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College prospects to watch: Week 5

You’ll want to watch these breakout stars

NCAA Football: FCS Championship Game-North Dakota State vs James Madison Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 4 of the college football season was full of surprises. The Southeastern Conference kicked off their season and featured unranked Mississippi State taking down the defending national champion LSU Tigers 44-34.

Bulldogs quarterback K.J. Costello carved up LSU’s defense with 623 passing yards and 5 touchdowns.

No. 3 Oklahoma was also upset by an unranked team, falling 38-35 to the Kansas State Wildcats. Texas Tech almost upset No. 8 Texas before the Longhorns rallied from 15 points down late in the 4th quarter to win 63-56.

There was no shortage of excitement in Week 4 and Week 5 should be no different. Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch this weekend.

NCAA Football: FCS Championship Game-North Dakota State vs James Madison Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

1) Trey Lance (QB) - North Dakota State Bison

If there’s one week to watch NDSU it’s this one, because it’s the only one they’ll get. The Missouri Valley conference cancelled the 2020 season but gave the Bison one exhibition game against Central Arkansas that will be played Saturday.

NDSU is coming off of an undefeated 2019 season in which Lance threw for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns without a single interception. While nearly flawless through the air, he also ran for another 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Some draft experts view Lance as the top quarterback in the 2021 class over Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. NDSU said Wednesday that 26 scouts from 20 NFL teams are expected to be in attendance. Lance is expected to put on a show in what many consider to be his NFL tryout game.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

2) Seth Williams (WR) - Auburn Tigers

Williams had a huge day against Kentucky, catching six passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Auburn to a 29-13 victory. Both of his scores featured leaping grabs over defenders in the endzone.

Williams’ size (6-3, 211) and athleticism are what NFL scouts dream of in a wide receiver. He had 59 catches for 830 yards and 8 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019 and has quickly developed into one of the best receivers in the nation.

Williams will try to build on his performance against No. 4 Georgia on Saturday.

NCAA Football: Duke at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

3) Victor Dimukeje (EDGE) - Duke Blue Devils

After recording just two tackles in Duke’s season opener against Notre Dame, Dimukeje put on a clinic against Boston College in Week 3. The senior finished with 3.5 sacks, 0.5 shy of the school’s single-game record.

Dimukeje also had one forced fumble and 7 pressures. He was able to create pressure with ease against Eagles’ lineman Zion Johnson, a projected 3rd-round draft pick.

Dimukeje was named to the All-ACC second team in 2019 and looks to have taken the next step so far this season. He can easily be a Day 2 pick in the draft if he continues his strong play.

NCAA Football: Texas Christian at Oklahoma State Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

4) Trevon Moehrig (S) - TCU Horned Frogs

TCU has one of the nation’s best safety duos in Moehrig and ArDarius Washington. Moehrig finished last season with a 92.4 coverage grade and a 31.9 percent forced incompletion rate.

Pro Football Focus ranked Moehrig as their highest-graded safety in 2019 and No. 5 returning defensive back for 2020. He recorded six tackles in the Horned Frogs’ only game thus far against Iowa State.

TCU will aim to slow down the Longhorns’ passing attack when they face No. 9 Texas on Saturday.

NCAA Football: Florida at Mississippi Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

5) Kyle Pitts (TE) - Florida Gators

Pitts posted a monster statline against Ole Miss with 8 catches for 170 yards and 4 touchdowns. Those kinds of stats are almost unheard of for college tight ends.

Pitts was compared to Las Vegas Raiders star tight end Darren Waller in the preseason by Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, and he seems to have been spot on. Both stand at 6-foot-6 and have been extremely productive for their respective teams.

As the consensus No. 1 tight end for 2021, it would not be surprising to see Pitts selected in the first round.