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College prospects to watch: Week 11

We take a dive into some of the best college prospects to watch during Week 11 of the NCAA Football season

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Four of the Southeastern Conference’s seven games this weekend were postponed due to COVID-19. These matchups featured four top-25 teams including No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 11 Georgia and No. 21 Auburn.

Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch for in Week 11.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

1) Feleipe Franks (QB) - Arkansas Razorbacks

Franks has certainly drawn the attention of NFL scouts this season. Through five games he has completed 67.2 percent of his passes and is 17th in the nation in passing touchdowns (14) and 24th in passing yards (1,428) with just three interceptions.

Franks is on pace to set collegiate career-highs thanks to a promising start to the season that featured a season-high 318 passing yards and four touchdowns against a stout Auburn defense in Week 6.

Franks will face his former team when the Razorbacks travel to Gainesville this weekend to take on No. 6 Florida.

Stanford v Oregon Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

2) CJ Verdell (RB) - Oregon Ducks

Verdell is one of just seven returning FBS players with at least 1,000 rushing yards in each of the last two seasons. He is also the fifth player in school history to have back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards.

Verdell has already kicked off 2020 with a bang by rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown against Stanford in Oregon’s season opener. Saturday’s matchup against Washington State should be more of the same.

Verdell has a real chance to boost his draft stock even more moving forward. If he can maintain the consistency he’s shown throughout his entire collegiate career, he could find himself as a Day 2 pick in the draft.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Gainesville Sun-USA TODAY Sports

3) Kadarius Toney (WR) - Florida Gators

After missing six games due to a shoulder injury in 2019, Toney has been the go-to wide receiver for Florida quarterback Kyle Trask this season. Toney has scored in all but one game and leads all Florida wide receivers with 29 catches and 339 yards.

Toney is a phenomenal runner after the catch and has even been used at running back for a handful of snaps and as a return specialist on special teams.

With the Gators’ star tight end Kyle Pitts likely out due to a concussion he suffered last week against Georgia, Toney should get plenty of looks through the air against Arkansas on Saturday night.

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4) Christian Darrisaw (OL) - Virginia Tech Hokies

Darrisaw was named to the preseason All-ACC first-team and was Pro Football Focus’ second highest graded returning offensive tackle in the conference.

Darrisaw was named ACC offensive lineman of the week in Week 5 when he helped Virginia Tech rush for 324 yards against Duke. His play this season has helped him fly up draft boards everywhere.

The Hokies haven’t produced a first-round offensive lineman since 2008 when Duane Brown was selected with the 26th overall pick. While it is unlikely that streak comes to an end in 2020, Darrisaw can easily slip into the second round.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 Oregon at USC Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

5) Alijah Vera-Tucker (OL) - USC Trojans

Vera-Tucker put together an impressive 2019 campaign that landed him on the AP All-Pac-12 first team, All-Pac-12 second team and PFF’s All-American third team.

Vera-Tucker is a versatile athlete that can move particularly well for his size. He is excellent as both a run and pass blocker and did not give up a single sack or quarterback hit last season.

Vera-Tucker’s frame (6-4, 315) can help him transition nicely as a guard at the next level. After initially declaring for the NFL Draft in September, he decided to return for the 2020 season. Vera-Tucker could boost his stock even more and potentially become one of the better draft day steals.