“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:
ALTON ROBINSON, EDGE, SYRACUSE
We highlighted Robinson's partner in crime Kendall Coleman in an earlier CFB Six Pack, but this week it was Robinson who stole the show. The junior was all over the place and could have filled out a permanent residency card in the Louisville backfield with two sacks and a crucial fumble recovery and now has nine total sacks on the season. At 6'4" 255-pounds, Robinson has an outstanding frame for a weak side edge rusher in the NFL but may have to be patient and wait a year to not get lost in the shuffle of this year's remarkable edge class. With both Robinson and Coleman being juniors this year, it will be interesting to see if they make their NFL draft decision together or if one goes to see if the other can prove he can still be productive without the threat from the opposite edge.
DAVID LONG, LB, WEST VIRGINIA
Talk about player of the game. Long was a ubiquity in the Mountaineers route of Big 12 rival TCU and his anticipation, instincts, and positioning stood out on tape. Only a junior, Long had 3 sacks and 3 pass deflections on Saturday and could easily have had an interception when he feigned blitz and dropped back into an underneath zone only to have the pass come off his hands. The only issue that scouts will have with Long is his lack of length (5'11"), but if he can continue to show a knack for making big players and elite mental processing ability, he should still hear his name called should he make the jump early.
RYQUELL ARMSTEAD, RB, TEMPLE
Armstead chose to return for his senior season after contemplating making the jump last year, and he's had to overcome a ton of adversity in doing so. Armstead has been battling a fairly severe ankle injury but has demonstrated extreme competitive toughness by continuing to suit up for his teammates and be the bell cow for the Owls. Armstead was a locomotive this week against Houston team that was missing Ed Oliver, toting the rock 30 times for 210 yards 6 TDs. SIX! Hopefully Armstead earns a Senior Bowl invitation where he can make himself some money competing against some more mainstream names.
MARCUS McMARYION, QB, FRESNO STATE
Marcus McMaryion is probably the best quarterback of the nation that you've never heard of. McMaryion has had the luxury to play his senior season under the tutelage of quarterback whisperer Jeff Tedford, and his quality of play has reflected this. McMaryion has led the Bulldogs to an 8-2 record and has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country, has thrown 21 TDs to only 3 INTs and is completing over 70% of his passes. McMaryion's yards per attempt is also at a career-high (8.62), so he's not just checking down on each play as he takes deep shots to his impressive receiver Keesean Johnson. McMaryion also as an adept scrambler and can put up yards in front of him with his feet. Don't be surprised if a team like the Los Angeles Rams invest a seventh round pick on McMaryion as a developmental quarterback behind Jared Goff, another Tedford quarterback.
CARSON MEIER, FB/TE, OKLAHOMA
Meier is a fifth-year senior who has stepped in for Dmitri Flowers as the starting fullback in Lincoln Riley's offense, but his outstanding length (6'5" 253-pounds) has given Riley the versatility to utilize Meier as an auxiliary tight end to exploit mismatches against smaller defensive backs. Meier has steadily seen more targets from Kyler Murray each week and against Baylor this week, Meier skied-high over defensive back to make an incredibly athletic contested catch on a Wheel route outside the numbers. While Meier probably grades out as a priority free agent, teams who are looking to consolidate a roster spot for a hybrid TE/FB player should investigate Meier.
CHASE HANSEN, OLB, UTAH
Hansen was challenged with a position switch moving from SS to OLB in 2018, and all he's done is have his best season statistically as he lines up closer to the line of scrimmage. This week against Oregon, Hansen had a season-high 13 tackles with a sack, adding to his four previous sacks and two interceptions on the year. Hansen is a playmaker who's floor is being an exceptional special teamer at the next level who should hear his name called at some point on day three. The only issue with Hansen is he will be 26 years old when drafted courtesy of taking some time off football for a mission trip, but his maturity should be an immediate factor in an NFL locker room.
See our previous #CFB Six Packs from the 2018 season:
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