We’ve reached the quarter mark of the NCAA season. Time to reassess the NFL Draft market and discuss who’s trending up and who’s trending down.
Stock to Buy
Jelani Woods – Virginia TE
We’re witnessing arguably the most impressive coming-out party of the 2021 season. After three years buried in the Oklahoma St depth chart, Woods chose to exercise the open transfer this offseason and commit to Virginia. Safe to say, he’s chosen wisely.
Brennan Armstrong with some incredible escapeability on this play and Jelani Woods makes another impressive play. pic.twitter.com/8frqJ95b0U
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 25, 2021
Through 4 games, Woods has caught 16 of 24 targets for 247 yards and 3 TDs. He’s dropped 3 passes but offsets those mistakes with his massive catch radius. Woods is 6’ 7”, 265-pounds with good speed and athleticism, and contributes well as a blocker. If Jelani Woods continues his trajectory, he’s a good bet to be the first tight end selected in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
Drake London – USC WR
Even amidst the QB carousel at USC, Drake London continues to produce. He’s finally doing it out wide, as the true WR1 of the Trojans offense.
He may not be the fastest or most explosive athlete at the receiver position but London possesses rare length and ball skills. He also moves well laterally and shows nuance in his route-running. Barring any setback, London is a lock to be one of the first five receivers selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Perrion Winfrey – Oklahoma IDL
We could be looking at the highest-ranked interior defensive linemen in the 2022 draft class in Perrion Winfrey – depending on what designation we give DeMarvin Leal. Winfrey will be an every-down contributor at the next level.
He possesses elite athleticism for the position and has refined his skills as a pass-rusher. He also maintains leverage against interior blockers even with his 6’ 4” frame. Perrion Winfrey is a fringe first-round prospect.
Kingsley Enagbare – South Carolina EDGE
We entered the 2021 season hoping Kingsley Enagbare would take the next step. It seems as though he has. Enagbare already displayed the ability to make splash plays against the run but we needed him to track the ball better and play with more consistency, and he’s done that so far this season.
Enagbare has added to what was already an impressive resume as a pass-rusher. He’s put his freaky combo of length and athleticism on display to record 13 pressures on 75 opportunities, adding 2 sacks. Enagbare is ascending draft boards quickly. He’s a likely top-ten selection who will push Kayvon Thibodeaux for the crown of top edge-rusher in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
Doesn’t get the sack here but Kingsley Enagbare kills Dare Rosenthal with the club-swim to disrupt this play. pic.twitter.com/NH3kH3v63I
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) September 27, 2021
Lewis Cine – Georgia S
If you’re looking for a hard-hitting safety that’s also a reliable tackler, look no further than Lewis Cine. His aiming point is a little high but he’s missed just 4 tackles in 2+ seasons with the Bulldogs. He’s got requisite size and long-speed with above average explosion and agility.
Cine has improved his coverage abilities significantly and can be trusted with a variety of responsibilities. He has day-two value for the 2022 NFL Draft right now but is ascending quickly.
Trending Up: Alec Lindstrom – Boston College C ; Brennan Armstrong – Virginia QB ; Zach Charbonnet – UCLA RB ; Trey McBride – Colorado St TE
Stock to Sell
Kedon Slovis – USC QB
Slovis hasn’t been terrible this season, however, losing his job during week 3 only to regain it due to injury is a bad look. His 1-2 record as a starter isn’t helping. Slovis has certainly opened things up as a downfield passer but it hasn’t exactly been pretty. The mistakes are piling up and Slovis currently owns a 1:1 TD:INT ratio.
George Pickens – Georgia WR
This is less about George Pickens and more about what the other top wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft class have accomplished recently. Pickens is set to return to the practice field after his untimely ACL tear, though he has plenty of ground to make up and not much time to do it.
Jalen Wydermyer – Texas A&M TE
Jalen Wydermyer looks like a totally different player this year – and that’s not a compliment. He entered the 2021 season as the #1 tight end for a good portion of the scouting community.
However, this is the closest he’s been to finding the endzone this season.
.@DickinsonFB Jalen Wydermyer warming up for New Mexico
— Joe Gleason (@joeagleason) September 18, 2021
He’s taken a massive step back from his promising 2020 season, falling well short of early expectations. I’m not done with Jalen Wydermyer, as the potential is still very much apparent, but he needs to get back to form.
Zion Nelson – Miami OT
Nelson doesn’t have the anchor to hang right now. We hoped to see improved practical strength to go along with Nelson’s already freakish movement skills. That hasn’t happened yet and it’s fair to question if it ever will. Nelson looks like a solid bet to return to Miami for the 2022 season.
Christian Harris – Alabama LB
Harris has been fine against the run, which we expected. But we were hoping to see some progress against the pass. Harris continues to be exposed in zone coverage, especially against Florida, when he was carved up for 7 of 8 and 80 yards.
Much like his former teammate and 2021 UDFA, Dylan Moses, the tools are there for Christian Harris but we haven’t seen him put it together on the field. With other linebackers taking a step forward, its time to wonder – not if, but how far – Christian Harris will fall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Trending Down: Derek Stingley Jr – LSU CB ; Michael Penix Jr – Indiana QB ; D’Eriq King – Miami QB ; Brandon Joseph – Northwestern S