Every week, new 2024 NFL Draft prospects pop up, with some flying under the radar. Each week, I’ll highlight a few prospects that need more attention.
In this edition of Scouting the Nation, we look at the best offensive lineman in the Big Ten and a fast riser out West.
Top Underrated 2024 NFL Draft Prospects To Watch in CFB Week 3
Isaiah Adams G Illinois
In two games this season, no guard has been better than Adams. This past Thursday’s game against Kansas was an unbelievable performance for the 6’4” 320-pound offensive lineman.
He gave up zero pressures and was dominant in the run game. Adams consistently sustained his blocks and worked well on the move. Adams has been in complete control this season, and it looks like he’s taken the next step in his second year in the Big Ten.
His technique is better, he looks more athletic, and his natural power is as good as anyone’s in the country. Right now, he is a clear Day 2 prospect, and how he has played so far makes it hard to think he will get out of the second round.
Ajani Cornelius OT Oregon
Cornelius, the top offensive lineman in the transfer portal this past offseason, chose Oregon over Ohio State and Tennessee. After two years as a high-end FCS starter at Rhode Island, Cornelius decided to jump into competition.
To open the season, Cornelius had an excellent performance against Portland State. Being another FCS opponent, many wanted to see how he would fare against Texas Tech in week two, a team that features two NFL-caliber pass rushers. Cornelius passed the test with flying colors and was the best player on the field.
His foot quickness and explosiveness out of his stance stood out. He was getting out before the defender and controlling the rep in pass protection. When rushers tried to win the outside track, Cornelius mirrored them and put them in the dirt as they tried to corner.
Against power, Cornelius’ core strength and ability to anchor stopped rushers in their tracks. As a run blocker, Cornelius flashed high-end movement skills, getting out in space. He kept his hands tight and used his play strength to sustain his blocks and displace defenders.
If Cornelius keeps up his play against the top defenses in the Pac-12, he will be a very high pick.
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