“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:
VAUGHNTE DORSEY, SS, TEXAS TECH
One of the most surprising developments of the Big 12 has been the fact that Texas Tech actually has a legitimate defense this year. Most avid draft and Last Chance U fans are familiar with linebacker Dakota Allen as an intriguing draft prospect, but it was safety Vaughnte Dorsey who stole the show on Saturday against the Sooners. Dorsey picked off quarterback Kyler Murray twice and showed some outstanding athleticism on both returns with the ball in his hands. Dorsey was also a destroyer of worlds on any players coming over the middle on the seam or slant, and Dorsey actually almost got ejected for targeting for his hit on Grant Calcaterra in the first half. His presence was felt so much that the Sooners WRs were starting to t-rex passes out of fear for getting popped, and that's huge. He even did the impossible by catching the roadrunner Murray on a perfectly-timed safety blitz on third down late in the game. Stock's up on Dorsey.
LJ COLLIER, DE, TCU
The senior defensive end has reaped the benefits of more snaps in 2018 after stepping in for Mat Boesen, and his performance against a very good Kansas State offensive line this week was nothing short of dominant, especially against the run. Per PFF, Collier had a 16.1% run stop percentage with seven total pressures, and he's been giving opposing quarterbacks fits all year. On the season, Collier has 8.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks and has certainly garnered the attention of scouts with his versatility to play both inside and outside on the defensive line. It's rare to find a defensive lineman who shows balanced production against both the run and pass, and Collier has that ability.
CODY FORD, OT, OKLAHOMA
Sorry for the Big 12-heavy episode, but this conference was a joy this past weekend. A redshirt junior, Ford is in his first season as a full-time starter at right tackle after Bobby Evans moved over to the left side to take over for the departed Orlando Brown Jr. and he has been a force in the run game. Ford narrowly escaped ejection this week after throwing a punch at Tony Jones and between him and fellow guard Dru Samia, the Sooners may have the biggest basket case right side of the offensive line in college football, and scouts and coaches love that type of mean streak in their big uglies. Ford is absolutely massive and may not have quite enough foot speed to be a consistent starter at right tackle in the NFL, but he can be a top-shelf guard for a gap scheme team if he kicks inside.
VENTELL BRYANT, WR, TEMPLE
A Florida native, Bryant put on a show in his homecoming against UCF this week registering 7 catches for 109 yards and 2 TDs operating mostly out of the slot. The 6'3" 200-pound receiver can play all three receiver positions and may have overtaken teammate Isaiah Wright as the hot prospect on the Temple Owls. Bryant showed good concentration and courage to make tough catches in traffic and also showcased some game-breaking speed in the open field. Bryant currently has a late day three grade, but with his second 100-yard game in three weeks, he has a chance to earn an all star bowl invitation with his recent momentum.
DARRIN HALL, RB, PITTSBURGH
Part of a stable behind Qadree Ollison this season, the senior absolutely erupted against a Virginia defense that has some Sunday players on it for 229 yards on 19 carries (12.1 avg) and 3 TDs. Similar to Bryant above, Hall is an intriguing candidate that is getting hot at the right time of the year and his draft stock can take a big boost if he can earn a postseason all star bowl invite. Pitt has a good track record of producing NFL-caliber RBs (LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, James Conner), and Darrin Hall can be a late round/UDFA steal with his good burst, center of gravity, and vision.
ZACH WILSON, QB, BRIGHAM YOUNG
The true freshman was a red zone situation away from stealing a rare away win on the blue turf at Boise State in his first away start. A former Boise State commit, Wilson looks like an extremely promising prospect for the future with a live arm, confidence to throw into tight windows, and outstanding mobility. Wilson made some questionable game management decisions (taking sacks with the clock running out, etc.) but once he learns its ok to throw the ball away and live for another down, he's going to be a problem at quarterback moving forward. Write Wilson down for a potential 2021/2022 guy.
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