Since we’ve already highlighted many prospects from the Big 10, including Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State, we will ignore the two big matchups in the midwest that most of you will likely be watching already and turn our focus to a different pair of games.
Games to watch:
(#6) Oklahoma at Kansas, 12 p.m., ABC
(#7) Auburn at (#10) Florida, 3:30 p.m., CBS
WR, CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (Junior)
It’s a good year to need a wide receiver. Lamb is one of many top-tier prospects at the position and some may even tell you that he’s a better prospect than his former teammate, Hollywood Brown.
At 6-foot-2, Lamb is much taller than Brown and more of a complete receiver. He’s fast enough, but doesn’t compare to Brown’s earth shattering speed. Lamb wins with his elite ball tracking ability and is constantly making spectacular grabs thanks to his impressive concentration and body control.
He practically lives in the end zone and already has seven total touchdowns (six receiving, one rushing) on the year despite switching quarterbacks.
With Danny Amendola only being on a one-year deal and the Lions lacking some depth at wide receiver, they could be in the market to upgrade the position through the early rounds of the draft, though it may cost them a first-round pick to have a shot at Lamb.
IDL, Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma (RS Senior)
On paper, the Lions’ interior defensive line unit appeared to be up there with the league’s best to start the year, but through the first quarter of the season, it’s been one of the weaker defensive units on the team. With Da’Shawn Hand and Mike Daniels missing time, the defense has heavily relied on the likes of Damon Harrison Sr. and A’Shawn Robinson. Harrison has not looked anything close to his once dominant self, and while A’Shawn has been fantastic as a run defender, he is still a liability on passing downs.
Gallimore is a warrior in the trenches with a thick, compact frame (6-foot-2, 301 pounds). He’s playing at nearly 20 pounds lighter than his Junior year where he was able to get up to around 320. He has experience as a nose tackle and is more of a run stopper than a pass rusher, so I believe he could be a nice fit and would make a good “Snacks” and/or A’Shawn Robinson replacement.
IDL, Derrick Brown, Auburn (Senior)
Brown probably had a chance at getting selected early in last year’s draft had he declared, but decided to stay for his Senior year. He’s a mammoth of a defensive tackle (6-foot-5, 318 pounds) and is extremely athletic for his size.
Derrick Brown is returning for his senior year at Auburn after an impressive junior year. pic.twitter.com/kvbmi4YLgC— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 3, 2019
As a run defender, Brown is an unstoppable force. He is explosive off the snap and does well to use his length and control his opponents. Despite his modest production as a pass rusher, Brown’s explosiveness and ability to win one-on-one’s allow him to stay on the field on all three downs.
EDGE, Jabari Zuniga, Florida (RS Senior)
Florida has been pretty banged up to start the year with some of their starters out. After dealing with an ankle injury that sidelined him for a few games, Zuniga is expected to be back for the Gators’ important conference battle against the Auburn Tigers.
Zuniga had a big hand in the team’s early-season success by tallying three sacks during Florida’s first two games, including the close win over Miami. He’s an explosive and athletic edge rusher, but his lack of consistency may spell issues for his draft stock.
EDGE, Jonathan Greenard, Florida (RS Senior)
Opposite of Zuniga is Jonathan Greenard, who is off to a tremendous start leading the team in sacks (4.5), TFLs (6.5), pass deflections (3) and forced fumbles (1). He suffered a wrist injury while at Louisville in 2018 on his first defensive series and it kept him out for the entire 2018 season.
Jonathan Greenard leads the way as the highest-graded edge defender in the SEC! pic.twitter.com/DNYgSPLBFa— PFF (@PFF) October 5, 2019
Greenard is getting the job done in both phases and is currently PFF’s highest graded edge defender in the SEC. He’s an athletic edge rusher with a great knowledge of how to set up his pass rush moves and has a variety of moves he can beat you with.