This past Saturday was extremely monumental — we finally got Pac-12 football in 2020! They started off the day with a miracle comeback from USC over Arizona State, and finished the day with Washington State handling Oregon State, with the highlight in that game being that the game didn’t end until past 11pm PT.
I try my hardest in these weekly articles to not repeat prospects too many times. I’ve already had multiple prospects listed twice so far, and, spoiler-alert, one more repeat shows up in this article. Therefore, I am going to cheat a little and just mention them now.
Florida’s TE Kyle Pitts is playing out of his mind and his ceiling has become a top 10 pick. Ohio State QB Justin Fields has been absolutely phenomenal, and while I still believe Trevor Lawrence will be the first overall pick in this draft, Fields is starting to breathe down his neck. I highlighted BYU QB Zack Wilson last week (as well as earlier this season), and mentioned he has a chance to be a top 15 pick. And boy, was I wrong. Wilson is now a lock to go top 15, and might find his way into the top 10. His rise this season is simply unreal, but his tape is just so pure and exciting.
Week 9 Prospect Highlights:
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, EDGE, Notre Dame
Notre Dame got a huge upset victory over Clemson on Saturday night, and Owusu-Koramoah was a big part of that. He finished the game with 9 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and .5 sacks. He was all over the place and dominated the Clemson offensive line. Notre Dame’s defense as a whole completely shut down Travis Etienne, and Owusu-Koramoah led that effort. I love what I’ve seen from him so far this season, and if he keeps playing at this level, I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t end up drafted in the first round.
Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
I’ll admit it, I didn’t really know who Cornell Powell was before this game. He started off the scoring against Notre Dame with a 53 yard touchdown in which he blitzed past the secondary. After making a couple of crucial catches down the stretch, I had to look him up. Powell is a fifth year senior who hasn’t seen too many targets sitting behind the incredible top tier receivers at Clemson. He finished the game with 6 catches, 161 yards, 1 touchdown, and a spot on every scout’s sleeper list. He does get a slight bump up because of how well Clemson develops their receivers. He’ll probably be drafted very late, or maybe even go undrafted, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he makes a spot start in the NFL in the next year or two due to a banged up receiver corps and put up eye-popping numbers that lands him on the NFL map.
Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
I highlighted Stokes in my Week 5 article, but he has to be mentioned again. He wrapped up the game with 4 tackles, 2 passes broken up, and 1 pick-six. Stokes has been phenomenal this season, racking up 3 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns, while allowing the least yards per cover snap among cornerbacks in the nation this year. He doesn’t have elite size or athleticism, but he is a favorite to climb up boards at the cornerback position.
Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota
Ibrahim has started his season off in incredible fashion, and added 224 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground on Saturday. Ibrahim had a great true freshman season in 2018, but disappointed in 2019. He’s bounced back this season with 571 yards, 5.9 yards per carry, and 10 touchdowns in just 3 games. Ibrahim is a great mid-round target in 2020, and can be a great complement in an NFL backfield in his first season. He has a great blend of patience, vision, and agility.
Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
I do not give enough love to offensive linemen in my weekly articles, and I apologize for that. I’m a big fan of this offensive tackle class and Eichenberg is making his case to crack into the first round. He was borderline top 50 for me before this season, but he’s played much better than that so far. On the first Notre Dame touchdown on Saturday on the big run by Kyren Williams, Eichenberg had a great block climbing to the second level, springing Williams free for the long score. As strong of a fun blocker he is, he might be a better pass blocker. He sets very quickly, has a strong punch, and can recover in minimal time and movements. Eichenberg is a top candidate for one of the first picks in the second round.