Week nine 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 ninth edition of TDN Power 5 Players of the Week.
Offense: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State - 20 carries for 144 yards and 4 TDs
It has been quite the resurgence of a junior season for Florida State running back Cam Akers. He’s been on this list multiple times already, and his four-touchdown performance against Syracuse once again showed how talented and explosive he truly is. If he declares, Akers might be a top-five runner in this class.
Defense: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina - 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
I’m a big Chazz Surratt fan. The highlight of his performance against Duke was clearly his game-winning interception, but he was fantastic throughout the game. He doesn’t look like your “traditional linebacker” but he fits exactly what the NFL is looking for in a space defender at the second level. As he’s shown throughout the season, his two biggest strengths are his coverage ability and blitzing efficiency. To me, he’s a recipe for a Day 2 chess piece.
Offense: JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State - 20 carries for 163 yards and 2 TDs - 3 catches for 58 yards
JK Dobbins has dramatically improved his draft stock in 2019, as he continues to put up good performances for scouts each week. He looks more patient and composed in the backfield this year, as well as a better receiver. He looks like the complete package and should be one of the top backs drafted next April, if he declares.
Defense: Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State - 4 sacks
What else is there to say about Chase Young? He’s been so dominant this season that I think he has a legitimate case to win the Heisman this year. Not only that, but he’s also making a case to be the clear-cut top overall player in the 2020 NFL draft. Performances like this confirm why he will be one of the easiest evaluations I’ve ever made in scouting.
Offense: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State - 8 catches for 131 yards and 1 TD
Other players in the conference had better numbers in the box score, but no player on the offensive side of the ball was as instrumental to their team’s victory than Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace. Iowa State simply had no answer for Wallace, as he was able to knife through tacklers after the catch for huge chunks throughout the game. He might be the most underrated wide receiver in this 2020 class, considering he’s not talked about as a top five player at his position.
Defense: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU - 8 tackles, 3 PBUs
Like Wallace, other players had more impressive numbers in the box score than TCU senior cornerback Jeff Gladney, but nobody on the defensive side of the ball in the Big 12 helped their draft stock more. Going up against Collin Johnson, Gladney more than held his own against the mammoth-sized wide receiver, making multiple plays on the ball. He’s making a serious case to be one of the first five cornerbacks drafted next April.
Offense: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama - 7 catches for 103 yards and 2 TDs
Henry Ruggs has captivated the nation with his speed. Devonta Smith captured the country’s attention with his five touchdown game against Ole Miss. But I hope y’all didn’t forget how good Jerry Jeudy is. He’s still the best wide receiver on this team. No college football player should run routes as well as he does. He will step into the NFL next year as one of the league’s top route runners. Jeudy is the second coming of Amari Cooper, and he should go in the top 10 next April.
Defense: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama - 1 PBU, 1 INT for TD
One of the players who has sneakily made huge strides in his draft stock is Alabama senior cornerback Trevon Diggs. Everybody focuses on this offense, but Diggs has arguably been the best cornerback in college football this year. He’s been lights out, and I’ve been on record since last year’s Ole Miss game that he would’ve been my top cornerback if he declared last year. There is a chance he may claim that spot this year as well.
Offense: Zack Moss, RB, Utah - 17 carries for 115 yards and 2 TDs - 3 catches for 89 yards
I really considered putting UCLA running back Joshua Kelley in this spot again, but just from the eye test, I think Utah’s Zack Moss looked like one of the most impressive prospects I watched all weekend. He was bowling over Cal defenders all game as a runner, but even more impressively, Moss was dynamic as a receiver out of the backfield as well. If his medicals check out, he’s a slam dunk Day 2 running back prospect on my board.
Defense: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford - 2 INTs
It’s been an up and down year for Paulson Adebo, but he bounced back in a big way this week against Arizona. As a former wide receiver, it is no surprise that Adebo already has four interceptions on the year. He needs to be more consistent with his technique in man coverage to be a first-round pick, but I think teams will value him highly considering he’s an ascending player with a ton of room for growth.