Texas A&M vs Arkansas
CB Myles Jones vs WR Treylon Burks
Treylon Burks is the modern definition of a ‘power slot’ in today’s NFL. Getting reps against a long press heavy corner like Myles Jones will be a nice demonstration on just how physically dominant this top three receiver truly is among his peers. If Burks can keep this dominant season going he could potentially push to be the first receiver off the board.
Clemson vs N.C State
DE Myles Murphy vs LT Ikem Ekwonu
Ekwonu has been a pillar for this N.C State offense. I can only imagine a few more daunting tasks than going up against Clemson’s rotating cast of freak defensive linemen. People may be split on if he is a tackle or guard, but this guy has NFL written all over his physical game.
West Virginia vs Oklahoma
DB Alonzo Addae vs QB Spencer Rattler
QB WATCH: A lot of eyes along with accompanying expectations washed over Rattler this offseason. Being the lead horse for the first overall pick has franchise saving implications to live up to but so far little progress has been shown. Enter Addae who is enjoying an excellent start to the season looking to feast on a patent Rattler bonehead play. While he’s not Kyler Murray, Rattler does enjoy some very unique traits with killer arm strength to knife balls into the tight windows in the NFL. As it stands, right now, other quarterbacks are pulling away from him, so if Spencer Rattler truly intends to be the first name called in April, a statement game here would go a long way. Meanwhile this is the type of game that could get people talking more about Addae similar to Jamar Johnson from Indiana when he intercepted Justin Fields.
Iowa State vs Baylor
RB Breece Hall vs LB Terrel Bernard
I’m very excited for this game personally. In what is largely viewed as a step down from last year’s running back class we have Breece Hall attempting to stake his claim to be near the top of the discussion and in order to do so he will have to deal with Terrel Bernard, who has been the backbone of this Bears defense with a real nose for the ball.
Small School Spotlight: Liberty at Syracuse
Once again, Syracuse lands in the small school spot purely due to their opponent. While he will be featured in future weeks I did want to touch on what raw traits quarterback Malik Willis brings to the table. Last night he put on a show for the world constantly breaking tackles getting large runs and throwing darts on the limited pass attempts they gave him. While he is still in need of improvement, the killer instinct, the arm strength, the mobility, and his thick contact shedding frame were demonstrated in full effect, and he is absolutely the reason why they even had any business showing up to that game. He will have tougher challenges ahead, but as of right now, Willis could be the Trey Lance or Josh Allen of this draft who is just too gifted to leave out.