The second week of college football lacked the marquee match ups that the first weekend provided, but that does not mean it was bereft with good games or performances. Quite the opposite actually, as there were plenty of shoot outs, defensive battles and plenty of overall nail biters to keep the games entertaining. After another good weekend, did we learn anything more about NFL draft prospects?
- The senior quarterback class is shaping up pretty nicely. While there are no incredible looking senior quarterbacks, CJ Beathard out of Iowa and Cooper Rush out of CMU both look very intriguing. Both are well built, with nice arms and poise. Beathard especially had a few very nice throws against Iowa state, showing off aggression and arm strength. Now, for all intents and purposes, the Eagles really do not need to worry about drafting a quarterback high in the draft. However, as an Andy Reid disciple, it would not be surprising to see Doug Pederson interested in investing a later round pick in a guy. Jeffrey Lurie has previously said they want to draft a QB nearly every year, having a developmental one as the 3rd QB. With that in mind, it could be interesting to keep an eye on some of these passers throughout the season.
- Royce Freeman is the man. Oregon's star running back, who I recently mocked to the Eagles, had an incredibly strong game against Virginia, picking up over 200 yards at nearly a first down every carry with two scores to add. The 230 pound back can truly do it all as he is powerful, elusive and can make plays on third down. Since he is playing in the same conference as Heisman candidate, Christian McCaffrey, it is hard for him to get deserved recognition, but Freeman is an incredibly good pro prospect.
- This receiver class does not have the big time recognition as the past couple of years. The last few drafts have had big time names from SEC and ACC schools who were big time recruits like Sammy Watkins, Amari Cooper and Laquon Treadwell, and this class does not quite have that pedigree, but still has some under the radar stars. This year, some of the best receivers in the country are coming out of Western Michigan, Western Kentucky and SMU. Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and Courtland Sutton, respectively, are some of the best players in the country who all had really nice weekends. Sutton and Taylor both had big games against ranked teams and Davis absolutely dominated lesser competition for there touchdowns. The Eagles may be in the market for a receiver in the spring, so it is encouraging to see such talent on its way up to the NFL.
Week Two Draft MVP
The player of the weekend is easily Kalen Ballage, the incredibly gifted running back from Arizona State. On 15 total touches, Ballage totaled 185 yards of offense and EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS. The 230 pound running back's blend of size, power and straight-line speed makes him look like the Leonard Fournette of the Pac-12. In a class that is chocked full of running backs, it will be fun to keep an eye out on the freakish Sun Devil runner.
It is exciting to look at the landscape of college football and see all of these offensive playmakers. For a team with a young franchise quarterback, it is beyond temptation to think about what this offense can be for the next few years one of these play makers catching passes or taking hand offs from Carson Wentz. I cannot wait for this college football season to continue to play out with all of these stars.