Despite another slew of cancellations, college football saw an exciting slate of games in Week 13 where several prospects improved their NFL Draft stock heading into December. We had a record-breaking performance, an undefeated team fall, and several terrific performances from linebackers and offensive linemen. Here are the risers and sliders for Week 13.
NFL Draft Stock Report: Week 13 Risers
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Tylan Wallace was a known commodity coming into the season, but he’s found ways to improve his game. During the Cowboys’ victory over Texas Tech, Wallace caught seven passes for 129 yards and one TD to further boost his NFL Draft stock in Week 13. His season totals stand at 46/785/5 in seven games — not gaudy numbers, but stats don’t tell the entire story.
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Wallace is a polished pass-catcher who finds ways to separate from defenders and make the reception. What stands out this year is his downfield blocking as well as his ability to pick up yardage after the catch. He presently grades as a Day 2 prospect, but the faster he runs prior to the draft, the earlier Wallace will be selected.
Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
It’s been a long season for Penn State, which had not won a game until it beat Michigan in convincing fashion Saturday. But despite poor play by the Nittany Lions, Rasheed Walker has played well from the get-go. Walker gave up one quarterback hurry against Wolverines pass rusher Kwity Paye, though that was the result of a poor blocking angle as much as anything else.
While he needs to polish and complete his game, Walker is a terrific combination of size, power, and movement skills. I’ve graded Walker as a potential first-round pick since the summer, and the junior continues to impress me.
Kayode Awosika, OL, Buffalo
While Jaret Patterson understandably stole the headlines with a 409-yard, eight-TD rushing performance to boost his NFL Draft stock in Week 13, it was the offensive line that opened the massive holes for the NFL-bound ball carrier to run through. And several of those holes came on the left side of the line, courtesy of Kayode Awosika.
The senior offensive tackle entered the season graded as a potential second-day pick by a number of scouts. He’s a short, wide-bodied blocker with terrific power who projects to guard at the next level. While I like Awosika, I grade him as a Day 3 pick, as he’s more of a small-area mauler with scheme limitations.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The fourth-year junior has been developing a complete game the past two seasons, and he turned in another terrific performance in Week 13 to further raise his NFL Draft stock. Against North Carolina’s potent running game, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah posted nine tackles for the third time this season.
He’s a terrific combination of athleticism and instincts, and Owusu-Koramoah makes plays in space against both the run and the pass. As mentioned during last week’s edition of The Draft Insiders podcast, I’m told the junior linebacker will enter the draft.
Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa
The Hawkeyes have a history of placing instinctive, tough linebackers who possess less-than-desired size or speed into the NFL, where they go on to produce — Nick Niemann is next in line. After a 17-tackle performance during a victory over Penn State a week ago, the senior posted 12 tackles against Nebraska on in Week 13 to continue boosting his NFL Draft stock. Niemann has limitations and is best against the run, but he should get consideration in the late rounds for a team that wants depth at MLB/ILB.
Raymond Johnson III, DE, Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern lost in the final minutes to interstate rival Georgia State, but Raymond Johnson still played great. The senior finished with seven tackles, including five for loss, and also recovered a fumble. Johnson is a smart, hard-charging defensive end who gets the most from his ability. He needs to add a bit of bulk and power to his game, but he’s another underrated defender that I grade as a late-round prospect.
NFL Draft Sleeper Prospect
Garrett Crall, Edge, Wyoming
After missing every game this season due to injury and virus issues, Crall made a resounding return to the field in Week 13. His return was more than palatable for the defense — the senior registered five tackles, including two for loss, one sack, and one pass breakup.
Crall is an undersized college defensive end who gets the most from his ability and offers potential at the next level as a situational pass rusher who can come out of a three-point stance or stand over tackle.
NFL Draft Stock Report: Week 13 Slider
Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Edge, Oregon State
Hamilcar Rashed considered entering last April’s draft, but he chose to return to the Beavers for another season. To date, it hasn’t worked out. After he put up insane numbers last season, the senior has 14 tackles and no sacks in four games this year. Initially graded as a potential late third or early fourth-round prospect, Rashed has watched his NFL Draft stock crater by at least two rounds.
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