NFL Draft Stock Report Week 10
Jeff Holland, LB Auburn
Holland has come seemingly out of nowhere to not only lead the Tiger’s stingy defense but also to become one of the SEC’s premier pass rushers. Through nine games Holland has notched eight sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles after playing sparingly last season. Holland has an explosive first step and harassed every quarterback he has faced this season so far. Keep an eye on him down the stretch as Auburn will face two strong rushing attacks in Georgia and Alabama where Holland will be forced to defend against the run. If he can prove he is more than a one-dimensional pass rusher he could see his stock sore into the first round next spring.
Hayden Hurst, TE South Carolina
While this tight end class might lack the top end stars that last year’s class had in OJ Howard, Evan Engram and David Ndjoku, it is proving to be a deep class with several very solid prospects. One rising player is South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst. The 6’5’’ junior has built off of a strong sophomore campaign with a solid showing thus far this season. Hurst had his biggest game last weekend against the nation’s top team, Georgia, catching seven passes for 93 yards. Hurst possesses great size and athleticism that will make him a matchup nightmare at the next level. He could work his way into the late first round early second round area if he were to declare and test well this offseason.
Joshua Jackson, CB Iowa
The star of Iowa’s dismantling of Ohio State last weekend, Jackson has been a stud all year long. The junior corner has excellent height (6’1’’) and playmaking ability that echoes back to Thorpe Award winning Hawkeye Desmond King two seasons ago. Jackson has three interceptions against Ohio State bringing his season total to five to go with 15 pass break ups. With cornerbacks in high demand in the NFL Jackson’s ball skills and physical traits will be hard to pass up in the 2018 NFL Draft if he were to declare.
Baker Mayfield, QB Oklahoma
Mayfield has put up video game numbers all season long and has Oklahoma (8-1) on the brink of the College Football Playoff. Last weekend against rival Oklahoma State Mayfield set the Sooner’s single game passing yard record with 598 along with five touchdowns. Mayfield’s play this season has spelled doubts about his arm strength, decision making and leadership. In a quarterback class that has seen many players rise and fall Mayfield may be the biggest benefactor as his name is beginning to get traction as a top player at the position. It should not surprise anyone if Mayfield is a top ten pick next year.