NFL Draft Stock Report Week 6
WR Anthony Miller, Memphis
The senior wide receiver from Memphis was on the radar of some coming into the season thanks to a monster junior season that saw Miller go for 95 catches, 1434 yards and 14 touchdowns. His smaller stature, 5’11’’ 190 pounds has not stopped him from being a force again this year. Highlighted by a monster showing (9/185/2) in Memphis’ upset victory over UCLA and an eye popping 15/224/4 game against Connecticut it seems the only thing that can slow Miller this season has been the weather (Memphis has had two games cancelled for inclement weather).
LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
One of the big stories out of the SEC so far this year has been the play of the Georgia Bulldogs. Sporting a 6-0 record and a rock solid defense the Bulldogs are on a collision course with Alabama in the SEC title game. The leader of their defense has been linebacker Roquan Smith. Smith played large roles in slowing down Notre Dame’s excellent rushing attack and Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb. Possessing sideline to sideline range Smith looks more like a cruise missle than a football player at times. A three down linebacker Smith could see a metoric rise not unlike Reuben Foster did last year.
RB Damien Harris, Alabama
Bo Scarborough and Jalen Hurts get more attention but so far this year Damien Harris has been Alabama’s most productive running back. The junior has amassed 500 yards on the ground this season despite being third on the team in carries. Harris is averaging 8.5 yards per carry and has found the endzone seven times in six games. Harris is a big play back who is more than capable of being a team’s workhorse. With far fewer carries than most college backs Harris will enter the NFL with significantly less wear on him which should be a big plus for him in the pre-draft process.
H-Back Jaylen Samuels, NC State
Jaylen Samuels is the type of prospect who might lack a clear position at the next level but will force an offensive coordinator to find a spot for him. Samuel’s is a versatile player who has seen time as a tight end, full back and as a running back. Going back to the beginning of the 2015 season Samuels has 114 rushing attempts along with 170 catches. Samuels was in full force during N.C. State’s victory over Louisville last weekend as he snagged seven catches for a 104 yards including a 79 yard catch that showed off his impressing run after the catch ability. Undersized at 5’11’’ 224 Samuels will need a creative coordinator to get the most put of him at the next level but his production is undeniable.
RB Mark Walton, Miami
After shredding weaker competition Walton had created some buzz for himself including some rumblings about him as a first round prospect. That all changed when Walton ran into the Florida State front seven who held Walton to 25 yards on 12 carries. To make matters worse Walton suffered a season ending ankle injury leaving the undersized junior, 5’9’’ 205 pound with the decision to enter the draft or return for his senior season. In a loaded class Walton should opt to return for his senior season in hopes of showing his ankle is fully healed.