2020 NFL Draft
The Florida edge rushers made a name for themselves in the win over Miami. Who else improved their 2020 NFL Draft stock? (Jay Metz/For UAA Communications)

College football is back, baby! Well, Week 1 isn’t actually here yet. Call it the storm before the storm or Week 0 as it’s commonly referred to. Still, that means it’s time to start scouting for the 2020 NFL Draft. There were two games on tap this week but we are going to focus the Miami vs. Florida game. Florida prevailed in a close one 24-20 in a game that looked like nobody wanted to win. Sloppy and numerous turnovers made for an ugly game. Let’s take a look at some prospects that stood in regards to the 2020 NFL Draft?

Miami:

Miami’s offensive line got abused the entire night. It’s a young group that never had a chance from the jump. That didn’t stop DeeJay Dallas from having a great night. The Hurricanes running back ran with ferocity. 95 yards on 12 carries (7.9 yards per carry) and this long touchdown. Dallas even added 4 receptions for 37 yards. Dallas wasn’t on radar at all coming into this season but he runs HARD. By, the way, CJ Henderson. Please tackle better. I like the way you cover but this is unacceptable. He’s the corner that blows this tackle.

Look at this guy truck, man. It’s hard to find backs like this. Relentless and powerful. It almost looks like he wants to get hit. At 5-foot-10, 215, Dallas comes with great size too. It’s just one week but when you do this to an SEC defense, welcome to my radar.

Miami’s tight end also had a great night. Brevin Jordan led the Canes in receiving yards and receptions. It’s not often that a tight end can average over 17 yards per catch. That’s exactly what Jordan did. Jordan was the one guy that Florida did not have an answer for. Jordan ended his night with 5 catches for 88 yards and this touchdown below.

Miami quietly has a nice track record for developing tight ends. Clive Walford, David Njoku, and Chris Herndon have all entered the league in recent years. Jordan comes in a similar mold. This guy is a match up nightmare. 6-foot-3, 245, with elite speed for the position. He’s too big for a defensive back to guard him and too fast for a linebacker to stick with him. Jordan is moving up the board. Loved what I saw.

Defensively, Miami is supposed to have two highly respected linebackers. Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pinckney. I didn’t see much besides two downhill guys that don’t have a ton of speed. Quarterman racked up 4 tackles. Pinckney added 3 tackles. Neither had an impact. Their stock goes down.

Florida:

Nobody had a better game than the Florida edge rushers. Jonathan Greenard stole the show. Greenard, the transfer from Louisville can only be described as a killer. Greenard racked up 7 pressures, 5 hurries, and 2 sacks. I came into this game looking for Jabari Zuniga. It was Greenard who put himself on the radar. That isn’t to say Zuniga wasn’t great because he was. Zuniga also picked up 2 sacks. Now we have to see if they can repeat this performance against better offensive lines.

Felipe Franks doesn’t have much of an NFL future. I think we saw how limited he is. Franks was actually drafted this year by the Red Sox. He should consider going that route. Franks finished the night with a QBR of 38.6. Dan Mullen is doing all he can to carry this guy. Franks just doesn’t have any feel. What the hell is this throw?

Two offensive stars emerged for Florida. Josh Hammond reeled in 93 receiving yards on 4 catches. He made one big play deep down the field. I want to focus on the other guy, Kadarius Toney. I don’t understand why he doesn’t play more. This man is electric. Toney took a 70 yard screen pass to the house and made 3 guys miss in the process. I know it’s just one play but you don’t find players that look this explosive all the time. Why doesn’t Florida play him more? Get this man on the field. Imagine only giving this guy 4 touches in a game? I need more now.

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