The NFL season is halfway over for the Jets and Giants, with a combined one win between them. There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, though, and a whole new batch of draft prospects who could help soothe the pain of a dreadful season are about to start playing Saturday.
Welcome to the college football season, Pac-12, the fifth and final Power Five conference to join the fold this fall. The home of Sam Darnold and Blake Martinez had a delayed start due to COVID-19, but gets underway this week as part of the latest slate of games featuring players who could help the Jets or Giants in the future.
A look at three games and their top draft-eligible prospects:
Stanford at No. 12 Oregon, 7:30 p.m., ABC
While the Ducks’ top-rated prospect, left tackle and projected top-five pick Penei Sewell, opted out, Oregon still has some interesting pieces in play. Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir plays a physical game, while wide receiver Johnny Johnson III was Justin Herbert’s favorite target last year. DE Kayvon Thibodeaux is only a sophomore, but he could be one to watch for 2022.
The Cardinal also had some high-profile opt-outs, but keep an eye on pass rusher Thomas Booker.
No. 1 Clemson at No. 4 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC
This ACC showdown loses some luster because of Trevor Lawrence’s absence, but there will still be a handful of 2021 NFL draft picks on the field. Beyond projected first-rounders like Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne, the Tigers have CB Derion Kendrick and pass rusher Xavier Thomas (who will miss the first half) who figure to be early-round picks.
The Fighting Irish’s prospect pool is led by linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg.
No. 8 Florida at No. 5 Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Florida is back after a COVID-19 outbreak for another top-10 clash filled with NFL prospects. The Gators have one of the best tight ends in the country in Kyle Pitts while pass rusher Brenton Cox Jr. (a Georgia transfer) has four sacks in four games.
While we previously have mentioned CBs Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes and LB Azeez Ojulari, another Bulldog to watch is right guard Ben Cleveland, who measures in at 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds.
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