COLLEGE FOOTBALL SIX PACK: WEEK TWO

September 10, 2018

“College Football Six-Pack” is a weekly feature posted every Monday 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:

 

Rennell Wren, DT, Arizona State

 

I had tuned in to watch the N'Keal Harry show (which was great, by the way), but the guy that kept making me check the roster and my notes was Arizona State nose tackle Rennell Wren. Boasting an absolutely ripped physique at 6'5" and 295 pounds, Wren is better suited to play three-technique or 3-4 defensive end in the NFL and was in the backfield before the snap even made it into Brian Lewerke's hands on several occasions. Wren has debuted onto our Big Board as a seventh round projection and it will be worth monitoring his development as the season progresses. 

 

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

 

Shenault isn't draft eligible yet, but he's already catching the gaze of NFL scouts with his dominant performance over Nebraska this week. The physically imposing Shenault showed he can win with a lethal combination of brute force and speed that has elicited a comparison to Julio Jones from head coach Mike MacIntyre. Already tallying 21 catches for 388 yards in two games, the true sophomore is swiftly moving himself into the pole position on 2020 draft boards.

 

Deion Calhoun, OG, Mississippi State

 

Mississippi State has a few attractive prospects on the offensive line, but right guard Deion Calhoun's performance as a pass blocker was notable against a Kansas State defense that was one of the better units in the Big 12 last season. Calhoun also showed dominance in the running game, pancaking players in the second level and springing good-looking RB Kylin Hill to 212 yards on 17 carries. Calhoun has the advantage of playing against some good SEC defenses for the remainder of the season and could benefit from a huge stock rise by season's end, especially in a weak interior offensive line class.

 

Kendrick Rogers Jr., WR, Texas A&M

 

Where the heck did this guy come from? Not only did Rogers burst onto the scene and almost (literally) single-handedly upset #2 Clemson, but defied the laws of physics on several high-difficulty catches. Rogers looked like Gumby on one play when it looked like his knee and leg had to have snapped in half, and he somehow contorted his body to bounce back up and gain extra yards. Rogers has distinguished himself as an elite talent at WR and it will be exciting to watch the redshirt sophomore develop his chemistry with impressive quarterback Kellen Mond and Jimbo Fisher.

 

Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky

 

Mark Stoops and Kentucky accomplished the unthinkable when they snapped one of the longest-standing NCAA series win streaks against Florida this week, and big reason for that was Benny Snell Jr. Snell rushed for 175 yards against a pretty good Gators defensive unit and proved he can be a clock-killing bell cow with 27 total carries. Snell now has 300 yards rushing in two games this season with a 6.4 average, but scouts will want him to showcase some more prowess as a pass catcher out of the backfield to be considered a complete NFL back.

 

D'Andre Walker, LB, Georgia

 

Although he's a senior, Walker is entering his first season as a full-time starter for the Bulldogs filling in as an edge rusher for the departed Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy. Walker had four tackles, 2 tackles for a loss and a sack against the Gamecocks this week, and that's with missing a portion of the game after getting nicked up. If the 6'3" 245 pound senior can manage to stay healthy this year and Georgia goes far into the playoffs, he can be a huge benefactor when it comes to his NFL draft stock. Walker currently is number 109 on our 2019 Big Board

 

 

 

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