It ended up being another weekend of limited games due to cancellations and postponements for COVID-19 positive tests. It’s been a rough season as a college football fan, but hey, at least we have a season at all this year, despite reports in June.
The main game from this weekend was Ohio State vs Indiana. Ohio State was projected as a three touchdown favorite, but it ended in the final minute with a 42-35 Ohio State win. This article is also a majority of players from that game.
Not to sell anyone else short, as Tulsa vs Tulane, Minnesota vs Purdue, Cincinnati vs UCF, Oregon vs UCLA, Georgia vs Mississippi State, and Michigan vs Rutgers were also great games.
With all due respect to the Big 12 Conference, it’s fairly rare for a defensive player from this conference to make it on one of these articles. But Perkins latest efforts on Saturday earned him the top spot this week. He finished the game with 5 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. He also had multiple uncredited QB Hurries that greatly affected Oklahoma State’s offense. Perkins is by far the best player on Oklahoma’s defense, and he was the best overall player on the field in this game. Perkins has some off-field concerns, but just based off what he can do on the field, he’s looking more and more like a top 50 player in this class.
Indiana lost the game, but you can’t blame Penix Jr. in the slightest. He threw for 491 yards, 5 touchdowns, and one interception. He’s had a remarkable year, kicked off by his incredible game-winning dive into the end zone in OT against Penn State in Week One. This last game was against Ohio State, who can be claimed as DBU, and currently has multiple secondary defenders in line to be drafted soon. Penix Jr. isn’t a top 5 QB in this class, but he is someone who can be targeted early on Day Three as a developmental guy witch a shot to be a starter in the NFL one day.
Speaking of Ohio State’s defense, Garret was the best defender in this game. He ended up with 3 tackles and one tackle for loss, but it’s more than stats that show his dominance. Garrett is a fantastic run stopper, not only eating up blocks, but shedding them and making plays at the line and in the backfield. He’s also effective as a pass rusher, despite his lack of sacks. He can apply pressure on the QB that doesn’t often end up on the stat sheet. In a class needing defensive tackle talent, Garrett can find himself drafted much higher than anticipated in August.
Sticking with the Buckeyes defense, Browning put on a show on Saturday. He was all over the field and racked up 8 tackles and one fumble recovery. Browning needed a game just like this one to really put himself on the map. Ohio State is loaded with NFL prospect talent, so it takes a bit more to stand out. But Browning has all the traits you look for in an NFL linebacker — size, speed, strength. While being able to defend the run, cover receivers, and blitz effectively. This class does leave me wanting more from the linebacker position, so Browning has a shot to be picked in the top 50.
If there is one thing I love the most in draft evaluations, it’s mid round running backs from non-Power Five schools. Patterson is high on my list of favorites from my favorite group. He ran all over the Bowling Green defense to the tune of 301 yards and 4 touchdowns, while averaging 9.7 yards per rushing attempt. Patterson has incredible footwork, and mix that in with his vision, balance, and elusiveness, and he’s one of the biggest playmakers in college football and this draft class. He is incredible after contact, gaining 1,125 yards after contact in 2019. His total yards in 2019? 1,799. Count me in as a big fan of Jaret Patterson, a player who I can see drafted early on Day 3 and making a big impact his rookie year.