Believe it or not, we are inching closer to the finish line of what will go down as arguably the most memorable college football season ever for many reasons. With all Power 5 conferences now playing, we’ve had a chance to evaluate lots of notable prospects.
Over the summer, the scouting department at The Draft Network compiled a top-100 big board based off of many shared opinions, film evaluations, and other evidence provided from prospects. With the season in full swing, the second TDN100 update has occurred. While some prospects are showing signs of promise, there were others that are struggling to do so for various reasons.
Shaun Wade, Cornerback, Ohio State
After opting out of the 2020 season and expressing his desire to enter the NFL draft, Wade pivoted quickly after finding out that the Big Ten season would actually happen. Many eyes were on Wade as he made the transition from nickel to outside corner. Replacing two important pieces in the secondary in Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette, the junior corner was expected to be the next man up in the lineage of Buckeye corners who have gone on to eventually become first-round picks. It has been a rollercoaster ride for Wade through four games. He hasn't settled into his new position yet, but he recorded a pick-six against Indiana. Wade hasn’t looked nearly as comfortable on the outside as he did in the slot during his first two seasons in Columbus.
Dylan Moses, Linebacker, Alabama
Prior to the Week 1 matchup a season ago against Duke, many were anticipating a breakout year for Moses, but a torn ACL sidelined him for the entire 2019 season. Back and fully healthy, Moses’ athleticism has returned to his pre-injury form, but his transition from Will to Mike linebacker hasn’t gone as smoothly as the team had anticipated. The third-year linebacker is struggling with the processing element of playing in the middle and it has hampered the defense as a whole. He isn’t the sole reason why the Crimson Tide defense hasn’t looked as strong this season as it has in years past, but his inability to consistently process and attack has been a gaping problem in the middle of Nick Saban’s defense.
Paris Ford, Safety, Pittsburgh
Prior to opting out of the season, Ford started seven games. In those games, he was the team's leading tackler (45) while also recording 3.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. The biggest concerns surrounding Ford are his chaotic tendencies as a tackler and if he has the body structure to withstand the physical demands of the brand of football that he attempts to play. Possessing a bit of a slender frame, Ford already isn’t the most dense of safety prospects combined with his inability to control his body at the point of attack. Even though he brings plenty of attitude and intensity to the position, his physique is one that will be the center of his draft stock overall.
Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama
Coming into the season, there arguably wasn’t a prospect that scouts were more excited to see perform in a full-time role than Barmore. Missing the Week 1 game against Missouri, the redshirt sophomore has been dealing with an ailing knee injury that has bothered him throughout the season. Early on, Barmore's limp was noticeable and he didn’t seem to be the same prospect that we saw during the back stretch of last season. Over the past two weeks, he seems to be heating up, but we’re still waiting to see the potential first-round prospect that evaluators expected him to be entering the season.
Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State
There’s been plenty of news to come out of Tallahassee over the past few weeks. Arguably the biggest was the abrupt ending to the college career of Wilson, who announced that he would be having season-ending surgery for an undisclosed injury. After having a breakout junior season, Wilson failed to live up to those expectations during his final season with the Seminoles. A highly celebrated return, his senior season was filled with many ups and downs. In the end, he felt as if opting out and beginning his NFL journey was best for his career. As a two-down defensive tackle, the draft status of Wilson will be one worth monitoring as opinions about him are currently mixed about his future outlook and projected draft range.