Week six 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 sixth edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Seth Dawkins, WR, Louisville - 6 catches for 170 yards and 1 TD
The 6'3 senior wide receiver showed flashes in this game against Boston College why he is a prime candidate to be in Mobile for the Senior Bowl. He has strong hands and is one of the most physical players after the catch in this senior wide receiver class. This was his first breakout game of the season, and he has the talent to duplicate performances like this in the coming weeks.
Defense: Paris Ford, CB, Pittsburgh - 2 INTs (1 TD)
As a redshirt sophomore, Paris Ford plays all over the field for the Pitt Panthers. He plays a starting hybrid role of cornerback and safety, and this game against Duke was his breakout performance of 2019. He showed flashes of next-level traits in big games against Penn State and UCF earlier this season, and getting two interceptions, including a pick six, against a conference rival is going to do wonders for his confidence going forward.
Offense: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin - 19 carries for 186 yards and 4 TDs | 3 catches for 29 yards and 1 TD
There literally cannot be any other choice for this spot. Jonathan Taylor is firmly one of the Heisman Trophy frontrunners, and it is because of performances like the one he had Saturday. Somehow, Taylor continues to one up his numbers from the week before, and I can guarantee you that scouts are taking notice. His play style reminds me a lot of Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, and if he can continue to prove his worth in the passing game, he will be the consensus top running back in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Defense: Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan - 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks
As strange as it seems, racking up 2.5 sacks in the box score doesn't describe how disruptive Michigan's Kwity Paye was against Iowa. He plays inside and out, and is a force from either spot. His ability to convert speed to power is scary, and the fact that he did it against one of the most talented offensive lines in college football speaks volumes. Paye has had a great season to this point, but this performance against Iowa will be the game that scouts point back to.
Offense: Brock Purdy, QB, Iowa State - 19/24 for 247 yards and 2 TDs | 12 carries for 102 yards and 2 TDs
My colleague Benjamin Solak is one of the leaders of the 2021 NFL Draft train for Brock Purdy, and there is a lot of reason for optimism. He has proven to be a much improved pocket passer this season, processing quicker and making smarter decisions with the football. We already knew about his dual-threat ability, but if he can continue to make strides in the pocket, look out.
Defense: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech - 19 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 TFL
This looks like a stat line on NCAA Football 14. Senior Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks was all over the field against Oklahoma State, literally. Whether as a blitzer or space defender in coverage, Brooks continues to make a statement as to why he's not only one of the best senior linebackers in the Big 12, but also the nation.
Offense: Lamical Perine, RB, Florida - 14 carries for 130 yards and 1 TD | 4 catches for 15 yards
While other SEC players may have boasted better stat lines this week, no offensive player played a more crucial role in their team's win than Florida senior RB Lamical Perine. In Florida's biggest game of the year to this point, Perine played his best football on the big stage, rushing for an 88-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Perine's toughness and physicality have been his best traits over the last couple of seasons, but this performance is a reminder to not forget about his big play potential.
Defense: Cale Garrett, LB, Missouri - 5 tackles, 2 INTs (1 TD)
Missouri senior linebacker Cale Garrett does not get talked about enough in this 2020 class. He's been a productive starter for the Tigers since 2017 in both run support and coverage with his instincts and motor. On Saturday, he had his signature game of the season against Troy with two interceptions, including a pick six. While Garrett may not be an early-round prospect, performances like this indicate he will be on an NFL roster next fall.
Offense: Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State - 10 catches for 123 yards and 3 TDs
For the second week in a row, Isaiah Hodgins is TDN's PAC 12 offensive player of the week. Quite simply, he's making a statement that he deserves to be in consideration as one of the 2020 NFL Draft's top 10 wide receivers. His combination of size, speed, and catch point reliability are all reasons why he could be a Day 2 pick next April.
Defense: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford - 5 tackles, 4 PBUs
It's been a rough couple of weeks for the standout 6'1 junior cornerback, but Paulson Adebo bounced back in a huge way against this Washington offense. Other than giving up a completion down the sideline to Aaron Fuller, Adebo was lights out. In this game, he started to show why many, including myself, believed he had first-round talent before the season. This game will be huge for his confidence for the rest of the season, and the hope now is for him is to string together consecutive performances like this.