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College prospects for Saints fans to watch: Week 12

Another exciting week of college football is upon us

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After a lackluster Week 11 that featured no head-to-head matchups within the top 25, we’re in for a much more exciting week 12 that features a heavyweight matchup between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 9 Indiana.

Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch for in Week 12.

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1) Chuba Hubbard (RB) - Oklahoma State Cowboys

Hubbard had a historic 2019 season. His 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns earned him unanimous All-American honors and was the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Hubbard averaged 161.1 yards per game and was the only conference player to average over 100.

Hubbard is already off to another hot start with over 600 total yards and six touchdowns this year. His speed and agility have helped him to become one of the top offensive playmakers in college football.

Hubbard is projected as a Day 2 pick in most NFL mock drafts. If he can improve his pass-catching skills he could easily find himself as a late first- or early second-round selection. Hubbard will look to add another highlight game to his resume when No. 14 Oklahoma State faces in-state rival No. 14 Oklahoma.

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2) Patrick Jones II (EDGE) - Pittsburgh Panthers

Jones is an intriguing prospect. His frame (6-5, 260) gives him an incredible combination of power and speed against pass and run protection. A breakout year in 2019 put him firmly among the 2021 class’ top edge rushers.

Jones has been one of the most disruptive players in college football this season. Through five games he has racked up 34 total tackles, 11 for loss, eight sacks, four quarterback hits and two passes defended.

Jones certainly has first-round potential in the draft. Despite being projected as an early second-rounder, Jones could easily find himself sneaking into the first. He’ll look to build his stock even more against Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon.

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3) Jabril Cox (OLB) - LSU Tigers

LSU’s last matchup was against No 23 Auburn on October 31. After a three-week hiatus due to their bye week and COVID-19 postponements, the Tigers will be back on the field Saturday against Arkansas.

Cox has been one of the few bright spots LSU’s abysmal defense this season. He has racked up 31 total tackles, 4.5 for loss, one sack, one quarterback hit, one fumble recovery and one interception through five games.

The graduate transfer was a two-time FCS All-American at North Dakota State and is currently projected as a late second-round selection. Cox could prove to be one of the draft’s best sleeper picks when it’s all said and done.

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4) Monty Rice (ILB) - Georgia Bulldogs

Rice has gotten off to a great start in 2020. He’s the team’s second-leading tackler (35) and has a sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defended. Rice’s two forced fumbles are good for 15th in the nation among all defensive players.

Rice put together a career performance in Week 6 against Tennessee. He recorded a team-high either tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and return for a touchdown all in the same play.

Rice may not have the perfect size that NFL teams are looking for at the position, but he fills the role well. He possesses lateral quickness and is great in pursuing the ballcarrier. Rice is currently projected as a mid-round pick but could bump his stock down the stretch.

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5) Paddy Fisher (LB) - Northwestern Wildcats

Fisher was seen as a lock for a future first-round pick. He racked up 229 total tackles in his first two seasons as Northwestern before posting just 89 tackles in 2019. While his stats were not terrible, it was an otherwise down year for what teams came to expect out of Fisher.

Northwestern won just three games last year after coming off of a 10-win season and Big 10 Conference Championship appearance in 2018. Fisher has been looking to get back on track this season as he already has 33 tackles through four games.

Fisher is great in pursuit but his pass coverage leaves much to be desired. NFL scouts penciled him as a potential fifth-round selection entering the 2020 season. Fisher has much to prove if he wants to reclaim his spot among the top prospects, and he has a chance to do so as the Wildcats try to make a run for the Big Ten Championship.

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