DE, Ohio State.
Previously: 1 Avg. 2.3 per 4
Taking on TCU, Bosa had a strip-sack that was recovered by Ohio State for a touchdown, but he also left the game early with a groin injury. Bosa is up to four sacks, 14 tackles with six for a loss, and one forced fumble in 2018.
In Week 1, Dre'Mont Jones and Bosa formed a lethal tandem who Oregon State was incapable of blocking. After coming close on a few plays, Bosa used his speed and strength to get to the quarterback for multiple sacks in the first half. The Beavers' offensive tackles were incapable of blocking Bosa, who constantly used speed to get upfield and active hands to knock down the blockers trying to get a hold of him. Bosa totaled two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one touchdown and four tackles for the contest despite only playing in the first half. He showed that he is an elite talent and a tremendous edge rusher. The Oregon State tape will help Bosa to grade out as a high first-round pick.
Like his older brother Joey, Nick Bosa (6-3, 265) looks like an elite edge defender. He is fast off the edge with the ability fire by tackles to get upfield. Bosa has excellent hands, functional strength to fight off blocks, a burst to close, and puts quarterbacks down hard. In the ground game, Bosa is solid, but it is his pass-rush potential that excites.
Bosa had 34 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble in 2017. He was the Buckeyes' best defensive end even though he rotated with Sam Hubbard, Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes. Bosa could explode as a junior now that those other three have left for the NFL, which should leave Bosa playing every down in 2018. As a freshman, Bosa played well for Ohio State, recording 29 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks.
Previously: 2 Avg. 2 per 4
Houston lost to Texas Tech, but Oliver had six tackles with 1.5 for a loss. He was superb against Arizona a week earlier, causing disruption while routinely beating double teams and some triple teams. In Week 1, Oliver was all over the field against Rice, recording 13 tackles - 8 solo - with 3.5 for a loss. He has 24 tackles with five tackles for a loss and a pass batted on the season.
Oliver (6-3, 290) is extremely fast at the point of attack. He explodes out of his stance and immediately gets penetration into the backfield. On top of his speed and tremendous pad level, Oliver possesses active hands with functional strength to slap away blockers hands. Oliver has a quality motor and doesn't quit on plays that go downfield. While they have different body types, Oliver reminds me of Warren Sapp with his explosive speed off the ball and the way he lives in the backfield.
In 2017, Oliver had 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. He continued the strong play from his debut season despite seeing extra blocking attention all year. As a freshman, Oliver dominated at the point of attack, starting with his debut game against Oklahoma. From the beginning, Oliver overwhelmed offensive linemen with his quickness, athletic ability, and physicality. He totaled 66 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes batted that season.
DT, Mississippi State.
Previously: 3 Avg. 3.5 per 4
Simmons had three tackles with .5 for a loss against Louisiana-Lafayette. He has 11 tackles and 5.5 tackles for a loss on the season.
Recently in the Hot Press, we reported how one team's scout said they were going to fight for Simmons in pre-draft meetings after doing their research into the background of Simmons. They said that the staff at Mississippi State and contacts at his hometown town speak highly of Simmons. He will have a lot of scrutiny because of a tape of him in a street fight, but there is no doubt that Simmons is a top-20 talent for the NFL. If team evaluators are comfortable with Simmons off the field, that could send his stock soaring high into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Simmons (6-4, 301) is extremely talented athletically and possesses a ton of upside. In 2017, he totaled 60 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. As a freshman, he had 40 tackles with two forced fumbles. While Simmons is a great athlete with a superb skill set, he comes with off-the-field baggage, including a video of him striking a woman with multiple punches in a street fight. Similar to Joe Mixon, that video could cause Simmons to slide in his draft class.
Previously: 4 Avg. 4.3 per 4
Against LSU, Brown played well while taking on a bunch of double teams. He is up to 15 tackles with one sack so far in 2018. In the season opener, Washington sent consistent double teams Brown's direction, but he made three tackles and did a good job of stuffing runs to limit Myles Gaskin. Brown also had some pressures.
