Greetings 49er Faithful! We are back with our breakdown of college football's Week 3 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.
We'll start things off covering tonight's match-up pitting Illinois vs. No. 22 South Florida. So, sit back, put your scouting hat on, and let's get things started with Week 3.
* = indicates junior status
+ = injury status
Illinois at No. 22 South Florida
Time: 4:00 PM PST
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RB Kendrick Foster, No. 22, 5'9" - 200 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
FB Brandon Roberts, No. 38, 6'3" - 250 lbs., - (UDFA)
WR Malik Turner, No. 11, 6'3" - 205 lbs., - (7th)
TE/FB Nathan Echard, No. 39, 6'2" - 235 lbs., - (UDFA)
OT Christian DiLauro, No. 67, 6'5" - 300 lbs., - (7th-UDFA)
OT Jordan Fagan, No. 66, 6'6" - 300 lbs., - (UDFA)
DE James Crawford, No. 5, 6'2" - 220 lbs., - (UDFA)
CB Jaylen Dunlap, No. 1, 6'1" - 190 lbs., - (7th-UDFA)
CB Ahmari Hayes, No. 27, 6'3" - 200 lbs., - (UDFA)
WR Malik Turner, No. 11, is a size receiver showcasing great length and catching radius with solid ball skills and reliable hands. Turner extends arms to make the catch high-pointing balls with nice body control, sound awareness, and wins contested catches. The former high school basketball athlete displays a good combination of suddenness and footwork with the ability to break in and out of his cuts separating from defenders consistently. Lacks desired explosion and speed is questionable at the next level.
One prospect in particular to keep an eye on is CB Ahmari Hayes, No. 27. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, the former high school rugby and track and field athlete provides the ideal length and size the 49ers' defensive scheme prefer for their cornerbacks. Hayes excels as a press man corner with a physical presence. He has good range and speed and takes full advantage of his size and length to win contested match-ups. Hayes will likely go undrafted, but the California native and College of San Mateo transfer should find himself as one of prospects the 49ers invite to their local Pro Day, and maybe, a spot on their practice squad.
Illinois' potential draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on:
OT Christian DiLauro, No. 67
CB Jaylen Dunlap, No. 1
QB Quinton Flowers, No. 9, 6'0" - 210 lbs., 4.40 40 - (6th-7th)
RB D'Ernest Johnson, No. 2, 5'10" - 207 lbs., 4.52 40 - (UDFA)
RB Darius Tice, No. 13, 5'10" - 211 lbs., - (UDFA)
WR Marquez Valdes-Scanting, No. 11, 6'3" - 207 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UDFA)
+WR Ryeshene Bronson, No. 81, 6'3" - 200 lbs., shoulder injury 9/7/17 out for year.
OG Jeremi Hall, No. 73, 6'5" - 332 lbs., - (UDFA)
C Cameron Ruff, No. 74, 6'3" - 320 lbs., - (UDFA)
DE Mike Love, No. 98, 6'4" - 266 lbs., - (UDFA)
DT Deadrin Senat, No. 10, 6'1" - 305 lbs., 5.12 40 - (6th)
DT Bruce Hector, No. 60, 6'2" - 295 lbs., - (UDFA)
ILB Auggie Sanchez, No. 43, 6'2" - 244 lbs., 4.89 40 - (UDFA)
CB Deatrick Nichols, No. 3, 5'10" - 189 lbs., 4.47 40 - (3rd)
FS Tajee Fullwood, No. 13, 6'2" - 210 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)
SS Devin Abraham, No. 20, 5'9" - 189 lbs., - (UDFA)
K Emilio Nadelman, No. 35, 5'6" - 173 lbs., - (UDFA)
P Jonathan Hernandez, No. 6'4" - 241 lbs., - (UDFA)
QB Quinton Flowers, No. 9, is an extremely athletic and dynamic dual threat quarterback becoming one of only two FBS quarterbacks to throw for over 2,000 yards and run for more than 1,000 yards. An excellent mobile quarterback, Flowers has displayed the capacity to improve throughout his collegiate career with an improved game in the pocket. He shows good awareness and the capability to go through his progressions, but also explodes out of the pocket using his agility (incredible suddenness) and athleticism to be a playmaker on the field with video game like eye-popping moves. Flowers displays a good strong arm, nice touch on his throws, patience in the pocket and on the move, and is a dual-threat playmaker that can consistently make big plays.
At 6-foot-flat, Flower's size is not ideal for the position, but his tremendous athleticism, elusiveness, vision, quickness, change of directions skills, and speed brings a unique and added threat to the quarterback position. Even though he has an elongated delivery, Flowers has a good arm and is not afraid to make any throw (nice aggression); however, accuracy, timing, and mechanics will need to improve and show more consistency for the next level. Shows dedication and toughness (he's a fighter) overcoming many hardships at such a young age.
South Florida's potential draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on:
CB Deatrick Nichols, No. 3
DT Deadrin Senat, No. 10
Player measurables courtesy of team pages. 40 times projected.