Top five American Football college prospects and where they could end up

By Brandon Spalding 

There are many great prospects entering next year’s draft and if your team not performing how you’d like (which is probably why you’re here), you’d like to know if any of these blue-chip prospects could end up on your teams roster. 

Here is a list of the top five college football prospects: 

  1. Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State 

Young has 13.5 sacks (1st), 15.5 tackles for loss (tied for 2nd) and five forced fumbles (2nd) through eight games. That’s not a typo, Young has produced these numbers in just eight games. He’s no short of spectacular and is the best prospect in this year’s draft class. 

So where could Young end up? Well, he could easily be the number one pick off the board, it all depends on what the team needs. As it stands, I see Young going to Washington as the Redskins have the second pick. Yes, Washington have big offensive line concerns, but is there really an area where they don’t have concerns? Young is simply too good to pass up. 

2. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama 

Jerry Jeudy is the cream of the crop, he is as good a receiver prospect you’ll see, period. He has extremely quick feet, crisp route running and blazing speed. Regardless of team needs, this is a guy that can instantly benefit all 32 NFL teams. Jeudy is a rare talent, one that really doesn’t come up often, so teams have to think carefully if they want to pass up on him. 

There are a number of teams that could grab Jeudy. The first of which is the New York Giants. Currently sitting at pick number six, Jeudy would provide another weapon for youngster Daniel Jones to use alongside Golden Tate III, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. Equally, if the G-Men decide to go Offensive Line, the Denver Broncos could immediately replace recently departed receiver Emmanuel Sanders. 

3. Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama 

Considered the best Quarterback in this year’s draft, Tagovailoa has passed for 1,300 yards, 17 touchdowns and zero interceptions with a completion rate of 77.7 percent through four games. He is also a front runner for the Heisman award. The lefty has elite accuracy at all three levels, displaying a smooth delivery, solid arm strength and excellent touch 

We are nine games into the NFL season, just over halfway and as it stands the Cincinnati Bengals hold the number one pick after the Miami Dolphins pulled off a win against the Jets. The Andy Dalton era has ended in inglorious fashion and while we wait to see what rookie Quarterback Ryan Finley can do, this organization is in need of a complete overhaul. If Cincy wants to go with a passer who has had success at a high level for several seasons, Tua is the guy. 

4. Jeff Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

Dubbed by many as the next Jalen Ramsey without the character concerns.  

After playing understudy to Denzel Ward as a freshman, Jeff Okudah broke out as a sophomore, recording eight pass deflections and consistently shutting down the opponent’s best wide out. He’s continued to live up to the hype this year, picking off three passes. 

There are many teams that could use a player like this that brings such a presence to Ohio State’s secondary. Okudah is a top ten pick and could get drafted as early as pick five, currently held by the Atlanta Falcons, as their whole defence needs rebranding. *Not quite* boasting one of the worst defences in the league, Atlanta could really use a guy like Okudah. If the Falcons pass, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (pick eight) could pick him up as well for similar reasons. 

5. Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU 

Joe Burrow came into the 2019 season as a Day three pick. He has been so consistent that he’s not only worked his way into round one, but he could legitimately be the first-overall selection. He set the LSU record for passing touchdowns (28) in a single season – after just seven games. 

So, is he number one material? We’ll have to wait to find that out, but if Cincinnati decide to go with other quarterback phenomenon Tua Tagovailoa, Burrow is most likely to go to the Dolphins with the fourth pick. Miami need a franchise passer arguably more than any other team in the league, and they can finally get one since Dan Marino retired two decades ago. 

With just under six months until the NFL Draft, I’m sure this list will change drastically, but keep a close eye on these top prospects and we’ll see where they end up come draft night. There are a lot of questions to ask, who will win the Heisman? Burrow or Tagovailoa? Chase Young first overall? All of which, only time will tell. 

Sub editing by Eric Lanje 

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