2018 NFL draft Insights from Week 2 of College Football
A quick look at Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and others.
Each week we will dive into college football (CFB) and recap what in the hell happened that week. We will highlight specific players, positions, teams, and etc. based on the events that took place that week.
This past week saw plenty of big name QBs in action, with some helping their draft stock, and others hurting it.
The two QBs that helped themselves the most were Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. Both should be considered the Heisman front runners, and both came into the season lower in the minds of NFL scouts.
Their play as been stellar so far, but both are still not considered top QB prospects. Mayfield lacks the size and arm strength scouts covet, while Jackson is inconsistent with his footwork and accuracy.
Another QB who has answered questions about his play is Josh Rosen. A controversial player, Rosen has been spectacular this season and has played close to perfect the past 6 quarters. Rosen was my number 1 ranked QB coming into this season and his play has only solidified that for me.
Mason Rudolph is not considered a top QB prospect, but has also been tearing it up and is someone to keep an eye on.
The other top QB prospects Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, both played better this week, but both have left more questions than have answered this season. Allen’s inconsistencies and accuracy issues have yet to improve, and will need to quickly with the Oregon Ducks coming to town this Saturday.
Darnold has four interceptions so far and still has inconsistent footwork while in the pocket. Both Allen and Darnold have had slow starts but both should still be considered first round prospects.
Battle for Best Defensive Line in the Country
Coming into the season there were many debates as to which defensive units are considered the best in the nation.
When it comes to the defensive line, two teams stand out the most with their talent and number of potential NFL prospects: Ohio State and Clemson. Both teams had tough tests this week with Ohio State going up against top-five opponent Oklahoma, and Clemson facing off against top-15 Auburn.
Ohio State’s line boasts potential 2018 firs- round prospects Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis, and Dre’Mont Jones. While Clemson can send out Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferell. Both lines played well, but Clemson’s defensive line was on a whole other level with 11 sacks against Auburn. This battle will continue be a week to week discussion as the season progresses.
B1G Play Calling Head Scratches
The two most notable teams in the B1G right now are arguably Ohio State and Penn State, and both programs have absolute game changers at the running back position. Yet, this past weekend we saw both programs reluctant to use these special backs.
Ohio State ran the ball a total of 34 times against Oklahoma, and the quarterback had more than half of those carries. Penn State ran the ball a total of just 24 times in a closer-than-expected game against Pittsburgh.
The Buckeyes have a two headed monster with Mike Weber and the emerging superstar, freshman J.K. Dobbins. While the Lions have Saquon Barkley who is in the discussion for best player in all of college football. With both offenses struggling this week it will be interesting to see if both programs go back to relying more on their bell cow playmakers.
So far this season there are a few Heisman contenders. At the top of voters’ lists should be reining Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson.
Jackson is up over 1,000 all-purpose yards in just 2 games played, which has only been done three times since 2000, with Jackson now claiming 2 of those.
Next up on my Heisman list is Baker Mayfield after a superb performance against a Buckeye defense littered with potential NFL prospects.
Josh Rosen is third after the incredible comeback against Texas A&M and with an almost perfect performance against Hawaii.
Rounding out my top 4 is Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State. Rudolph’s numbers might be inflated due to the Cowboy offense, but he has played very well up to this point and deserves the notoriety. Non-quarterbacks still in the race are Saquon Barkley, Derrius Guice, and J.K. Dobbins.
CFB Playoff Update
After Ohio State got thumped by Oklahoma here are my CFB playoff pick:
- Ohio State
Even after the loss to Oklahoma I still think Ohio State has a clear path to the playoff. If the Buckeyes can win out, and no Pac 12 team remains undefeated, they get the final spot. The 4th spot is completely up in the air, but the top 3 are not. Alabama, Oklahoma, and Clemson are the clear favorites and should be after the first 2 weeks.