five games of the season due to injury. In just seven games this year, he still led the team with 93 tackles, which includes 2.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for loss. He also has a team-best four forced fumbles. He returned one of those fumbles for his second-career touchdown. 

Senior RB Gerald Bright  (5-10/190)

Heading into the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl against Kent State, Bright leads the Aggies in rushing with 827 yards and eight touchdowns on 161 carries. He has also caught 31 passes for 207 yards and another score. Besides catching passes and racking up the yards on the ground, Bright has also played a valuable role on special teams for the Aggies. During his career at USU, he has returned 19 kickoffs for 347 yards (18.3 ypr).

Grad-Transfer WR Siaosi Mariner  (6-2/193)

Mariner, a senior graduate transfer from Utah, has started all 12 games this year ranks third in the Mountain West and 33rd in the nation in receiving touchdowns with eight, fourth in the MW in receiving yards, and 10th in the MW in yards per reception (15.6). He leads the Aggies in receptions (56), receiving yards (874) and receiving touchdowns (8).

Senior PK Dominik Eberle (6-2/195)

Eberle, senior placekicker from Nuremberg, Germany, leads the Mountain West in scoring with 97 points. He is also third in the MW in field goal percentage, and eighth in the MW in points responsible for per game (8.1). Eberle is 19-of-22 on field goal attempts this season. He is also a perfect 40-of-40 on extra points and has kicked off 67 times for 4,007 yards (59.8 ypk) with 36 touchbacks. In 2017, Eberle was a Lou Groza Award finalist.

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Frisco Bowl
Kent State 51, Utah State 41 
Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas
Dec 20, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2 

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2018 DXL Frisco Bowl
Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

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Quarterbacks/2020

Updated April 19, 2020. Pre-Draft.

Nothing much has changed. Tua dropped a spot and Nate Stanley jumped over Jalen Hurts. Everyone else is status quo heading into the draft.

2020 NFL Draft:  Top Rated QBs

1. Joe Burrow, LSU, 6-2/221

Photo: David J. Phillip|AP

If there was any doubt about Burrow being the favorite to go No. 1 overall in the draft, those doubts were dispelled in the National Championship game as Burrow methodically picked apart Clemson’s secondary.

Borrow’s magical season came to a perfect end by winning a National Championship, a dream Burrow said he’s had since he was 5-years old.

During LSU’s drubbing of Clemson, the defending National Champions, Burrow continued to rewrite history. By tossing five touchdown passes in the game, the Heisman Trophy winner up his season total to 60, breaking the previous record of 58 held by Colt McCoy. He also took possession of the top spot in passing yards (5,671) this season.

Burrow did not work out at the Combine.

2. Justin Herbert, Oregon, 6-6/236

Had Herbert decided to turn pro last year, he quite possibly could have been the number one overall pick. He said one of the reasons he returned for his senior season was to help the Ducks win a Conference Championship. He did just that on Dec. 6, leading Oregon to a 37-15 win over a stingy Utah defense to win the Pac-12 Championship. The Ducks are now ranked No. 6 in the nation and will take on the eighth ranked Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

On Dec. 10, Herbert was named the winner of the Campbell Trophy, commonly known as the “academic Heisman.” Herbert beat out 11 other finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football, during the 62nd National Football Foundation annual awards dinner in New York.

Herbert’s 4.01 GPA is highest among the 12 finalists, who included Eastern Washington’s Spencer Blackburn, Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship, Ohio State’s Jordan Fuller, Minnesota State’s Alex Goettl, Kansas State’s Adam Holtorf, Carnegie Mellon’s Michael Lohmeier, Virginia’s Jordan Mack, Montana’s Dante Olson, Cornell’s Jelani Taylor, Stanford’s Casey Toohill and Western Michigan’s Jon Wassink.

The Ducks senior is 272 of 408 for 3,333 yards with 32 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. Herbert had thrown an touchdown in 34 consecutive games, a streak that was broken Oct. 26 vs Washington State. He’s thrown for over 10,000 yards in his career, with an 95-22 Td/Int ratio. He’s possesses an incredibly strong arm, and his passes look effortless – he throws the football as if it were a baseball. He has deceptive speed, when he chooses to use it. For the most part, he’s been primarily a pocket passes the last two seasons. There’s no reason Herbert’s stock won’t stay at the top of scouts draft boards.

Senior Bowl: Herbert had a great week at the Senior Bowl. He was named the game’s MVP and only solidified himself as a top 10 pick.

Herbert was the top performing QB at the combine.

