Ones to Watch: 2021 Draft Prospects to watch in Week 1

Ones to Watch: 2021 Draft Prospects to watch in Week 1
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Today we kick off a brand new series where we will bring you the ‘Ones to Watch’ in the UK televised games each and every week through the college season. 

Whether it’s round 1 talent or late round sleeper picks we will give you the players you should watch out for and players that could have their name called when the NFL Draft hits Cleveland from April 29 – May 1.

Week 1 kicks us off, as the college season rolls into town, and although there may be a lack of heavyweight matchups on offer, there are still draftable players to look out for.

Now the never-ending offseason has finally ended, week 1 brings us 3 live UK televised games.

You can watch Eastern Kentucky at Marshall (18:00 UK time), SMU at Texas State (21:30) and Arkansas State at Memphis (01:00). All three games are available to watch live on BT Sport ESPN. 

Now here is who you should have your eye on.


Damonte Coxie – WR – Memphis
Memphis Tigers wide receiver Damonte Coxie. Image Credit:

Coxie is on the brink of breaking all sorts of school records at Memphis and is looking for his third consecutive 1,000 yard season. With Kenneth Gainwell opting out and declaring for the draft, Coxie will be hoping all eyes are on him in the Tigers’ offence. 

When watching Coxie look out for his toughness. The wideout is ultra physical and he has fantastic ball skills. Coxie isn’t blessed with great speed though and therefore has struggled to create his own space to work with. Scouts will be watching how he can improve his burst of the line of scrimmage and how he can create his own separation. 

Shane Buechele – QB – SMU

Buechele wont be among the top quarterbacks drafted, but he does have a chance to be a day three pick. The SMU QB is a gunslinger type quarterback who plays in an air raid offence. He does, however, have issues over his size and consistency. 

Buechele will be looking to improve his accuracy and consistency issues and improve his draft stock.

Josh Ball – OT – Marshall
Marshall offensive lineman Josh Ball. Image Credit : Sholten Singer|The Herald-Dispatch

Ball is a tackle who has the flexibility to play both sides of the offensive line. He is seen by scouts as being an early day three pick. But, there has been some talk this summer that he could potentially improve to a day two pick.

The Marshall tackle has ideal size and athleticism, but he will need to clear up some issues around his character. Ball arrived at Marshall by the way of Florida State, who dismissed him from school because of allegations of dating violence. 

Ball is a player who scouts will look at as having a tremendous upside. He has a lot to gain from his performances this coming season. 

Forrest Merrill – DT – Arkansas State

Merrill started 5 games last season before a season ending injury. A big nose tackle who you won’t miss on the field. He is a big presence at 6’1” and 320 lbs. He is a tough, old school defensive tackle. 

Merrill is currently being talked about as a mid day three pick, but if he can impress against a productive Memphis offence then his draft stock will grow considerably. Merrill will be hoping a productive season will shoot him up draft boards. 

T.J. Carter – CB – Memphis
Memphis Tigers Cornerback T.J. Carter. Image Credit:

T.J. Carter is a divisive corner back. Some scouts have him low on their boards, whereas others have the Memphis player as having top 100 potential with a productive season. 

He is a disruptive corner who, although plays on the outside, will project as a slot corner at the next level. Carter is combative and hands on and does give away some penalties, but he is a fighter and embraces physicality. 

Carter is on the small side as he is only 5’11”, but he is speedy. He will be looking to improve his man coverage abilities to get his draft stock trending in the upwards direction. 

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