“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:
JOE LOWERY, OT, OHIO
There were several players that could have made the list after Ohio thumped MAC leaders Buffalo on Wednesday night. Running back AJ Ouellette ran for 196 yards on the ground after puking in a trash can earlier in the game, and redshirt junior Nathan Rourke may be one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2020 class. Neither of these guys could have done it without the outstanding performance by left tackle Joe Lowery. Lowery has a quick, sudden kick slide with great overall footwork and technique and was equally effective in the run as he was as a pass blocker. Lowery may be a late riser in the process and hopefully can get an invitation to an all-star bowl where we can see him against some really good competition.
ROMELLO BROOKER, TE, HOUSTON
Houston had... an interesting evening. Between Major Applewhite and Ed Oliver having their jacket-spat heading into halftime and starting quarterback D'Eriq King tearing his meniscus away from the play (freshman Clayton Tune played very well cold off the bench), a blow-out win against Tulane could not have looked like more of a chore. One player that stood out was 6'5" 253-pound tight end Romello Brooker, who caught five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Brooker has six scores on the season, and while he doesn't have a high volume of production as a receiver, Brooker is a key element to the Cougars offense as a blocker in the running game. Brooker is a great athlete for his size having played basketball and running track in high school and could be a useful third auxiliary tight end for a team looking to consolidate a roster spot and move away from carrying a traditional fullback.
DARNELL SAVAGE JR., FS, MARYLAND
The last name says it all. Savage was all over the field with a season-high nine tackles in a harrowing loss to juggernaut Ohio State. Many have nickel cornerback Antoine Brooks Jr. as the hot prospect in the Terps secondary, but it's quietly been Savage who has been the most consistent defender in that unit. Savage is an outstanding processor in zone coverage and has a linebacker's mentality when striking the ball carrier. The senior is having his best season in a Maryland uniform and his versatility to play both safety spots or nickel cornerback and contribute in run support will be huge for Savage's draft stock. Savage can be a quick riser if he times well in pre-draft testing and interviews. Side note: redshirt freshman running back Anthony "Baby Booger" McFarland gets honorable mention for his 289 yard rushing performance against a Buckeyes defense littered with five stars. Write McFarland's name down for later.
ANDY ISABELLA, WR, MASSACHUSETTS
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.
COHL CABRAL, OC, ARIZONA STATE
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.
JOSHUA KELLEY, RB, UCLA
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:
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