Auburn (4-1) at Mississippi State (3-2)
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2), Davis Wade Stadium (Starkville, Miss.)
No. 8 ranked Auburn's game at Mississippi State might have lost some of its luster due to the Bulldogs' back-to-back losses to Kentucky and Florida, but it features two evenly matched teams, with plenty of potential first-round picks.
For Auburn, quarterback Jarrett Stidham and defensive tackle Derrick Brown both carry first-round grades on the NFLDraftScout.com big board, with center Elgton Jenkins projected as an early Day 2 prospect. Mississippi State boasts the defensive line duo of Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons, along with the secondary tandem of Jamal Peters (injured) and Jonathan Abram, all of who should hear their names called on the first two days of the draft. The Tigers are favored by a field goal, but you can flip a coin for this game, folks.
Five draft-eligible prospects to focus on:
C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State, rSR (6-4, 313, 5.34, #74): A tough-as-nails competitor in the trenches, Jenkins brings instant credibility to the offensive line unit with his leadership and physicality. Nicknamed "Big E," he moved to center in 2017 but has also started games at left tackle, left guard and right tackle. Jenkins is a highly intelligent player who makes all the right pre-snap reads and creates tremendous push, using his strength to knock defenders off the ball. He has been called the eyes, ears and brains of the offense by his head coach Joe Moorhead.
Physically and athletically, Jenkins is one of the safest players entering this year's draft. He does own a 2015 arrest stemming from an assault on campus (reportedly was a witness to the altercation) but otherwise has had a clean slate the remainder of the way. A solid top 50 overall prospect.
DT Dontavius Russell, Auburn, rSR (6-2, 310, 4.88, #95): One of the most experienced defensive line prospects in the country with more than 40 career starts in the SEC, Russell is a space-eater who devours double teams but can also be an effective one-on-one pass-rusher. He's able to generate a powerful push and demonstrates the quickness to dip/rip through double teams. An undervalued player, Russell doesn't stuff the stat sheet, he's been praised for his unselfishness and consistency, while flashing exceptional athleticism. He should be able to contribute immediately at the next level.
DT Andrew Williams, Auburn, rSR (6-3, 286, 4.96, #79): In what speaks volumes to the talent and depth that Auburn has stacked in recent years, Williams hasn't earned a starting job during his time with the Tigers, but that doesn't mean he isn't on the NFL radar. A steady run-stuffing presence, he has played defensive end and tackle, while factoring in as a key rotational piece along the defensive front. Williams displays strong, active hands and exceptional athleticism, as the only Auburn lineman under 300 pounds.
OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn, JR (6-6, 301, 4.78, #75): The gargantuan Wanogho was born in Nigeria and grew up playing soccer with aspirations of becoming a basketball player (he suffered a gruesome broken leg on the court as a senior in high school). Due to his size and athleticism, Wanogho has drawn intrigue from NFL scouts, as he oozes with raw potential. However, his overall game remains a work in progress. He only played football for four months prior to committing to Auburn and has just 12 career starts under his belt.
Wanogho has struggled to find consistency with his technique and tends to play a bit too wide. In addition, his subpar footwork and hand placement has led to struggles in pass protection (Clemson had a field day against him.) What separates him from other prospects will be how well he tests -- the big man has been timed in the 4.6-range. A developmental player, Wanogho could hear his name called on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
DE Nick Coe, Auburn, rSO (6-4, 270, 4.74, #91): While his best football is yet to come, Coe has already drawn plenty of intrigue from NFL scouts due to his rare athleticism and speed at his size. The coaching staff has sung his praises for his versatility and consistency, lining up at both defensive end and nose tackle. Coe has a good understanding of leverage, and his wrestling background shows up on film as he is very active with his hands. In fact, he is so long and strong, that he's able to come up with the occasional one-handed scoop tackle. He continues to improve upon his technique, but he has been an effective backfield disruptor with just 11 tackles on the season and half of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. The redshirt sophomore will most likely return for one more season and gain more experience before entering the draft.
