COLLEGE FOOTBALL SIX PACK: WEEK NINE

October 29, 2018

“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.

 

Let's crack open this week's six pack:

 

 

DAMION WILLIS, WR, TROY STATE

Willis stood out from the other players on the field this past Tuesday against South Alabama with a 132-yard performance. At 6'4" 199-pounds, Willis showed outstanding body control and concentration at the catch point to haul in two touchdowns, giving him seven on the year. I need to watch Willis more the rest of the way before having a good pulse on his draft stock, but his length and athleticism certainly caught my attention and those are traits that usually lead to undrafted rookie contracts or minicamp workouts at the minimum. 

 

 

MARCEL SPEARS JR., LB, IOWA STATE

Only a junior, Marcel Spears Jr. is an impressive weakside linebacker prospect at the next level. Always around the ball, Spears single-handedly won the game against a decent Texas Tech team with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a dagger of a touchdown. Spears had 107 tackles last year in the Big 12 and it's not unlikely that Spears jumps ship to the NFL after this season, especially if some of the rumors swirling around Matt Campbell potentially taking an NFL opportunity or at worst, an offer at a bigger school if a vacancy opens up. It will be interesting to see what type of testing numbers Spears puts up, but on tape, he plays fast.

 

 

JORDAN BRAILFORD, DE, OKLAHOMA STATE

Staying on defense in the Big 12 (who would have ever thought?), another player having a huge season is Pokes defensive end Jordan Brailford. It's amazing that Oklahoma State was leading the nation in sacks heading into week nine, but Brailford's nine sacks on the year is a big reason why. Brailford has the versatility to line up at both defensive end positions from both a 3-point and 2-point stance, and his array of pass rush moves to be able to stack inside swims with spins makes him a difficult match up. Brailford has good discipline in the run game as well, and his balanced style of play is making some noise to stick out in what is looking to be a stacked edge rusher class.

 

 

ISAAC NAUTA, TE, GEORGIA

Also a junior, Nauta may be the unsung hero of the Bulldogs offense. While most of the emphasis is on the Georgia stable of running backs and incendiary pass catchers on the perimeter, Nauta is the guy who does a majority of the "dirty work." Nauta finally got some targets to show off his ability as a pass catcher this week against the Gators, pulling in a season-high 5 catches for 73 yards. While it's unknown if he'll make the jump to the pros after this year, his ability to push people around as a blocker and make the reliable catches could make him a ten year player in the NFL.

 

 

MATTHEW COLBURN, RB, WAKE FOREST

After a little bit of a slump the last few weeks with four consecutive games under 100 yards, Colburn went absolutely nuts this week against a bad Louisville defense for 243 rushing yards on 22 carries and 3 TDs. Colburn is a shifty player with good lateral quickness and has shown a good understanding of when to hit the gas to accelerate through holes, but scouts would like to see him get some more opportunities to showcase as a receiver out of the backfield. Colburn is similar to former N.C. State running back Matthew Dayes in his style of play and could continue his ascension with some nice numbers when it comes time for testing.

 

 

GARDNER MINSHEW, QB, WASHINGTON STATE

The East Carolina transfer has been an absolute jewel for Wazzou head coach Mike Leach and his Air Raid offense. Minshew projects a lot of confidence and looks like a coach on the field coming in and out of the huddle, showing a tremendous understanding of the offense and throwing with anticipation and good ball placement. A 58% passer at ECU, Minshew is now completing 71% of his passes and has thrown for 50 or more attempts in every game this season minus week six against Oregon State. His game-low passing yards this year is 323 in a win against Oregon. It's always hard to project these Air Raid quarterbacks with video game numbers, but scouts have taken interest in Minshew's maturity, leadership, and football intelligence. 

 

See our previous #CFB Six Packs from the 2018 season:

 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 

 

 

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