FUTURE STARS: THE BEST DRAFT PROSPECTS TO DISCOVER – WEEK 14

FUTURE STARS: THE BEST DRAFT PROSPECTS TO DISCOVER – WEEK 14
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Future Stars returns again in week 14 of the college football season. In a week that has seen Notre Dame clinch a spot in the ACC Championship Game, Clemson can seal their spot by a win today.

Future Stars brings you the 2021 NFL Draft Prospects you should keep your eye on each and every week throughout the college season and into next year’s Draft.

Week 14 will see 9 games televised in the UK across Sky Sports NFL and the BT Sport channels. Yes, you read that right! 9 GAMES!

OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN STATE17:00BT SPORT 3
TEXAS A&M at AUBURN17:00BT SPORT ESPN
SYRACUSE at NOTRE DAME19:30SKY SPORTS NFL
INDIANA at WISCONSIN20:30BT SPORT 3
FLORIDA at TENNESSEE20:30BT SPORT ESPN
OREGON at CALIFORNIA00:00BT SPORT ESPN
CLEMSON at VIRGINIA TECH00:00BT SPORT 3
ALABAMA at LSU01:00BT SPORT 2
OREGON STATE at UTAH03:30BT SPORT ESPN
ALL GAMES ARE SUBJECT TO SCHEDULE CHANGES. TIMES ARE IN UK AND IRELAND TIME

Here are your Future Stars in week 14.

FUTURE STARS

JACK SANBORN – LB – WISCONSIN

Jack Sanborn is in a group of Draft Prospects looking to make a push
Wisconsin LB Jack Sanborn. Image Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sanborn is a strong, athletic middle linebacker who has an abundance of physicality. Wisconsin has produced many linebackers in recent years and Sanborn is just another to follow in the footsteps of others, such as T.J. Watt and Zack Baun.

His physicality shows up in his tackling ability. He is a tackling machine and rarely misses. He is strong, consistent and dependable in the tackle. His high football IQ and great play recognition means he is a leader on the Badgers defence.

Sanborn has a really good change of direction and his sure footing means he can get after players with the ball in their hands. He can get downhill to rush the passer as well as when he is playing in coverage.

On film it appears Sanborn performs better when playing in zone coverage. He can find himself lost when playing man to man. In man coverage he can be a bit over eager and overshoot and although, Sanborn has a great change of direction, he doesn’t have the explosive turn of pace to close in the space.

Sanborn is looking to be a top 100 player come April, but he is fighting it out with a range of linebacker draft prospects in this class.

CHRIS OLAVE – WR – OHIO STATE

Chris Olave already has almost 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year, showing the type of production he will bring to an NFL team.

Olave is possibly the best route runner in this class. He runs smooth, but snappy routes. He is able to change direction in a sudden movement and will be able to run any route in the play book. 

Olave has great control over his body which means he is fantastic down the sidelines and can create separation in the midfield.  He has good physicality and frame to go with his soft hands. Olave is a player that does everything well. 

With Olave what you see is what you get. He doesn’t possess immense speed or overwhelming strength that will see him taken before others in this class. Some have also questioned how much room he has to improve and develop at the next level. 

Wherever Olave is taken he will be an instant starter in the NFL. He will be an excellent pro as he can do everything well and merits his opportunity to be featured in Future Stars. 

HAMILCAR RASHED JR – EDGE/OLB – OREGON STATE

Hamilcar Rashed JR is included in future stars
Oregon State EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr. Image Credit: Oregon State University Athletics

Rashed Jr came into 2020 hoping to make a challenge for NFL evaluators in 2020. After recording 14 sacks in 2019 he had production to build on. He is yet to register a sack on the season and Rashed Jr will be hoping his production picks up soon as he is falling down the pecking order.

Rashed Jr is a raw prospect who has really good athleticism. He is nimble, light footed and agile. He will fit in beautifully in a 3-4 scheme as he has the ability to drop into coverage when needed. Rashed Jr is great in the run game especially because of his speed and tackling ability.

Rashed Jr is really lacking the frame and strength to challenge the top of this class. He also needs to improve his awareness as he can be the last to jump when the ball is snapped. He also needs to protect himself more, as some bigger opponents find it too easy to get their hands on him. Rashed Jr will be a project for the team that picks him, but he has a tremendous upside.

He is clearly a polarising prospect. Some scouts may have him as a top 5 edge rusher. Some have him as a late round pick. It shows in this edge class you can pick your flavour and it will be interesting to see Rashed Jr’s progression through the draft process. 

CHRISTIAN BARMORE – IDL – ALABAMA 

In a weak defensive tackle class, Barmore will be seriously considering declaring for the 2021 NFL draft.

And so he should. Barmore combines size, power and strength. He is big and is explosive in limited space. He is an absolute menace up front and he always finds a way to keep busy. Barmore possesses good skill moves, he is able to swim over offensive lineman when rushing the passer and he has the intense force to move his opponent in the run game.

The main concern with Barmore is his lack of play time. He is just a sophomore and lacks real game time experience. He needs to add more skill moves to his locker. His rawness means he needs to finish his tackles better and adding those extra tools will mean he doesn’t have to beat his opponent with pure strength.

He is another prospect where teams will be buying into his potential rather than his production. But his upside is of high round caliber and teams will be hopeful that the dice they roll will be weighted in their favour. 

DERION KENDRICK – CB – CLEMSON

Derion Kendrick is in Future Stars
Clemson CB Derion Kendrick. Image Credit: 247Sports

After not playing last week against Pittsburgh, Kendrick will be ready to pick up where he left off and continue to increase his draft stock.

Kendrick is a wide receiver convert meaning he has terrific ball skills. He has ideal size and mobility. He is good in coverage and it is clear he understands routes and can expose them. Teams will love his story and how he transitions to defensive back and that fight and determination within him will only hold in good stead. 

The fact Kendrick is a convert means he is still a really raw prospect who is relatively inexperienced. He is a prospect who is going to need some work, development and really good coaching. He needs to work on closing separation, especially when playing at full speed. The good thing is these can be improved with good coaching and Kendrick’s potential is just being unearthed. 

Watching Kendrick you see him improve week on week and he is a player whose stock continues to rise and will continue to rise as we head towards April. General Managers love Clemson defensive recruits so expect Kendrick to be towards the top of the 2021 cornerback class.

Which 2021 Draft Prospects will you have your eye on this week? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_ 

Feature Image Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

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