Week 3 of the college football season has concluded with some shocking developments along the way. No. 2 Florida State was stunned by 10th-ranked Louisville by 43 points, the largest losing margin ever by a Top 5 ranked team. Louisville’s signal caller, Lamar Jackson, is the runaway Heisman favorite at the moment with 18 total touchdowns in only three games. Jackson is ineligible for this year’s draft as a sophomore but does have some promise as Michael Vick recently said he is “five times better than he was in college.” Heading into Week 4 the current college football playoff would include Alabama, Ohio State, Louisville and Michigan with Clemson and Houston on the outside looking in.
1) Davis Webb, California: 27/40, 396 yards, 4 TD
Webb was brilliant in the upset win over No. 11 Texas. It is becoming fairly obvious that Webb is becoming a clear first-round quarterback prospect. By watching the game it was clear that Texas was the more talented team, Webb just had to put up 50 points in order to get the job done. The only real question about Webb at this point may be his mobility.
2) Chad Kelly, Mississippi: 26/40, 421 yards, 3 TD
Kelly played a heck of a game against Alabama showing that he is ready for the big stage. Unfortunately, Mississippi blew another huge 20-point lead again. Kelly is by far the most talented passer in the SEC playing tough defenses each and every week. I would say Kelly looks like a second-round quarterback but his character questions might come into play later placing him in Ryan Mallett territory.
3) Trevor Knight, Texas A&M: 20/40, 247 yards, TD
4) Greg Ward, Houston: 24/36, 326 yards, TD, 2 INT
5) C.J. Beathard, Iowa: 11/22, 152 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
I think we saw Beathard and Iowa’s true colors this past Saturday after losing to North Dakota State. Iowa perennially does not schedule any tough opponents out of conference and skated to a nice record a year ago after not having to play Ohio State, Michigan State or Michigan in conference play. This game really puts a damper on Beathard having to answer the question of what will happen when the Hawkeyes play real competition. Beathard slides down the list drastically this week and could see himself off the list entirely based off of how he plays the rest of the year.
1) Deshaun Watson, Clemson: 12/15, 152 yards, 3 TD
2) Brad Kaaya, Miami: 21/27, 368 yards, 3 TD, INT
Last week, I talked about how Kaaya was a bit of a tough one to grade. This week he got off to a great start versus Appalachian State moving the ball up and down the field. Then again it was only Appalachian State. We will learn more about Kaaya as the season moves along but right now he looks like one of the best pure passers coming into the draft.
3) DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame: 20/37, 344 yards, 2 TD, INT
Right now there are a lot questions about who is going to go first overall in the 2017 NFL Draft between Kizer and Watson. To me, Kizer looks like a less mobile version of Marcus Mariota. He isn’t entirely accurate and has a track record of losing games such as Texas and Michigan State. I like Kizer but I need to see more. It is silly to have him in the discussion for the first overall pick as Watson has proven himself at an elite level during the national championship game a year ago.
4) Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma: 17/32, 226 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
5) Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech: 26/36, 470 yards, 5 TD
Running Back (Seniors)
1) Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State: 23 carries, 220 yards, 3 TD
2) Corey Clement, Wisconsin: Did Not Play (injured ankle)
3) Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette: 23 carries, 223 yards, TD
4) Shock Linwood, Baylor: 13 carries, 57 yards
5) Marcus Cox, Appalachian State: 7 carries, 30 yards
Running Back (Underclassmen)
1) Leonard Fournette, LSU: 28 carries, 147 yards, 2 TD
2) Nick Chubb, Georgia: 19 carries, 63 yards
3) Dalvin Cook, Florida State: 16 carries, 54 yards
4) Christian McCaffrey, Stanford: 31 carries, 172 yards, TD
McCaffrey torched USC’s defense this week in a huge showing both on the ground and in the passing game. Doesn’t this guy just seem to be a perfect fit for the New England offense? No one means more to his team than McCaffrey as defenses focus their entire game plans around this guy.
5) Royce Freeman, Oregon: 5 carries, 31 yards