NFLDraftScout.com Prospect Notebook: Week 14
QB STOCK REPORT: Oregon junior QB Justin Herbert (6-5, 233, 4.81, #10), came down on his right throwing shoulder/collarbone while being sacked during the first half of the Oregon State game. He did not return to action and is scheduled to undergo further evaluation. Prior to the injury, there were persistent rumors that Herbert, currently the No. 1-rated player at his position on the NFLDraftScout.com big board, intended to return to Eugene for his final season. Should he miss the Ducks bowl game, it could be another reason to sway him that direction.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore QB Dwayne Haskins (6-2, 220, 4.59, #7) enjoyed the best performance of his career, shredding the Michigan defense (ranked No. 1 in the country) for 396 passing yards and six touchdowns. It was a record-breaking performance, as Haskins set Big Ten single-season records with 4,003 passing yards (Curtis Painter held the old mark) and 41 touchdowns (Drew Brees). Several reports have surfaced indicating that Haskins will bolt for the NFL; he could ultimately end up as the first quarterback off the board.
Missouri senior QB Drew Lock (6-3, 225, 4.89, #3) threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 38-0 blowout over Arkansas with Denver Broncos GM/President John Elway in attendance. Lock finished with 221 passing yards on the day and surpassed the 3,000-yard barrier for the third consecutive season, making him the second-leading passer in SEC history (Aaron Murray). Lock is in contention to be a first-round selection.
While most of America enjoyed the 59-56 shootout between Oklahoma and West Virginia on television, New York Giants GM David Gettleman made sure to have an up close seat, as he was spotted in the press box, presumably to see Mountaineers senior QBWill Grier (6-1, 223, 4.62, #7). While WVU came out on the losing end, Grier did his best to prove worthy of first-round consideration, throwing for a career-high 539 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Once thought to be a potential first-round signal-caller, Auburn junior QB Jarrett Stidham (6-2, 215, 4.92, #8) has seen his draft stock slide this season due to some shaky performances in big-time spots. The 31-point loss to Alabama was just the latest example. Afterward, Stidham played coy when asked about his future, stating that he "hasn't given it any thought." Sure, Jarrett.
UNDERCLASSMEN TRACKER: We already knew that Houston junior DTEd Oliver (6-2, 292, 4.92, #10) and Ohio State junior DENick Bosa (6-4, 263, 4.76, #97) had publicly declared their intentions to declare early for the NFL Draft; the duo will likely compete for the right to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2019. Last week, Ole Miss redshirt sophomore WR D.K. Metcalf (6-3, 230, 4.50, #14), who hasn't played since October 13 due to a neck injury, also went on record to declare for the draft. The lengthy and quick Metcalf is a potential first-round pick pending his medical status.
Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell (5-10, 223, 4.56, #26) deflected questions about entering the draft, stating "he's still having fun right now" and "didn't want to think about it." However, with 552 total touches over the past two seasons, it may be time for him to get paid. Snell is considered to be a solid Day 2 selection.
Arizona State junior WRN'Keal Harry (6-3, 213, 4.52, #1) announced Monday he will enter the NFL Draft. Harry is a serious contender to be the first wideout chosen.
Following the Buckeyes big win, redshirt junior DTDre'Mont Jones (6-2, 286, 4.96, #86) stated that it was his "last game in the Shoe," which means Jones is as good as gone. He has racked up 36 tackles, including 12 for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles on the season. With one of the greatest defensive tackle classes we've seen in quite some time, Jones projects as a late first/early second-round pick.
HALL HAULS IT IN AT HOME: In his final home game, Missouri senior WR Emanuel Hall (6-2, 195, 4.42, #84) went out with a bang, collecting six catches for 153 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over Arkansas.
It has been a season filled with adversity for Hall, who missed four games due to a nagging hamstring injury and dealt with the sudden death of his father in October.
Hall possesses the size and speed that opposing defenses have to account for in their scheme. His burst and quickness, along with his leaping ability, make him one of the biggest playmakers in this year's draft class.
The Tennessee native was a state champion athlete in track during high school, leaping 6-8 in the high jump. He also won two AAU Junior Olympic track gold medals in 2011. Hall has struggled with drops in the past and has endured a variety of nagging injuries (shoulder and groin). Overall, his length, quickness, athleticism and experience makes him a solid mid-round draft projection.
