NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah is taking an early look at some of the top prospects to watch this upcoming college football season and for the 2022 NFL Draft.
- Although the past few receiver classes have been outstanding, Jeremiah points out they’ve been a little short on size. That should change with Arkansas WR Treylon Burks who is listed at 6-3 and 225 pounds.
- Despite his size, Arkansas primarily plays Burks out of the slot where Jeremiah notes his size, strength and smooth athleticism are on display. Jeremiah highlights his yards-after-catch ability as one of Burks’ best traits and Arkansas feeds him on quick-hitting routes out of the slot.
- While Burks tracks the ball very well, Jeremiah doesn’t think his speed is outstanding, as he didn’t see him generate a ton of separation down the field.
- He also would like to see Burks run a greater variety of routes from different alignments, though he acknowledges that’s not his role on the Razorbacks offense.
- Based on what he sees on tape right now, Jeremiah thinks Burks could thrive in the NFL in a Deebo Samuel-style role for a creative play-caller. He also sees some similarities to Titans WR A.J. Brown if Burks can continue to develop into a more complete receiver.
- According to Jeremiah, Ole Miss QB Matt Corral is generating a lot of buzz among NFL personnel executives heading into the 2021 season.
- Jeremiah thinks the 6-1, 205-pound redshirt junior has an intriguing skill set, as he’s a versatile thrower with touch who can drive the ball into small windows, layer passes into the intermediate range above linebackers and underneath safeties and drop deep passes into the bucket.
- He also highlights Corral’s athleticism which makes him a factor on the ground, as he’s quick, competitive and has strong pocket awareness.
- In terms of weak spots, Jeremiah identifies turnovers as a major point of improvement for Corral, as he’s prone to giving up the ball in bunches due to locking onto his first read or not recognizing when a window has closed to fit the ball in.
- Still, Jeremiah notes he’s seen enough signs of promise — like the ability to manipulate safeties and the aforementioned touch on his passes — to think that Corral could see his stock skyrocket like Jets QB Zach Wilson‘s did last year as long as the Ole Miss passer has a strong 2021.
- As far as a comparison, Jeremiah is reminded of a more aggressive version of Raiders QB Derek Carr when watching Corral.
- Another quarterback getting a lot of buzz as a potential riser next spring per Jeremiah is Liberty’s Malik Willis, a former transfer from Auburn.
- Jeremiah wrote the word “explosive” in his notes several times while studying Willis and says the quarterback’s arm strength and burst as a runner generate several wow plays per game.
- However, Jeremiah points out Willis needs to become more consistent with his ball placement, decision-making and taking care of the football to avoid turnovers. Some of his issues are due to mechanics that can be fixed, others come from overconfidence in his abilities.
- Jeremiah sees a lot of similarities between Willis and Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and thinks some teams will find him intriguing as a developmental prospect in next year’s draft.