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We highlight and profile the 2017 NFL draft-eligible prospects for Friday's No. 21 Baylor vs. Rice game and Arizona State vs. Texas San Antonio game.

Northwestern State v Baylor Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Greetings 49er Faithful! We are back with our breakdown of college football's Week 3 action. Each week throughout the college season we will break down a few college football games providing highlights and profiles of a few notable draft-eligible prospects you should pay attention to. This will help people build a list of names to know when we get into the offseason. I'll start things off covering two games for this evening in the Baylor vs. Rice match-up and Arizona State vs. Texas San Antonio match-up. So, sit back, put your scouting hat on, and let's get things started with Week 3.

No. 21 Baylor Bears at Rice Owls

Time: 5:00 PM PST
Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

The Baylor Bears head into Rice Stadium as a 30-point favorite over the Owls, which isn't too surprising since the last time they met in 2015, the Bears annihilated the Owls 70-17. A lot has changed with Baylor, considering the sexual assault fallout, but what has remained the same is the football vision - scoring early and often. Rice has struggled limping their way into the season with a 0-2 record, but look to give it their all against a rolling 2-0 Baylor team. Rice needs to keep pace with Baylor in order to avoid a similar disaster they faced last season. The key for Baylor - don't take Rice for granted.

Baylor has a few draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on: QB Seth Russell, No. 17; RB Shock Linwood, No. 32; *WR K.D. Cannon, No. 9; C Kyle Fuller, No. 55; and SS Orion Stewart, No. 28.

QB Seth Russell, No. 17, displays a solid quarterback frame with impressive athleticism and speed. Russell stands tall in the pocket, makes quick decisive decisions in a wide-open offense. Ball pops out of his hands, has decent arm strength, good touch on the deep throws, and displays solid timing. Russell shows great athleticism and awareness in the pocket with a suddenness in his movements utilizing power, agility, and strength to slip through defenders keeping his eyes downfield with decent effectiveness throwing on the run. He also displays the mental and physical toughness along with great athleticism and agility to gain yards with his legs. In 2015, he averaged 10.5 yards per pass attempt and 8.2 yards per carry. Accuracy is inconsistent and coming off a season ending neck injury in 2015, durability will raise questions at the next level. Nevertheless, Russell is potentially a very intriguing fit in a Chip Kelly offense.

Other than an impressive first name, RB Shock Linwood, No. 32, displays amazing speed, quickness, burst, agility, and athleticism. He brings great power behind his pads and stays low to the ground showcasing good vision, impressive cuts, and the burst and speed to pull away from defenders. Linwood is a tough runner with versatility in his game.

*WR K.D. Cannon, No. 9, is true to his namesake, because "cannon" truly represents how explosive he is on the field. An elite deep threat with blazing speed displaying excellent explosion, agility, and smoothness in his game, Cannon, the former high school star track athlete sports a lanky frame, a good ability to break in and out of his cuts with great suddenness and an amazing burst exploding out of breaks separating from defenders. Cannon extends his arms to make the catch possessing solid reliable hands, good body control, and nice ball skills tracking the deep ball. He is an amazing athlete with elite speed (4.38 40) and has a recorded time in the 100-meter dash of 10.37 seconds. He will need to add functional strength for the next level and needs to give more effort when plays are not coming his way, has a tendency to be spectator during run plays.

* = indicates junior status

Baylor

QB Seth Russell, No. 17, 6'3" - 220 lbs., 4.49 40 - (4th-5th)
RB Shock Linwood, No. 32, 5'9" - 200 lbs., 4.48 40 - (7th)
*WR K.D. Cannon, No. 9, 5'11" - 180 lbs., 4.38 40 - (6th)
WR Lynx Hawthorne, No. 7, 5'11" - 200 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)
C Kyle Fuller, No. 55, 6'4" - 310 lbs., 5.29 40 - (5th-6th)
CB Ryan Reid, No. 9, 5'10" - 190 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
SS Orion Stewart, No. 28, 6'1" - 205 lbs., 4.58 40 - (7th-UDFA)

This is not Rice's year for draft-eligible talent, but there is WR Zach Wright, No. 17, with an opportunity to make an NFL squad as an undrafted free agent rookie.

Rice

WR Zach Wright, No. 17, 6'1" - 200 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)

Arizona State Sun Devils at Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

Time: 6:30 PM PST
Channel: ESPN 2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN

The 2-0 Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off a barn-burner of a game going head-to-head with Texas Tech defeating the Red Raiders 68-55. The 1-1 Texas San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) are coming off of a loss to Colorado State, 23-14, but are poised to stop the Sun Devils' explosive offense - ranked sixth nationally in scoring. The Roadrunners will have their hands full facing an opponent that rushes an average of 288.5 ypg - 11th nationally, but as a defense, UTSA ranks 94th nationally in rushing defense, allowing an average of 182.5 ypg, so the advantage is definitely on Arizona State's side. Look for the Sun Devils to pound the rock with their 1-2 punch of RB Demario Richard and RB Kalen Ballage, rushing away with the victory.

Arizona State has plenty of undrafted free agent rookie prospects with a good chance of some of them making an NFL roster. One ASU draft-eligible prospect in particular, ILB Salamo Fiso, No. 58, has a possibility of being a last day draft pick.

ILB Salamo Fiso, No. 58, lacks the ideal size for the position, but is a hard-nosed tough and aggressive box linebacker, and is a tenacious force against the run. He shows great instincts reading run keys with decent play speed to track down the football, capable of getting off blocks, and is a strong tackler hitting with explosion. Special Teams will be key for him at the next level.

Arizona State

WR Tim White, No. 12, 5'10" - 185 lbs., 4.50 40 - (UDFA)
TE Kody Kohl, No. 83, 6'3" - 235 lbs., 4.77 40 - (UDFA)
OG Evan Goodman, No. 57, 6'3" - 310 lbs., 5.22 40 - (UDFA)
DE Edmond Boateng, No. 97, 6'3" - 265 lbs., 4.94 40 - (UDFA)
DT Viliami Latu, No. 41, 6'2" - 290 lbs., 5.08 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Viliami Moeakiola, No. 28, 6'0" - 215 lbs., 4.63 40 - (UDFA)
ILB Salamo Fiso, No. 58, 6'0" - 240 lbs., 4.83 40 - (7th-UDFA)
K Zane Gonzalez, No. 5, 6'0" - 190 lbs., 4.91 40 - (UDFA)

UTSA is not known for draft-eligible talent, but there is RB Jarveon Williams, No. 2, with an opportunity to make an NFL squad as an undrafted free agent rookie.

Texas San Antonio (UTSA)

RB Jarveon Williams, No. 2, 5'9" - 220 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)