“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:
JACHAI POLITE, EDGE, FLORIDA
No Cece Jefferson? No problem. The biggest benefactor of Jefferson's three week suspension to being the 2018 season has been Jachai Polite, who has earned full-time starter reps opposite freaky athlete Jabari Zuniga. Polite was a force to be reckoned with against Mississippi State this week, and his two sack performance was good enough to earn him SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Polite has also contributed three forced fumbles on the year, and the 6'2" 260-pound junior has shown outstanding bend, acceleration, and violent urgency when closing on the quarterback. If Polite continues to ride this momentum, he can jockey and separate among a stacked edge rusher class.
DREW LEWIS, OLB/EDGE, COLORADO
Lewis has moved from inside linebacker to a full-time edge rusher in the Buffalos 3-4 defense, and it has paid some serious dividends for his production. Lewis tallied eight tackles and two sacks in Colorado's 38-16 drubbing of Chip Kelly's UCLA team and it felt like he was positively involved in every single play on defense. At 6'1" 230-pounds, Lewis may fall victim to being a bit of a 'tweener between an outside linebacker and edge rusher, but a team looking for an Anthony Barr-style SAM linebacker who can rush the passer (49ers? Seahawks?) may be smitten with the fifth year senior.
IAN BOOK, QB, NOTRE DAME
It's always a curious move when an undefeated team makes a quarterback switch from its incumbent veteran to a relatively unproven commodity, but after watching Book run this Irish offense for two weeks now, it's easy to understand why. Book has been surgical with a 74.3% completion percentage and 8.8 yards per attempt, adding a crisp efficiency to an offense with an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions. Most importantly, Book has yet to throw an interception this season and is making a case for early pole position in the 2020 Draft QB rankings.
ANTOINE WESLEY, WR, TEXAS TECH
Wesley has really come out of nowhere to become the alpha receiver of Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense in 2018 replacing Dylan Cantrell at the X. The 6'5" possession receiver currently ranks third in the NCAA in receiving yards with 631 with 5 TDs and is the most targeted receiver in the Big 12 through five weeks. Wesley is only a junior and while it would be a stretch to say he should declare for the 2019 class, he is certainly catching the attention of scouts sniffing around the Big 12. Will his success winning contested catches translate outside of the Air Raid system at the next level? Stay tuned.
JUWAN JOHNSON, WR, PENN STATE
Johnson did his best impression of Odell Beckham Jr. this past Saturday, and it couldn't have come on a bigger stage playing at home against Big Ten rivals Ohio State. Johnson was a player that was put on my radar last season by Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting, but to be perfectly honest, I had been underwhelmed in my limited exposure of seeing him - until now. Johnson still needs to learn how to be more consistent with the easy catches, as he will suffer from a concentration drop after hauling in a circus catch, but his big play ability and size will be attractive to NFL teams looking for a possession X receiver.
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KEITH WASHINGTON, CB, WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia interestingly has a pair of starting cornerbacks in Keith Washington and Josh Norwood who began their collegiate careers at prestigious Big Ten programs (Michigan and Ohio State respectively) and had a stop at community colleges before landing with the Mountaineers in 2018. Washington was a ball magnet this past week against Texas Tech, taking a house call 51 yards and providing nice run support on his way to five tackles. Washington still has one more year of eligibility beyond this season, but if he continues on this trajectory, he could be one of the higher ranked cornerbacks heading into the 2020 class.