3. Tua Tagovailoa*, Alabama, 6-0/217

I think the lock down has hurt several players, especially players expected to go very high in the draft. Tua would be one of those players. Without team physicians getting to look him over, teams will be less certain on what they are getting for their investment. I think because of that Tua drops the middle of round one. The reports of a 13 score on the Wonderlic also won’t help him get into the top ten.

On Nov. 16, Tua dislocated his hip as he was tackled by two Mississippi players. On Nov. 18, Tua underwent surgery on his hip, and his doctor said everything went well. Prognosis was excellent for a return to the field. He is expected to be throwing the ball by spring. He’s already up and walking about with minimal assistance.

Just based on past performance, Tua is clearly a top-tier quarterback. His ball placement is excellent; decision-making outstanding. Is he perfect? No. Tua has room to grow – which is encouraging. How much better can he be with professional coaching and more game experience? The ceiling is high. At this point, it looks like where he goes in the draft will be determined by his medical reports.

Tua went through the medical evaluation process at the Combine, reporting that he would pass the physical and be throwing this spring.

4. Jordan Love*, Utah State, 6-3/224

Love played his final game in an Aggies uniform on Dec. 20 in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl against Kent State. Ten days earlier, the junior from Bakersfield, Calif., decided to forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

In his final collegiate game, Love threw for 308 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for Utah State, becoming the Aggies’ school-record holder with 9,003 yards of total offense. He finishes his career with 689 completions, also a record, for 8,591 yards and 60 touchdowns.

Love flashes NFL talent. He can extend plays, showing shiftiness in the pocket; he has plenty of arm strength to make even the most difficult of throws to the sidelines; and has shown on film, over and over again, that he is a superb athlete. Scouts love his potential but worry about his accuracy, poise and decision-making. “When you look at Jordan Love,” said Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network analyst, “you’re intrigued not by what he is right now, but by what he can become.”

Senior Bowl: Did do anything to help or hurt himself.

Love had a slow start, but eased into the drills as the day wore on. Much like the Senior Bowl, he neither helped himself nor hurt himself.

5. Jacob Eason*, Washington, 6-5/231

A five-star recruit from Lake Stevens, Washington, Eason originally signed at Georgia. In 2016, his freshman year, he played in 13 games for the Bulldogs, throwing for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Georgia finished 8-5 that year, and many thought the team underperformed.

In 2017, Eason was beat out by another five-star recruit, freshman Jake Fromm. With Fromm at the helm, the team finished 13-2 and it looked like Eason would have a difficult time finding his way on the field, so he transferred to Washington.

Per NCAA tranfer rules, Eason sat out the 2018 season. In 2019, he started all 13 games, throwing for 3,132 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Washington finished with an 8-5 record, and many thought the team underperformed.

Eason makes scouts drool with his physical traits. He big, tall, has a rocket for an arm. However, he isn’t the most consistent. On one play he looks like an all-star; on the next play, one wonders, “What was he thinking?” Reminiscent of Jameis Winston in that way. Eason’s biggest question heading into the draft is will he be able to put it all together.

Eason continues to look the part. Combine helped him maintain is position.

6. Jake Fromm*, Georgia, 6-1/219

Fromm is the guy who beat out Jacob Eason at Georgia in 2017. The Bulldogs are 36-7 in Fromm’s three years under center. He has thrown for 8,236 yards with 78 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

He’s shown himself to be a capable leader of the offense. He’s best when throwing underneath. He has a high football IQ and can handle all the pre-snap reads. He reads the field well and routinely goes through his progressions. He’s more of a west coast offense, dink-and-dunk quarterback. He’s not going to threaten opponents with deep shots down the field, and he won’t wow anyone with his athleticism. He hardly runs with the ball and doesn’t show the feet to slide in the pocket to avoid the rush they way elite quarterback do.

Fromm will need to show well in pre-draft workouts to prove to scouts he has what it takes to be successful at the next level.

Fromm’s small hands had some people talking, but otherwise, his Combine too was uneventful.

7. Nate Stanley, Iowa, 6-3/235

Stanley has good size and his Wonderlic score of 40 helps him move up one spot leap-frogging Jalen Hurts.