Other Auburn prospects to watch:
DT Derrick Brown, JR. (6-4 316 5.14, #5)
QB Jarrett Stidham, JR. (6-2, 214, 4.68, #8)
WR Darius Slayton, JR. (6-1, 190, 4.42, #81)
FB Chandler Cox, SR. (6-0, 239, 4.82, #27)
FS Jamel Dean, rJR. (6-1, 208, 4.55, #12)
ILB Deshaun Davis, rSR. (5-11, 246, 4.84, #57)
OLB Darrell Williams, SR. (6-1, 244, 4.80, #49)
Other Mississippi State prospects to watch:
DE Montez Sweat, SR. (6-5, 241, 4.78, #9)
DT Jeffery Simmons, JR. (6-3, 301, 4.98, #94)
QB Nick Fitzgerald, rSR. (6-4, 230, 4.59, #7)
CB Jamal Peters, SR. (6-2, 218, 4.55, #2)
FS Johnathan Abram, SR. (5-11, 215, 4.57, #38)
SS Mark McLaurin, SR. (6-1, 215, 4.62, #41)
ILB Leo Lewis, rJR (6-1, 235, 4.76, #10)
Florida State (3-2) at Miami (4-1)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC), Hard Rock Stadium (Miami, Fla.)
Three draft-eligible prospects to focus on:
SS Jaquan Johnson, Miami (FL), SR. (5-11, 190, 4.46, #4): The "heart and soul" of the Miami defense, Johnson has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury but is expected to be back in the starting lineup for this inter-state rivalry game. Nobody has worn the turnover chain more often than the local product, who led the team in tackles (96), forced fumbles (three), fumble recoveries (two) and interceptions (four) in 2017, earning Team MVP honors. The Hurricanes' seek-and-destroy safety picked up where he left off this season and was on a rapid start prior to his injury. Johnson is the cousin of Lamar Miller (Texans) and looks to join him in the NFL ranks, as a current early Day 2 draft projection.
RB Travis Homer, Miami (FL), JR. (5-10, 195, 4.52, #24): While he runs a bit upright, Homer flashes lightning quick change of direction and acceleration, in addition to breakaway speed. He has been a key gunner on special teams, making numerous tackles on coverage units and does well in pass protection. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2017, totaling 1,203 all-purpose yards and he has continued his momentum into 2018.
RB Jacques Patrick, Florida State, SR. (6-2, 231, 4.59, #9): A powerful runner, Patrick is an unusually big back with some limberness in his repertoire. He forces oncoming tacklers to make business decisions one-on-one in the open field with his wide body, and his shoulder drop is capable of flattening just about anyone. He has been used sporadically but has been a pleasant surprise in the passing attack. He tore cartilage in his knee last season, which required surgery and resulted in him missing two games, so he needs to prove that he can hold up medically.
Other FSU prospects to watch:
DE Brian Burns, JR. (6-4, 220, 4.64, # 99)
CB Levonta Taylor, JR. (5-10, 186, 4.47, #1)
DT Demarcus Christmas, rSR. (6-3, 308, 5.18, #90)
WR Nyqwan Murray, SR. (5-11, 176, 4.50, #8)
C Alec Eberle, rSR. (6-3, 294, 5.21, #54)
OT Derrick Kelly II, rSR. (6-5, 323, 5.15, #74)
K Ricky Aguayo, JR. (6-1, 196, n/a, #23)
Other Miami prospects to watch:
CB Michael Jackson, SR. (6-0, 200, 4.48, #28)
ILB Shaq Quarterman, JR. (6-0, 240, 4.83, #55)
OLB Michael Pinckney, JR. (6-1, 228, 4.67, #56)
DT Gerald Willis III, SR. (6-3, 285, 4.94, #9)
WR Ahmmon Richards, JR. (6-1, 190, 4.52, #82)
Arizona State (3-2) at Colorado (4-0)
Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Networks), Folsom Field (Boulder, Colo.)