In many years, Brown (6-4, 322) would be the consensus-No. 1 interior defensive lineman; however, in this loaded draft class, Brown might go behind some other elite defensive line talents. Still, team sources love Brown with his quickness to push the pocket and the strength that he plays with. They see him as a three-technique in a 4-3, and he could play as a one-technique as well. Sources say they see Brown as a future first-round talent.
In 2017, Brown was a really solid interior lineman for Auburn. He was a tough run defender and contributed some in the pass rush. He totaled 56 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the year. Brown has the upside to get better as he gains experience.
Previously: 5 Avg. 3.8 per 4
Davis totaled three tackles versus Ole Miss, but did not play much as the game was effectively over early in the second quarter. He has nine tackles with 1.5 for a loss on the season.
Davis could make it three years in a row that an interior defensive lineman from Alabama goes as a top-20 pick. Like Da'Ron Payne, the 6-foot-6, 316-pound Davis has a freaky combination of size, quickness and athleticism. As a sophomore, Davis showed interior pass-rush skills with a fast first-step, active hands with functional strength to fight off blocks, and a burst to close. Davis can use powerful bull rushes to power through blockers as well.
Davis broke out in 2017 for the eventual National Champions, racking up 69 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and one interception. It was his first season of extended playing time, and he was very impressive. Davis definitely has early-round potential for his draft class.
DE, Boston College.
Previously: 10 Avg. 9 per 4
Allen played well against Wake Forest on in a Thursday night game, recording five tackles with .5 for a loss. On the year, he has 10 tackles with one sack, one pass batted and three tackles for a loss.
Allen (6-4, 284) didn't receive the hype of teammate Harold Landry, but Allen was the better pro prospect and could easily have been picked before Landry if both had been in the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen is a tough run defender who is strong to hold his ground at the point of attack. He anchors well and is tough to move. As a pass-rusher, Allen has an impressive first-step and burst out of his stance for a heavy defensive end. He has the strength to get pressure on the bull rush and the speed to close. Allen could use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL and with his size and strength, it would be nice to see him add a club or rip move.
Allen totaled 100 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, three passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the NFL, Allen will be an asset as a run defender playing end in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
Previously: 6 Avg. 5.5 per 4
White had some huge plays to help LSU pull off a road upset at Auburn, totaling eight tackles with one for a loss. He had a quality start to the season with eight tackles versus Miami. Through three games, White has 27 tackles with two for a loss and one forced fumble.
White had an excellent 2017 season, totaling 133 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one interception. White didn't get the attention of other SEC linebackers like Roquan Smith and Rashaan Evans, who became first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, but White was every bit as good as they were if not better in 2017.
As a linebacker, White is the complete package. He has excellent instincts and is very fast to read his keys to get in position to make plays. For a big and thick linebacker, White has shocking speed to get to the perimeter, and he eats up space in a hurry. White is a good tackler who wraps up ball-carriers and puts them into the turf with force. White has the size and mentality to take on blocks, hold his ground, shed the block, and get in on tackles. He is a superb run defender.
In pass coverage, White is a dynamic defender. He is very fast as a blitzer with excellent diagnosis skills. White reads plays quickly and covers a lot of ground in zone. He has the speed to run down the middle seam. On dump-off passes to the, flat White explodes into the ball-carrier and is very good at making tackles in space. His size and athleticism allow him to have the potential to play some man coverage on tight ends and backs out of the backfield.
Previously: 8 Avg. 8 per 4
The Tigers cruised over Georgia Southern, and Ferrell was superb in that contest with seven tackles, two sacks and one pass batted. Against Texas A&M, Ferrell was excellent with two sacks, a tackle for a loss and a critical forced fumble that helped Clemson to a two-point win. He has 12 tackles with five sacks, two passes batted and forced fumble on the year.
In 2017, Clemson fielded a defensive line that was comprised of future first-round picks, and Ferrell was arguably the most consistent of the bunch. He created a lot of the big plays for the Tigers' other defensive linemen with the instant pressure he caused off the snap. Fellow defensive end Austin Bryant spent 2017 playing himself into an early-rounder, but Bryant did well cleaning up a lot of scrambling quarterbacks running away from Ferrell.
