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College Prospects to Watch Today on Championship Saturday: Early Games

A look at some of the top college players to watch today as the stakes are raised on Championship Saturday

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I'm going to split this up between some of the earlier games and another post later this afternoon for the later games. Instead of featuring particular players I'm going to list the draft prospects to watch by team:

Oklahoma vs Oklahoma St:

Oklahoma: CB Aaron Colvin (3rd), C Gabe Ikard (4-5th), WR Jalen Saunders (5th)

Oklahoma State: CB Justin Gilbert (1st-2nd), DT Calvin Barnett (4th), WR Tracy Moore (6th), TE Blake Jackson (7th), FS Daytawion Lowe (7th)

-Not a particularly strong game for NFL prospects, but both corners look to be very good prospects and would look nice in Burgundy and Gold. Ikard is a nice mid round center prospect and there are a couple sleepers here, but not the strongest game for the Redskins to scout.


UCF: QB Blake Bortles (1st), RB Storm Johnson (5th)

SMU: QB Garrett Gilbert (7th), CB Kenneth Acker (7th)

-Again not a strong scouting game, though Blake Bortles is one of the better QB in college football. He may not declare this year, but when he does should be 1st round quarterback. Not much here for the Redskins to consider, but Storm Johnson does look like an intriguing running back, and could be a nice late round find.

Texas vs Baylor:

Texas: DE Jackson Jeffcoat (3rd-4th), WR Mike Davis (5th), DT Chris Whaley (7th), CB Carrington Byndom (7th), OT Donald Hawkins (7th), P Anthony Fera (7th)

Baylor: G Cyril Richardson (2nd), RB Lache Seastrunk (3rd), S Ahmad Dixon (3rd-4th), WR Tevin Reese (5th-6th), TE Jordan Nayvar (7th), RB Glasco Martin (7th)

-This game is definitely a big scouting game today especially when looking at the talent that Baylor has on the field. From the Redskins perspective guys like Richardson and Dixon could be Day Two picks. Receivers like Reese and Davis are both mid to late round guys who could be interesting to help fill out the Redskins receiving ranks. Also, keep an eye on punter Anthony Fera he's a former Penn State transfer who's got plenty of kick-off experience. Didn't have the best year this year, but could be an interesting UDFA option.

Missouri vs Auburn:

Missouri:DE Kony Ealy (2nd-3rd), DE/OLB  Michael Sam (2nd-3rd), CB E.J. Gaines (3rd-4th), WR L'Damian Washington, WR Marcus Lucas (7th), OT Justin Britt (7th), QB James Franklin (7th)

Auburn: RB Tre Mason (4th), OLB Dee Ford (4th), FB Jay Prosch (5th), P Steven Clark (7th), PR/CB Chris Davis (7th)

-Typically the SEC Championship Game is the best game to watch from a scouting perspective, but with two surprise teams this year, it doesn't feature as many draft eligible top talents. This game though still has plenty of interesting guys, especially from Missouri. Corner E.J. Gaines could be a nice mid round target for the Redskins and receivers Washington and Lucas are two really big strong targets. Washington especially looks to have the potential to be a starter.

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