COLLEGE FOOTBALL SIX PACK: WEEK THIRTEEN

November 26, 2018

“College Football Six-Pack” is a weekly feature where we spotlight six college football players who boosted their draft stock the most on our ScouTurf Big Board. We will try to keep it tailored to senior year players who are tethered to the 2019 draft, unless an underclassman absolutely wreaks havoc.

 

Let's crack open this week's six pack:

 

 

SUTTON SMITH, EDGE, NORTHERN ILLINOIS

Few players in college football have had a more productive, dominant season than NIU edge rusher Sutton Smith. A redshirt junior, Smith has compiled 13 sacks, 21 TFLs and 4 forced fumbles this season and was a single-man wrecking crew against Western Michigan this week with 7 tackles and 4 (FOUR!) sacks. The crazy thing? He's actually having a less productive year than 2017, where had 30 TFLs and 14 sacks. But production aside, I don't need to tell you what number Smith wears for you to figure out who he is on the field. Quite simply, he looks out of place in the MAC and I would have loved to see if his dominance would have been maintained at a bigger program in the Big 10 or SEC. I think it would, as his first step quickness, bend, and ability to attack the football really stands out.

 

 

DRU SAMIA, OG, OKLAHOMA

You can really have your pick of the litter from the Sooners offensive line, as it is probably the most dominant unit in college football, but I'm going to give props to right guard Dru Samia this week. Samia is a lean-looking guard with outstanding height, long arms, and well-maintained body. As a pass blocker, Samia is a light on his feet and his experience playing right tackle is evident as he shows the lateral movement skills to mirror quicker, twitchier defensive linemen off the snap. Samia shows great ability to keep his shoulders squared to rushers and this allows him to one-arm punch the appropriate shoulder to pivot out lineman and maintain up-field control to create creases. As a run blocker, Samia is lethal accelerating into space and is a punishing finisher who relishes the physicality that comes with his position. Samia wastes no time matriculating to the second level and looks for as much work as possible to help spring big gains in the run game. A team like the Buffalo Bills would love the intensity and violence of Samia, and his athleticism would be a great fit for Josh Allen's scrambling style.

 

 

TREVON WESCO, TE, WEST VIRGINIA

Arguably no tight end has bumped their draft stock in the last six games than West Virginia's Trevon Wesco, who looks like an offensive lineman with a wide upper body and high pad shelf (his shoulders are almost level with his ears) with good athleticism and wiggle for his size. Wesco is a violent blocker in space and also lines up as a fullback on goal line short yardage situations. Will Grier has been trusting him more and more as a receiver, and Wesco flashed some nice, natural hands and had a spectacular one-handed catch against Oklahoma State. A good portion of Wesco’s receiving production comes on busted coverages where opposing defenses will fail to pick him up after he lulls teams to sleep as a run blocker, but Wesco has also proven to be an effective Seam runner and is deceptively quick and elusive with the football in his hands.

 

 

JAKE BENTLEY, QB, SOUTH CAROLINA

If you walked past Andy Isabella in street clothes on campus, you would have no idea the 5'10" 190-pounder was the leading receiver in FBS. Ready for some numbers? Though 12 games this season, Isabella has 101 catches for 1,687 yards and 13 TDs, including a 15-catch 219 yard 2 TD performance against a #6 Georgia defense with a future top ten CB in Deandre Baker. Isabella is an intelligent and savvy route runner who wins with short area quickness and attacks each target like the game is on the line. Isabella is a legitimate slot receiver for the next level and with him going to school up the road at UMass, it would almost be written in the stars that Isabella is a future Patriots receiver were it not for already having Julian Edelman and Braxton Berrios on the roster. With this said, don't count out former Patriot-turned-head coaches Matt Patricia and Mike Vrabel from having a ton of interest in Isabella, as both teams have a huge need for a reliable slot receiver.

 

 

DARRELL HENDERSON, RB, MEMPHIS

A 13-game starter at left tackle in 2017, the true junior is having an outstanding campaign in his first season starting at center. A team captain, Cabral has a unique center's build at 6'5" 291 pounds and is an exceptional lateral mover off the snap, responsible for a lot of the great production from freshman Eno Benjamin this season. In fact, if Cabral declares, he would be the top-rated center on our board for this class and his ability to play other positions on the offensive line only increases his value. The Sun Devils had an underclassman lineman declare last year in Sam Jones, so it's not impossible for it to happen again with Arizona State slated to lose quarterback Manny Wilkins (graduation) and N'Keal Harry (draft) in the offseason. Keep an eye on Cabral.

 

 

TRE TURNER, WR, VIRGINIA TECH

ONE FOR THE FUTURE

Kelley is one of the most intriguing stories in college football. Kelley is a transfer from UC-Davis where he played in 2015 and 2016 after not seeing a snap in 2017 after transferring, but the interesting story is how he ended up at UCLA. Per the conditions of his transfer release from UC-Davis, Kelley was only allowed to transfer to either USC or UCLA and Kelley would call the Bruins athletics department daily to try and get a try out and walk on, which he eventually did. This week against the Trojans, Kelley ran the ball 40 times for 289 yards and 2 TDs, and has rushed for over 100 yards in six of eight games since becoming the starter in Week Four.  An anime lover and bard-like story teller, Kelley has been said to have an infectious personality and his work ethic and commitment have been huge reasons why Chip Kelly and UCLA have started to turn things around in the back half of the season. Kelley is only a redshirt-junior and may come back for his senior season, but he should be high on the preliminary 2020 RB rankings.

 

See our previous #CFB Six Packs from the 2018 season:

 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12

 

 

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