Future Stars: The Best NFL Draft Prospects To Discover – Week 5

Future Stars: The Best NFL Draft Prospects To Discover – Week 5
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Week 5 sees some of the biggest matchups in the college football season to date, with plenty of Future Stars on offer.

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.

Cincinnati at Notre Dame and Ole Miss at Alabama are 2 of the most anticipated matchups so far and we get to watch them as part of 7 games available to watch on TV in the UK.

19:00ARKANSAS at GEORGIABT SPORT ESPN (JOIN IN PROGRESS)
19:30CINCINNATI at NOTRE DAMESKY SPORTS NFL
20:30OLE MISS at ALABAMABT SPORT ESPN
23:00FLORIDA at KENTUCKYBT SPORT 3
00:00INDIANA at PENN STATEBT SPORT ESPN
00:00BAYLOR at OKLAHOMA STATEBT SPORT 2
04:00AUBURN at LSUBT SPORT ESPN (JOIN IN PROGRESS)
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 5!

FUTURE STARS

JOSH WHYLE – TE – CINCINNATI

Josh Whyle - Future Stars
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In a huge matchup against Notre Dame in a potential College Football Playoff eliminator, Josh Whyle could be key to the Cincinnati offence. 

You could argue that Whyle is the best tight end out of Cincinnati since Travis Kelce and he offers the all round game to have impact against Notre Dame. 

Josh Whyle is a super athletic tight end who offers versatility and flexibility to the Cincinnati offensive scheme. 

When operating from the slot, Whyle offers a nice amount as a receiver. He can catch in traffic and he has the athletic traits, the speed and the power to generate yards after contact. 

In Cincinnati’s biggest match up and toughest test to date. Whyle could be on for a big day as a safe option for QB Desmond Ridder. 

KYREN WILLIAMS – RB – NOTRE DAME

As one of the top running backs in the 2022 NFL Draft class, it is fair to say that Kyren Williams would have been hoping for a better start to his season. 

Notre Dame have been underwhelming on offense and with an unusually bad offensive line to run behind, it’s no wonder Williams has struggled to get anything going so far. 

Williams is a complete running back. He is agile and fluid and plays fantastically through contact. His most impressive attribute is his pass protection. Kyren Williams should not be as good of a blocker as he is for a player his size. With the ball in his hands he shows good patience and he has great pace to get to the second level and find space. 

For our money, Williams is one of the top running backs in the 2022 NFL Draft class. With his well rounded skills and exceptional game attitude, Williams should be a player NFL teams are excited by come April. 

JERRION EALY – RB – OLE MISS

Jerrion Ealy - Football - Ole Miss Athletics
Image Credit: Ole Miss Sports

Ole Miss and in particular the Ole Miss offence have been truely exciting to watch so far in 2021. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Through summer scouting it was clear that Ole Miss have an identity on offence, but they also have the playmakers to be competitive.

All the attention for the game against Alabama will be on Heisman Trophy favourite Matt Corral, but it is Jerrion Ealy that we have been high on since the preseason.

Ealy is a pure athlete, he is clean and polished, while being slippery and elusive. As a runner he is super smooth and glides through running lanes. If left 1 on 1 he possesses the qualities to run over you. Ealy shows patience through the hashes and has an incredible turn of speed. He has the speed, footwork and skills to score form everywhere and the Alabama defence will have to be careful how they cover him.

If Ole Miss are going to stay with Alabama or even beat them, they are obviously going to have to put up points and keep the clock moving. Jerrion Ealy could be just the player to unlock the Alabama defence and really put his name up in lights. 

CALEB JONES – OT – INDIANA

Caleb Jones has had a difficult start to the season. His tape has not been good enough when he was expected to progress in 2021. 

Jones is an absolute unit and some scouts will absolutely fall in love with his size. He is a 3 year starter and has plenty of experience at both tackle positions. Playing predominantly LT for Indiana this year, he has not been good enough. His matchup against Iowa could not have gone much worse. But, Jones gets another shot. Play well this coming week against Penn State and he will put himself back in to draftable contention.

He does lack some athleticism and flexibility, but at 6’8” 362, his size is undeniably massive.

At the moment Jones is a developmental prospect who will need a team to take a chance on him in later rounds. If he can improve through the later part of the season and in his conference matchups, he will be a player who teams will be intrigued by. 

BRANDON SMITH – LB – PENN STATE

Brandon Smith - PennLive
Image Credit: PennLive

Smith is a versatile linebacker who follows the hybrid mould set by Isaiah Simmons and recently Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. 

If Brandon Smith is anything, he is an athlete. He has athleticism for days and has the traits to translate his college career into the NFL.

Smith has good functional play strength and is a strong tackler. He is a nasty finisher and loves putting players into the ground. His acceleration and pace are quick and his closing speed is explosive. 

That speed and athleticism transitions over to Smith’s coverage skills which are also really strong. 

As the 3rd ranked linebacker by ourselves in the 2022 NFL Draft, Smith has the awareness and anticipation to be successful at the next level. He has had flashy games in 2021 and will now be looking to add consistency. 

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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