NCAA College Football Live Blog: Week 2

The schedule gets a little more intense during week two of the college schedule and includes several matchups between highly-rated NFL prospects.

The schedule gets a little more intense during Week Two of the college football schedule and includes several matchups between highly rated NFL prospects. We will have coverage from noon to midnight today with opinions, analysis and any news from this weekend’s games which will impact the 2020 NFL Draft.

Related: Tune into the PFN Draft Insiders podcast as we recapped Week One and look ahead to today’s slate of games


As Tony Pauline mentioned early, UCF WR Gabriel Davis is ready to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. Next week he’ll go up against highly touted Stanford corner Paulson Adebo, who I mentioned below.

Washington will go up against the explosive Hawaii offense, led by QB Cole McDonald and WR Cedric Byrd, who made mincemeat of the Arizona defense last week and are currently kicking off against Oregon State.

I am not expecting much out of Oklahoma-UCLA next week. Oklahoma WR Ceedee Lamb against UCLA Corner Darnay Holmes will be an interesting matchup to monitor, but the game looks like a mismatch.


USC running back Stephen Carr was a former 5-star recruit but has dealt with injuries in the past. He looks completely healthy and ready to dominate.

Oklahoma and Oregon both cruised to big wins tonight with both teams putting up 70 points. Oregon QB Justin Herbert threw for 310 yards and 5 touchdowns, bouncing back from his opener against Auburn. Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts played one series into the third quarter and went 14-18 for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Washington State’s offense looks like nothing changed from last season, and I am fully convinced Mike Leach could allow me to throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns at this rate. Washington State travels to Houston next week, which should be extremely high scoring.

Colorado WR Laviska Shenault has been negatively impacted by the new offensive scheme. In a game where Colorado desperately needed playmakers, he was barely targeted and finished off at 5 catches for 31 yards and no touchdowns. While his quarterback Steven Montez isn’t anything to write home about as a thrower, it’s something to circle and come back to once the tape comes out.

Side note: Cal-Washington has had the lights knocked out by lightning so it sounds like this game will not be played. Would have been intriguing to see Jacob Eason go up against the tough Cal secondary after he lit up Eastern Washington in his debut.


What an ending for LSU-Texas. The LSU offense looks like it belongs in the Big 12, but so did the LSU defense. Poor angles and play on the ball mired LSU all night long, which is abnormal for Aranda’s teams.

Texas WR Devin Duvernay, who I’ve been touting for a long time, had a career night against the Tigers, posting 12 catches for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns against their secondary. WR Collin Johnson had a forgettable night with 3 catches and the first did not come till the end of the third quarter.

LSU QB Joe Burrow looked incredible as he sliced through Texas’s defense. He looks like a completely different quarterback. Would not be surprised to hear him be on the Senior Bowl’s watch list at all.

Cal-Washington is under weather delay, so Stanford-USC is on the docket. Interested to see standout corner Paulson Adebo for the Cardinal go up against these talented USC wide receivers. KJ Costello is out for this game, so Davis Mills is in at quarterback.


This should come as no surprise to anyone, but I’m told scouts that have been in to see Jordan Love or traveled to watch him in the early part of the season have come away raving about the Utah State signal-caller.

Love, who is in the final stages of annihilating IAA Stoney Brook this evening, will be in the conversation as a top 12 pick next April.


Looking for a sleeper at quarterback?  Keep an eye on junior Armani Rogers of UNLV- a strong-armed athletic passer who needs a little more experience.

I’m told there are a bunch of teams out in Vegas tonight to watch him against Arkansas State.


Florida Atlantic is getting clobbered by Central Florida, but it’s been another good outing for Owls tight end Harrison Bryant, who was featured in yesterday’s C-USA article.  He leads all receivers in the game with 4 receptions and has totaled 51 receiving yards.

UCF receiver Gabriel Davis has posted 3 receptions for 98 yards.  As I stated in last week’s game day blog, the belief inside the program is that Davis will enter the 2020 NFL Draft.


