LB/EDGE Zach Harrison, Ohio State
Zach Harrison finished with 3 tackles, 1 sack and 1 tackle for loss vs Minnesota. Harrison has massive size at 6’6 and 268 pounds. Further, he reportedly ran a 4.47 40-yard dash. Zach Harrison is currently projected to be mid to late first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Here, he showcased his explosiveness with a massive, momentum shifting strip sack on Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan.
CB Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
Jermaine Waller has an excellent combination of size, range, speed & IQ. He only played three games during the 2020 season, but showed immense potential in 2019. if Waller can stay healthy in 2021, he could easily see himself as an early round pick.
S Brandon Joseph, Northwestern
One of the top safeties in the 2022 class, Joseph finished with 8 tackles in the 38-21 loss to Michigan State. To be fair, the majority of the Spartan’s offensive output came on the ground, tallying 326 yards, 8.8 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns. Despite the loss Joseph remains one of the top ball hawks in the class, as evident by his 6 interceptions last season.
OT Evan Neal, Alabama
Evan Neal is an immense athlete measuring at 6’7 and 350 pounds. His combination of athleticism and power makes him one of the top prospects in the entire 2022 draft class. The Alabama offensive line dominated the Hurricanes on Saturday.
LB Christian Harris, Alabama
Christian Harris is one of the top linebacker prospects in the 2022 class. He’s got top notch speed and quickness at the second level. He’s a sideline-to-sideline playmaker, as shown in this video. Christian Harris finished with 5 tackles, 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss vs the Miami Hurricanes.
LB DeMarvion Overshown, Texas
Senior DeMarvion Overshown had a terrific Saturday, finishing with 13 tackles, 0.5 sacks and 0.5 tackles for loss. He led the Texas defense who held Louisiana to just 2.6 yards per rush on 29 carries. When you consider that 27 of Louiseana’s 76 yards came on one play, you see just how dominant Overshown and Brockermeyer were for the Longhorns’ defense.
EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
Just another day for Aidan Hutchinson, who put up 4 tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in Michigan’s 47-14 route over Western Michigan. NFL teams will love Hutchinson’s versatility and ability to play all across the defensive line. He’s got a multiple methods at attacking the quarterback and plays with a competitive edge as seen here. Next week’s
QB Phil Jurkovec, Boston College
While a good majority of the top QB prospects struggled on week one, Phil Jurkovec chose the perfect week to have one of his best games. Jurkovec was efficient, notching 364 total yards through the air and on the ground vs Colgate. As a quarterback prospect, this is a guy who checks off a lot of boxes. He’s got solid mobility, touch and accuracy down field.
WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
The duo of Phil Jurkovec and Zay Flowers will be one of the most electrifying duo’s in the country in 2021. Zay Flowers is a big time playmaker who can punish defenses in the horizontal or vertical game. Zay finished the game with 7 receptions for 135 yards and this touchdown.
EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux
This guy has off the charts athleticism and power off the line of scrimmage. Kayvon had a strip sack and tackle for loss during the win vs Fresno State. However, a lower leg injury in the first quarter kept him out of the rest of the game. X-rays were reportedly negative. Kayvon Thibodeaux is widely considered a top 15 pick in the 2022 draft class.
DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
While he only finished with just three tackles, two of them for a loss and one sack, Jordan Davis was everywhere against Clemson. Davis led a Georgia defense that held the Tigers to just 2 total yards on 23 carries. Davis could have been drafted last year but opted to return to Georgia for his senior season. To dominate in front of his hometown was one of the most memorable moments of week one.
EDGE Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
Temple transfer Arnold Ebiketie had a massive impact in his first game for Penn State, finishing with a block field goal, 7 tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. It was a sloppy game, with PSU’s red zone defense ultimately being the Team MVP. Ebiketie has very quick feet for his size and being a regular standout on Temple’s defense has seemingly carried over to Penn State. He is not considered one of the top pass rushers in his class, but expect to see his name climb the DE rankings with a huge opportunity at Happy Valley.
QB Malik Willis, Liberty
271 total yards and 2 touchdowns for Malik Willis vs Campbell on Saturday. While the first clip was impressive consdiering his first pass of the 2021 season went for a score (see below). It’s the second pass here that’s most noteworthy. Malik Willis has a ton of strengths, but an area he needs to show work on is his accuracy.
S Jalen Catalon, Arkansas
Jalen Catalon had 11 tackles, an interception and a tackle for loss in Arkansas’ 38-17 win over Rice. From the first round to day three, this guy’s projection in the 2022 NFL Draft is all over the place. If he can stay healthy, Jalen Catalon should see his name climb up the draft board in a big, big way during the 2021 season by making plays just like the ones below.
WR Drake London, USC
Drake London had a monster day for USC, finishing with 12 receptions for 137 yards. Ohio State’s WR’s might get more attention (Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson), but Drake London is one of the biggest playmakers in the 2022 draft class. A 6’5 slot receiver with this kind of route running would be unfair on itself. However, he’s also terrific in space with great athleticism to make defenders miss in the open field.
CB Riley Moss, Iowa
One could argue that no one did more for their draft stock on Saturday than Riley Moss, a 6′ senior defensive back out of Iowa. Coming into this game, Michael Penix Jr. was one of the top quarterback’s in the country. Don’t tell that to Riley Moss. In addition to his two interception returns for touchdowns, he also had two pass deflections. Moss will most likely be selected on day three of the 2022 NFL Draft, but two pick six’s in one game are no laughing matter. After just one game, he’s already tied his interception output from the 2020 season.
S Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
Kyle Hamilton had 6 tackles and two picks in the win over Florida State. What’s so impressive about these interceptions is Hamilton’s combination of size and athleticism. Standing at 6’4 and 219 pounds, this is one of the most versatile prospects in the entire 2022 draft class. His unbelievable range was on full display Sunday night. Kyle Hamilton is a projected top 15 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The second interception deserves a second look and different angle just to show how truly incredible it was.