Ferrell has superb speed with athleticism and the ability to bend around the corner. He is very fast off the snap to get upfield and put quick pressure on the quarterback. Ferrell is more disruptive than his stat line indicates. In 2017, he totaled 66 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass batted and two forced fumbles. In 2016, Ferrell had an impressive redshirt freshman season for the Tigers, totaling 44 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and two passes batted.
Previously: 9 Avg. 11.5 per 4
Gary made four tackles versus SMU. All night against Notre Dame, Gary burned the Fighting Irish offensive tackles and put steady hits on quarterback Brandon Wimbush. Gary totaled four tackles with .5 for a loss, but he played much better than the stat line indicates. In 2018, Gary has 16 tackles with 1.5 for a loss and one sack.
Gary notched 65 tackles with six sacks, one forced fumble and 12 tackles for a loss in 2017. He is a rare athlete who could turn into a dominant defender. Scouting sources say Gary (6-5, 287) has high first-round potential if he puts everything together. That could definitely happen during his junior season. One scouting sources who has done advance work on the 2019 class said that Gary is a rare physical talent similar to some former top-of-the-draft prospects, but Michigan doesn't turn him loose as a pass-rusher as much as other prospects were.
Previously: 7 Avg. 7.8 per 4
Adams is out with a back injury, and he may miss the entire 2018 season after having surgery. If he does miss the year, Adams is reportedly considering returning to Washington for a fifth year of eligibility. His injury history could push him down significantly in his draft class.
In October of the 2017 season, Adams (6-7, 334) tore an ACL, which led to him returning for his senior year even though he still could have been a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In pass protection, Adams shows serious athletic ability for a big-bodied offensive tackle. He is quick, agile, and very athletic at playing in space. Adams uses his quick feet and length to neutralize speed rushes, and has an impressive ability to get depth in his drop. He does a superb job of keeping his feet moving and is able to play the typewriter while gliding with edge rushers.
As a run blocker, Adams can create a push at the point of attack. He is a true bull who overwhelms defenders at the point of attack, and he is able to knock defenders back to open holes in their gaps. Adams' speed and athletic ability can be seen in his quickness to hit blocks on the perimeter and the second level.
DE, Mississippi State.
Previously: 11 Avg. 11.5 per 4
Sweat was very productive against Stephen F. Austin and Kansas State. He is up to totals of 11 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and three sacks.
Sweat debuted for the Bulldogs with an excellent 2017 season as a dynamic edge defender. He totaled an SEC-leading 10.5 sacks, with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 48 tackles for the year. To start out his collegiate career, Sweat played at Michigan State before some disciplinary issues led to him leaving for the junior college ranks at Co-Lin Community College. Sweat could add weight to become a defensive end, stay as an outside linebacker, or be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
Sweat is a dangerous pass-rusher who shows good instincts and natural feel off the edge. He has good play recognition and uses his instincts to get in the right position to affect the quarterback or disrupt plays. For a tall defender, Sweat possesses a nice ability to redirect, and he uses that to get after the quarterback or defend the perimeter. As a pure pass-rusher, Sweat is quick off the edge with the speed to turn the corner and run around offensive tackles. One of his most impressive traits is his active hands to fight off blocks while using his feet at the same time. Sweat has some functional strength that he uses to get off blocks and shows impressive hand placement to get under the pads of blockers or rip them away from him. Sweat's excellent length helps him to do that and also makes it harder for offensive tackles to get into his chest. Once he gets free, Sweat has burst to close on the quarterback.
Previously: 12 Avg. 10.5 per 4
Herbert completed 16-of-34 passes for 309 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions against San Jose State. In 2018, he has completed 57 percent of his passes for 840 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Sources who have already completed advance work on the 2019 NFL Draft's class say Herbert (6-6, 225) has big-time potential. He only played in eight games during 2017, but completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,750 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. The sophomore also ran for five touchdowns. As a freshman, Herbert completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,936 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Herbert displays good size and a strong arm with the ability to loft in touch passes. He can drop in passes with nice ball placement that leads his receivers and beats quality coverage. With his height and size, Herbert can comfortably stand tall in the pocket and demonstrate the patience to let routes develop. Along with his arm talent, Herbert is a quality athlete who has the ability to pick up yards on the ground.
