“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:
KALEB MCGARY, OT, WASHINGTON
The NFL today is being plagued by an epidemic of lackluster right tackles, and oddly enough, this upcoming NFL draft is full of guys who have dedicated their collegiate careers to playing on the right side. While Wisconsin's David Edwards and Kansas State's Dalton Risner top most pundits' draft boards for these positions, Washington's Kaleb McGary is not too far behind. McGary wasn't perfect on Saturday in a spicy match up with first round caliber edge rusher Jalen Jelks, but his block to give Jake Browning an extra second to throw that deep strike to wide receiver Ty Jones was poetry in motion, and I loved his tenacity to then smother the pass rusher into the ground afterwards. McGary has a much more athletic build than most tackles similar to how Lane Johnson was at Oklahoma, and his athleticism is going to make him a great fit for a zone blocking scheme.
EVAN WORTHINGTON, SS, COLORADO
This is the second week in a row now that Worthington has caught our attention after flashing against Arizona State with seven tackles last week. Colorado played a stinker on the road against USC, but Worthington was one of the few bright spots for the Buffaloes in the contest, registering four tackles and his first interception of the season. Many scouts had teammate Nick Fisher as the safety who can play on Sundays, but if Worthington can string together some more good performances like this, he could surpass Fisher on the Big Board.
TYLER HUNTLEY, QB, UTAH
The Utes are on the loose! Last week, we featured Utah pass rusher Bradlee Anae in our six pack (who had another awesome game, by the way), but junior quarterback Tyler Huntley is starting to look like a draftable prospect if he continues his strong play into next season. Last week against a ranked Stanford, Huntley completed 81% of his passes in a 40-21 upset and he followed up by throwing for two touchdowns, rushing for one touchdown, and even catching a 58-yard touchdown this past week against Arizona. Is there anything this guy can't do? Huntley worked with Antonio Brown earlier this summer and has the makings of a professional quarterback if he can continue to prove he can protect the football.
DUKE SHELLEY, CB, KANSAS STATE
Duke Shelley is only 5'9, 180-pounds, but all he does is make plays. The defensive co-captain had a huge red zone interception and followed it up with another pick in a crucial Big 12 match up against Oklahoma State and is taking advantage of being the "the man" in the secondary after losing D.J. Reed to the NFL draft. Shelley looks like he runs routes for the wide receiver at times and his patience to not bite on double moves is an example of the work he puts into the film room. He may not be able to match up against the Deandre Hopkins and Mike Evans-types of the NFL on the outside, but his high mental processing, short area quickness, and bulldog mentality in run support (averaging 5 tackles per game) makes him a really solid NFL nickel cornerback prospect.
TAJ MCGOWAN, RB, CENTRAL FLORIDA
Are you looking for a late-round/priority free agent bargain power back who could bring smoke between the tackles? If so, I would like to introduce you to 2017 National Champion Taj McGowan. The 6'1" 210-pound McGowan ran the ball only four times in a cardiac-inducing 31-30 contest against Memphis, and all he did in those four carries was gain 81 yards and score 2 TDs. McGowan is averaging 7.1 yards per carry and has almost all the tread left on his tires considering the most he's ever toted the rock was 85 attempts as a freshman in 2015. McGowan may not be the focal point of the Knights' offense, but every time he touches the ball, good things happen.
CORBIN KAUFUSI, DE, BYU
If you're a student at Brigham Young University, chances are you've seen the 6'10" Kaufusi somewhere on campus. The Kaufusis are something like the royal family of Provo. His older brother, Bronson, is currently on the Jets practice squad and was the 70th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. His younger brother, Devin Kaufusi, is his backup defensive end on the roster. His father Steve is an assistant coach on the BYU football staff and his mother Michelle is the mayor of Provo. In addition to being a productive defensive end, Kaufusi was a good basketball player at BYU before trading in his sneakers for football cleats and already has 6 sacks on the season. The senior was dominant against Hawaii, contributing 8 tackles in the run game on top of getting home to Cole McDonald twice. The NFL will love Kaufusi's size and athleticism and will see a really good piece of clay to mold into a starting 3-4 defensive end.