Now that we have passed the halfway point of the college football season, we can begin to focus on some top prospects from around the country each week.
Friday night on ESPN, Oregon visits Cal. While neither team is ranked, they still have some good NFL prospects to take a look at.
The best prospect at Cal is quarterback Davis Webb. Webb is a senior transfer from Texas Tech where he was a part-time starter from 2013-2015. During his time at Texas Tech, Webb threw for over 5,500 yards and 46 touchdowns. To date this year at Cal, he has completed 60.8 percent of his throws for 2,256 yards and 22 touchdowns. There are some who like to believe that Webb is a better prospect than Jared Goff was. While that is not the case, Webb has a chance to be a premium-round draft choice. He has size and a good arm with accuracy. Having played in fairly simple spread offenses at Texas Tech and Cal, he will need to adjust to the NFL game, but he does have upside as a prospect.
Junior wide receiver Chad Hansen is sure-handed and can run good routes, but he lacks top-end speed. Running back Khalfani Muhammad has speed and a burst, but very marginal size. He is a spot player prospect at best.
At Oregon, junior offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby was thought to be a premium-round prospect, but an injured foot allowed him only to play in a couple of games. It remains to be seen if he will stay in school or enter the draft.
Running back Royce Freeman (5-11, 230 pounds) has had to deal with some injuries this season, but still has been able to run for 513 yards and seven touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Darren Carrington II has size, but we don’t see the top-end speed that we have seen form other Oregon receivers.
• Saturday at noon ET, Indiana plays at Northwestern on the Big Ten Network. Indiana has one of the better guards in the country in senior Dan Freeney. Freeney is big, strong and athletic and equally good in the run or pass game.
• Nebraska entertains Purdue at 3:30 ET. Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp has big-play ability. He is strong and excellent after the catch. Purdue defensive tackle Jake Replogle has early-to-mid-round talent and is capable of playing as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or defensive end in a 3-4. In the first five games of the season, he had 28 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
• At 3 p.m. ET, No. 19 Utah travels to UCLA. In this game you can look at two potential high-round defensive lineman. UCLA has nose tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, who has had some injuries in his career but when healthy he is very disruptive. To date this year he has 18 total tackles. While he is not much of a pass rusher, Vanderdoes can be a force versus the run.
Utah has junior defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei has missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, but when healthy he can be a dominant run defender who is also able to get a push with his pass rush.