Three draft-eligible prospects to focus on:
SS Evan Worthington, Colorado, rSR (6-1, 200, 4.57, #6): This will be a highly scrutinized player leading up to the draft, as Worthington sat out the 2016 season due to violation of team rules. In 2017, he changed his name from White to Worthington and returned with a greater maturity, renewed work ethic and intensity in practice, as per his coaches. His versatility allows him to line up at safety and help vs. the run, play nickel back, cover tight ends and utilize his coverage abilities. Worthington is an athlete, with fluid hips and prototypical size.
OLB Koron Crump, Arizona State, SR (6-2, 222, 4.67, #4): A once fast-rising prospect, Crump has been close to non-existent this season with just five tackles, as his conditioning has come into question. He is coming off an ACL injury that ended his season prematurely last year. He showed tremendous potential as a junior with nine sacks, his first season with the Sun Devils after transferring from Fort Scott Community College.
QB Manny Wilkins, Arizona State, rSR (6-2, 200, 4.67, #5): The fifth-year senior flashes a live arm but needs to be a more consistent thrower, as his inability to hit the open target at times becomes frustrating. Wilkins has gained 374 rushing yards over his past 10 games dating to last season, so opposing defenses must also respect his ability to run. His leadership and toughness can't be denied -- Wilkins has played through torn ankle ligaments, a broken toe, shoulder injuries and illness in the past. He's currently viewed as a developmental quarterback at best.
Other Arizona State prospects to watch:
WR N'Keal Harry, JR. (6-3, 216, 4.52, #1)
CB Chase Lucas, rSO. (6-0, 178, 4.48, #24)
Other Colorado prospects to watch:
QB Steven Montez, rJR. (6-4, 225, #12)
ILB Rick Gamboa, Colorado, rSR. (5-11, 240, 4.80, #32)
Missouri (3-1) at South Carolina (2-2)
Saturday, noon ET (SEC Network), Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, S.C.)
Three draft-eligible prospects to focus on:
WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri, SR (6-2, 200, 4.42, #84): A deep threat who can out-run most anybody, Hall has been on a rampant pace dating to last season. Over his past 13 games, the senior has nearly 1,300 receiving yards, while averaging 24 yards per catch. He managed to gain 171 receiving yards in each of his first two games this year before a strained groin injury slowed him down. The speedster possesses 4.3-speed and he's elusive enough to turn a screen pass into a first down, but he'll need to diversify his route tree at the next level and prove that he can overcome his occasional battle of the dropsies. His size and speed alone warrants strong mid-round consideration.
OT Paul Adams, Missouri, rSR (6-5, 315, 5.12, #77): A well-respected leader in the locker room, Adams was named team captain as a junior, and head coach Barry Odom calls him an extension of the coaching staff. He's been a staple of consistency for the Tigers, proving to be stout at the point of attack against the run and excelling in pass protection. However, his limited mobility most likely pushes him into the Day 3 range.
CB Keisean Nixon, South Carolina, SR. (5-10, 193, #9): A fiery player, Nixon has been streaky for the Gamecocks since coming over as a transfer from Arizona Western College two years ago, where he starred as a corner and kick return extraordinaire. He has been used at safety but is more of a natural corner and seems to have settled into the slot corner role. Nixon provides a physical presence against the bubble screens and on perimeter plays. He needs to show more before scouts can start putting their name on him as a prospect.
Other Missouri prospects to watch:
QB Drew Lock, SR. (6-3, 225, 4.89, #3)
TE Albert Okwuegbunam, rSO. (6-5, 260, 4.84, #81)
DT Terry Beckner Jr., SR. (6-3, 305, 5.08, #5)
RB Damarea Crockett, JR. (5-10, 225, 4.58, #16)
Other South Carolina prospects to watch:
WR Deebo Samuel, rSR. (5-11, 215, 4.50, #1)
QB Jake Bentley, JR. (6-2, 220, 4.81, #19)
ILB TJ Brunson, JR. (6-0, 230, 4.74, #6)