JONES THRILLS & FRILLS: Texas junior FS Brandon Jones (6-0, 205, 4.53, #19) has shown vast improvement this season and owns the prototypical size and speed that NFL teams covet at the safety position.
He self-admittedly was over-thinking last season, resulting in too many mental errors. This season, Jones has been playing freely and it has led to the best football, which we saw this past week in the Longhorns' win over Kansas. Jones was flying around the field, collecting seven tackles (1.5 for loss) before a head injury suffered on a punt return prevented him from returning to the game for the second half.
While his play had been streaky, with Jones taking his fair share of risks, his experience and maturity have seemed to win out, helping to limit some of his mistakes. His aggressiveness shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a negative, as he makes plenty of momentum-changing plays to make up for his misses.
Jones sat out games against Tulsa and West Virginia earlier this year due to an ankle injury, so durability could be a concern for some teams. His range allows him to cover a tremendous amount of ground, plus he possesses great closing speed and is an excellent wrap-up tackler in space. Overall, his skill-set makes him one of the top safety prospects in the nation.
FUTURE WATCH: It appeared to be a game-clinching interception at the end of regulation for LSU sophomore SS Grant Delpit (6-2, 203, 4.54, #9) that would seal a Tigers victory. However, after further review, it was deemed that Texas A&M junior QB Kellen Mond (5-10, 195, 4.42, #1) was down before the pass. The game would go on for seven overtimes, with the Aggies squeaking out a 74-72 victory, but the play of Delpit did not go unnoticed.
The blue chipper out of New Orleans is the next LSU defensive back to carry the "DBU" torch. From the moment he stepped foot on the campus of Baton Rouge, there was an aura surrounding Delpit, who earned a starting job as a true freshman. This season, he has emerged as a candidate for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year).
With his multi-faceted skill-set, Delpit has shown the ability to stop the rush, cover the pass or set the edge, while playing safety, nickel and linebacker. LSU coaches praise his strong work ethic. Delpit is known to stay to himself, but his leadership, energy and elite instincts have already drawn comparisons to former LSU first-round pick Jamal Adams (Jets), earning him the moniker "Baby Mal."
Delpit has struggled at times in reading the RPO, but that's just a product of a young player -- he'll learn with experience. NFL evaluators are sure to be infatuated with his speed and killer instinct, which has enabled him to create turnovers in bushels. This season, he has accumulated 68 tackles (9.5 for loss), five sacks, five interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
SMALL SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: One of the best players you may not have heard of is Charleston (W.Va.) senior DE John Cominsky (6-5, 285, 4.70, #5), who has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.
An athletic freak, Cominsky graduated from high school as a 215-pound quarterback and has since morphed into a 285-pound backfield menace. He has dominated the competition (he can be seen pile-driving runners on film) and possesses rare athleticism -- he has reportedly been timed in the 4.6 range for 40 yards.
Cominsky has registered 67 tackles, including 16.5 for loss, with 10 quarterback hurries, three sacks and a blocked kick in 10 games. He could see his stock soar with an impressive week in Mobile ... and don't be surprised to hear his name called in the top 100 this April.
AAF 2019 QB DRAFT: The new Alliance of American Football will conduct their 2019 QB Draft, which can be seen live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Players eligible for the eight-team league include Christian Hackenberg, Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and Matt Simms, among others. Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner will provide analysis from the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas.
ETC.: UCF junior QB McKenzie Milton (5-11, 185, 4.53, #10) suffered a gruesome right knee injury, which required surgery and has placed his playing future in jeopardy. ... Washington senior RB Myles Gaskin (5-9, 293, 4.50, #9) had an impressive performance in the Apple Cup, running for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Washington State. ... Oklahoma junior WR Marquise Brown(5-10, 168, 4.36, #5) flashed his electrifying speed, nabbing 11 balls for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners' duel with WVU. ... Steady and reliable Cincinnati senior WR Kahlil Lewis (5-11, 195, 4.50, #1) posted a season-high 203 receiving yards, along with three scores in a romp over ECU.