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10 college players already improving their NFL Draft stock

Justin Herbert

The 2019 NFL Draft is still eight long months away, but it’s never too early to start evaluating some of the potential prospects and how early they might go.

Through four weeks of the season, several players have stood out, unknowns have shined, and new faces have entered the discussion. Let’s take a look at 10 college players who are already boosting their NFL Draft stock.

10. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford (senior)

Bryce Love could have declared for the NFL Draft a year a go and would likely have been suiting up for a pro team on Sunday. Instead, Love returned to Stanford for his senior season to finish his degree in biology. It was an obvious risk, but one Love chose to make. And in his first game the of the season, Love was statistically sacked by San Diego State, who stacked the box and held the Cardinal running back to just 29 yards on 18 carries. But he has since rebounded with solid games against USC (136 yards, 1 TD) and Oregon (89 yards, 1 TD). Perhaps above all else, he’s showed scouts that his pass protection has improved, which was a red flag just 12 months ago.

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10 college football players off to impressive starts in 2018

Kyler Murray

It may be early, but we know who’s starting to stand out among college football’s elite players. They may not necessarily be household names, and they may not ultimately be Heisman contenders, but they’re absolutely stuffing the stat sheet and doing big things for their teams on both sides of the ball.

Here are ten college football players who have stood out so far in 2018.

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Maybe Murray is going pro in the wrong sport. With 863 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and one interception, he’s certainly looked the part of a star Oklahoma quarterback. He also adds a dual threat, with 169 yards rushing and two touchdowns so far. He’s been so good that he had one rival coach wishing he’d gone pro a year early. He’s looking like a promising early-season Heisman candidate through three games.

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Oregon coach has high praise for QB Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert

One of Oregon’s assistant coaches had extremely high praise for quarterback Justin Herbert.

Ducks wide receivers coach Mike Johnson says that Herbert is throwing passes like an NFL quarterback.

Johnson was a former quarterback and also coached quarterbacks for a good portion of his career as an offensive coach in the NFL. He knows what NFL-caliber quarterbacks look like, so that’s a strong endorsement.

Herbert will be one of the players to watch this season in college football. The junior has thrown for 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions during his career. Oregon went 6-2 in games he played last year and 1-4 without him while he recovered from a collarbone injury. There’s a reason he made our list of the top quarterbacks in college football.

15 best quarterbacks in college football

Tua Tagovailoa Alabama

After a season in which five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, it’s time for a new generation of signal-callers to emerge at the college level. There are a lot of rising stars who deserve attention, as well as some established veterans poised to take their place atop the rankings of collegiate quarterbacks.

Here are the 15 best quarterbacks in college football today.

15) Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech

After a freshman season that saw Jackson throw 20 touchdowns and nearly hit 3,000 yards, it’s fair to say that there’s plenty of room for growth for the sophomore. He’s a dual threat, as evidenced by his six rushing touchdowns, and he’s already been successful at the collegiate level. There’s no reason to think he won’t take another step forward in 2018, which could firmly establish him on the national scene.

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Each bowl game’s most important player

Baker Mayfield

Late December and early January are heaven for college football fans. We’re set to watch 38 bowl games, plus the College Football Playoff, all in the span of three weeks. Many of these games are exciting matchups between quality teams, and one key player could make the difference in all of them.

Here’s a look at the most important player to watch in each of this season’s slate of bowl games.

Celebration Bowl — Lamar Raynard, QB, North Carolina A&T

Raynard is without a doubt one of the best players in the country you’ve probably never heard of. The junior quarterback led the Aggies to an undefeated season that they’ll be looking to cap off with a win over Grambling State. Raynard is the catalyst, having thrown for 2,707 yards and 26 touchdowns in 11 games thus far this season. NC A&T just produced a dynamic NFL player in Tarik Cohen. Perhaps Raynard could follow in his footsteps.

New Orleans Bowl — Brandon Silvers, QB, Troy

A four-year starter at quarterback, Silvers will be playing the final game of his career at the Superdome. He’s statistically one of the nation’s most accomplished quarterbacks, having thrown for 67 touchdowns and over 10,000 yards in his career. He’ll surpass 3,000 yards passing in this game for the second consecutive season, and he’ll want his sendoff to be a fitting one as he closes out his career.

Cure Bowl — Mike White, QB, Western Kentucky

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