Week three 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'll be picking the players from each power-five conference who stood out the most. Thus, this is the third edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest - 9 catches for 169 yards and 1 TD
My colleague Joe Marino has been singing Sage Surratt’s praises since last year, and I think his performance against UNC spoke volumes about his NFL potential. With his size and catch radius, he’s a consistent jump ball winner and red zone threat. But he also has rare fluidity at his frame, and it shows in his ability to separate against man coverage. This combination reminds me a lot of Allen Robinson. There are a lot of big name wide receivers eligible for the 2020 NFL draft, but don’t forget about Surratt.
Defense: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson - 11 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 sacks
I’ve said before that if there was a Zion Williamson type of athletic freak in this 2020 NFL draft class, it is Clemson hybrid defender Isaiah Simmons. At 6’4, 225, he legitimately runs in the 4.3s and vertical jumps 40 inches. The most impressive part of this performance for Simmons, however, wasn’t his ability in space. Instead, it was what he did in traffic that earned him this spot. He finished the game with two sacks and four tackles behind the Syracuse line of scrimmage. If he can continue to show this kind physicality throughout the season, he’ll be a top 10 pick.
Offense: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota - 10 catches for 140 yards and 3 TDs
When will this guy get his respect as one of the top wide receivers in this 2020 class, let alone the status of being the top senior wide receiver? Tyler Johnson is one of the most consistent players, week to week, in the country, regardless of position. He was the only reason why Minnesota won this game, and he also hauled in the game clincher with less than a minute left on a goal line fade. My colleague Jordan Reid has a great comparison for him: Davante Adams coming out of Fresno State. With his ability to win as both a route runner and jump ball catcher at the highest point, Johnson has NFL starter written all over.
Defense: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State - 2 sacks
Chase Young is a monster — it’s as simple as that. Two sacks doesn’t give an accurate picture of how distributive he truly was against Indiana. It seemed like he was in the backfield each snap, and I feel like he could have easily had five sacks in this game. Young has been my top player in the 2020 NFL draft since the very beginning, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Offense: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma - 15/20 for 289 yards and 3 TDs - 14 carries for 150 yards and 1 TD
It took every bone in my body to keep Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard off of this list, but Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts is legitimately becoming a Heisman frontrunner with performances like Saturday night. With 439 total yards and four touchdowns, Hurts is showing another side of his game that was hidden in Alabama’s run-first offense. A true dual threat, Hurts has completely rejuvenated his draft stock this season as a senior.
Defense: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU - 2 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 INT
Like Chase Young, Jeff Gladney’s impact against Purdue was felt much more than the box score indicates. His interception came on a beautiful zone coverage play, but his contributions in man coverage against Rondale Moore sealed this win for TCU. Gladney is asserting himself as a top senior cornerback prospect.
Offense: Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State - 36/48 for 440 yards and 3 TDs
Washington State passed its first true test this season, as they beat Houston 31-24 Friday night. Quarterback Anthony Gordon is the real deal, putting this team near the top of the PAC-12 conference with his spectacular start to the 2019 season. When Gardner Minshew left, a lot of people expected Washington State to take a step back, but Gordon’s play has proven this team is not to be messed with. Check this. Through three games, Gordon has thrown for 1,324 yards and 12 touchdowns. Is that good?
Defense: Myles Bryant, CB, Washington - 4 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 INTs
My colleague Benjamin Solak has been the leader of the Myles Bryant hype train for a long time now, and this performance against Hawaii will be a game scouts go back to in board-setting discussions. From the nickel position, Bryant plays with more fire and toughness than anyone on the field. In addition, he is a walking, talking playmaker who can mirror and match as good as anybody in man coverage. His size will be a problem for most teams, but I guarantee you he will find a role at the next level.
Offense: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama - 28/36 for 444 yards and 5 TDs
Dear NFL: Don’t overthink Tua Tagovailoa. I know Dolphins fans are already making “Tank for Tua” shirts, and this game against South Carolina is exactly why. He was essentially flawless. The biggest improvement in Tagovailoa’s game is his decision making, and I think he’s only gaining more and more confidence as a deep-ball thrower.
Defense: Shawn Davis, S, Florida - 4 tackles and 2 INTs
I have to admit — Shawn Davis was not on my scouting radar heading into this Florida-Kentucky matchup, but with a two-interception performance Saturday night, it is clear I need to take a closer look. It is no secret he played a crucial role in this big win for the Gators.