Week 13 of the college football season is in the books, which means we got another look at the potential stars of next year's NFL draft, as well as future classes. Each week, I will be picking the players from each power-five conference who stood out the most. Hence, the 13th edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville - 23 carries for 233 yards and 1 TD
Quietly, Javian Hawkins has had a huge season for the Louisville Cardinals. The redshirt freshman is now up to 1,278 rushing yards on the year, which ranks third in the ACC. Only 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, Hawkins is a bit undersized by NFL standards, but he has definitely put himself on the radar this season.
Defense: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest - 4 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, 1 FF
I am a huge fan of senior defensive end Carlos Basham Jr. He is not always pretty with how he wins, but his production each week speaks for itself. There are only a handful of edge rushes in the 2020 NFL draft class who convert speed to power better than Basham Jr.
Offense: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin - 28 carries for 222 yards and 1 TD
For the third consecutive week, junior running back Jonathan Taylor is our top offensive player in the Big Ten. He reached 200 yards for the 12th time in his career Saturday, which is now an FBS record.
Defense: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State - 9 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FF
When Chase Young is active in a college football game, his name is pretty much locked in this slot. He has simply been the best defensive player in the country, and arguably, a prime candidate for the Heisman Trophy. In his last two games, Young has racked up seven sacks, bringing his total to 16 1/2 for the season.
Offense: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor - 7 catches for 125 yards and 1 TD
You would be hard-pressed to find many senior wide receivers better at the catch point than Denzel Mims. His combination of strong hands and elite leaping ability is nearly impossible to defend, and this came to fruition Saturday as Mims had one of the best touchdown catches of the weekend for the Baylor Bears.
Defense: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma - 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1/2 sack
Kenneth Murray had a huge start to the year, but his play has tailed off in recent weeks. He regained that early-season momentum with a big performance against the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday. Murray’s defensive impact was one of the reasons why the Oklahoma Sooners narrowly avoided the upset.
Offense: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU - 6 carries for 188 yards and 7 catches for 65 yards and 3 TDs
The new Spider-Man meme needs to be Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Doug Martin pointing at each other. Edwards-Helaire does not have one trait that flashes on tape, but you can tell he is going to be a solid three-down starter at the next level.
Defense: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama - 3 tackles, 2 INTs for 78 yards and 1 TD
Xavier McKinney has had an excellent 2019 season. So much so, many in the draft community are now ranking him as the top safety prospect in the country, instead of Grant Delpit. He made a stronger case for that label Saturday with two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six.
Offense: Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State - 22/32 for 408 yards and 3 TDs
How impressive was true freshman Jayden Daniels against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday? Oregon’s defense has been solid for most of the year, but Daniels diced this secondary up the entire game. A true freshman, you can pencil in Daniels as a top quarterback prospect in a couple of years.
Defense: Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California - 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
Senior safety Jaylinn Hawkins was one of my favorite players to study over the summer, and he has been even more impressive in 2019. My comparison for him Seattle Seahawks rookie Marquise Blair, and I think he has an outside shot of becoming a Day 2 draft pick next April.