Future Stars: The Best NFL Draft Prospects To Discover – Week 2

Future Stars: The Best NFL Draft Prospects To Discover – Week 2
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What a start to the college football season, which has seen Future Stars emerge across the country!

Future Stars brings you the 2022 NFL Draft Prospects you should keep your eye on every week in the UK televised games, throughout the college season and into next year’s Draft.

There are 6 games available to watch on TV in the UK this Saturday. Including on Sky Sports who will be broadcasting all of Notre Dame’s home games this season.

18:30FLORIDA at SOUTH FLORIDABT SPORT ESPN
19:30TOLEDO at NOTRE DAMESKY SPORTS NFL
21:30IOWA at IOWA STATEBT SPORT ESPN
00:00TEXAS at ARKANSASBT SPORT 3
01:00WASHINGTON at MICHIGANBT SPORT ESPN
03:15UTAH at BYUBT SPORT 3
ALL TIMES IN GMT – UK & IRELAND.

Of course keep an eye on your TV guide for any scheduling changes!

Here are your Future Stars in week 2!

FUTURE STARS

KAIIR ELAM – CB – FLORIDA

Kaiir Elam - Future Stars
Image Credit: USAToday

Kaiir Elam is simply one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He was ranked the #3 corner in our preseason rankings. 

Elam is a tall and rangy corner who has fantastic movement and ball skills. He possesses really good potential. Elam plays with great balance and strength while having good instincts and awareness. 

Currently picked as high as the top 10 in 2022 Mock Drafts, Elam will be looking to affirm his draft stock through this early part of the season. Florida are expected to beat USF comfortably, opening at 28.5 point favourites. 

If Florida can get a big lead early and force USF into taking chances down field, Elam should be able to show off his skills.

JALEN CATALON – S – ARKANSAS

An early favourite, we are really excited to see how Jalen Catalon improves this season. In a deep safety class, Catalon stands out as a high effort and big hitter.

Jalen Catalon is a strong, instinctive player who is a tough tackler. He thrives in physical matchups where he can display his burst and explosiveness. Catalan is always around the football and his fluid, but aggressive play style means he makes plays on all three levels. 

The preseason All-American has the chance to put a real marker down in this safety class. He is certainly a player we will be watching closely all season.

JAXSON KIRKLAND – OT – WASHINGTON

Jaxson Kirkland - Future Stars
Image Credit: 247Sports

Sitting at #2 on our preseason rankings, it is fair to say we are higher than most on Jaxson Kirkland. After suffering a shock 13-7 loss to Montana in week 1, Washington will be looking to get themselves back on track. 

Kirkland has bounds of Athleticism. He explodes out of his stance, has a strong anchor and his athleticism means his lateral and vertical movement is exceptional. He is brutal in the run game and he isn’t happy until he has put his opponent in the dirt.

In protection, his hands get up quick and are punchy. Kirkland’s technique is really good and he can fend off all types of rushers.

Week 2 will see him matchup against Aidan Hutchinson. Hutchinson will be a great test for Kirkland and if he can hold his own, then he is a player who will rise up draft boards.

DEVIN LLOYD – LB – UTAH

A promising linebacker who has gone underrated by many, Devin Lloyd showed up in week 1. Lloyd finished week 1 with 12 tackles, 1 sack, a forced fumble and an interception. His performance earned him the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Lloyd has prototypical size and athleticism for the linebacker position. As calling cards go, athleticism isn’t a bad one to have. He is a dynamic and adaptable player with rare traits. 

 His size means he has fantastic reach and his athleticism means he can cover the whole field with his explosive speed. Lloyd is a strong tackler and blitzer who possesses really good awareness and instincts. 

Lloyds size, speed and strength overwhelms the opposition and he is a force on every down. 

Ranked #4 in our preseason rankings, Lloyd is on his way to being recognised towards the top of this linebacker class and will soon be gathering national attention.

CHARLIE KOLAR – TE – IOWA STATE

Charlie Kolar - Future Stars
Image Credit: Iowa State University Athletics

Now, here is a first for us here on Future Stars. Charlie Kolar becomes the first player to appear in back to back seasons having returned to Iowa State instead of declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Overall, Kolar is an exciting prospect. He does everything very well. He is a tight end who has really good size and as a predominantly pass catching option, has a a huge catch radius and really safe hands. Kolar has lined up all over the field and is a smooth route runner who is really dangerous travelling up the seam. 

We said last season that Kolar wasn’t the greatest athlete in the tight end class. The same is true again in 2021. He doesn’t possess game changing speed or explosiveness and isn’t particularly elusive. What Kolar is, is a consistent, safe option for any quarterback.

Now a redshirt senior, Kolar can really press on and become a serious Tight End option in a class which is wide open.

Which Future Stars will you have your eye on this week? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_ 

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