— The Florida vs Miami game was the prior week but I wanted to start with that. It was unpleasant to watch. There were so many errors. Neither team was easy on the eye. The one positive was the Florida front seven against an admittedly overmatched Miami O-line. Jabari Zuniga (a player I mocked to the Seahawks before he opted not to declare) had a good start. He recorded 1.5 sacks and three TFL’s. Keep an eye on Jonathan Greenard (a transfer from Louisville) who had a fine game with 1.5 sacks and two TFL’s.
— Trevon Diggs (CB, Alabama) is a name to watch. His injury history is a problem and could limit his stock. He needs to stay healthy. Yet his ability to track the ball in the air combined with his natural athleticism makes him a very intriguing prospect. Against Duke he gave up one deep pass (albeit in tight coverage and it was a good throw) but he fought back with an outstanding interception. Diggs looks like a potential turnover machine at corner. He’s long, fast and physical.
— Staying with Alabama and Tua Tagovailoa certainly had a better start than Justin Herbert. He looked calm, composed and in control. Tagovailoa was accurate and finished with 26/31 passing for 336 yards against Duke (four touchdowns). Herbert and Oregon were so simplistic and conservative. In the second half against Auburn everything was a manufactured throw, a screen or a bootleg. He seemed to lose confidence and momentum after an ugly fumble led to a big points swing with Oregon threatening to run away with the game. If this is a two-horse race to go first overall, the first round goes to the Alabama QB.
— Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama) is so incredibly sudden. He had 10 catches for 137 yards and a touchdown against Duke. His ability to glide into full speed is highly impressive and he will be a high pick in 2020.
— Speaking of high picks, Jeffrey Okudah (CB, Ohio State) will be right up there too. He started his season with a PBU, a forced fumble on a RB screen and a TFL on a pass into the flat provoking a superb open-field tackle. Okudah is a sensational athlete per his SPARQ testing but he’s also big and physical. Ohio State had an easy first outing against Florida Atlantic but still managed to make life harder than it needed to be after rolling to an early lead. Chase Young showed off a combo of great hands and speed to record 1.5 TFL’s and 1.5 sacks. Binjimen Victor the receiver looked good but K.J. Hill dropped a catchable pass on a slightly under-thrown deep ball.
— Andrew Thomas (LT, Georgia) was outstanding against Vanderbilt. He had a superb second-level downfield block to spring a huge gain for D’Andre Swift. He’s so in control of his kick-slide and stance and yet he has the athleticism and recognition to block on the move. Thomas and Grant Delpit (S, LSU) might be the two most talented players eligible for the 2020 draft. Jerry Jeudy is in the discussion too.
— I haven’t been able to watch South Carolina vs North Carolina yet but I’m fascinated to do so. Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina) is one of the big names to watch in the SEC this year and he recorded a sack in the game.
— I like Stephen Montez (QB, Colorado) more than most. He’s tall, mobile and has great arm talent. He missed some throws in a back-and-forth 52-31 win against Colorado State but he also had some good moments. He had a nice pass to Laviska Shenault for a 25-yard score. He’s a very capable deep thrower. He finished 13/20 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He added 39 yards as a runner. Shenault had a quiet game with 35 yards rushing on three carries (a long of 23) plus three catches for 48 yards and a TD. Maybe it’s just because it’s week one but to me Shenault didn’t quite look his electric best.
— Eno Benjamin (RB, Arizona State) is a powerful, quick running back and one to watch. He had 102 yards on 22 carries plus three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in a 30-7 win against Kent State. He’s an underrated talent.
— I didn’t see Penn State’s win against Idaho (it was a horrendous 79-7 blowout) but Yetur Gross-Matos, one of our players to monitor this year, had 2.5 sacks and 2.5 TFL’s. A great start for a player who could be one of the top pass rushers in the 2020 draft.
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