I so want to like Myles Dorn/S/North Carolina, who I graded as a potential top 45 pick two years ago.  His play in 2018 was uninspired, and that’s a compliment.  People close to the UNC program told me Dorn plays when he wants to play – a nice way of saying he’s an underachiever.

To his credit, Dorn looks more motivated this season – call it the Mack Brown effect – but he’s just very hesitant on the field.  He has the physical skills to be a top 65 pick, but his instincts and reaction time seem very suspect.


I’ve learned the Green Bay Packers are showing interest in Boise State edge rusher Curtis Weaver and will send scouts out to watch him in the next few weeks.

Weaver came into the season with high expectations, and after a disappointing initial performance against Florida State, he looked much better during Friday night’s victory over Marshall.  Weaver finished the game with 6 tackles, 1.5 TFL, and 1 sack.

Weaver is an explosive athlete who shows the ability to force the action off the edge, as well as make plays in space.  I presently grade Weaver as a potential second-round pick.


During my pre-season scouting write up on Texas, I mentioned linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch as being grossly underrated.  While many scouts stamped him as a street free agent, I believe he is a sixth-round prospect, and you’re seeing why against LSU.

He is a terrific space linebacker also capable of forcing the action up the field, as we’ve seen.  McCulloch comes with great computer numbers (6-feet-2-inches and 245 pounds with 4.7s speed) has the versatility to play different linebacker spots and has displayed himself to be a three-down defender.


Entering the season, I stamped Colorado defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson with a seventh-round grade, and he responded with 4 tackles including 3 TFL’s and also added 3 sacks during the victory over Nebraska, coming up big several times during the games important moments.  He is an intense, hard-charging defender with a great first step and terrific movement skills.

My concerns are his measurables and where he lines up at the next level.

Johnson likely comes in under 6-feet-2-inches and barely 280 pounds.  More than likely, he projects as an undersized three-technique tackle.


The evening match-up everyone has been talking about all day is LSU-Texas.  While this is a game of national importance, I mentioned in multiple podcasts all week the scouting community also has a big interest in this contest.

The prime match-up to watch is Longhorn receivers, Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay against the awesome LSU secondary of Grant Delpit, Kristian Fulton and Kary Vincent Jr.

A secondary match-up to keep an eye on is the ability of Texas left tackle Samuel Cosmi to stop the LSU pass rush.  Cosmi is a player I grade highly, and the red shirt sophomore has a huge upside.

Central Florida-Florida Atlantic is another to watch and while the Golden Knights have a decided advantage in this one, keep an eye on Owls tight end Harrison Bryant, a player I highlighted yesterday.


Man-o-man; just like last year, Steven Montez completes a long TD late in the game, this time to bring the game to a tie while it was for the win a year ago.

It hasn’t been a great game for Montez, but it hasn’t been a poor performance.  Montez has elite physical skills for the next level, but he needs to improve the consistency of every aspect of his game, or he’ll be a late-round pick.


Nebraska scores a go-ahead touchdown. They showed total faith in their true sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez. While Martinez isn’t draft-eligible in 2020, he’s a name to watch out for in 2021. Excellent measurable, but must develop as a passer from the pocket.  


I mentioned him last year, but Mississippi St. running back Kylin Hill continues to impress. Today he’s rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown on only 14 carries. Hill is a bruising downhill runner with sneaky speed. Hill is also a comfortable receiver making him a legit three-down back. Hill continues to move up my running back rankings and will likely find himself in the top 5 come next week.


Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault is a supremely talented player. From a H/W/S standpoint, he’s a top ten talent. However, he lacks refinement as a receiver, and I expect him to take time to develop at the next level. Colorado’s offense heavily limits his ability to get downfield as a majority of his touches are manufactured at the line of scrimmage.


Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond came into the game as more of a project than prospect. He has all the tools to be a great QB in this same game vs. Clemson last year, showed signs of being an NFL caliber player. However, today, he hasn’t looked comfortable in the pocket and routinely missed high on throws in the first half. 


