“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.
With this being conference championship weekend, we're going to move away from the usual "under the radar prospects" and focus on some upper echelon guys that had a strong week. Let's crack open the final six pack of the 2018 college football season:
DWAYNE HASKINS, QB, OHIO STATE
Big 10 records for passing yards and touchdowns, passing Drew Brees. 69% completion percentage (nice). 42:7 TD to INT ratio. Four games with 400+ yards and four yards short of a fifth this weekend. Did I mention he did all this in his first 13 starts as a redshirt sophomore? Dwayne Haskins not only should have much more traction and consideration for a Heisman vote, but he has moved into our QB1 spot for the upcoming draft, even if Oregon's Justin Herbert comes out. "Young Simba" is mature beyond his years, but has that humble swagger about him on the field and knows he's better than you. When asked in the post game interview why the committee should put Ohio State in, he said he would "put on a show" if they did. Love. It. Haskins spent this offseason training with Deshaun Watson, Antonio Brown, and Stefon Diggs, and Watson told people that Haskins was ready to turn pro right now. It's unclear which direction the Giants will go with their QB decision in the draft, but if Tom Coughlin did in fact favor Deshaun Watson in the 2017 draft when they opted for Leonard Fournette instead, he will likely also be a fan of Haskins' game changing on-field talent and ability to be a program changer for an offense that desperately needs it.
BYRON MURPHY, CB, WASHINGTON
Murphy is only a redshirt sophomore, but perhaps no underclassman this weekend produced more momentum for heating up his draft stock. Murphy single-handedly destroyed Utah, picking off two passes and routinely putting people in body bags with big hits. Murphy is a rare competitor and his enthusiasm for contact for his size (sub 6'0", ~175 pounds) is special. Murphy has a tremendous case to be the first cornerback drafted come April should he declare, even with LSU's Greedy Williams announcing his intentions to go pro yesterday. Murphy has predominantly played left cornerback for the Huskies, but wit his high mental processing ability, likely can effectively play on the right side if needed. The Cardinals, Bills, Browns, and even Raiders if they end up trading back could have major interest in Murphy, with the Philadelphia Eagles in the middle of the first likely being his floor.
COLLIN JOHNSON, WR, TEXAS
Collin Johnson had himself a day against a bad Oklahoma defense, but this wasn't an isolated incident. The 6'6" Johnson struggled last year in the red zone (got worked by 5'9" cornerback DJ Reed of Kansas State) and was inconsistent with contested catches in 2017, but he has worked hard to turn these weaknesses into strengths in 2018. Johnson is more than just a 50/50 possession X receiver, as he is also efficient on Slants and Crossers where he could get the ball in his hands quickly in space and win with his deceptive speed and open field vision as a ball carrier. Johnson is adept at contorting his body to make adjustments to poorly placed passes behind him and possesses soft hands to haul in high velocity passes outside of his frame. Johnson is probably going to run a much better time than people anticipate for being so tall, and his strong performance on Saturday should have solidified him as an early second round pick. The Cardinals, Bills, and Jaguars should all be very interested in acquiring Johnson's talents.
D'ANDRE WALKER, OLB, GEORGIA
Walker was featured in a six pack earlier this year, so the fact that he's making a second appearance speaks volumes for the 3-4 outside linebacker. Walker is at a slight disadvantage for being stuck in a stacked edge class and therefore could fall into the third round depending on how things shake out, but make no mistake about it - whatever team gets him will get a tremendous player. Walker absolutely terrorized Tua Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide offensive line in the SEC Championship game and likely made himself a lot of money. New Senior Bowl czar Jim Nagy tweeted he wanted to break protocol and offer Walker an invite all the way back in August - that's how much he likes him. Walker would be a terrific fit for the New York Jets and hopefully could make it to them in the top of the third round, especially since they are bereft of a 2nd rounder.
QUINNEN WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA
Only a redshirt sophomore and first year starter, 3-4 nose guard Quinnen Williams has been unstoppable this year and has earned PFF's highest rated player in the NCAA for 2018. Williams' first step quickness for his size, agility to split double teams, and advanced hand technique is all special and his ability makes him a good fit for either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense at the next level. It's unclear if Williams will declare or not, but should he somehow slip to the Atlanta Falcons in the top of the draft, Thomas Dmitroff should sprint to the podium to turn in the card. He's exactly the one-technique with unreal pass rush ability that Dan Quinn's defense has been starving for.
TREVOR LAWRENCE, QB, CLEMSON
ONE FOR THE FUTURE
What Trevor Lawrence has done as a true freshman for the Clemson Tigers has been nothing short of remarkable. Of course it helps when you can surround a young player with premier skill weapons like Tee Higgins, Justyn Ross, Hunter Renfrow, and Travis Etienne (not to mention an elite defense), but he has looked every bit the five star recruit that he was touted. We've been burned by mirages before (see Christian Hackenberg) and it's still so early, but Lawrence should be written on the top of the 2021 draft in pen due to his size, athleticism, and arm talent as QB1. He could be the next Andrew Luck can't miss QB prospect.
See our previous #CFB Six Packs from the 2018 season:
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