Week four 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 fifth edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson - 6 catches for 129 yards and 1 TD
While there wasn’t a breakout performer statistically in the ACC this week, Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins was the most impressive offensive draft-eligible prospect on the field. He continues to prove why he’s the best wide receiver in this 2020 class at the catch point, consistently winning jump balls with his length and timing. Stock up for the 6’4 junior.
Defense: Chazz Surratt, LB, UNC - 7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 2 PBUs
I’m sticking with the same game here, and a big reason why North Carolina almost pulled off the upset of the year was because of linebacker Chazz Surratt. He was flying all over the field as a roaming run defender, blitzer, and space player in coverage. His brother Sage Surratt, Wake Forest wide receiver, has made a splash in recent weeks — now it’s Chazz’s turn.
Offense: JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State - 24 carries for 177 yards
Going into this Nebraska matchup, I think many expected the Cornhuskers to at least have some success holding the line of scrimmage, if nothing else, but JK Dobbins had a huge game. Averaging 7 yards per carry, Dobbins showed the explosiveness and talent we’ve seen in flashes throughout his career. He’s starting to assert himself as a top RB prospect.
Defense: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State - 2 INTs
There wasn’t a more impressive draft-eligible prospect in college football this week than Jeffrey Okudah. Whereas multiple top cornerbacks have struggled in recent games, Okudah continues to just get better and better. He didn’t have a single interception in 2018, but CB1 talent is starting to finally shine on the national stage.
Offense: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State - 25 carries for 296 yards and 1 TD
Chuba Hubbard should just have a permanent spot on this list for the rest of the season. He’s been putting up numbers all year, and somehow, this looks like an ordinary box score for the sophomore running back. It’s his third 200-yard game, as he now has 938 yards on just 128 carries for the season.
Defense: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma - 9 tackles, 1 sack
It was a very quiet day for the Big 12 defensively this week, but the biggest standout was Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. While his stat line doesn’t have that wow factor, he just consistently made plays all over the field. His athleticism and range makes him one of the most intriguing linebacker prospects in the nation.
Offense: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama - 11 catches for 274 yards and 5 TDs
I can confidently say that we won’t see another performance from a draft-eligible wide receiver like this in 2019. Devonta Smith is often viewed as the third best receiver in this Alabama offense, but he made a statement to scouts Saturday that he needs to be in the same conversation as some of the top wide receiver prospects in the country.
Defense: Jonathan Greenard, EDGE, Florida - 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 3 QB hurries
Coming into the season, Greenard had very little, if any, hype about his draft projection as an edge defender, but he just continues to make noise with his explosiveness. He has legitimate pass rush tools, consistently looking like the best player on the Florida defense.
Offense: Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State - 10 catches for 162 yards and 1 TD
When is Hodgins going to get the same attention as other top draft-eligible wide receivers? He’s a tall, fluid route runner who is as reliable at the catch point as they come. Not to mention, he had one of the best catches we’ll see all year in this matchup against Stanford.
Defense: Cameron Williams, S, Washington - 5 tackles, 2 INTs
Cameron Williams is just a freshman, but his performance Saturday sealed Washington’s victory over USC. It’s just a testament to how the Huskies are continuing to establish its campus as DB-U of the west coast.