FUTURE STARS: THE BEST DRAFT PROSPECTS TO DISCOVER – WEEK 15

FUTURE STARS: THE BEST DRAFT PROSPECTS TO DISCOVER – WEEK 15
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TREVOR LAWRENCEJUSTIN FIELDSTREY LANCE
PENEI SEWELLGREGORY ROUSSEAURASHAWN SLATER

It is Saturday which means Future Stars! With only a compressed College Football televised schedule on offer to viewers across the pond we are bringing you a condensed version of Future Stars.

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 15 will only see 4 games televised in the UK across the BT Sport channels.

NORTH CAROLINA at MIAMI20:30BT SPORT ESPN
LSU at FLORIDA00:00BT SPORT 3
USC at UCLA00:00BT SPORT ESPN
STANFORD at OREGON STATE03:30BT SPORT 3
ALL GAMES ARE SUBJECT TO SCHEDULE CHANGES. TIMES ARE IN UK AND IRELAND TIME

Here are your Future Stars in week 15.

FUTURE STARS

JAELAN PHILLIPS – DL – MIAMI

Jaelan Phillips is in Future Stars
Miami DL Jaelan Phillips. Image Credit: 247Sports

The Miami defensive front has lived up to the hype, despite Gregory Rousseau opting out. Phillips is one who has benefited from an increased role and has 7.5 sacks on the year.

Phillips possesses great power and speed. He has natural abilities that you just can’t teach. He has shown, so far in 2020, that he is one of the better pass rushers in college football. His is flexible off the edge and has a mixture of skill moves to win at the line of scrimmage. His power makes him difficult for lineman to deal with and his athleticism only exemplifies his proficiencies. 

The biggest concern for NFL teams will be his injury history. He has missed a lot of ball and has a relatively low amount of film to analyse. But, he has come into 2020 better than ever and teams should feel confident about his motivation and determination. 

There is no doubt, Phillips will have his hands full against a toolsy UNC offence. But, it is a game he can use to keep improving his draft stock.

JAVONTE WILLIAMS – RB – UNC

Javonte Williams’s draft stock is on the rise and he is now considered among the top running back prospects in this class.

Along with Michael Carter, Williams has been a part of a consistently potent UNC backfield and a match up with a good Miami defensive front will provide them with challenges. Williams has 19 touchdowns on the year and is showing up week in week out. 

Williams is an all purpose back who can contribute in all aspects of the game. He has great vision and speed and can change direction on the spot. Williams has good size and has the strength and balance when battling through contact. 

However, there have been questions asked as to whether he will be a 3 down back at the next level. Although he performs admiralty in pass protection, it isn’t his biggest strength. Also, he has had some fumble issues prior to this season. But, teams should be happy this is an issue that has been cleared up.

Williams is a highlight waiting to happen and his surge up draft boards will make him one of the top backs taken. His play this year has seen him jump up above some RBs. With a good performance against NFL caliber defenders will only stand him in good stead. 

DEMETRIC FELTON – RB – UCLA

Felton is another running back whose draft stock is on the up after showcasing his versatile and flexible play style. 

Felton is a plug and play utility back who contributes just as much in the passing game as he does as a runner. As a wide receiver convert he possesses that trait that NFL teams and signal callers want in a back. Catchability.

Felton will be a play callers dream. You would expect him to be involved in some creative play designs over his NFL career. He will fit great into a spread offence that allows him to line up all over the field. He is dynamic, dangerous and potent as a runner. But, also lively, aggressive and electric with the ball in his hands as a receiver.

There is no doubt that Felton’s size is on the small side. But, his energetic and enterprising play style should combat any major concerns. Felton isn’t a player who is going to offer you a lot in pass protection and he isn’t a player who will get the hard yards when running up the gut. But, he is a player teams will love to dial plays up for.

Quick and explosive, what Felton has is loved by NFL teams. He could be one of those players who is drafted in the later rounds and can have an instant impact on the way a team plays. 

ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER – OL – USC

Alijah Vera-Tucker is in Future Stars
USC OL Alijah Vera-Tucker. Image Credit: USC Atletics

The best word to describe Vera-Tucker is efficient. He does everything, including the small things, well. He has transitioned to left tackle with ease. But, he does offer the opportunity to slot back in at guard at the next level.

Vera-Tucker excels in the running game. He is a big powerful blocker who packs a punch. He has good tools at the point of attack and his grippy hands force defenders off balance.

Vera-Tucker is a dominant run blocker, but, is also successful in the passing game. He can drop back efficiently and takes up good positions. You can trust all his traits are good enough and you can slot him straight in as a pro. 

The reason he is expected to slot back in as a guard in the NFL is because he does not possess the overall athleticism that others in this class necessarily have. Vera-Tucker has more than enough for a guard. But, until we get testing numbers, there will be questions if he declares as a tackle. 

He may be the offensive lineman who has gained the most by playing this season and he has risen up draft boards exponentially. Vera-Tucker has played as good at tackle this year as he has previously as a guard and is now a player who is being spoken about in first round discussions. 

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: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA ATHLETICS

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