Week seven 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 seventh edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest - 12 catches for 196 yards and 3 TDs
How many times does Sage Surratt need to have a huge performance this season before we start talking about him as a consensus top-10 wide receiver prospect eligible for the 2020 NFL draft? He has the physical profile with his size, length, and speed, but he also is developing nicely as a route runner and consistent winner at the catch point. He reminds me a lot of Marvin Jones, and I can't wait to see what he has in store for the rest of the season.
Defense: Louis Acceus, LB, NC State - 14 tackles, 3 sacks
Welcome to the NFL draft radar, Louis Acceus! At only 5'11 223 pounds, Acceus plays sort of a hybrid role for the Wolfpack as a linebacker-safety chess piece. Used as both a blitzer and space defender in coverage, Acceus made plays all over the field against Syracuse, racking up 14 tackles and three sacks. While he may not have a desirable physical profile for the next level, he's producing like somebody who can make a roster.
Offense: Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue - 10 catches for 140 yards
While other offensive players from the Big 10 had more gaudy stat lines, Purdue senior tight end Brycen Hopkins was the conference's most impressive draft prospect from this weekend. Hauling in 10 catches for 140 yards, Hopkins continues to show why he could be the 2020 NFL draft's top tight end prospect. He has the size and athletic traits you look for in today's move tight end, and this game against Maryland was his signature performance of the season.
Defense: Josh Uche, EDGE, Michigan - 5 TFL, 3 sacks
A tweener on the edge at 6'2, 250 pounds, we have been waiting for Josh Uche to break out in 2019 with a signature performance. Uche did just that on Saturday against Illinois with three sacks, creating disruption all game. While he may not have the size that scouts look for in a full-time pass rusher, his ability to dip, bend, and flatten to the quarterback will make him an interesting prospect to monitor, similar to Uchenna Nwosu coming out of USC.
Offense: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma - 10 catches for 171 yards and 3 TDs
I hope you did not forget about Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb when it comes to consideration for the top wide receiver in the 2020 NFL draft. In a game when the Sooners needed their elite wide receiver to play like a star, Lamb did just that with 171 receiving yards and three scores. From a scouting perspective, he showed off his explosiveness as both a route runner and playmaker after the catch, specifically the play where four or five defenders were draped all over him but still broke through for a touchdown. I guarantee you some NFL teams will prefer Lamb over any other receiver in this class with his DeAndre Hopkins-like skill set.
Defense: Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma - 4 tackles, 2 sacks
What a game for the senior defensive tackle. He's known mostly as a run plugger in the middle, but so far in 2019, he's starting to translate his traits into significant pass rush production. The bottom line is this: Neville Gallimore is a serious top 50 prospect. He’s already one of the best athletes in the nation, regardless of position. At 6’2, 330, check this: He reportedly runs a sub 4.8 according to Bruce Feldman’s annual Freak List column. I'm all in on Gallimore and his projection to the next level.
Offense: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU - 21/24 for 293 yards and 3 TDs
There's not much else you can say about Joe Burrow other than he has arguably risen from a late Day 3 prospect to a potential top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft within one year of game tape. He's simply been phenomenal. He is making smart decisions with the football. He is letting the ball rip to his playmakers downfield when he needs to. He is also making tight-window throws that only a handful of quarterbacks in the country can make. Joe Burrow is the real deal. It's time to start treating him on the same level of the top quarterbacks in this class.
Defense: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina - 3 INTs, 1 TD
To be honest, I did not know much about Israel Mukuamu coming into this game, but the 6'4 South Carolina cornerback had himself a career game in a historic victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. Intercepting star quarterback Jake Fromm not one... not two... but three times, Mukuamu really sparked the upset for the Gamecocks. You can argue that some of those plays were 'right place, right time' for Mukuamu, but it is clear his performance was a driving factor in this victory.
Offense: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State - 7 catches for 196 yards and 3 TDs
I've been trying tell you all about Brandon Aiyuk since the start of the season as a sleeper to be one of the top senior wide receivers in the 2020 NFL draft. Do I have your attention now? Aiyuk reminds a ton of Michael Gallup with his ability to win with physicality both at the catch point and as a runner after the catch, but also stretch the defense vertically with home-run speed. He just continues to get better and better as the featured option in the Sun Devils' passing game. Stock up.
Defense: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah - 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT for TD
What a performance for the 6'3 sophomore linebacker. Devin Lloyd was all over the field against Oregon State, making plays with his range from sideline to sideline, in the backfield as a blitzer, and as a space defender with an electric interception for a touchdown. Honorable mention deserves to go to Utah edge defender Bradlee Anae for assisting on the Lloyd pick six by tipping the ball. Lloyd plays the ROVER role for the Utes, and this performance adds to his hot start to 2019.