For the NFL, Herbert needs to improve his field vision and working through his progressions. His college offense often has him throwing to his first target or only focusing on one side of the field. Still, there is no doubt that Herbert has the skill set to start on Sundays and possesses plenty of upside to develop.
Previously: 13 Avg. 13 per 4
Taking on Middle Tennessee, Baker collected one interception and three tackles. Going against South Carolina speedster Deebo Samuel, Baker played him pretty well overall, but he had two pass interference penalties as well. Baker also caught a tipped pass for an interception and returned it for a long touchdown, but made a stupid play and dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Luckily for him, a teammate scooped it up and scored. Baker has nine tackles with two breakups and two interceptions on the season.
Baker (5-11, 183) was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed good speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. As a corner, Baker has some similarities to former Ohio State corner Denzel Ward. Like Ward, weight could be an issue, so it would be good if Baker could add some muscle to his frame to battle NFL receivers. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions for 2017. As a sophomore, he notched two picks, five breakups and 31 tackles. Some team sources have compared Baker to Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.
Previously: 14 Avg. 14 per 4
Lawrence notched four tackles versus Georgia Southern. A week earlier against Texas A&M, he notched three tackles. In the pass rush, he had a few pressures and caused some disruption. Lawrence has nine tackles with one for a loss on the year.
Lawrence totaled 34 tackles with 2.5 sacks in 2017. While he wasn't as good as he was in 2016, and his production reflected that, he helped create a lot of sacks for those around him. Some team sources wonder if Lawrence was playing injured as a sophomore.
Lawrence was a tremendous freshman to help Clemson win the National Championship. NFL sources were raving about him in the 2017 preseason, as he was impossible to ignore in 2016. Lawrence was an All-Freshman selection all over the nation while being the ACC Rookie of the Year for that season. He totaled 63 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and a pass batted that year. One national scout for a NFC team told me that they thought Lawrence was among the two most disruptive defensive linemen in 2016, along with Alabama's Jonathan Allen.
Previously: 19 Avg. 19 per 4
Taking on LSU, Stidham was 16-of-28 for 198 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He made some good throws, but a lot of pass rush disrupted him. In 2018, Stidham has completed 64 percent of his passes for 584 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
In Week 1 versus Washington, Stidham finished having completed 26-of-36 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown. That tape won't blow NFL evaluators away, but it also shouldn't hurt him considering the quality of his opponent. Stidham led his team to a win despite the offensive line really struggling with Washington's defense.
Stidham completed 67 percent of his passes in 2017 for 3,158 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Early in the season, Stidham had some struggles, but he steadily improved and threw more accurately while showing more comfort in the pocket. Stidham (6-2, 210) came through with some efficient games to knock off both undefeated Georgia and Alabama. He made real strides during the 2017 season.
Stidham is a good touch passer who regularly lofts his balls downfield with quality location. He throws a very catchable ball and is very adept at putting in air underneath his passes on impressive trajectories. Stidham does not showcase a powerful cannon for an arm, and he has a side-arm delivery style to him. He displays an impressive ability to ad lib, using his good mobility to extend plays or pick up yards on the ground. Late last season, Stidham showed very improved decision-making and ball security.
The collegiate career of Stidham has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows, yet he is only halfway through his eligible years to play in college football. Stidham was a top recruit who landed at Baylor. Prior to a season-ending broken ankle in his fresman year, Stidham flashed big-time ability, completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. His accuracy, arm strength, and athleticism stood out immediately. After the scandal that claimed the job of Art Briles, Stidham sat out college football in 2016 while attending community college for a year. He then transferred to Auburn.
WR, Ole Miss.