Stanley is an old-fashioned pocket passer. In his four years at Iowa City, he has rushed for exactly -95 yards. Although, it should be mentioned, he did run the Wing T in high school. He is the Hawkeyes first three-year starter at quarterback since Ricky Stanzi graduated in 2010. From his junior to senior season, Stanley has a four-year completion percentage of 58.1. He threw 26 touchdowns in ’17 and ’18, but has only connected for 14, so far, in ’19. He also lost two of his favorite targets, Noah Fant and Noah Hockenstein to the first round of the NFL Draft at the end of last season. Stanley currently happens to be fourth in the Big Ten in yards passing with 2,738. While his quarterback rating is down (slightly) from previous seasons, Stanley is also not getting the protection he had the two years prior, causing him to force throws or throw the ball away more often. Stanley possess ideal size and plenty of arm strength for the next level.

8. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma, 6-1/222

This season, Hurts is completing 71% of his passes for 3,634 yards and 32 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. Hurts is also producing on the ground, as one of the top dual-threat snap takers in America Hurts has rushed for 1,255 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards a carry.

“He’s an outstanding runner, first and foremost,” Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. “He can run, both in terms of keeping plays alive, first in the conference in passing, and they do a lot of play-action. He’s able to move around and keep plays extended. … So they present a lot of challenges and a lot of that is a credit to him. He’s a great runner, has great vision, he’s accurate — he can do it in a multitude of ways.”

Senior Bowl: During Senior Bowl week, reports were that he continued to have issues with consistency in hitting his targets. He had terrible protection in the game which didn’t help him at all.

Hurts helped himself by throwing well at the Combine.

9. James Morgan, FIU, 6-4/229

Perhaps no quarterback did more to help his stock during the all-star games than FIU’s James Morgan. Morgan played in the East-West Shine game and led all passers with 116 yards. He also won the the Pat Tillman Award to recognize the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award celebrates a student athlete’s achievements and conduct on and off the football field.

Morgan finished his senior season at FIU with 2,585 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. His 14 touchdowns added to his career FIU total of 40, which ranked as the second-most all-time in program history.

A little known fact, but Morgan won a state title in track and field as a senior in high school, running the first leg on the 4×400-meter relay team. “I was the slowest leg,” he told the Miami Herald, “but it felt good because the knock on me at the time was that I was a pocket passer and not as athletic. That gave me a lot of motivation.”

10. Nick Tiano, UT-Chattanooga, 6-5/240

Tiano earned MVP honors in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after completing eight of ten passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Tiano outplayed Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke and Ohio’s Nathan Rourke. He looked better than Oregon State’s Jake Luton too. He put nice touch on his passes; he showed he has the arm strength needed for the next level. He’s more althletic and agile than Montez or Stanley.

Tiano was not invited to the Combine.

11. Jake Luton, Oregon State, 6-6/224

Luton was named one of three Mayo Clinic Comeback Players of the Year. Luton suffered season-ending injuries the past two seasons, but returned this year to pass for 28 touchdowns and three interceptions.

After putting on the best performance of his career in the Beavers’ 48-31 win over UCLA, Luton was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (week six), a day after he was selected as the national player of the week by the College Football Performance Awards. He was also selected as a Manning Award Star of the week and was placed on the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 list. Both awards recognize the top quarterbacks every week.

Did not participate at the Combine.

12. Anthony Gordon, Wash. State, 6-2/205

Entering 2019, Gordon had thrown for all of 17 yards during three seasons at Washington State (one year was a redshirt). But Gordon has had plenty of experience throwing the ball up and down the field. As a junior at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, Calif., he threw for 3,410 yards and 32 touchdowns. Then, as a senior, he set the Central Coast Central Section record with 4,899 passing yards and 49 touchdowns.

Gordon, who pitched and played in the infield for Terra Nova, was drafted in the 36th round by the New York Mets in 2015.  But he picked football over baseball and went to City College of San Francisco. There he threw for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading his team to a 12-1 record and the state community college title.

Did not participate at the Combine.

So far, this year, Gordon has completed nearly 72 percent of his passes and is on track to throw for over 5,000 yards. He’s also thrown 45 touchdowns this season. Gordon has been called a “gunslinger” by teammates. He loves to take chances and throw the ball downfield, with an arm that running back Max Borghi describes as “a cannon.”

But he picked football over baseball and went to City College of San Francisco to play football. There he threw for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading his team to a 12-1 record and the state community college title.

Senior Bowl: Played better in the game than in practice, showing he’s a gamer. A former shortstop, he can throw from all angles.

13. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State, 6-2/213

Lewerke has been a bit of a puzzle. His best season was his sophomore year in 2017. He threw of 2,793 yards with a Td/Int ratio of 20-7. He also led the team to a 10-3 record. Lewerke started ’18 by completing over 64% of his passes, but he hurt his shoulder vs Penn State. After the injury, he only completed 43% of his passes. He finished 2018, passing for only 2,040 yards and had a Td/Int ratio of 8-11.

