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College Football Week 9: Open Thread

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Today we take a closer look at some late round pass rushing prospects. We also breakdown the 49ers current draft capital for 2020, an updated Heisman Watch, CFB Playoff Projections, and your Top 25 schedule of games.

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Intro:

Greetings Faithful! Welcome to college football week number nine! Today we are going to cover some pass-rushing prospects. However, with Nick Bosa selected number two overall in last year’s draft, our focus today is going to put the spotlight on late-round prospects. These prospects can be anything from backup to rotational players to draft day steals that can become surprising starters. You never know the value you are going to get out of the players that your team selects.

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The big news this week for the San Francisco 49ers was the trade to acquire Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a third and fourth-round 2020 draft picks. Below are the 49ers’ current draft picks, as of this writing for the 2020 NFL Draft. The team would be entering the draft weekend with six total picks. However, 5 of those picks are in the latter part of day three. A lot will happen between now and April, and knowing the team’s vision to build within the draft, expect general manager John Lynch to try and gain additional draft capital.

2020 San Francisco 49ers Draft Picks:

1st Round Pick (Own)

5th Round Pick (Own)

5th Round Pick (Via Denver Broncos)

6th Round (Own)

7th Round (Own)

7th Round (Via Detroit Lions)

Featured Prospects:

Marlon Davidson, DE, No. 3 – Auburn
Height: 6’3” – Weight: 276
#9 Auburn at #2 LSU – 12:30 p.m. Kickoff (PT) – Saturday, October 26 – CBS

Marlon Davidson has been a consistent contributor along the Auburn Tigers’ defensive line. The senior continues to have a presence and produces results in the highly competitive SEC West division. In 2018 Davidson had 46 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and three passes were broken up. So far this season, Davidson has recorded 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Davidson is sharp and quick off the snap, with great technique when rushing the quarterback on passing downs. Has good, but not great instincts and at times, will over anticipate where the play is going to occur. He is still raw in some areas, and his overall skill set still has room to grow as he transitions to the next level. However, Davidson plays physical and causes disruption that allows his teammates to make impact plays along the line. Davidson is a day-three prospect with promise to grow at the next level.

McTelvin Agim, DL, No. 3 – Arkansas
Height: 6’3” – Weight: 270
Arkansas at #1 Alabama – 4:00 p.m. Kickoff (PT) – Saturday, October 26 – ESPN

The athletically gifted and explosive interior pass rusher out of Arkansas has been a positive contributor for the Razorbacks and offers plenty of upside at the next level. Last season Agim recorded 45 tackles, ten tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one pass batted. This season so far, Agim has 20 recorded tackles, with four sacks, and one forced fumble. I like his instincts for where the play is going to occur. He seems to have a magnet for the football with his forced fumbles. Agim can squeeze through tight lanes along the line and maneuver himself in and around blockers. He is over-powered at times along the line on passing downs, and his ability to defend against the run is a work in progress. However, he makes up with his speed and explosive motor off the snap. Has a great first-step and has demonstrated effective upfield burst. Agim is looking like a day-three prospect with great value and upside.

Who are YOU excited to see in action today? Please share in the comments below!

Heisman Watch:

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The big news heading into week 9 is the injury to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a high ankle sprain. How will that affect the rest of the field? Joe Burrow has a golden opportunity at home this week in a top 10 showdown with Auburn as does Justin Fields as #3 Ohio State hosts conference rival #13 Wisconsin. Jalen Hurts can continue to pile on the statistics. His #5 Oklahoma Sooners visit Kansas State in a Big 12 conference game. While I am not ready to put him on the list quite yet, keep an eye on Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. An explosive performance on the road against the Ohio State Buckeyes could put him in the conversation moving forward.

Jalen Hurts, QB – Oklahoma

Tua Tagovailoa, QB – Alabama

Joe Burrow, QB – LSU

Justin Fields, QB – Ohio State

College Football Playoff Projection (Week 9):

NCAA FOOTBALL: JAN 09 CFP National Championship - Clemson v Alabama Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – (1) Alabama (SEC) vs (4) Oklahoma (BIG 12)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – (2) Clemson (ACC) vs (3) Ohio State (BIG10)

National Championship Game – (1) Alabama (SEC) vs (2) Clemson (ACC)

Top 25 Schedule – Week 9:

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