NFL Draft Stock Report Week 8
DeSean Hamilton, Penn State
Saquan Barkley and to a lesser extent Trace McSorley are getting all the credit for Penn State’s hot start this season but DeSean Hamilton deserves some serious credit. After bursting onto the scene thanks to an impressive freshman season Hamilton was somewhat of an afterthought the past two seasons thanks to injuries and the emergence of Chris Godwin last season. Hamilton has turned into McSorley’s go to receiver and really shined in Penn State’s dominant victory over Michigan pulling in six catches for 115 yards. The 6’1’’ senior has flashed playmaking ability this season and is looking like a solid day two pick at this point.
Josh Adams RB, Notre Dame
Notre Dame’s resurgence has been fueled by their seemingly unstoppable ground game this year. Forming a dynamic two headed monster along with Brandon Wimbush, Josh Adams has vaulted himself into Heisman contention with his play this season. The junior running back has topped the 100 yard mark in all but two games including a 191 yard three touchdown performance in the Irish’s bludgeoning of USC last weekend. Adams is big powerful back (225 pounds) who is surprisingly shifty for his size. What sets him apart though is his impressive ability to break away from defenders when given space. Adams has gone from a late round flier to a strong day two pick.
Will Grier QB, West Virginia
While there are a lot of names being thrown around when it comes to this quarterback class Will Grier is one who should be getting more press. After flashing the only competent quarterback play for the University of Florida since Tim Tebow Grier transferred to West Virginia due to a PED suspenson. The former Gator has been dynamite for the Mountaineers, lighting up defenses all season in West Virginia’s wide open offense. He has thrown for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in every game and has thrown for an impressive 26 touchdowns already. While Grier’s production can be attributed somewhat to the offense he runs the tools are still there as he has a live arm and possesses above average mobility. As some of the other quarterbacks struggle Grier could claw his way into the 2nd round in the 2018 NFL draft.
DJ Clark WR, LSU
We all know that LSU has suffered from some ugly quarterback play in recent years and in turn we have seen some talented receivers struggle to stand out because of this. DJ Clark is bucking this trend with this play this year. The 6’3’’ senior has emerged as a big play threat for the Tiger’s having topped the 100 yard mark three times this season and is averaging a fat 24.3 yards per catch. While Clark looks like a bit of a one trick pony deep threat his ability to create separation and make adjustments to balls in the air is very impressive.
Derwin James S, Florida State
You could sum up Florida State’s play this season with one word, disappointing and the same could be said for their most hyped prospect James. As a freshman James flashed elite athleticism along with big play ability before blowing up his knee during his sophomore campaign. Many were excited to see a fully healthy James this season with some calling him a potential number one overall pick in the upcoming draft. So far though James has not lived up to the billing of a top prospect. While his athleticism is undeniable James has looked raw in coverage and his tackling has been also been suspect. The big plays that made James such a promising prospect have not been there this season. James is still a very talented prospect but he appears to be far from a finished product at this time and teams will need to be aware of this when analyzing him during the draft process.