The Big Ten is back this weekend! We finally get to see Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa, and the rest of the conference hit the field this Saturday. I’m very excited to see top prospects like Justin Fields, Shaun Wade, Chris Olave, Wyatt Davis, Jalen Mayfield, Aidan Hutchison, Pat Freiermuth, and Rashod Bateman.
We had a slightly smaller schedule this last weekend due to a lot of games being cancelled/postponed due to too many positive COVID tests. It was still a fun day of college games though, with great games between Alabama and Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn, and Miami and Pittsburgh.
Last Friday, I released my second Mock Draft of the season. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find it on the homepage just below this article.
Week 6 Top Performances:
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
In one of the best one-on-one matchups this season, Horn essentially shut down Auburn WR Seth Williams. Horn had 2 interceptions, forced 5 incompletions, and allowed just 2 catches on 8 targets. He made the case to be the best cornerback currently in college football, while not only putting up an incredible stat line, but doing it against one of the best receivers in the country. Horn sits just inside my top 50 prospects right now, but I certainly imagine he’ll find his way into the top 30 by the time the draft rolls around.
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Waddle is another prospect to be featured twice in my weekly recap articles this season, sitting in great company with Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne. I just couldn’t resist. If you watched the Alabama game, or were on Draft Twitter at any point during or shortly after the Alabama game, you were impressed by Waddle and you saw how much Waddle impressed everyone else. He finished the game with 6 receptions, 161 yards, and 1 touchdown. His touchdown came on a 90 yard pass play that showed off just how insane Waddle’s speed is. Within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage, he already had 3 steps on the cornerback, who was playing 5 yards off Waddle when the ball was snapped. I really love LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase, but every single week, Waddle makes another case as to why he should be the first receiver drafted this year.
Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Miami certainly has themselves quite the defensive line. Phillips erupted on the screen this Saturday, practically living in the backfield and picking up .5 sacks, 1 tackle-for-loss, and 1 QB hurry. His stats don’t nearly show how impactful he was against the Pitt offensive line. While the stats show he only had 1 TFL and 1 QB hurry, he was near the QB a lot more than that, and he was stuffing the run all game. He has steadily been improving this season, but he has dominated in every game. In a draft desperate for more pass rushers, Phillips might be able to find himself in the top 50 picks come April.
Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
If you watched any college football highlight show on Saturday, you saw the insane catch from Smith against Auburn. Along with the incredible catch in the end zone, Smith ended the game with 8 catches, 76 yards, and 1 touchdown against a good Auburn defense. He is very good with underneath routes, gaining separation quickly, along with (obviously) being great in contested catch situations. Smith has the feel of a prospect that we see making great plays every so often, but goes under the radar due to the offense around him. He is the type of receiver that can be drafted in the third round but be one of the best rookie receivers in the league.
Grant Morgan, LB, Arkansas
Just take a look at the stat line from Morgan against Ole Miss on Saturday: 19 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss, 2 pass break-ups, and 1 pick-6. And oh yeah, he did all of that with just one good arm. He had a brace on his left arm that barely allowed him to move his arm at all. Morgan is a Redshirt Junior, so it is far from a guarantee that he will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Even if he does declare, I don’t think he’ll be in the top 100 picks. But I’ll tell you why he should be considered on Day Two: heart. I know that sounds very cheesy, but this kid has so much heart that not only does it increase his own abilities, he increases the abilities of his teammates. Can you imagine playing next to a guy with one arm that puts up those stats in one game? How could you not want to fight as hard as possible next to a guy like that? He’s small for a linebacker, but I am a big fan of Morgan and I think he can make an impact on an NFL roster from Day One.