TWSN College Football Week Seven Scouting Watchlist

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TWSN College Football Week Seven Scouting Watchlist

2023 NFL Draft

TWSN College Football Week Seven Scouting Watchlist

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Zack Kuntz, Tight End, Old Dominion (vs Coastal Carolina, October 15, 12:00 p.m.)

Kuntz is an incredibly underrated tight end in a super stacked class. After putting up 73 receptions, 692 yards and five touchdowns in his first year at Old Dominion, he’s already put up 155 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 receptions. Kuntz has a massive 6’8, 255 pound frame, which makes matching up with him nearly impossible. Old Dominion travels to Coastal Carolina to face the Chanticleers in a potential upset game. Coastal Carolina has allowed nearly 100 yards per game to tight ends in the last two seasons, and there’s no indication it’ll change this week. Kuntz could potentially impose his will on the Chanticleers while also really skyrocketing his draft stock. (Tristen Kuhn)

 

Clark Phillips, Cornerback, Utah (vs No. 7 USC, October 15, 8:00 p.m.)

Clark Phillips is an extremely athletic, ball hawk cornerback that will be coming from the Utah Utes program. He has seen both snaps outside and in the slot due to his change-of-direction ability, and speed to keep up with wide receivers in both spots. His former experience as a wide receiver has helped him have extremely impressive ball skills to either bat the pass away or come up with the interception. It also helps that with his physicality, he isn’t afraid to come down and help against the run with his consistent tackling. All this will have to be on full display as Phillips will be tasked with slowing down Caleb Williams and the USC passing attack on Saturday. (Marissa Myers)

 

Olu Fashanu, Offensive Tackle, Penn State (vs No. 5 Michigan, October 15, 12:00 p.m.)

Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashunu has been one of the biggest risers of the draft class so far. He has filled in seamlessly for Rasheed Walker, including a standout performance against Derick Hall and Auburn. Fashanu has all the physical tools scouts look for in a tackle prospect, and has solid technique for a first-year starter. He now matches up with Michigan and their excellent pass rush. If he can put together another strong performance and continue to improve, Fashanu’s name could be a popular one in first round conversations. (Andrew Little)

 

Jordan Battle, Safety, Alabama (@ No. 6 Tennessee, October 15, 3:30)

Jordan Battle is now a four-year contributor at Alabama. At 6’1, 206 pounds, Battle possesses good length and size for a safety. He has top-tier athleticism and can provide range as a free safety. Battle is extremely fluid in coverage and has smooth hips. He has been a consistent playmaker in the passing game, amassing five interceptions and seven pass deflections over his first three years as a starter. In 2022, he is yet to grab an interception, but he has proven that he can play the ball in the air when necessary. He can also play strong safety and play in the box given his tackling ability and size. The Alabama safety possesses strong short-area agility, explosion, and is strong enough to take on and disrupt blocks. In terms of improvement, he can get better at anticipation and awareness in coverage. He can work on taking better angles as well. Overall, Battle will likely be taken within the first two rounds of the NFL draft this coming year. He has a tough test this week with Tennessee’s explosive passing attack and with a strong performance, he could very well improve his draft stock. (Gavin Downard)

 

Gervon Dexter Sr., Interior Defensive Lineman, Florida (vs. LSU, October 15, 7:00 p.m.)

It’s hard to miss Gervon Dexter on a football field. At 6-foot-6 and more than 310 pounds lined up at the nose tackle, Dexter is a mismatch for opposing defenses. Dexter is versatile along Florida’s defensive line and is equipped with a blend of strength and athleticism that has havoc wreaking potential. Dexter’s been a consistent player for Florida since 2020, and with a strong finish to his college career, he could be on his way to being a first-round selection. (Shaun Chornobroff)

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