Week 14 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 and even a look at future classes. Each week, I will be picking the players from each power-five conference who stood out the most. Hence, the 14th edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia - 20/33 for 311 yards and 1 TD - 19 carries for 164 yards and 2 TDs
Virginia senior quarterback Bryce Perkins had one of the best games of his career to secure his team’s spot in the ACC Championship. To put his performance in perspective, Perkins was responsible for about 97 percent of the offense’s total yards. I do not know if he gets a Senior Bowl invite, but I think he is worth a Day-3 selection.
Defense: Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke - 8 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, 1 FF
While Duke sophomore edge defender Chris Rumph II is not eligible for the 2020 NFL draft, he has already asserted himself as one of college football’s top pass rushers. According to Pro Football Focus, Rumph II broke the record for the highest pass-rush win rate in a game this season, winning 52 percent of his attempts. He does not have a lot of pounds on his frame, but his explosiveness and bend will make one of the most intriguing defensive ends to watch next summer.
Offense: JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State - 31 carries for 211 yards and 4 TDs - 2 catches for 49 yards
No running back prospect has helped their draft stock more this year than Ohio State’s JK Dobbins. He is running with much better control and patience. His consistency as a pass-catcher has also greatly improved. He might not be the top running back drafted next April, but his skill set draws many parallels to Ray Rice in his prime.
Defense: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa - 14 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks
In the last three games, A.J. Epenesa has racked up five sacks and two forced fumbles. Many criticized Epenesa for his lack of production early in the season, but he has undoubtedly quelled those concerns in recent weeks. His length and power are his calling cards as a pass rusher, and he should be considered in top-20 conversations next April.
Offense: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas - 6 catches for 199 yards and 1 TD
One of the most underrated wide receiver prospects for the upcoming draft is Texas senior Devin Duvernay. He primarily plays out of the slot and is one of the fastest players in all of college football. Duvernay’s game reminds me a lot of Mecole Hardman coming out of Georgia, and I think he is going to turn a lot of heads in Mobile at the Senior Bowl.
Defense: Parnell Motley, CB, Oklahoma - 6 tackles, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 INT
Oklahoma senior cornerback Parnell Motley has had consistency issues throughout the season, but in Oklahoma’s biggest game of the year, he had arguably the best performance of his career. He is an NFL nickel all the way, and while he is a late Day-3 selection at best, some team will bet on his competitive toughness and twitch in the slot.
Offense: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama - 4 catches for 98 yards and 3 TDs & 98-yard kickoff return TD
It seemed like every time Jaylen Waddle touched the football, he scored. It is crazy to me that Alabama did not have Waddle kick the 30-yard field goal to tie the game in the fourth quarter — that is how good he was in this game. Waddle will squarely be in the WR1 conversation.
Defense: Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn - 7 tackles, 3.5 TFL
Other defenders in the SEC had better performances in the box score this week, but you cannot quantify how disruptive Derrick Brown was in the Iron Bowl on Saturday. He was unblockable for most of the game and certainly cemented his draft stock as a top-10 prospect.
Offense: Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State - 34 carries for 168 yards and 2 TDs
There are very few true workhorse running backs left at this level, but Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin is one. Benjamin gets better as the game goes along, and with his combination of twitch and contact balance, he deserves to be in the top-five RB conversation.
Defense: Ashtyn Davis, S, California - 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT
California senior safety Ashtyn Davis is going to be one of the pre-draft cycle’s biggest risers. He is a monster athlete who is Senior Bowl bound, and his tape toward the end of the season is significantly better and more consistent. This 2020 safety class is relatively shallow, so if Davis can stay healthy, he has a real shot to rise into the first-round discussions.