• Garrett Ballard

Week 5 NFL Draft Risers

Week 5 had some great match-ups that highlighted some top-tier draft prospects. While most of those prospects balled-out on Saturday, some players that might not have been getting as much hype have done enough to receive some national attention.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

If you don't know about Chuba Hubbard, get to know him. Through five games Hubbard has rushed for 938-yards and 10 touchdowns, all while averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He has rushed for over 200 yards in 3 out of the 5 games he has played this year. Hubbard has quick movements and can shimmy every which way to find the opening to break a run for a big gain. He is, what we folk in the draft community like to call, good in a phone-booth; meaning he has the ability to make quick moves in tight spaces. He's not necessarily a power rusher but he has the ability to fight through contact and shake off tacklers. Hubbard has the physical attributes to be a coveted running back in the draft and he's proving his worth by dominating the competition this year.

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

What's this? Oh, it's just another Alabama wide receiver playing like a first round pick. It seems like a weekly occurrence at this point. The first couple weeks of the year, Jerry Jeudy was getting all the attention, after that it was Henry Ruggs, and now, it's DeVonta Smith's turn. Against Ole Miss, Smith had 11 receptions for 274 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Smith is a technical route runner who can make double moves with the best of them. I have some concerns about his athleticism but his route running makes up for a lot of it due to the separation he can create. Alabama's three headed monster at wide receiver has seen all three of the head's play like the best player in college football and it's going to be fun to watch for the rest of the year.

Jeffery Okudah, CB, Ohio State

In a class with Bryce Hall, Paulson Adebo and Kristian Fulton, Okudah seemed to get buried in the cornerback conversation coming into the year. After five weeks, however, that has changed completely. Okudah had two interceptions on Saturday and answered some questions we had about his game coming into the year. Having incredible footwork and foot speed, Okudah has all the traits you would want in a shutdown man corner. His mix of length and athleticism makes him a unique player that can do most of what you ask of him. Coming into the year, however, there were plenty of questions about his ball skills and ability to produce turnovers. Well, after five games, Okudah has three interceptions. I think it's safe to say those doubts are gone now. With the other top corners in this class struggling recently, Okudah has a great opportunity to seize that CB1 spot and run with it.

Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma

It's not everyday that we're talking about a defensive player from the BIG12, but Gallimore deserves the praise. A rare mix of size, power and athleticism, Gallimore is the anchor of the Sooners' defensive line. Gallimore finished with three tackles, two QB hurries and a forced fumble. Those stats aren't too crazy but Gallimore was dominant in this game. He was constantly getting into the backfield and was showing impressive effort on every snap.

Each week we see different players step up and prove why they deserve attention, this week it was the players listed above; next week there will be different players and I'll be here to talk about their performances. It's time to take these names seriously and we should be saying, "stock up" when talking about them.


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