Here are five NFL Draft prospects to watch in Week 9 of the college football season.
1) Kingsley Enagbare (EDGE) - South Carolina
Enagbare broke out in 2020 with 30 total tackles, seven for loss, six sacks and three forced fumbles in eight games. His production was good enough for him to be named a First-Team All-SEC member in the Coaches Poll and Second-Team All-SEC in the Associated Press.
Enagbare has already surpassed his tackle total from that season this year with 33 including five for loss. The senior has also recorded 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and recovery and two passes defended.
Enagbare is currently projected as a late first-round pick. He could increase his stock with solid performances against Florida, No. 18 Auburn and Clemson.
2) Garrett Wilson (WR) - Ohio State
Wilson is the definition of a vertical threat. His speed off of the line and ability to get over the top of defenders is unmatched and it’s helped No. 5 Ohio State lead the nation in offensive yards per game (559.3).
The Buckeyes will try to find Wilson early and often against a Penn State defense that’s allowed just under 15 points per game.
Wilson could be an instant playmaker at the next level. He’s caught 36 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns this season and could very well be the first wide receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft.
3) Jaquan Brisker (DB) - Penn State
Brisker is having a solid season thus far with 33 total tackles, four for loss, two interceptions, four passes defended and a fumble recovery.
Brisker has good size (6-1, 200 lbs) and is versatile in coverage. The former JUCO prospect is certainly making a case for himself that he’s worthy of at least a Day 2 pick.
Brisker will likely help cover Ohio State wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson on Saturday night. It will be interesting to see how he fares against the first-round talents and the No. 5 Buckeyes.
4) Justyn Ross (WR) - Clemson
Ross missed all of 2020 due to a cervical condition. After undergoing surgery, he miraculously returned to play this season.
Ross was one of the early top wide receiver prospects prior to his injury. He reached 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman with nine touchdowns. Ross followed up his 2018 campaign with 66 catches for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.
While Ross’ numbers have taken a dip this season, the talent is certainly there. He’s projected as a second- or third-round pick in 2022. At 6-foot-4, Ross’ size alone makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s receiver class.
5) Devin Lloyd (LB) - Utah
Lloyd posted a monster 2019 season by leading the team with 91 total tackles with 11 for loss. He also recorded 6.5 sacks, two passes defended and an interception returned 64 yards for a touchdown.
Lloyd is a menace behind the line of scrimmage and is already up to 69 tackles this season with 13 for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble and recovery.
Lloyd is Pro Football Focus’ second-highest graded linebacker in the nation. He’s seen a drastic improvement in his pass coverage ability this season. Lloyd is seen as an early second-round pick but could prove to be one of the draft’s biggest sleepers.
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