It’s hard to imagine that we are already halfway through the college football season. It feels like just yesterday we started summer scouting and were just in the process of getting familiarized with the class of the 2022 prospects. I guess time moves fast when you’re having fun.
As we make our way through the college football season, we have had the ability to watch and evaluate this upcoming class and adjust our rankings accordingly. Earlier this week, we at The Draft Network announced our latest TDN100 rankings. We plan on updating these rankings every month as we continue to take in new information and grind film throughout the remaining course of the season. There were plenty of risers and fallers in this month’s edition of the TDN100, and there are sure to be players who did not make the cut but can make next month’s rankings with a strong second half of the season.
Below are five players who just missed the cut for the latest edition of the TDN100 but have a chance to make the list with continued strong play.
WR Jameson Williams, Alabama
The Crimson Tide has been dubbed 'WRU' for quite some time and it appears that narrative isn’t changing this season. Even after a year in which they were forced to replace DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, Alabama is poised to have two wide receivers drafted early again this year.
We all knew about John Metchie III entering this season and how he is a top receiver prospect, but it’s been another Alabama receiver who has looked like the better pro prospect through the halfway part of the season. Jameson Williams, a transfer from Ohio State, has been sensational during his first year with Alabama. So far, Williams has recorded 29 receptions for 587 yards and six touchdowns. He has outstanding speed, change of direction, and ball skills, which allow him to be one of the more explosive players in all of college football. The only reason Williams isn’t in our TDN100 right now is just lack of sample size as he didn’t play much in his prior two seasons with Ohio State. With more games to play, Williams will undoubtedly crack our next edition.
LB Jack Campbell, Iowa
Iowa’s defense is one of the best in the entire country and that’s largely because of the play of senior linebacker Jack Campbell. A physical freak who is finally getting the opportunity to start for the Hawkeyes defense, Campbell has put himself firmly on NFL evaluators' radars. At an estimated 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Campbell displays excellent athleticism and moves very well for a man his size. He has excellent play strength and shows an ability to take on blocks and fill gaps. He has the range to play in space and very good instincts in coverage. On the season, Campbell has recorded 64 total tackles, one sack, and one interception. He is a player who will certainly have the opportunity to enter the next TDN100 with continued dominant play.
CB Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
Taylor is a player who my colleague Joe Marino is especially high on. A former receiver, Taylor has successfully made the transition to cornerback and has played his way into a future NFL prospect. Blessed with excellent size and length, Taylor has the ability to play press-man on the outside and win in one-on-one situations. He plays a physical and tough brand of football that is rare for a defensive back and has consistently made plays this season. While there are still some concerns with his feel for zone coverage and trusting his eyes, the physical traits are all here.
DT Devonte Wyatt, Georgia
Everyone knows about Jordan Davis and how he will likely be a first-round pick in next April’s draft, but there is another Georgia defensive tackle who has caught my eye throughout this season. Wyatt, a fifth-year senior, has been excellent this season and is one of the main reasons why this Georgia defense has a chance to be one of the best units we have seen in decades. He has outstanding size and power for the position and flashes very impressive burst and short-area quickness. A member of Bruce Feldman’s freak list, Wyatt’s movement skills and athleticism are excellent for a man his size. As Wyatt continues to play at a high level, it’s easy to see him rise into the next TDN100.
OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State
This name might be familiar to some followers of the NFL draft. Lucas entered last season with quite a bit of hype and was even discussed as a potential first-round pick for the 2021 NFL Draft. Because of a shortened season due to COVID-19, as well as inconsistent play, Lucas wisely decided to return to school and put more good play on tape to raise his stock in the eyes of evaluators. So far, Lucas has done just that.
Lucas has flashed the blend of size, length, and athleticism that made him so intriguing before last season. At 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, Lucas has excellent movement skills as a pass protector and offers very good feet and range. His deficiencies as a run blocker stem from his lack of explosive power at the point of attack but he has shown improvement in that regard. I was told by scouts that Lucas is either going to be an All-Pro or a bust. While that is a very drastic range of outcomes, it’s impossible to deny his upside and potential.
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