Jonathan Taylor continues to make his case as the nations’ top running back. Taylor scored three total touchdowns against Central Michigan. My big knock against Taylor was his lack of experience as a pass-catcher. So far he’s done his best to answer those concerns with five receptions and three receiving touchdowns in two games.


William Sherman/OT/Colorado is struggling against Nebraska. 

The concerns on his game center around the lack of bulk and strength, as I mentioned during the CU preview last month. Nebraska’s defensive line is a smash-mouth, punch you in the face unit that is exploiting Sherman.


Something to keep an eye on- UConn tackle Matt Peart, who I covered with glory over the summer, left the field early in the game against Illinois and was taken to the locker room. He’s yet to return.

Peart is a terrific offensive tackle prospect with possibilities on both the left and right side. He has second-day potential if he has a good season then follows up with solid showings in workouts leading up to the draft.


The field goal Nebraska just kicked was set up by Lamar Jackson‘s interception, a player I mentioned at the start of the afternoon games. 

Jackson is a lot like Maryland cornerback Tino Ellis– who I spoke about to start the day- in that he’s incredibly gifted physically with the size and speed to start in the NFL. His ball skills and consistency has been suspect, but Jackson comes with great upside and will move into the top 120 picks if he continues to play the way he has today.


For all his physical gifts, Kellen Mond is just too indecisive and scares me as a next-level prospect. He’s late with his throws, shows a lot of hesitancy running the ball and leaves you wanting more- a lot more. He needs to pull the pieces together and transition from athlete to signal-caller.


Colorado has suffered from self-inflicted wounds and a non-existent offense early in the contest, but two Buffalo defenders stand out to me.

The first is safety Mikial Onu, a week one riser, who continues to make big plays, forcing a fumble to stem the tide of Nebraska’s offense early in the game, and is continuously around the action.

The other is junior linebacker Nate Landman, who I presently grade as a fifth-round prospect. 

Landman is instinctive, tough, and a real leader on the field. The big question surrounds his long speed and whether or not Landman is just a two-down player.


Intriguing matchup on the line of scrimmage to watch in the Nebraska-Colorado game: William Sherman/T/Colorado vs. Carlos Davis/DE/Nebraska.

Sherman is a talented and athletic redshirt sophomore who played left tackle last season then moved to the right side this year. He’s mobile and fundamentally sound but likely projects to guard at the next level.

I spoke with Carlos Davis at length in July, and he told me he moved to a more playmaking defensive end spot after spending 2018 at nose tackle. Davis is athletic, tough, and motivated.


While the Texas A&M-Clemson contest has been talked about as the big 3:30 game, I don’t see much to get excited about in a scouting capacity.

Clemson has a decided advantage in every area and if there’s one matchup to watch it would be Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond against the very tough Clemson defensive back seven.

Nebraska-Colorado is a different story.

Steven Montez needs to step it up after a mediocre performance against Colorado State. Last year this was a game where Montez stood out before watching the bottom fall out the second half of the season.

The Huskers have several solid prospects on defense, players such as defensive end Carlos Davis, defensive tackle Darrion Daniels, linebacker Mohamed Barry and cornerback Lamar Jackson- all last day picks who have the potential to move into the middle rounds.


Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette put together a strong game for the Hawkeye’s today. He had four receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Smith-Marsette has been primarily an ace returner, but with the loss of Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson, he’ll look to be Nathan Stanley‘s new number one target.


After a big game last week vs. BYU, Utah RB Zack Moss is continuing a strong start to his season. So far today he’s rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns, while the Utes are up 28-17.

Moss is a name that will continue to be rise draft boards this year as he’s a strong blend of size and speed, with excellent contact balance. Moss has the making of a workhorse type back in the NFL


After freshman kicker Cole Talley misses the game-winning field goal for Army, we go to OT tied 14-14. Look for one of Michigan’s dominant receivers to make a big play. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black, and Nico Collins are all NFL level receivers. 


Markus Bailey of Purdue has played well today and shows himself to be a forceful linebacker up the field, but I’m still concerned about his inability to make plays moving in reverse.

