Wow, the college football season is flying by and I am struggling trying to keep up! Now that I have finished our preview of potential classes for next year’s draft I will be diving into game film from this year and report back with as much film breakdown and stock reports as I can. One of my favorite things while doing this is finding those lesser name prospects that really stand out in film and track their journey to the NFL. So, with that being said, I will be giving stock reports on a lot of well-known prospects but also trying to find those diamonds in the rough type players that aren’t getting the attention they deserve. So, to start this edition, I will begin with a well-known player on an amazing team:
Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB/S, Alabama - Junior
Fitzpatrick is having a fantastic season so far and proving to scouts why he belongs in discussion as a top prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft. He came into this year with high expectations and I believe he is exceeding them. Every game I watch, he flashes on film. He’s got versatility, size, aggressiveness and he effects game outcomes. He’s a legit first rounder.
Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame - Junior
I couldn’t help but put Nelson on this list; he’s incredible. I don’t think it will happen (it would be too perfect) but the Dolphins would be head over heels if they could land him in next year’s draft.
Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. St. - Senior
Chubb has been very solid so far this season. I love his motor, drive and toughness that he’s displayed. He’s got great size and I believe he’s an immediate contributor once he’s drafted. If he continues his strong play, he could be a top ten pick.
Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis - Senior
Miller is a player that I did not watch any tape on at all before the year started and that was a mistake. He’s had a terrific year so far, coming up big in some huge games. He’s shown good route running ability, he’s a playmaker and possesses reliable hands. I certainly need to get more tape on him.
Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise St. - Senior
Wilson is a bigger receiver that is clearly an offensive leader for Boise St. I’ve only watched one full game of him so far this year but during the game it was apparent they planned to get him the ball often. He displayed pretty good hands and good toughness. He’s one I have my eye on.
Aaron Crawford, DT, North Carolina - RS Sophmore
Crawford is another player who’s caught my eye. I thought he stood out in film particularly for his ability to create push and collapse the pocket. I certainly need to do more film on him and he’s young but I wanted to get him on this list.
Duke Dawson, CB, Florida - Senior
Dawson is an interesting player; he’s got serious talent. I like his quickness, ability to make plays and I think he’s got good footwork. He’s a bit undersized (not by much), and struggles with consistency but I see potential in Dawson.
Jachai Polite, DE/DT, Florida - RS Sophmore
I will admit I don’t have a lot of Polite’s film done; really I started watching him because one play catch my eye; in the game against Tennessee, he burst into the backfield with incredible quickness, ball was thrown over his head on a swing pass, then sprinted some 40+ yards downfield to make a tackle on John Kelly. I was blown away by his motor. He’s very young and I doubt he’s going to declare for this draft but keep your eye on him for the future.