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Top 10 college draft prospects to watch in Week 8

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As college football moves past its halfway point, the weight of each game goes up and up in terms of actual college football impact. In turn, the games should theoretically get better and better. In my opinion, this weeks slate does not look as enticing as last weeks games, but there are still plenty of opportunities for intriguing draft talent to shine.

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: The athletic defensive end has been one of the few defenders in the country to actually give Notre Dame tackle, Ronnie Stanley the business. Lawson has immense size at 6'3", 270 with long arms and packs a ton of power in his game. He looks like he would make a tremendous five-technique defensive end. This week, Lawson will be tasked with disrupting Brad Kaaya and the Miami Hurricanes (Saturday, 12 PM on ABC). Lawson has had a tremendously strong season to this point, and a continuation in a big conference game will continue to propel him into first round conversation.

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State: Calhoun was being overrated for a while, but it seems like his "hype" has regressed to the mean in the last few weeks. He is a solid prospect, but I always felt like he was more of an effort player than being a high level athlete at defensive end. This week, Calhoun will be playing against a strong Indiana offensive line (Saturday, 3:30 on ABC). Calhoun needs to show that he can make an impact against more athletic offensive linemen in order to be viewed as an upper level defensive prospect.

Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana: In the same game as previously mentioned, Indiana has an intriguing player at quarterback. The 6-6, 240 pound senior has NFL size, great experience and a nice physical skill set to play quarterback. He still has inconsistency to his game, but there is a lot to like in terms of a potential mid round prospect. Against Michigan State, he will face an incredibly stout passing defense and how he composes himself could play a big role in his evaluation.

Matt Skura, Center, Duke: Last year, Duke had one of their offensive linemen, Laken Tomlinson, taken in the first round. This year, Matt Skura has the potential to also go reasonably high, although probably not as high as Tomlinson. The 6-4, 305 pound center has good size and only ok strength, but what stands out is how technically sound he is. He is consistent in every aspect of his game and he is incredibly fundamentally sound and plays with a great demeanor. Saturday, he will have his hands full with the Virginia Tech defensive line (Saturday, 3:30 on ESPNU). Skura will need to show that his lack of athletic gifts can be compensated for by his savvy against one of the most gifted defensive lines in the country.

Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma: Zack Sanchez is a name that perhaps deserves a bit more recognition. He has a good frame, but is very light at 5-11, 180 pounds. He is an average athlete, but the redshirt junior has outstanding instincts with the ball in the air. He does a good job fighting in coverage and is very willing to come up to stop the run. He is a very solid and smart player. There is a reason he has started every game of his career... This week, against Texas Tech, (Saturday, 3:30 on ABC) Sanchez will likely be tested on a regular basis due to TTU's heavy passing offense. This will be a great opportunity for Sanchez to play his best football and show he can hang with anyone despite not having ideal athletic ability.

Brandon Doughty, QB, WKU: The fifth year senior has thrown for over 10000 yards during his career as a Hilltopper with 7,500 of those yards coming in his last 20 games. The 6-3, 220 pounder has good size, a decent arm and is a smart player. However, with a lot of his production coming against lower level schools, it will be interesting to see how he does against LSU (Saturday, 7 PM on ESPNU). Windows will close a lot faster and there will be a lot more pressure on Doughty when he drops back. It will be an outstanding test for the later round prospect.

AJ Stamps, Safety, Kentucky: AJ Stamps has gone under the radar playing for the wildcats, but he has solid size (6-0, 205) and possesses outstanding range over the top of a defense. Stamps will be facing a prolific Mississippi State passing game (Saturday, 7:30 on SECN). If Stamps is playing great football against one of the better passing games in the SEC, expect people to take notice.

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: For all of the inconsistency that Ohio State has experienced on offense, Taylor Decker has been as steady as anything. Decker's blend of savvy and athletic ability make him an incredibly solid football player and his consistency makes him an even better prospect. Ohio Sate will take on an underrated Rutgers defense (Saturday, 8 PM on ESPN) and Decker will be key in slowing down their edge rushers and keep JT Barrett upright.

Ken Crawley, CB, Colorado: The best things about Colorado rarely have to do with their football, but the Buffs do have an intriguing senior cornerback. The 6-1, 180 pounder has good physicality and ball skills to go with his size. This week, Crawley may be facing off against one of the better wide receivers in Oregon State's Jordan Villamin (Satruday, 10:30 on Pac 12 Network). Crawley will have to be at his best and show he can cover NFL caliber receivers to raise his stock.

Josh Garnett, OG, Stanford: Stanford is known for smart people and talented fat guys. Garnett is both. The 6-5, 320 pound guard has excellent technique, attitude and awareness. He is a solid athlete, but his best asset is his fundamentals. As a taller guard, he still has some issues with pad level, but he has shown the ability to stay low. He may not fit the Eagles offensive line profile to a tee, but I like his skill set a lot. Stanford will be playing a physical Washington team (Saturday, 10:30 on ESPN) and Garnett will need to stay consistent because one mistake against this athletic Husky defense can be quite catastrophic. This will be a big test for Garnett, but he has been playing well all season.

There are a few new names on this list, but I am sure you are all tired of hearing the same names getting thrown through the draft circuit over and over again, so I thought I would spice it up (with guards from Stanford and corners from Colorado, of course).