Previously: 16 Avg. 16 per 4
Against Alabama, Brown totaled four receptions for 34 yards. He has 19 receptions for 284 yards and three scores on the year.
In 2017, Brown totaled 75 receptions for 1,252 yards and 11 touchdowns despite playing for a bad team that lost its starting quarterback to injury. Brown (6-1, 225) is a quick receiver who is not a burner with rare speed, but he makes up for it with polish and physicality. Brown is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. He uses his well-built frame to break tackles and is very difficult for a lot of defensive backs to get to the ground. For the NFL, Brown has tremendous yards-after-the-catch potential and could be a great fit in a west coast offense. He had a strong debut in 2016 with 29 receptions for 412 yards with two touchdowns.
Previously: 17 Avg. 15.5 per 4
Williams snagged one interception against Auburn and had good coverage downfield when tested. In Week 2, he notched an interception against Southeast Louisiana. Williams has two interceptions, six tackles and an interception so far this season.
Williams broke out in 2017 with six interceptions, 11 passes broken up and 38 tackles. For pass coverage, Williams is an impressive cornerback. The first thing that stands out is his ability to run the route and prevent separation. Williams possesses enough speed to carry verticals and the recoverability to close gaps from breaks. He has quick feet and agility to stay in the hip pocket of wideouts. On top of his ability to run, Williams has excellent height and length, which make it tough to get around him. On top of his physical skills, Williams has an impressive mental makeup as an instinctive player.
The biggest concern regarding Williams (6-2, 175) entering his redshirt sophomore season is his weight. He is extremely thin-framed, and that is an issue that could weigh down his draft grade if he is unable to pack on more pounds leading up to his draft. Being so skinny is going to cause a lot of teams to have durability concerns because a lot of thin-framed cornerbacks have a hard time avoiding injuries in professional football.
CB, Penn State.
Previously: 18 Avg. 32.5 per 4
Two weeks ago in the Hot Press, we surveyed team scouts on who impressed them during fall training camp, and Oruwariye was one player mentioned. Oruwariye has taken that strong practice performance to the field as he had interceptions in back-to-back games to open the 2018 season. To go along with the picks, Oruwariye has broken up four passes and has 12 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder has excellent size for the NFL. With his hot start to the season, Oruwariye could end up being one of the top corner prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Previously: 15 Avg. 16 per 4
Taking on Toledo, Jackson had two tackles for a loss, but those were on plays he went unblocked. On the other hand, Jackson had a lot of one-on-ones in the pass rush that he lost to linemen who won't be playing in the NFL. It was a disappointing performance from Jackson. Taking on LSU in Week 1, he came close to some sacks while having three tackles and a pass batted. Jackson has four tackles and .5 sacks so far in 2018.
Jackson (6-5, 258) is a dangerous edge defender with a nose for the quarterback. He has excellent speed off the edge to go along with length and size. With his nice build, Jackson could grow into a solid base end in a 4-3 defense. In 2017, he had 59 tackles with 11.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two passes batted and one forced fumble. He was impressive in his play against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey, a first-round pick and starting tackle in the NFL. As a freshman, Jackson had 8.5 sacks with 32 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. In speaking to a general manager, they said they think that Jackson will go high. Another national scout said they liked Jackson's length but felt his strength and technique needed work, thus they didn't have him high just yet.
Previously: 20 Avg. 20 per 4
The Cardinal held Love out with an undisclosed injury against UC Davis, but they probably are just saving him for Oregon in Week 4. Love had a rough start to the season in Week 1, but he bounced back with an impressive performance against USC. While taking on a Trojans defense with some good NFL talent, Love ran for 136 yards on 22 caries with a touchdown. He showed his speed on a 59-yard run and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. In 2018, Love has averaged 4.1 yards per carry for 165 yards with one touchdown. He has three receptions for 18 yards as well.
Team sources say that Love is better than other smaller backs who have gone in the first round, like David Wilson or Jahvid Best. They think that Love is more on a par with Chris Johnson coming out of East Carolina, except Love isn't as straight-line fast as Johnson, but possesses more elusiveness and moves in the open field. While Love is extremely fast, he is a tougher running back than one would think given his size. Love has great vision that, combined with his speed, makes him deadly. One college director told me, ""If the other nine guys do their job for a few seconds, this guy is gone.""
