— Louisville absolutely destroyed Florida State 63-20 but at least DeMarcus Walker enhanced his stock (somehow). He was the only FSU defender who got close to Lamar Jackson. His patience at the LOS, hand use, explosive closing speed and combination of size/athleticism makes him a very attractive DE/DT hybrid. You want to see him play with a bit more snap-to-snap intensity (he’s a bit passive on snaps where he doesn’t have an impact) but there’s a lot of potential here.
— Yes, Lamar Jackson is fast becoming the biggest star in college football. He’s a bit one-paced as a thrower (100mph or nothing) and he still needs to work on his accuracy (his intercepted pass to the inside on a corner fade was a basic error) but as an athlete he’s clearly sensational. Even if the NFL eventually doesn’t see a future at QB — there’s a role for someone like this at the next level.
— Tim Williams is a stud. Against Ole Miss he ran outside of the tackle before instantly dipping to the inside drawing a hold. It was a brilliant play — setting up the OT before destroying him in one fluid motion. He hit the QB’s arm on a sack to force a pick-six for Jonathan Allen (a 75-yarder no less). The NFL loves players like Williams. He’s destined for a big time draft grade and could easily go top ten. Speed, hands, length.
— Marquis Haynes is fun to watch. He could be a Bruce Irvin type DE/LB. He’s a lighter player and won’t be a full time defensive end. There were a couple of times where he was easily blocked out of the play by the Alabama RT and Bo Scarborough coasted through a downfield block on Haynes at the second level to secure a first down (he really needed to do a better job disengaging). He did have one huge, crunching sack/fumble against Alabama that was recovered and returned for a touchdown. He drew a big holding call on O.J. Howard on a running play. Haynes has major production as a pass rusher in college and could be a sleeper in the middle rounds.
— Damore’ea Stringfellow was superb today. He’s a big bodied receiver who won a contested catch downfield vs Marlon Humphrey (who had water-tight coverage). It was ideal body control and positioning by Stringfellow. He made another key grab at the goal line vs Humphrey to set up a first and goal and scored a consolation red zone touchdown with three minutes to go.
— I maybe underestimated Eddie Jackson’s athletic potential. The Alabama safety had a long punt return for a touchdown. He ran away from a lot of people.
— It’s surprising to see continued talk about Chad Kelly in the first round. It’s a bit like the ‘Dalvin Cook is superior to Leonard Fournette’ stuff. And is there a team that has flattered to deceive more than Ole Miss over the last three seasons?
— Speaking of Fournette…
— Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is a special talent. He’s a former big-time 5-star recruit who will play in the NFL in the en vogue LB/S hybrid position. He scored on a +50 yard punt return vs Colorado today.
— Oregon running back Royce Freeman was injured during a 35-32 loss to Oregon. It’s unclear what the issue is but his lower right leg was iced and heavily wrapped on the sidelines.
— Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton will also miss several weeks with an ankle injury. It’s a real shame for Sutton. Hopefully he recovers well in advance of the combine — he’s a potential top-15 pick.
— Joe Mixon (RB, Oklahoma) has some severe character flags that need to be investigated thoroughly but he’s a 5-star recruit with major upside. He had a big kick return for a TD vs Ohio State. His ceiling is extremely high — but the flags are a real concern.
— Time for the DeShone Kizer #1 overall hot takes to settle down. Why did this ever become a thing?