October 22, 2018

“College Football Six-Pack” is a weekly feature posted 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:




Gaining steam seemingly every week this season, Brett Rypien has been quietly scaling the senior quarterback rankings. Rypien threw for 308 yards against Colorado State this week and some of his passes were absolute tear drops. The nephew of former Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, Brett is completing 69.1% of his passes this season, which is a 7% boost from his best year to date, and his 84.6% completion percentage against CSU illustrates his increasing accuracy. It's unclear how high Rypien's stock can go at this point and the rest of his season will go a long way for his final evaluation, but he's showing he can be a developmental prospect with upside right now. Maybe the Redskins invest a 6th rounder in him like they did for his uncle Mark in 1986?




I haven't had the opportunity to watch Purdue this season until this week's major upset over Ohio State, but the one guy who was constantly around the football on defense was junior linebacker Markus Bailey. The 6'1 240-pound Bailey doesn't look like an elite athlete at first glance and has the appearance of an old school thumper, but once he gets into open space, he arrives with bad intentions with great closing speed. An impressive mental processor with plus instincts, Bailey had 15 tackles and a pick six against the Buckeyes this week and is someone that we've highlighted for the 2020 class.




No, Delpit isn't draft eligible and as mentioned in the introduction to the article, we try to stray away from ineligible underclassmen unless they are wreaking havoc. Well guess what? Grant Delpit is wreaking havoc. Recently becoming "DBU" with the strong defensive back talent that LSU has funneled into the NFL as of late in Jamal Adams, Tredavious White and Donte Jackson (and soon to be Greedy Williams), Delpit may be the best prospect of the bunch, and that's saying something. Delpit can do anything, lining up on the line of scrimmage to blitz, cutting underneath zone coverages, running step for step in-phase in man. You name it, he does it, and he does it well. In a league that's become so offense-centric and pass heavy, Delpit can be a rare top-five safety prospect whenever he decides to make the jump. When asked what player he compares himself to, Delpit said "no one" because he thinks he's one of a kind, and I love that answer.




The 2019 draft class potentially took a big hit this week when it was reported that top quarterback prospect Justin Herbert is leaning towards returning to Eugene for his senior season to play with his brother, who is a four-star tight end that will be a freshman in 2019. Conversely, whispers that another underclassman is contemplating making the jump to the pros this year in redshirt junior Tyree Jackson. If scouts liked Josh Allen for his size and tools, they will adore the 6'6" 245-pound Jackson. Jackson is an exceptional athlete with a howitzer of an arm and looking at him and how he plays, you'd think he was a mix of Cam Newton aesthetically and Patrick Mahomes with his rare arm strength. Jackson's issue right now is accuracy, especially short and intermediate, and it's what may hinder him from being a top ten selection when all is said and done. However, in what is looking to be an increasingly spare quarterback class, Jackson's skill set may get pushed up for a quarterback-needy team picking in the top ten.




Jamal Custis has really broken onto the scene as a go-to X receiver for Syracuse this season, and he continued his hot senior campaign with a 7 catch, 168 yard and 1 TD performance against UNC this week, courtesy of Tommy DeVito throwing him the football. The 6'5" 213-pound receiver is averaging an incredible 18.5 yards per catch this year but more impressively, he's the primary gunner on special teams, which will only boost his draft stock for teams looking for that fifth developmental wide receiver who can stay active on game day. Stock is moving up on Custis.




Texas Tech's defense this year is not the same Texas Tech defense that we've grown accustom to in the Big 12. It has taken a bit of time for fourth-year defensive coordinator David Gibbs to get things up and running in Lubbock, but it seems like his personnel has finally responded and a big reason for the jump is the solid play of edge rusher Kolin Hill. Hill finally registered his first sacks of the season this week against Kansas and his lean body type and twitchy athleticism will be intriguing for NFL teams as a priority free agent. Look for Hill to take advantage of extended playing time for the remainder of the season.




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