In 2017, Love averaged a staggering 8.1 yards per carry for 2,118 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 33 yards. Sources say Love has more receiving potential for the NFL than the numbers illustrate.
Previously: 21 Avg. 23 per 4
Versus Murray State, Allen had four tackles with one for a loss. He was superb versus Florida, breaking up a critical two-point conversion pass and clinching the game with a strip-sack. At will, Allen could burn by left tackle Martez Ivey with speed rushes. Allen is a legit late first-round or early second-round pick who would be a superb defender as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. In 2018, Allen has 19 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted.
In early October of 2017, WalterFootball.com was first to report that Allen was receiving early-round grades from NFL teams. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. Another director of college scouting said they had given Allen a high second-round grade, and thought Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle.
Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior had seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. He started the season fast but didn't play as well late in 2017. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles.
Previously: 22 Avg. 21.5 per 4
Versus San Jose State, Jelks recorded five tackles with 1.5 for a loss, one sack and a pass batted. He has 20 tackles with four for a loss and 2.5 sacks so far in 2018.
Jelks (6-5, 244) had a breakout redshirt junior season in which he recorded 59 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and seven passes batted. Jelks had totaled 40 tackles and five sacks in his previous two seasons as a backup for Oregon.
In the pass rush, Jelks is quick off the edge and shows nice vision with instincts to adjust to the offense. He has speed to close and can run around blockers. Jelks flashes some ability to bend his long frame, and that make him harder to block. As a run defender, Jelks is a good pursuit player and flows well to the ball. He reads his keys well and is able to get in good position to get in on tackles. For the NFL, Jelks is going to need to add more weight to his frame. Jelks is lean and could have issues with downhills runs coming straight at him. He also gets into trouble in the ground game and pass rush when he stands up too high.
Previously: 23 Avg. 22.5 per 4
Taking on Georgia Southern, Wilkins had two tackles. He played well against Texas A&M, stuffing runs and causing disruption. On the year, Wilkins has 12 tackles with two for a loss and one sack.
In 2017, Wilkins totaled 60 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He played well all year, using his speed and athleticism to cause disruption at the point of attack. In speaking with sources at multiple teams, they see Wilkins as a future first-rounder. He is a fast interior pass-rusher who can collapse the pocket and provide an inside pass rush.
Wilkins (6-3, 312) played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore recorded 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015. He has a nice skill set with versatility to play a lot of techniques up front.
WR, South Carolina.
Previously: 24 Avg. 24 per 4
South Carolina had its game against Marshall cancelled because of Hurricane Florence. Going against Georgia, Samuel saw a lot of double coverage, and the Bulldogs made sure to limit him. Samuel has 13 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown so far in 2018.
Some team sources are extremely excited about Samuel and feel he has shown some early-round potential. They love the explosive speed and play-making ability that he showcased in 2017. However, Samuel has to stay healthy and produce in 2018 in order to be an early-rounder.
Samuel had 15 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns with two kick-return touchdowns across the first three games of 2017, but in the third contest, he broke a bone in his left leg. Samuel did not play the rest of the season. Samuel had 59 receptions for 783 yards and a touchdown in 2016.
Previously: 33 Avg. 30.7 per 3
In 2018, Winovich has 19 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, .5 sacks and a pass batted. He dominated Notre Dame to open the season. All night, Winovich showed serious speed off the edge with the athleticism to dip underneath blockers and the strength to fight off the hands of blockers.
Winovich is able to use his hands and feet at the same time while seeing the field well. With his non-stop motor, Winovich pursues plays all over the field. His physical look and style of play resembles Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.
Winovich (6-2, 258) is a gritty defender who was always around the ball for the Wolverines in 2017. He had an excellent season, totaling 79 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He had five sacks in the previous season. Given his length and weight issues, Winovich might be better off moving to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.