Week seven of the 2017 college football season is here! Today features a good slate of games and always with good games comes great opportunities for NFL Draft prospects to boost their profile. Who should Eagles fans keep an eye on today?
- Kyzir White, Safety, West Virginia: While the Eagles have no immediate need for a safety, Kyzir White is a potential hybrid safety/linebacker in the NFL worth keeping an eye on. The 6’2”, 215 pounder is a physical presence on the Mountaineer and he has been much improved in coverage from last year. With a match up against Texas Tech and their high octane offense (12 PM ET on ESPNU), White while be challenged in coverage and asked often to come down hill to intimidate against the run and the short passing game. This is a huge game to put his name in a national conversation because as of now he is flying way too under the radar for his ability.
- Anthony Miller, Wide Receiver, Memphis: Coming off a mind-blowing four touchdown performance last week, Anthony Miller will need to have a big follow up against a ranked Navy team (3:45 PM ET on ESPNU). Navy’s defense is no joke, but Miller has been terrorizing college football this year; wracking up 35 catches and scoring every five receptions. While Miller is a smaller player at 5’11” and only 180 pounds, he is a tough and savvy player who could continue to climb as a potential slot receiver prospect. Today’s Navy game is arguably his biggest test yet.
- Duke Dawson, Cornerback, Florida: It is rare that a college slot cornerback gets NFL draft hype but Duke Dawson is so damn good it is hard not seeing him draw some NFL interest. The 5’10”, 205 pound cornerback is a feisty presence in the Florida defensive backfield who was overshadowed last year by two very good cornerback prospects who are now in the NFL (Quincy Wilson and Teez Tabor). Now it is Duke Dawson’s chance in the spotlight and he is thriving. Today he could face one of the more dynamic receivers in the country in the slot as he takes on Christian Kirk and the Texas A&M Aggies (7 PM ET on ESPN2). Kirk will draw targets out of the slot, so it is going to be a huge task for Dawson to limit him. Like I said before, it is rare that CFB slot cornerbacks draw NFL attention but dominating a top level wide receiver prospect should give him some run. Also, with Florida’s, uh, deficiencies on offense, it will be important that Dawson and the Gator defense limit Texas A&M’s scoring as much as possible in order to win the game.
- Aaron Davis, Cornerback, UGA: UGA’s defense has a lot of studs on it and their senior cornerback, Aaron Davis tends to go a bit overshadowed. The 6’1”, 190 pound defender has a lot of experience in the secondary and his savvy has been evident all season as he is one of the more constant players on the team. While Missouri won’t be a big problem for the talented Bulldogs (7:30 PM ET on SECN), their receiver J’Mon Moore is a legitimate threat to score who could give Georgia some problems. Averaging over 20 yards a catch this season, Aaron Davis and the Georgia secondary will have their work cut out for them. Therefor, shutting Moore down will crush any hope the Tigers will have of upsetting the Bulldogs.
- Tyrell Crosby, Offensive Tackle, Oregon: Oregon is enjoying a solid bounce back season after last year’s disaster and their resurgent offensive success is due in big part to the strong play of their senior offensive tackle, Tyrell Crosby. Crosby, standing at 6’5” and 320 pounds; has a good blend of technical abilities, athleticism and physicality. Today’s match up against Stanford (11PM ET on Pac12 Network) gives Crosby and the Ducks a big test. Oregon’s foundation is their strong run game and Stanford has a history of stymying the Duck offense, but a strong game for Crosby will give the Ducks a lot more chances to run on the Cardinal and possibly upset the 23rd ranked team in the country.