By Brentley Weissman
The month of November is one of my personal favorites. The weather officially begins to get colder, we get Thanksgiving, and most of all, the football season both in college and in the NFL really begins to ramp up with teams looking to put themselves in a position to compete for a playoff spot. This November is even more special, as we get to add another conference to our Saturday college football schedule as the Pac-12 is set to kick off the start of their season this Saturday.
As the college football season continues to progress, we at The Draft Network are constantly watching prospects and adjusting our big board to reflect what we are seeing on Saturdays. Additionally, we want to be able to make sure we adjust our mock drafts accordingly, as players who play well can ascend to a higher selection than where we currently have them going. For this week, I chose four players who I believe have a shot to raise their stock and go earlier than where my colleague Joe Marino had them going in his latest mock draft.
Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
Mocked at #44 to the Carolina Panthers
Year in and year out, Clemson is always loaded with NFL talent. Much is the same this year, as the Tigers can expect many of their current players to hear their name called early in next year’s NFL draft. One such player is their left tackle Jackson Carman, who Joe Marino has going in the middle of the second round in his mock draft. Carman is a player who I like a lot, but admittedly he has had an up and down season. Carman is a massive man who is excellent at the point of attack, especially in the run game. Set to play in a huge matchup this Saturday against Notre Dame, he will have his hands full with edge rushers Ade Ogundeji and Daelin Hayes. NFL evaluators will be excited to see how he handles those matchups and Carman can really begin to move up with a strong performance.
Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State
Mocked at #58 to Arizona Cardinals
As I mentioned in the intro, the Pac-12 (aka the Conference of Champions), will make its triumphant debut this weekend, and many players in the conference will have a chance to raise their stocks this season. One such player is Oregon State’s edge rusher Hamilcar Rashed Jr., who many believe could potentially sneak into the first round with a strong 2020 campaign. Rashed is an explosive athlete and can disrupt both the run and passing game. Set to be selected late in the second round according to Joe Marino’s mock draft, I believe with a big game in his season opener versus Washington State he can go a long way in starting his rise up the big board.
Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
Mocked #60 to Buffalo Bills
One of the most impressive offensive tackles this season has been the Fighting Irish’s Liam Eichenberg. Eichenberg has been a stalwart at left tackle this season and has raised his stock substantially with his play. Joe Marino has him going to his beloved Bills late in the second round, but that may be wishful thinking on Joe’s part here, as I believe Eichenberg has a chance to shoot up the big boards with a strong second half of the season. Again, we have a huge matchup between Notre Dame and Clemson this weekend, and Eichenberg will set himself up well to rise with a solid performance against the Tigers.
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Mocked at #82 to Philadelphia Eagles
One of my favorite players in all of college football, Kadarius Toney is must-see TV whenever he hits the field. Toney is a dynamic weapon who has outstanding quickness, burst, and vision to put stress on the defense whenever he touches the ball. Set to square off against Georgia and their talented secondary, this will be his hardest matchup of the season thus far. If Toney can replicate the success he has been having against an NFL type of secondary that Georgia presents, then I think Toney can raise his stock and enter the second-round conversation.