College Football Prospects Mid-Season Report

Spencer Rattler - QB, OU- Probably one of the biggest fallers in recent memory. Once a thought to go first overall, just got benched in week 6 for a true freshman. In his last 3 games he has passed for 3 TDs with 3 Ints and taken 9 sacks. Leading a lot of people to question his decision making ability, which hasn't taken a step forward this year. He has completed passes at a higher rate this year, 74.3% to 67.5%, he has taken a step back in yards per pass attempt, 7.8 to 9.6. With head coach Lincoln Riley not yet naming a starter for the upcoming week, retaking the starting job back from 5-star recruit Caleb Williams is step 1 to his draft stock recovery. After being All Big-12 last year, he will need to play lights out to give himself a shot at a high draft pick, and a route to fantasy football relevance. He is only a redshirt sophomore, so if things don't recover, expect a transfer to avoid competing with Caleb Williams next year as well.

Malik Willis - QB, Liberty - He came into the year with a lot of hype around him. A dynamic playmaker with a big arm has had some scouts believe an NFL team will fall in love with him like the 49ers did with Trey Lance. While he has that tremendous playmaking ability, he has shown this year to try to use it too much sometime, with 18 sacks taken in 6 games. He has already had almost 500 rushing yards and a QBR of 89.6 on the season, which is good for 3rd in college football. One of the knocks on him was an inconsistent arm and needing to improve his decision making, he has made a slight improvement in his completion percentage, 64.2% to 67.9% and limited his interceptions to 3 (all in the same game), has this trending in the right direction. With a lot of the other top end QBs playing themselves down the draft board, his play this year could have him rising up. An elite arm with increased accuracy, with his rushing ability, would have any dynasty manager (and NFL GM) salivating.

Kenneth Walker III - RB, MSU - A transfer from Wake Forrest, has had a breakout season, putting himself in the Heisman running. 129 carries, 912 yards, and 9 touchdowns will do that for you. His athletic ability has always checked the box of being able to be a NFL running back, but the big plays of 94 and 75 yards this years and put it on display. There is a lot left to be desired in the pass catching department with only 4 catches on the year and 3 each of the last 2, but as most NFL teams have a RBBC, this shouldn't deter teams from using a high pick on Walker this year. His pass-blocking ability needs to be improved and could be the only thing that keeps him from being a 3-down back in the NFL.

Trey McBride - TE, CSU - Comes into the season with a well rounded game for a tight end. The big highlight for the year and something the scouts will talk about is his game against Iowa. 6 catches for 59 yards doesn't jump off the page, especially starting the year off with 3 100+ yard receiving games, but showing he can compete against the Iowa defense with a undertalented team does. He has shown a quickness in getting off of the line and with 42 catches on the year will be something scouts will love as he continues to rise up the draft boards. With the state of TE's, he could be a hot commodity for teams without one of the elite options next year.

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