Big expectations were in line for Michigan State this year, and they didn’t live up to them. Lewerke’s performance this year isn’t wowing scouts. He’s completed over 58% of his passes for 2,759 yards while throwing 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

When healthy, Lewerke looks like he’ll have no problems playing at the next level. He has a quick release, can make the touch pass, or throw a dart to the sidelines. He has enough wiggle to avoid the rush and just enough athleticism to scramble for a first down.

14. Steven Montez, Colorado, 6-4/231

Analysts have been talking about Montez’s arm-strength since he replaced the much lauded Sefo Liufau in 2017. Liufau led Colorado to a 10-4 season and had set school records for career touchdown passes and career passing yards.

Like Eason, scouts look at Montez’s physical traits and think what might be. Montez can really sling the ball in the short area, putting plenty of power behind his throws. He throws a nice tight spiral. He’s been fortunate to have several quality receivers – Laviska Shenault, Tony Brown, and K.D. Nixon – who get plenty of yac.

Athletic enough to scramble for a few yards, but not a threat. Throws are not consistent, and doesn’t do well when the pocket collapses around him. Has thrown 33 interceptions in his career. He has a lot of upside because of his physical traits.

Senior Bowl: Pretty much looked like he did during the regular season. Can make some really nice throws, but doesn’t see the field well. Not a threat to run. He’s a developmental prospect.

15. Shea Patterson, Michigan, 6-0/212

Patterson’s career at Michigan hasn’t gone the way most had figured. Prior to Nov. 12 vs Michigan State (week 12), Patterson hadn’t passed for 300 yards in a game since was the starter at Ole Miss in 2017. Up until the Michigan State game, his best statistical peformances were both for 276 yards (vs Rutger and Penn State). He’s had to overcome some fumbling problems, fumbling five times in the season’s first three games and losing four; and he threw for a career low 100 yards on 12 attempts earlier this year in on a rainy night (Oct 26) in Ann Arbor against No. 8 ranked Notre Dame. He did, however, manage to throw two touchdown passes and get the win.

Patterson led the Wolverines to a 10-3 finish last season, but then they were soundly beat down by Florida (41-15) in the Peach Bowl. A Big Ten East title was anticipated this year, if not a Big Ten Championship, but losses to No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State have already made this season a disappointment for the Maize and Blue faithful.

As a passer, Patterson can push the ball down the field. He is a good scrambler, and might make his best throws on broken plays. He flashes the ability to make some really fine touch passes downfield, and he can also throw the fastball down the middle. Patterson is a good athlete with excellent mobility to dodge sacks and extend plays with his feet. He is dangerous at picking up yards with his feet and improvising on plays to make something out of nothing thanks to his light feet and escapability.

Senior Bowl: Just like in the regular season, Patterson looks great on one play and then not-so-much on the next. He has the tools though, he’ll get drafted.

Patterson came in at a little over six foot during the Combine weigh-ins.

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OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

  • Cole McDonald*, Hawaii, 6-/215
  • Kelly Bryant, Missouri, 6-3/229
  • Bryce Perkins, Virginia, 6-3/210
  • Tyler Huntley, Utah, 6-1/210
  • Tommy Stevens, Mississippi State, 6-5/232
  • Nathan Rourke, Ohio, 6-2/209
  • Carter Stanley, Kansas, 6-5/215
  • Ty Storey, Western Kentucky, 6-2/220
  • Mason Fine, North Texas, 5-11/180
  • Gage Gubrud, Washington State, 6-2/205
  • J’Mar Smith, Louisiana Tech, 6-1/226
  • Brandon Wimbush, UCF, 6-2/209
  • Jon Wassink, Western Michigan, 6-2/205
  • Justin McMillan, Tulane, 6-3/210
  • Khalil Tate, Arizona, 6-2/215

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SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECTS

  • Kevin Davidson, Princeton, 6-4/225
  • Reid Sinnett, San Diego, 6-4/225
  • Case Crookus, Northern Arizona, 6-4/200
  • Kurt Rawlings, Yale, 6-2/210
  • Jacob Knipp, No. Colorado, 6-4/215
  • Ryan Boyle, Indiana State, 6-2/215
  • Ronald Rivers, Slippery Rock, 6-3/230
  • Deondre Francois. Hampton, 6-1/215
  • Jake Maier, UC Davis, 6-0/200
  • Tom Flacco, Towson, 6-1/208
  • Jayru Campbell, Ferris State, 6-5/215
  • Jackson Erdmann, St. John’s (MN), 6-4/215
  • Broc Rutter, North Central (Il), 6-2/195

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*Denotes underclassman.

