WR Ole Miss
DK Metcalf is going to be one of the very noticeable battleground players for the Film versus Metrics War. He’s big, athletic, and makes mind blowing highlight-reel plays, but he also has an injury history and doesn’t have the market share or production numbers people are looking for. Welcome to Thunderdome.
WR Ohio State
It’s easy to get lost in an explosive rushing offense like Ohio State’s— hell, it happened to Michael Thomas! This year, JK Dobbins and Mike Weber both command a ton of touches for the Buckeyes, but overlooking Parris Campbell would be a mistake.
WR NC State
The 2019 Class has been touted for (what seems like) the last five years, in no small part due to traditional X-type receivers. Kelvin Harmon is a little harder to peg; he’s some sliding combination of X and Z— a possession receiver with the ability to stretch the field and block,. Harmon is the type of player offensive coordinators dream about.
WR Arizona State
No one in the 2019 class has a higher ceiling than N’Keal Harry. (It seems strange to talk about potential for a player who has posted two straight thousand-yard seasons.) Harry is tall, he’s physical, and his production is off the chart.
WR Ole Miss
There is a lot of love being heaped on the Ole Miss receiving corps, with most of it heading toward the athletic upside of DK Metcalf. But there’s another, more productive member of the NWO (Nasty Wide Outs) lurking. Meet AJ Brown.
Myles Gaskin is the most prolific back in the 2019 class, rolling up more than 5,000 yards in his career at Washington, but it might have been the quietest four-straight (nearly) 1,300 yard seasons in history. Whether it was because he was squirreled away in the Pacific Northwest, or just because of his size, there’s barely anyone talking about Gaskin.
For the past three seasons, Benny Snell has been terrorizing SEC, racking up totals of 1091, 1333, and 1449 yards respectively. There’s probably not a better between-the-tackles runner in this class.
The way Bryce Love’s final year at Stanford unfolded is enough to draw tears; he looked fantastic in 2017 (263 carries for 2118 yards and 19 scores), decided to stay in school, struggled mightily, then ultimately tore his ACL, ending his 2018 season. The question now becomes, what to make of Love?
RB North Dakota State
Don’t feel bad if you’ve never laid eyes on Bruce Anderson. He’s a small school prospect with an uphill climb, especially since he did not get a combine invite. But there are some reasons to get familiar with this former Bison.
RB Oklahoma State
Justice Hill is another undersized back who may not be getting adequate recognition in this “down class.” While he’s another back without protypical traits, there’s a lot to like about his game.