It was a banner week for the highest large receiver prospects for the 2022 draft class. We’re beginning to see a crystallization of who will land within the first spherical subsequent April. And it is not simply the Ohio State go catchers. There is a new Alabama wideout who’s shortly turning into a wanted playmaker.
On the construction entrance for WR Inventory Watch, it is basically pointless to supply particular rankings of the wideouts prospects every week as a result of the whole lot is so fluid throughout the season from a scouting perspective. As an alternative, I will merely embody “top off,” “inventory regular,” or “inventory down” after a receiver’s title primarily based on how nicely he performed in the latest contest.
Garrett Wilson, Ohio State: Inventory Up
Within the first quarter, Wilson demonstrated simply how bouncy he’s on a fade ultimately zone. He not solely bought open with a nasty inside juke and exploded upward. Wilson bought his toes down as he was being hit within the again nook.
He additionally bought open on a deep comeback within the second quarter with the cornerback about 5 yards away from him. Ohio State’s springy wideout made 5 receptions for 84 yards with two scores, the second showcased his pure pace on a vertical path to the again pylon wherein he blew previous the cornerback. Wilson is trending towards being a first-round lock.
Chris Olave, Ohio State: Inventory Up
Olave’s second landing got here on a fourth down within the third quarter, and it was an incredible demonstration of Olave’s immaculate ball expertise. Simply watch.
Olave had seven grabs for 120 yards with two touchdowns within the drubbing of Maryland. His different rating was a very large open publish route within the first half. As common, he labored beneath nicely, significantly within the first half, largely as a result of his exact route-running expertise. After a bit of lull earlier within the season, Olave has caught hearth of late. He is monitoring towards the primary spherical once more.
Treylon Burks, Arkansas: Inventory Down, Barely
Burks is one among school soccer‘s premier rebounders. A cornerback will get ”Moss’d” by him each single week. And he offered one other spotlight down the sideline within the third quarter in opposition to Ole Miss. Full extension.
Proper after the high-point snag, Burks did the very same factor and was marked down contained in the 5 yard line. All 6-foot-3 of Burks stretched to make the ridiculous seize. Okay.J. Jefferson discovered him over the center on an in-breaking route early, and his 20-yard landing was blocked completely on the perimeter however offered a transparent demonstration of how deceptively quick Burks is when he is in prime gear. He completed with 136 yards on seven catches with the rating within the one-point loss to Ole Miss.
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Drake London, USC: Inventory Up
Okay, so not precisely a tough seize, however London made hurdling a defender look far too straightforward on his landing in opposition to Utah. Test it.
One other day, one other 100-plus yard for the monstrous wideout. He went off for 162 yards on 16 grabs within the loss to Utah, and he was efficient in a wide range of methods. Traditional comebacks from the perimeter, screens when his YAC expertise have been highlighted, and naturally deep photographs down the sideline. London practically made a spectacular snag falling out of bounds which required him to contort his physique again to the ball within the third quarter however was dominated out of bounds.
He is been a pillar of productiveness this season for the Trojans.
Jahan Dotson, Penn State: Inventory Up
Dotson was held in verify in Iowa’s win over the Nittany Lions. His most spectacular seize was this primary down snag wherein he climbed the ladder to maneuver the chains within the first quarter.
Two of Dotson’s vertical routes led to an interception for Iowa, however they weren’t essentially his fault. Iowa did an incredible job limiting the field-stretching burner on this sport. He completed with eight receptions for simply 48 yards within the defeat.
John Metchie, Alabama: Inventory Regular
Late within the first quarter, Metchie went in movement then continued up the sideline and was discovered by Bryce Younger simply earlier than the defensive again delivered an enormous hit. Metchie accelerated up the sector, minimize in opposition to the grain to complete the splash play.
Metchie had seven catches for 88 yards within the loss to A&M, and most of his manufacturing got here beneath past the lengthy ball within the opening stanza.
Ainias Smith, Texas A&M: Inventory Up
The acceleration Smith displayed out of his break on the nook route landing to provide A&M the 38-31 lead was excellent. Obtained open, simply.
Smith had six receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns in Texas A&M’s epic win over the Alabama Combating Nick Sabans Saturday evening. His first landing was a simple, schemed open rating over the center from in closs. Smith additionally showcased his toughness in a battle by means of contact on a slant within the second quarter.
Jameson Williams, Alabama: Inventory Up
Within the third quarter, Williams put his leaping expertise and the power of his palms on show when elevated for a excessive throw from Younger and held onto the soccer after getting hit on his facet by a defender.
Later within the third, he bought a couple of steps on the surface nook on a go route for a landing. He was super-slippery on a display within the fourth quarter and flashed some energy. His burst and imaginative and prescient have been noticeable on a late dig route too. The 2-point conversion to tie the sport at 31 was a nasty diving seize within the entrance nook of the top zone. Williams bought open with ease all night, and admittedly, has a play type harking back to Jerry Jeudy. He is skinny, ultra-fluid, and scintillatingly quick down the sector.
Jalen Nailor, Michigan State: Inventory Up
Nailor’s second landing of his three-score explosion in opposition to Rutgers got here after he bought a pleasant exterior launch and an excellent higher adjustment to the soccer over his shoulder. After catching the ball he stopped, minimize in opposition to the grain and hit the gasoline to outrun the remainder of the Rutgers protection.
Nailor’s first landing was a busted protection. Nobody was near him down the sector. 60-plus yards. Nailor amassed 221 yards on 5 snags with three scores. They every have been lengthy balls of not less than 60 yards. His final 60-plus yard landing was a artistic route wherein he jogged at half pace earlier than flipping the change down the sector to generate separation for his quarterback.
He is quietly turn into one among school soccer’s most dynamic downfield threats.