Another week of the 2019 College Football season is now behind us with a fresh slate of prospects that stood out in a positive way to elevate their respective draft stocks. With conference play in full swing, the competition level is rising and it’s bringing out strong performances from talented 2020 NFL Draft prospects.
Let’s examine the guys who helped themselves in Week Six.
Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati
Get this man on your radar! I was impressed with him earlier in the year when watching the Bearcats beat UCLA, and he’s been consistent all year long. Hauling in five receptions for 64 yards against UCF, Degura was a catalyst for why Cincy pulled off the upset. Three of those receptions came in the Bearcats’ opening drive of the second half, which I believe was the turning point in the game.
There’s no doubt Degura has a Sunday skill set and his receiving potential is exciting. He’s a versatile receiver and blocker that knows how to get vertical.
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Somewhat lost in the breakout season of quarterback Joe Burrow is the emergence of his playmakers and junior wide receiver Justin Jefferson keeps finding himself on the receiving end of Burrow’s dimes.
In LSU’s 42-6 rout of Utah State on Saturday, Jefferson hauled in nine receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns showcasing impressive hands, ball skills, body control and athleticism. This was Jefferson’s third 100-yards outing of the season and he’s scored at least one touchdown in four of LSU’s five games so far in 2019.
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Auburn wasn’t able to go into the Swamp and deliver the Gators its first loss of the season, but it wasn’t because Brown didn’t do his part. Racking up four tackles, Brown also had a strip-sack and two fumble recoveries. Both of the turnovers he created came at timely moments that directly took scoring opportunities away from Florida and put the Tigers in position to score.
Brown’s impact went beyond the box score as he routinely collapsed the pocket and wrecked Florida's offensive guards play in and play out, doing so while battling injuries. He was a one-man wrecking crew against Florida.
Lamical Perine, RB, Florida
The 2020 class of running backs is loaded and a surprising amount of good seniors will be in the mix. Racking up 130 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Auburn was a good reminder that Perine is one of the best senior backs in the country.
While he was consistent throughout the contest, his 88-yard scamper with nine minutes left in the game put Florida ahead by two scores and the Gators never looked back. He’s a solid all-around back with an NFL skill set.
Kwitty Paye, DL, Michigan
There are endless synonyms of “sloppy” to describe Michigan’s 10-3 win over Iowa and in those types of games, big plays on defense really matter and Paye delivered several of them. Dominating in the trenches, Paye racked up four tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries, many coming on crucial third down situations.
With Shae Patterson and the offense fluttering, Michigan needed its defense to step up and Paye was a big reason why Iowa is no longer undefeated in 2019.
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
You’ve heard the expression “he was everywhere” before to describe active linebackers and the label fits the performance of Jordyn Brooks in Texas Tech’s 45-35 upset win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Brooks compiled a game-high 19 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. The Cowboys were limited to under four yards per carry on 56 rushing attempts, due in large to the play of Brooks.
Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
One of the most underrated man coverage corners in the country, performances like Stokes had in Georgia’s 43-14 win over Tennessee will certainly get him on more people’s radar. On the night, Stokes logged three tackles, a tackle for loss, sack, forced fumble and three pass breakups.
A rangy, fluid and athletic corner, Stokes has natural ball skills and is pesky to complete passes on when challenged. It was encouraging to see him play a physical brand of football against Tennessee, something I believe he’s lacked in other games I have watched.
JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
The Michigan State run defense has been stingy this season, limiting opponents 55.8 yards per game and less than two yards per carry in the Spartans first five games of the year. Somebody forgot to let JK Dobbins know, because he rumbled for 172 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in Ohio State’s decisive 34-10 victory over Michigan State.
Now the feature back for the Buckeyes, Dobbins is having a monster year and has showcased a multifaceted skill set in Ohio State’s 6-0 start to 2019.
Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
I’ve watched a ton of Ohio State football so far this season and Wade makes plays all over the field every time the Buckeyes defense takes the field and Saturday’s outing against Michigan State was no exception. Used in a versatile role in the secondary, Wade logged five tackles, a tackle for loss, sack, pass breakup and quarterback hurry as part of an overall standout performance from the Buckeyes defense.
Just as redshirt sophomore, Wade is playing with extreme confidence and is disruptive every time he is challenged. Ohio State is a defensive back factory and Wade is part of a loaded group of future NFL playmakers on the back end for the Buckeyes. Saturday's win over Michigan State was the latest example of why.