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College prospects for Saints fans to watch: Week 5

We look at some of the top prospects heading into Saturday

Villanova v Penn State Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch in Week 11 of the college football season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 25 Villanova at Penn State Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

1) Jahan Dotson (WR) - Penn State Nittany Lions

Dotson is off to a great start for #4 Penn State. The 5-foot-11 senior has caught 27 of his 35 targets for 362 yards and four touchdowns with an average air yards per target of 12.2 yards.

Dotson has caught a touchdown in each of the Nittany Lions’ four games. He’ll look to keep that streak alive this week when Penn State travels to Indiana for a conference matchup with the Hoosiers.

Dotson was among the top 10 of ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s NFL Draft big board as the No. 8 overall prospect. He’s a must-grab if New Orleans ends up with a premier draft pick this offseason.


2) Adam Anderson (EDGE) - Georgia Bulldogs

Anderson is an explosive pass rusher for one of the best defenses in the nation. He was stellar last season, racking up 14 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, 17 quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.

Anderson has followed up his 2020 campaign with 12 total tackles, three sacks and eight pressures in just three games. The senior could develop into a bonafide sack artist at the next level.

Projected as a late first round pick, Anderson has the potential to climb even higher with another impressive showing against No. 8 Arkansas on Saturday morning.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 18 Auburn at Penn State Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

3) Roger McCreary (DB) - Auburn Tigers

McCreary is one of the most versatile defensive backs in the 2022 draft class. Through four games, he’s showcased his ability against both the run and the pass. McCreary has quick reflexes and good size (6-0, 190).

McCreary has recorded 16 total tackles and is second in the Southeastern Conference with two interceptions, including a pick-six against Alabama State.

While McCreary is rising fast on draft boards, he hasn’t solidified himself as a top pick. This means that New Orleans has the potential to grab him in the mid-to-late second round should they target a cornerback.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 24 Liberty at Syracuse Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

4) Malik Willis (QB) - Liberty Flames

Willis has been prolific through the air for Liberty. The Auburn transfer has completed 71.6 percent of his passes for 818 yards, ten touchdowns and zero interceptions while rushing for 274 yards and four touchdowns.

The Flames fell to Syracuse last week 24-21 in a game where Willis threw for 205 yards and three touchdowns with a 73.7 completion percentage. He was also the team’s second-leading rusher with 49 yards on the ground.

Willis is the top quarterback prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft. If the Jameis Winston experiment doesn’t pan out, the Saints could have their signal-caller of the future.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 06 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game - Louisville v Ole Miss Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

5) Sam Williams (EGDE) - Ole Miss Rebels

Williams has been a force to be reckoned with during his career at Ole Miss. He holds three of the top four spots in highest pressure rate by a Rebels defensive player since the 2016 season.

Williams’ dominance has continued this season with 11 tackles, four for loss, four sacks, a pass deflection two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Austin Peay.

At 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, Williams has all of the physical tools needed to succeed at the next level. It will be interesting to see if he can rattle Alabama quarterback Bryce Young when No. 12 Ole Miss heads to Tuscaloosa to face the No. 1 Crimson Tide.

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