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Rivalry Week NFL Draft Watch

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It is here; the last week of the college football regular season. Though this is a sad, sad time, the day brings us a host of incredibly good match ups for NFL draft and entertainment purposes. Here are some of the players that will bear watching on today's exciting schedule.

  • Nick Chubb, RB, UGA: Nick Chubb has had an up and down season as he's tried to regain his bearings while returning from injury. Overall, with 900 yards and six touchdowns on the year, it is fair to say that Chubb has been solid. Today he will take on Georgia Tech (12 PM on  SECN) as UGA looks for their with win of the season. GT is no pushover, so it will be interesting to see if Chubb can show out and bring glimpses of the same Nick Chubb we all love.
  • DeAngelo Brown, DT, Louisville: On a Louisville loaded with name recognition, senior defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown is getting massively overlooked. The 6-1, 310 pound stalwart in the middle of the Cardinals defense has bully strength and a high motor to match. Though he might be a dynamic interior rusher, his ability to create opportunities for other defenders while also providing excellent run defense make him a serious problem for offenses. Against a Kentucky team (12 PM on ESPN) that loves to run the ball and has two talented backs in Benny Snell and Stanley Williams, Brown's run defense will be greatly needed to give Louisville a chance on defense.
  • Curtis Samuel, RB, Ohio State: The Michigan/Ohio State game (12 PM on ABC) will feature a lot of NFL prospects that deserve watching, but I am particularly excited for Curtis Samuel, who Eagles fans should be watching specifically. Samuel has a weird build for a running back at 5-11, 195, but he is no ordinary back. Samuel is one of the best duel purpose backs in the entire country. While he is an elusive and dynamic runner, he is even better in the passing game. Expect Ohio State to use him all over the field and show off his versatility.
  • Dan Feeney, OG, Indiana: In what is a weaker offensive line class, Dan Feeney stands out as being one of the best of the bunch. The 6-4, 300 pound linemen has a ton of experience, is a good athlete and plays with great awareness and toughness. Though Purdue might not be the biggest threat of a football team (12 PM on ESPNU), they do have a talented defensive tackle in Jake Replogle who will need slowing down.
  • Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss: Ole Miss has been underwhelming this season, but their dynamic tight end has had his best year to date. The "undersized" pass catcher stands at only 6-3, 225 which would put him more at home with wide receivers, but Engram is a very good athlete with outstanding catching ability and movement skills after the catch. It is to be seen whether or not Engram will be viewed as a tight end or receiver in the NFL, but he has a chance to break 1,000 yards receiving today against Mississippi State (3:30 on SECN).
  • Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn: Carl Lawson is just one of the many intriguing names that will play in Auburn's match up with #1 ranked Alabama (3:30 on CBS), but he does have one of the premier jobs of the game. Jalen Hurts has been outstanding throwing the ball for Alabama, but the freshman will run into his yips if there is a lot of pressure coming from the other team. Carl Lawson has been enjoying an outstanding season as an all around defender and his match up with star tackle, Cam Robinson could decide the outcome of this game.
  • Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU: In a class that features a ton of names at wide receiver, Courtland Sutton has sadly been lost in the shuffle which is sad for a 6-4, 220 pound receiver who has nearly 1200 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Sutton will have his hands full against a tough Air Force secondary (3:30 on ESPNU), so he will need to play his best game to give SMU a chance at an upset.
  • Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State: Another underrated member of this class is Iowa State's 6-5, 220 pound pass catchers. Lazard is an excellent catch point player with the strength to come down with any pass. He will have a massive match up against Rasul Douglas and the West Virginia defense (3:30 on FS1) where he will be depended on to provide big plays for the underdog Cyclones. Lazard definitely has the skills to take over a game, but can he?
  • Malik McDowell, DT, MSU: Michigan State has been weak this season, but that does not mean they have not had great play from their junior defensive lineman. McDowell has been an incredibly disruptive player this season and if MSU wants a chance to upset Penn State (3:30 on ESPN), he will need to slow down their incredible running back, Saquon Barkley.
  • Joe Williams, RB, Utah: Joe Williams cam out of retirement a few weeks ago and, since, has been one of the most productive runners in college football, posting over 1000 yards rushing in THE LAST FIVE WEEKS. Williams is producing at an incredible clip and today he faces one of the stingier defenses in the nation with Colorado (7:30 on Fox). Williams will be called on once again to be the bell cow for the Utes and his game will likely decide the outcome of this match up.
  • Cordrea Tankersly, CB, Clemson: Though Clemson has a ton of NFL talent, I feel like Cordrea Tankersly is consistently forgotten among the bunch of talent the tigers have. Tankersly has prototypical size and athletic ability and flashes awesome ball skills. Though South Carolina (7:30 on ESPN) surely will not be his bardes match up of the year, he will likely be tasked with covering their talented freshman receiver, Bryan Edwards. Clemson should roll, no problem, but to avoid the upset Tankersly will need to shut down the Gamecocks one big play threat on their offense.
  • Zach Cunningham, Linebacker, Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt has been a fight football team for each and every one of their opponents this season and a big reason why is the stellar play from Zach Cunningham on defense. Cunningham is a bit smaller for a linebacker, but his speed makes him such an asset on any defense. He is smart, aggressive and a true playmaker. Against Tennessee (7:30 on SECN), Vanderbilt might not be able to match athlete for athlete, but having Cunningham on defense will give them a chance at slowing down the Vols rushing attack. A big day from Cunningham could push Vanderbilt to upset the Top 20 Volunteers.
  • Jarrad Davis, Linebacker, Florida: The SEC is loaded with linebackers with the likes of Reuben Foster, Kendell Beckwith and Zach Cunningham, but I Jarrad Davis should still be in conversation for being one of the best linebackers in the country. The smaller Florida defender possesses incredible speed and instincts and can make an impact in all facets of defensive football. Davis has a huge match up against Florida State and more importantly, Dalvin Cook (8 PM on ABC). Cook is the best running back in this year's class and Davis will be greatly depended on to keep the explosive runner at bay in order to give Florida a chance.