It’s another week in the books of the college football season which means it’s another 2019 NFL Draft update. This week on tap I spent most of my Saturday gearing up for the Ohio State vs. Penn State game. That will be the focus of this week. Besides that, there will be quick notes from the Duke game and Stanford vs. Notre Dame. So let’s not waste any time. Who stood out for better or worse in week 5 looking forward to the 2019 NFL Draft?
Ohio State vs. Penn State
First, I just need to talk about this game. How in the world did Penn State piss away this game? That was a wild choke job. With 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter, Penn State led 26-14. Then with time left on the clock trailing by one, James Franklin pulls off a psychopath move running the ball on a fourth and five. Penn State had a college football playoff bid ripped from their hearts from psycho moves.
Anyway, getting back to the scouting department. Again, let’s get this out of the way. Trace McSorley is not a draftable quarterback. He had a crazy game rushing for 175 yards. Towards the end of the game Penn State’s best play with a quarterback draw. The truth about McSorley is that he can’t beat you from the pocket and that’s why he shouldn’t be on your draft board.
I was disappointed from the game that Miles Sanders put together. 16 carries for 43 yards is not good enough. Sanders has been electric this season and Ohio State really didn’t put a ton of pressure on the quarterback so this is a hard game to read. Saquon Barkley wasn’t great last year against Ohio State either so maybe it’s not worth looking into.
I thought the star offensively that no one is talking about is Juwan Johnson. I’m not sure he will declare but I was extremely impressed with him. Johnson is a big target at 6-foot-4, 230, and can really stretch the field at the same time. That’s a rare trait to find from receivers in the modern NFL. You either get the 6-foot-4 guy that can’t run or the 5-11 lightning rod. Johnson may be both. I’m curious to see what he runs but Johnson looked really good. Check out this catch below! It might be the best one I’ve ever seen.
It’s way too early to set a comp but maybe Johnson could be a better version of Quincy Enunwa. You can line this guy up all over the field and maybe he’s best served as a glorified tight end in the slot that can just continually carve up the middle of the field.
Defensively from Penn State, I thought the secondary really played well. They didn’t tackle well but there really weren’t any long completions down the field. Their best corner shined again, Amani Oruwariye. He made a fantastic interception to seal the win over App State in the opener which caught my attention but has continued to shine since. Oruwariye is a long corner at 6-foot-1 and has two picks and four pass deflections on the season. Keep him on your radar because so far the Penn State corner has been fantastic.
Now let’s get to Ohio State. I was starting to get really excited about Dwayne Haskins. He was setting the world on fire to start the year but this was a new challenge. Penn State doesn’t have a world class defense but that stadium creates a ton of chaos. Haskins got the win but he failed to impress me. Haskins completed just one pass that went further than 10 yards in the air. 235 of his 270 passing yards also came after the catch. When Ohio State had success, it came on short dump offs where their playmakers just went superman mode. The JK Dobbins, Parris Campbell’s and JK Hill’s of the world just did their thing and it was enough. To be honest, I’m not sure how we can call Haskins anything more than another Cardale Jones at the moment.
The real star of the Buckeyes was Chase Young. No Nick Bosa in this game because of injury. I won’t waste much time because Young isn’t draft eligible yet but they don’t win this game without him. Swatting passes, getting pressures, and feasting on quarterbacks is all Young has done this season. He’s going to be a really good one.
*Quick Notes: Alex Bars, the left guard for Notre Dame will miss the rest of season with a knee injury. Losing Quenton Nelson is a huge blow but Bars has been nothing short of fantastic. I would expect him to get some NFL hype because Notre Dame opens up some of the best running lanes I have seen this season.
Jerry Tillery on the defensive front of Notre Dame also looks really stout. Bryce Love had trouble getting his breakaway runs and Tillery was the main man shutting it down.
I love looking for sleeper quarterbacks but Duke’s Daniel Jones really let me down. Virginia Tech was coming off a loss to Old Dominion so I was expecting a good game from Jones. Then again, this was Jones’ first game coming back from a broken Clavicle. 23/35, 226 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT is okay but I was expecting more. Still, Jones is an interesting prospect to keep tabs on.