While many high school seniors are preparing for their February declarations, juniors and seniors alike in the college level are plugging away in practices and on game day to have their name mentioned in one of seven rounds of the NFL Draft.
Some fates might be signed, sealed and delivered heading into Draft Day, but the NFL Combine is where a lot of underrated talent will likely have to cement themselves in the minds of NFL scouts.
This year’s recruiting class heading into next year’s draft has a strong defensive presence led by Joey Bosa, a junior defensive end out of Ohio State and whose brother, Nick, will enroll in Ohio State next year after he graduates from St. Thomas Aquinas (FL).
Filler and defensive features aside, the 2016 Draft has a plethora of stars on the offensive side of which Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook lead a future starter pack of gems in walking up to the podium to shake hands with the NFL commish.
Without further ado, here are Week 6’s prospects to watch for and their respective performances.
WR La’Quon Treadwell, Mississippi
vs. New Mexico State: 8 receptions, 136 yards, 2 TD
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
vs. Arkansas: 8 tackles, TFL, sack
Entering Week 7, Ragland has already surpassed the halfway point in tackles this season (50) from last year (93).
RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
vs. Miami (FL): 22 carries, 222 yards, 2 TD
2015 Totals: 792 yards, 8 TD
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
vs. Maryland: 21 carries, 106 yards, 2 TD
DE Kyle Kragen, California
vs. Utah: 13 tackles, TFL, sack
An unknown on this list is a 6-foot-2, 245-pound DL/DE that can easily disrupt the flow of any opposing quarterback. Although Kragen didn’t participate in the 2014 season, his five tackles for a loss and six sacks are good enough to lead the Cal Bears on defense.
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
After running the ball a single time for two yards, it’s confirmed that Chubb sustained an posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear in one of his knees and is, therefore, out for the season.
Since the beginning of the season, and considered a Heisman hopeful, Chubb logged in 747 yards and seven touchdowns. At this time last year, Chubb only ran for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
S Karl Joseph, West Virginia
The man quarterbacks avoid, but praised by his teammates, Karl Joseph was diagnosed with a season-ending knee injury after a Week 4 match-up against Oklahoma, in which Joseph rang in five tackles and recorded his fifth interception of the season.
Since enrolling in West Virginia, Joseph’s career totals sit at 274 tackles, 2 sacks and nine interceptions.
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