NFL Draft Stock Report Week 1
TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma
Last year Andrews was overshadowed by a plethora of playmakers on Oklahoma’s offense (Mixon, Perine, and Westbrook). Many expected the Sooner tight end to be featured more this season and after one game that seems to be the case.
The 6’5’’ 254 pound Andrews caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Possessing a large frame and excellent athleticism Andrews showed the ability to be a featured playmaker as he was no match for UTEP’s linebackers and safeties.
LB Josey Jewell Iowa
A tackling machine, Jewell has been on the radar of most draft analysts since his breakout 2015 campaign. Coming off back to back 120+ tackle seasons Jewell picked off right where he left off by racking up 14 tackles, 2.5 tfl, two sacks and a pass defended. Jewell spearheaded the Hawkeye’s defensive effort in slowing down the Josh Allen hype train. This game should give Jewell more national recognition.
WR Simmie Cobbs Indiana
After missing all of last season with an ankle injury the Hooiser wideout had an impressive showing against a loaded Ohio State defense. Cobbs removed any doubt as to the status of his ankle by snagging eleven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. Possessing excellent size (6’4’’ 220) Cobbs was a hot name entering last season thanks to a big 2015 campaign and his performance this week should bring him back into the fold.
QB Lamar Jackson Louisville
Jackson started his Heisman defense with a bang throwing for 378 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 107 yards on the ground. Looking to prove he is more than a product of a spread gimmicky offense Jackson showed good decision making and refinement in this mechanics in Louisville’s 35=28 victory over Purdue. While he does not get as much play as other quarterbacks, if Jackson continues to play at this level he should find himself in the conversation for the top play caller in the 2018 NFL draft.
QB Josh Allen Wyoming
Featuring excellent size (6’5’’), a rocket arm, and great athleticism Josh Allen has become one of the most talked about prospects in the lead up to this college football season. Playing in the Mountain West many were excited to see Allen take on a traditionally tough defense in the Iowa Hawkeyes in his season opener. Allen disappointed and failed to lead the Cowboys on even a single touchdown drive in a 24-3 loss. Allen’s teammates did little to help his cause as receivers dropped several passes and the offensive line struggled to block the Iowa front. Allen made several arrant passes as he tried to force his team’s offense to life leading to two ugly interceptions. With decision making being the big knock on Allen’s stock has to take a hit as he has now thrown for one touchdown compared to seven interceptions against power five opponents.
QB DeAndre Francois Florida State
A redshirt sophomore Francois was seen by some as a potential first round quarterback in the 2018 NFL draft. That ground to a terrible halt at the hands of Nick Saban and the Alabama defense. Francois played well early but the Crimson Tide defensive line harassed the Seminole quarterback all game long eventually forcing some poor throws from Francois resulting in two interceptions. To make matters worse Francois suffered a horrific knee injury late in the game which will force his to miss the remainder of the season.
QB Sam Darnold USC
A favorite of many to be the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft Darnold entered this season with lofty expectations and opened this season with a so-so performance. Facing an inferior opponent in Western Michigan many were expecting Darnold to pick up where he left off last year and put up some big numbers. Instead Darnold was very pedestrian as the Trojans allowed the Broncos to hang around into the fourth quarter. Darnold finished 22 of 33 for 289 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. His mechanics which were suspect coming into this season often times looked shaky and he was bailed out on several poor throws thanks to his receivers making some tough catches. Darnold will have a big opportunity next weekend as the Trojans take on a typically strong Stanford defenes.