TWSN College Football Week Three Scouting Watchlist

TWSN College Football Week Three Scouting Watchlist

2023 NFL Draft

TWSN College Football Week Three Scouting Watchlist

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We are almost a month into the college football season, and what a ride it has been already. Already, players around the country are making statements, and the crew here at TWSN has some studs for you to watch this week. 

Garrett Williams, Cornerback, Syracuse (vs Purdue, September 17, 12:00 p.m.)

The Syracuse Orange have started their 2022 season strong with a 2-0 record. This hot start can be attributed to their defense that over two games has allowed only 21 points total between Louisville and the University of Connecticut. One of those large contributors is redshirt junior cornerback, Garrett Williams. He has shown throughout his career so far that he is extremely explosive, which allows him to keep up with receivers downfield. In high school, he used to play quarterback, so that experience allows him to diagnose plays quickly and get to where the ball is going to be thrown. This is a large reason for his 16 tackles, interception, and sack he already has through two games. He is a first round caliber cornerback, and he will get his chance to shine against Purdue. The Boilermakers are a pass-heavy team, and Williams will be tasked with covering their new top receiver, Charlie Jones. Through two games, Jones has 21 receptions for 286 yards and four touchdowns. Jones will present a great matchup for Williams, but Williams should hold up well and help Syracuse keep this game close. (Marissa Myers)

 

Tyler Van Dyke, Quarterback, Miami (vs Texas A&M, September 17, 9:00 p.m.)

A big quarterback with a big arm, Van Dyke burst onto the scene in Miami late last year. Through two games of the season, Van Dyke has showcased his elite arm strength along with his playmaking ability, but it’s time to put those skills to the test against an SEC defense. Sure, Texas A&M isn’t the all-star caliber team that many thought they could be, but Van Dyke has never started a game against an SEC opponent. A big game Saturday night could go a long way towards cementing his Round One status. (Kyle Smith)

 

Ivan Pace Jr., Linebacker, Cincinnati (vs Miami (OH), September 17, 12:00 pm)

One of the biggest offseason transfers was Ivan Pace Jr. moving from one Southwest Ohio team to another. He was PFF’s 2021 Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year. Pace is a do-it-all linebacker, but particularly excels as a blitzer, finishing last season with 13 tackles for loss and four sacks. He had an 88.6 coverage grade and did not give up a touchdown in coverage. His play has stayed at an elite level with the jump to a higher level of competition as he leads the Bearcats in total tackles and tackles for loss. Pace is on the shorter side for a linebacker at 6’0 but compensates for it with his aggressive, downhill play. He is excelling in a new system as one of college football’s most productive linebackers. Now, the Cincinnati native gets a chance to take on his former team at Paycor Stadium and make a statement to NFL scouts. (Andrew Little)

 

Cam Smith, Cornerback, South Carolina (vs. Georgia, September 17, 12:00 p.m.)

A 2021 AP Second Team All-SEC player, Cam Smith is the best corner in the 2023 draft class. My favorite thing about Smith is his physicality. He is strong in getting off blocks and attacking ball carriers. Not every corner loves to tackle, but Smith seemingly does. He is a fluid athlete with smooth hips and great feet. He is sticky in coverage, and his elite ball skills and body control can lead to very fun plays on the ball. Check out his interception against Florida for a perfect example in which he played the ball like a wide receiver. There are always things to refine for young corners. Smith can get a little two grabby at the top of routes or when he does lose a rep. I am intrigued to see what he does at the combine early next year. Coming off a season in which he tallied three interceptions and 11 pass deflections, he looks to build on that and cement himself as a top 15 pick. Think Jaycee Horn when discussing Cam Smith. (Gavin Downard) 

 

Noah Sewell, Linebacker, Oregon (vs No. 12 BYU, September 17, 3:30 p.m.)

The brother of the Detroit Lions’ starting offensive tackle and former top-10 pick Penei Sewell, Noah has a chance to be the second Sewell to be a first-round pick in recent memory. A former five-star recruit who has been a fixture of the Ducks defense since he stepped foot in Eugene, Sewell has cemented himself as one of the top linebackers in the country. At 6-foot-2 more than 250 pounds, Sewell is a well-rounded legitimate NFL talent and against a formidable BYU team this weekend, who has a mobile quarterback with an intriguing NFL skill set, Sewell’s usage and ability give him the potential to make a statement to NFL teams. (Shaun Chornobroff)

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