“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:
HAKEEM BUTLER, WR, IOWA STATE
Iowa State had a tough time this weekend keeping up with a lethal Kyler Murray-led Sooners offense, but the dominant performance by redshirt junior wide receiver Hakeem Butler gave them a puncher's chance. Butler has had to step into the shoes of a guy who holds a bevy of school records in wide receiver Allen Lazard and after a disappointing week one, Butler really shined in week three. For being 6'6", Butler showed off outstanding agility and athleticism and his grown man toughness after the catch had him dragging Sooners defensive backs in the open field. Butler grew up in poverty in Baltimore, MD and became the man of the house at the age of 13 while his mother battled breast cancer. After she died in 2012, he moved to Texas where he grew up with his cousins, a pair of Kentucky basketball stars in Aaron and Andrew Harrison who know play in the NBA. Butler's story is almost as remarkable as his ability to make plays in big games, and his stock is currently on a rocket ship.
DARIUS ANDERSON, RB, TCU
The 5'11" 208-pound Anderson caught my eye last season scouting the Big 12 for Optimum Scouting, and the junior took advantage of playing on a national stage against Ohio State. Anderson gashed the Buckeyes impressive defensive line for 154 yards on 12 carries (12.8 yards per carry!!!) and his 93 yard house call beat a school record for longest rushing touchdown that was held by LaDainian Tomlinson. Anderson will need to continue to improve his pass blocking and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, but if he does, the junior could work his way up to being a top five back in the 2020 class.
DESHAUN DAVIS, LB, AUBURN
Davis was ubiquitous Saturday racking up 13 tackles, including four for loss, a sack, and a pass deflection. Davis isn't the most physically imposing linebacker and will probably weigh in under 6'0", but he played with a nonstop motor and was shedding blocks from a solid LSU offensive line with ease. LSU may have won the game, but Davis was a major impetus in stifling the Tigers running game, limiting leading rusher Nick Brossette to 69 yards on 19 carries.
TAYLOR CORNELIUS, QB, OKLAHOMA STATE
Here is an interesting tidbit - Taylor Cornelius hasn't started a football game since 2013 at Bushland High School in Texas. Through three games, Cornelius as a starter is completing 65% of his passes for 971 yards and 7 TDs. Cornelius' most impressive game of the season, however, may have been his worst statistically this season this past week against a #17 Boise State. Cornelius put in a gritty performance, taking care of the football against an opportunistic Broncos defense and got the job done bulldozing players with his legs. The 6'6" Cornelius rushed 16 times for 41 yards and 2 TDs and showed much more athleticism than would meet the eye. I'm not saying Cornelius is getting drafted, but this guy has come out of nowhere to make Oklahoma State relevant this season after losing school record-holder Mason Rudolph, and that deserves some credit.
JEFF ALLISON, LB, FRESNO STATE
Chip Kelly's UCLA stinks, but Fresno State getting a statement win against a perennial big brother is a big accomplishment for the Bulldogs. A big reason they were so dominant is thanks to their inside linebacker Jeff Allison, who had two impressive interceptions where he showcased outstanding awareness. In addition to his turnovers, Allison showed great athleticism in his returns and also contributed six tackles to the contest. Only a junior, Allison now has our undivided attention.
WYATT RAY, EDGE, BOSTON COLLEGE
Alongside projected first round pick Zach Allen, Ray played over 100 snaps this past week against Wake Forest. 100. Snaps. That is approaching terminator status, and Ray probably couldn't be happier after biding his time behind Harold Landry all these years. Despite playing triple-digit snaps, Ray registered four sacks to go along with eight tackles and was a big reason BC ended up winning a much closer game than people were anticipating. Ray has moved up into the top 250 on our Big Board with and we'll be keeping a close eye on him the rest of the way.