NFL Draft Stock Report Week 2
WR Deebo Samuels, South Carolina
Samuels has burst onto the scene this season as a big play threat for the Gamecocks. In two games against power five schools Missouri and NC State Samuels has scored five touchdowns, two receiving, one rushing and two via kick off returns with all but one of his touchdowns going for more than 25 yards. South Carolina should see improved quarterback play with Jake Bentley at the helm and in turn Samuels should see a marked rise in his production. His explosiveness and versatility should catch the eye of scouts.
EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
The Sooner defensive end had himself quite the performance in Oklahomaâ€™s victory over Ohio State this past weekend. Okoronkwo gave Buckeye quarterback JT Barrett fits all game long and finished with 1.5 sacks and several more pressures raising his season sack total to 2.5 in two games. His athleticism and bend were on full display against Ohio State and with the ever present need for pass rushers in the NFL Okoronkwo will be an interesting prospect as a rush linebacker.
TE Mike Gesiki, Penn State
Last week we highlighted Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews and we continue the tight end love this week with the 6â€™6â€™â€™ 250-pound Nittany Lion Mike Gesiki. In two games, thus far Gesiki has accumulated 10 catches and four touchdowns. He should continue to have plenty of opportunities with opponents keying in on stud running back Saquon Barkley. An excellent redzone threat and above average blocker Gesiki should be among the top tight ends taken in the 2018 draft if he continues to play at a high level.
WR Courtland Sutton, SMU
A trendy name entering the season Sutton has picked up right where he left off after his huge sophomore campaign. After a relatively quiet opener Sutton went off against North Texas making ten catches for 168 yards and four touchdowns. With five touchdowns to his name already this season the 6'4'' Mustang could see his stock increase in a similar manner to that of fellow non-power five receiver Corey Davis did last year. Being the first wide receiver drafted is a definite possibility for Sutton in the 2018 draft. Â
QB Jarrett Stidham, Auburn
A mega recruit to Baylor several years ago Stidham found himself transferring to Auburn with much fanfare. The redshirt sophomore has received first round buzz from some thanks to his combination of athleticism and arm talent. So far after two games at Auburn Stidham has looked pedestrian at best. He is completing only 54 percent of his passes with an average per attempt of under four yards. He also has been stymied on the ground. While one of his showings was against a tough Clemson defense that completely outmatched the Auburn offense the other was against a cupcake Georgia Southern team. While Stidham has not gotten a ton of help from his supporting cast thus far it is becoming apparent that he has a long way to go before being NFL ready.