Greetings 49er Faithful! We are back with our breakdown of college football's Week 6 action - keeping our sights set on the 2018 NFL Draft.
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. For this week, we are focusing on the top 5 Edge prospects playing in Week 6.
* = indicates junior status
** = indicates redshirt sophomore status
Top 5 Edge Prospects Featured
*Arden Key - Edge - LSU at No. 21 Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
*Arden Key, No. 49 - LSU
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 255 | Age: 21
40 time: 4.74
Arden Key is a dynamic playmaker bringing a perfect blend of size, length, fluidity, speed, agility, and athleticism. He is explosive with a terrific first-step flying off the edge with excellent flexibility, elite quickness, burst, bendability, great balance, and acceleration with insane closing speed. Key wins with pure athleticism easily changing directions beating opponents with elite athleticism and speed, but when he flashes technique in concert with his athleticism, he becomes a dominant force wreaking havoc all over the field.
One area of concern with Key is he left the LSU football program for roughly four months taking a leave of absence for “personal reasons”. Along with shoulder surgery in the offseason and bulking up to become more powerful in taking on front-side blocks, Key has been hampered this season trying to get back into game shape after missing eight months of football activity. Nevertheless, when he’s on top of his game, Key is an elite talent with excellent physical traits and superior athleticism who plays the game with intense passion.
Harold Landry - Edge - Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Harold Landry, No. 7 - Boston College
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 250
40 time: 4.74
Harold Landry is a technically sound refined edge prospect with bend, decent size, and outstanding first-step quickness. He displays excellent burst off the edge winning with speed, agility, and great technique in concert with his athleticism to quickly engage, bend, and dip his shoulder getting underneath blockers flattening out with nice balance and body control finishing and closing hitting with explosive power behind his pads. Tremendously skilled converting speed into power, Landry wins flying and flattening off the edge and taking advantage of his elite Gumby-like bendability and impressive inside moves.
Bradley Chubb - Edge - Louisville at NC State | October 5, 2017
Bradley Chubb, No. 9 - N.C. State
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 275
40 time: 4.84
Bradley Chubb is a chiseled prospect with great athleticism, strength, and length. The cousin of famed Georgia Bulldog running back Nick Chubb, Bradley is a dynamic disruptive force with a quick burst and a relentless pursuit with a motor always running hot. He shows speed off the edge, great change of direction skills, impressive bendability, and nice explosive burst flattening and closing bringing power behind his pads. Chubb displays a great ability to play front-side blocks at the point of attack with a powerful punch (strong run defender), and utilizes his athleticism to win with technique, power, and unstoppable determination that helps him defend against back-side blocks.
**Clelin Ferrell - Edge - Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
**Clelin Ferrell, No. 99 - Clemson
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 265 | Age: 20
40 time: 4.78
Clelin Ferrell is a young prospect that has shown the capacity to improve throughout his young collegiate career. With a complete game showing dominance both against the run and the passing game, Ferrell offers a perfect blend of size, length (long arms), strength, and athleticism. He displays great burst off the edge utilizing his length to his advantage playing with excellent leverage, body control, and balance, adept at holding the point of attack and releasing with nice change of direction skills, agility, foot quickness, and power.
Ferrell also displays an excellent ability playing front-side blocks at the point of attack utilizing his length and power to successfully stack and shed showing a solid game setting the edge. Moreover, he brings impressive skills defending back-side blocks with nice athleticism, length, and closing speed.
*Dorance Armstrong Jr. - Edge - Texas Tech at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1
*Dorance Armstrong Jr., No. 2 - Kansas
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 246
40 time: 4.74
Dorance Armstrong Jr. is an amazing pass rush specialist with excellent suddenness, explosion, and playmaking ability. With an impressive first-step, Armstrong erupts off the edge displaying tremendous quickness and closing speed with terrific bend off the edge. He takes advantage of his length (long arms), short area quickness, agility, flexibility, power, and athleticism. Although strength will need to improve at the next level, Armstrong does a decent job utilizing hand technique with a solid pop at the point of attack (needs more consistency to disengage), and is quick to transition into his pass rush moves with smoothness winning with nice speed, change of direction skills, athleticism, and a nose for the football.
Player measurables courtesy of team pages. 40 times projected.
Saturday Game Schedule (all times ET)
Wake Forest at No. 2 Clemson | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Iowa State at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 4 Penn State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Ole Miss at No. 12 Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Temple at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Tulsa at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Toledo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Illinois at Iowa | 12 p.m. | BTN
Texas Tech at Kansas | 12 p.m. | FS1
Duke at Virginia | 12:20 p.m. | ACC Network
Pittsburgh at Syracuse | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Central Michigan at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Bowling Green at Miami (OH) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Florida Intl at Middle Tennessee | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 23 West Virginia at No. 8 TCU | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
No. 13 Miami at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 21 Notre Dame at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
LSU at No. 21 Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Minnesota at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
New Mexico State at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Ball State at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Air Force at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Kent State at Northern Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Western Michigan at Buffalo | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Charleston Southern at Indiana | 3:30 p.m. | BTN
Maryland at No. 10 Ohio State | 4 p.m. | FOX
Oregon State at No. 14 USC | 4 p.m. | PAC12
Arkansas at South Carolina | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Louisiana Tech at UAB | 4 p.m. | CUSA.tv
Colorado State at Utah State | 4:30 p.m.
Louisiana at Idaho | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Marshall at Charlotte | 6 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion | 6 p.m.
Army at Rice | 6:30 p.m.
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3
SMU at Houston | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Kansas State at Texas | 7 p.m. | FS1
Southern Mississippi at UT San Antonio | 7 p.m.
No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN
No. 16 Virginia Tech at Boston College | 7:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Michigan State at No. 7 Michigan | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Missouri at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Fresno State at San Jose State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 9 Wisconsin at Nebraska | 8 p.m. | BTN
No. 11 Washington State at Oregon | 8 p.m. | FOX
No. 25 UCF at Cincinnati | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
Western Kentucky at UTEP | 8 p.m. | CUSA.tv
Arizona at Colorado | 8 p.m. | PAC12
Stanford at No. 20 Utah | 10:15 p.m. | FS1
Hawaii at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
California at No. 6 Washington | 10:45 p.m. | ESPN
No. 19 San Diego State at UNLV | 10:45 p.m. | ESPN2