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QB | RB | WR | TE | OT | OG | OC

Nat L. Faybian’s 2020 NFL Draft Players Position Rankings

DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | ST

College Football: Week 12 Wyoming at Utah State

Wyoming Cowboys (6-3) vs Utah State Aggies (5-4)

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WYOMING COWBOYS | MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Coach: Craig Bohl

Wyoming Players to watch

**Sophomore QB Tyler Vander Waal (6-4/214)

Starting QB Sean Chambers is out for the season with a knee injury. Last year’s starting QB, Tyler Vander Waal, took over as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback last Saturday against No. 21 Boise State. Vander Waal looked very competitive against the Broncos. Vander Waal will be throwing to Raghib Ismail,Jr., son of former Heisman Winner; and Austin Conway.

Senior MLB Logan Wilson (6-3/250)

Last week, Wilson was named Reese’s Senior Bowl Defensive Senior-of-the-Week with 10 tackles (6 solo), 1 Sack/TFL, and 1 INT in Wyoming’s tough loss vs Boise State.

In 2018, as a junior, Wilson ranked No. 5 among active FBS players in the nation in Career Defensive TDs scored (3). He entered his senior season with 316 career tackles, which ranked him No. 2 among all active FBS players entering the 2019 season. He has a very good shot at racking up 100 tackles this season – currently has 72 total tackles with 3 games remaining.

**Sophomore RB Xazavian Valladay (6-0/190)

Valladay had 37 touches vs Boise State for a total of 124 yards. The previous week (against Nevada), Valladay had a career day with 204 yards on the ground. Coach Bohl said, “We’ll keep on running him, that’s our plan. We are in it to win it. He’s our best runner and we’ll keep on running him.”

Senior PK Cooper Rothe (5-11/178)

Rothe was a top-3 finalist for the 2018 Lou Groza Award. This season, Rothe is 11-17 in field goals. He missed two against Idaho, and then turned around and missed his only chance in Week 4 vs Tulsa. Coach Bohl said earlier this week, “I wouldn’t say he’s in a slump. He’s gonna bounce back. He’s an excellent kicker and he needs to be kicking well against Utah State.”

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UTAH STATE AGGIES | MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Coach: Gary Andersen

Utah State Players to watch:

*Junior ILB David Woodward (6-2/235)

Woodward had an impressive 24 total tackles in the season opener vs Wake Forest.

Woodward has 252 career total tackles, up to this point. He has 20.5 tackles-for-loss and 8 sacks. He was named 1st team Mountain West in 2018; and also name an All-American by Pro Football Focus (PFF). Woodward is a very athletic player who has great size and runs well in pass coverage; he is a good blitzer and can cover down the field; and has proven himself versatile enough to play both inside and outside linebacker. 

*Junior QB Jordan Love (6-4/220)

Love flashes NFL talent. He can extend plays, showing shiftiness in the pocket; he has plenty of arm strength to make even the most difficult of throws to the sidelines; and has shown on film, over and over again, that he is a superb athlete. Scouts love his potential but worry about his accuracy, poise and decision-making. “When you look at Jordan Love,” said Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network analyst, “you’re intrigued not by what he is right now, but by what he can become.”

*Junior WR/KR Savon Scarver (5-11/190)

As a sophomore in 2018, Scarver was named the Jet Award winner, which is awarded to the nation’s top return specialist. He possesses tremendous top-end speed. Scarver recently set the school record for kick returns for a touchdown in a career and is closing in on the all-time FBS mark. Scarver has five career kickoff returns for touchdowns and a career kickoff return average of 29.2 yards. Scarver has returned 63 kickoffs for 1,841 yards.

“Unbelievable natural instincts,” Coach Andersen said. “He has such a natural skillset, to see the field setting up in front of him. He has tremendous speed, unbelievable athletic ability.”

Senior PK Dominik Eberle (6-2/195)

On Monday, Utah State kicker Dominik Eberle was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for second time this year. Eberle made field goals from distances of 25, 38 and 30 yards, the last of which was the game-winning kick over Fresno State. His game-winning kick against the Bulldogs tied him with Utah’s Louie Sakoda (2005-08) for the most field goals made all-time in conference history.

Eberle is also the conference record holder for most the PATs made consecutively with 152, and is the Utah State record holder for points scored in a career with 323.

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Maverik Stadium AstroTurf
Nov. 16 | Logan, Utah

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