He’s the type of defensive prospect who will be invited to the Senior Bowl and whose draft stock will be largely determined on how he performs during one-on-one coverage drills where linebackers are required to cover tight ends and running backs.


Many were surprised when I stamped Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins with a first-round grade, but he just showed why I like him so much; he’s a complete back who does the little things well.

Besides being a great ball carrier and terrific pass catcher out of the backfield, Dobbins gets out front and throws a crushing block, allowing a free lane for Justin Fields to walk into the end zone to make the score 35-0.


I mentioned the struggles of quarterback Riley Neal earlier. Vanderbilt coach Derrick Mason must’ve agreed as Neal was just pulled from the game.


As Ohio State trounces Cincinnati in week two, word out of Columbus has the Buckeyes losing two key defensive players at the end of the season.

Though it’s still early, most I spoke with before the season tells me, cornerback, Jeffery Okudah will enter the draft at the end of the season while pass rusher Chase Young was deep into the agent picking process and is also expected to make the jump.

Granted much depends on how the season plays out and the health of both players but, to no one’s surprise, the word is circulating Okudah and Young will take their games to the next level in 2020.


Entering the season many graded Syracuse edge rusher Alton Robinson (#94) as a potential top 100 choice while I stamped him with a sixth-round grade- and you’re seeing why today.

Robinson is a decent edge rusher, but he’s a one-dimensional, wide rusher who must get the first step on offensive tackles.

Except for a few pressures today, he’s been dormant for most of the first half and has been annihilated on running plays. Don’t forget, Maryland graduated both offensive tackles from last season, and today Robinson is facing a redshirt sophomore who’s a first-year starter.


While quarterback Riley Neal has not played terribly, he does not look comfortable in the game against Purdue. The Vanderbilt offensive line is doing him no favors, and he’s constantly under pressure, but Neal looks unnerved under the rush and indecisive.


If you’re watching the WVU-Missouri game keep an eye on the Tigers left tackle, Yasir Durant (#70). He is a big boy (6-feet-6.5-inches and 330+ pounds) with long arms (35 inches) and a good degree of athleticism.

He projects to right tackle but has the size, growth potential, and movement skills to play on Sunday. Some scouts graded Durant as a fourth-round prospect entering the season.


Welcome to the Terps Tyler Mabry!!

Keep an eye on the big tight end, who was a graduate transfer from Buffalo. He’s graded as a PFA and has the skill set to line up as a third tight end at the next level. The lack of speed likely leaves him on the outside looking in when the 2020 draft is over, but his blocking and intermediate pass-catching skills will be sought out.


You just saw why scouts are excited about the upside offered by Tino Ellis/CB/Maryland. He is big, physical, and explosive. The ability to quickly close on the action and make that open field tackle is the stuff of next level.

Rated as a late-round pick by scouts, he must polish his ball skills but could jump into the middle rounds.


Vanderbilt hopes to rebound off last week’s poor performance against Georgia, and the Purdue defense could be the prescription the Commodores need to the right the ship.

Boilermakers defender Markus Bailey is graded as the top senior ILB/MLB by several scouts who believe he could rise into the second day of the draft.

Bailey is more of a two-down run stuffer, which won’t be good news for Vandy running back Ke’ Shawn Vaughn. On the other hand, Commodores tight end Jared Pinkney could take advantage of Bailey’s limitations.

From a scouting perspective, Bailey’s ability or inability to cover Pinkney will be war room conversation in the lead up to the draft.

Syracuse totaled just 178 yards passing during the win against Liberty, an unusually low number for a Dino Babers offense, and the head coach will want to improve that total against Maryland.

Standing in the way will be two underrated prospects in the Terps secondary; cornerback Tino Ellis and safety Antoine Brooks Jr.

previously stated that I believe Brooks has better ball skills than Darnell Savage Jr., the former Maryland safety who was selected in the first-round by the Green Bay Packers last April.

While Ellis is not as polished as Brooks, he comes with better measurables.

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