September 4, 2018

“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:


Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame


Tillery was an agent of chaos against a lackluster Michigan offensive line this week. He didn’t have a jaw-dropping performance in the stat sheet (3 tackles, 1 sack), but Tillery was a fulcrum at the point of attack and his activity opened up lanes for linebacker Te’Von Coley to make plays. Physically, Tillery is a tower at 6’7 305 pounds and has a refined physique similar to DeForest Buckner. Previously projected as a fifth-round talent, we have moved Tillery up into early round three.


JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford


As impressive as N’Keal Harry was in the Pac 12 this weekend, Arcega-Whiteside was absolutely dominant, registering the third most passing yards in a game in school history. “J-Jaw” was dominant on contested catches and showed ample speed and acceleration to separate from defensive backs after the catch. Arcega-Whiteside was moved up to number 40 on our Big Board after this weekend.


Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama


Thompson came on strong towards the tail end of last season, but the range, angle calculation, closing speed and range that he exhibited against Louisville this past weekend could borderline as elite traits for a player at his position. We were too low on Thompson, who was a early third rounder on our initial board, and he can sneak into first round consideration if he continues to demonstrate his ball hawking prowess as the season progresses. Thieving free safeties like Thompson don't come around often.


Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami


Willis missed the 2017 season but came back with a vengeance on Sunday. The former Gator may have been the most dominant defender on the field against LSU, and that’s saying something with the elite talent that the Tigers defensive unit boasts. Willis corralled 8 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass deflection and showcased a non-stop motor despite his team being embarrassed on a national stage.  If Willis has indeed cleaned up his act off the field, he can leap frog some very good players in what looks to be a stacked defensive line class.


Garrett Brumfield, OG, LSU


Brumfield has the look of an old-school, formidable guard with that high neck roll and he plays the guard position with a nasty attitude. Brumfield did a great job of advancing into the second level and breaking open rushing lanes for senior Nick Brossette, who averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 2 TDs. Brumfield has the advantage of being in what seems to be a weak interior offensive line class this year, so he can move up the positional rankings very quickly.


Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming


Granderson was giving the tackle fits in his game against New Mexico State in week zero, showcasing flexibility, anticipation, and even a nice spin move. Granderson arrived in Laramie at 185 pounds and has steadily filled out his 6’5” frame to 255 pounds now as a senior. He is a player you should absolutely pay attention to if you tune into Wyoming games this season.


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