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Build The Team: CFB Standouts Week 10

An underrated RB, a TE coming into his own, a couple of DL prospects, and other standouts from week 10

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Jarvion Franklin, RB
School: Western Michigan | Conference: Mid-American
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 225 lbs

Jarvion Franklin will have a lot to be proud off when he looks back and reflects on his college career. The senior “quietly" has over 4,500 rushing yards and 50 rushing touchdowns in his college career. He just recently broke the Western Michigan all-time TD record which previously belonged to 1st round pick Corey Davis. Franklin likely isn't going to blow you away with his test numbers come the offseason but he is consistent and very productive. He’s averaging 5 yards per carry on the season and in this past week’s matchup against Central Michigan, he had 228 yards on 28 carries and two TD’s. Franklin run’s with superb balance and is great at winning the leverage battle and getting yards after contact. He’s a north/south runner but when he sees the gap he’s going without hesitation. Through 9 games he has 870 yards and 9 TDs. If the Redskins are still in the market for a power back but don’t want to spend huge draft capital - Franklin will be an option. In what’s shaping up to be yet another very talented RB class Franklin is going to provide value to a team later in the draft.

Christopher Herndon IV, TE
School: Miami | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 252 lbs

I can hardly believe it - Miami didn’t embarrass themselves against a ranked ACC opponent and one with a good defense to boot. The Canes looked great in their win over Virginia Tech. A big part of that win was TE Chris Herndon’s play. I’m not sure what it is about college players but when you follow one closely since their initial commit in can seem like they have been at a program for a lifetime. After what seems like a lifetime Chris Herdon is getting his shot to show what he can do after waiting patiently behind TE’s Clive Walford and David Njoku. He isn’t disappointing. Herndon is far from a blocker but he is a devastating mismatch for just about every defender put on him. He is an excellent athlete that can run a multitude of routes and win with his athleticism and good hands. A lot was made about the athlete David Njoku was - Herndon could give that claim a run for its money and continue the trend of Cane TE’s being drafted high in the NFL. This past weel Herndon had two huge catches for 61 yards and a TD. On the year he has 32 catches for 392 yards and 4 TDs.

Will Hernandez, OG
School: UTEP | Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 330 lbs

Hernandez is the best OG prospect you may not have heard of yet. He’s a huge guard that's technically sound in both pass pro and run blocking. In fact, blitzers often run into a wall when they face Hernandez and he has that nasty attitude you want in a lineman and finishes his blocks on the run. It’s been a few years now and I’m still firmly in the camp that the Redskins should look to upgrade their LG position. Could Hernandez be in play? Though statistics are hard to quantify for a lineman just look at his play in how he picks up blockers, his footwork, his hand placement, his balance and leverage, his strength it's all there. I’d try to find a UTEP game on TV to catch him live if I were you.

James Proche, WR
School: SMU | Conference: AAC
College Experience: rSo | Age: 20?
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 185 lbs

Going into the year all eyes were on Cortland Sutton not only as a top receiver at SMU but possibly one of the top WRs in the country. Under QB Ben Hicks the SMU passing offense has been distributed fairly evenly between Sutton, Trey Quinn (an LSU transfer), and James Proche. Proche gets the spotlight this week for his performance against UCF. Proche had 7 receptions for 173 yards and a TD this past week. Proche is only a redshirt sophomore so I may be jumping the gun a bit as he may not declare. He is definitely a receiver to watch though. He’s capable of playing on the inside and outside but is a very natural slot receiver that as you can see is capable of destroying defenses when he gets in space. Proche has 30 catches for 639 yards and 4 TDs on the year thus far.


Ronnie Harrison, S
College: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 214 lbs

Harrison is having a slightly down year statistically but there is no question he will be one of the top safety prospects possibly in this year’s draft. Harrison plays with such intensity. This past week Harrison recorded an interception, 6 tackles, and a half sack against LSU. Harrison showed again that he can have a big impact. Harrison has range in coverage but can definitely come up to the LOS and ring someone’s bell too. Harrison has 44 tackles (3 for loss), 2 sacks, 3 INTs and 2 passes defended on the year so far.

Harrison Phillips, DL
School: Stanford | Conference: PAC 12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 295 lbs

Phillips is an active defensive lineman and has made plays all year long. He plays along the interior in Stanford’s 4-3 front but I think he’s scheme versatile and should have no problem moving over to defensive end if a team required him to. Phillips plays with good technique regarding his handwork and ability to get off blocks. He uses his quickness to exploit gaps in the interior of the line and can immediately start to collapse a pocket. I’ll be really interested to see how he tests this offseason - according to Tony Pauline several teams have Phillips ranked as a mid-round prospect. Stanford lost to Washington State this past week but Phillips still had a great game. He recorded 7 tackles (2.5 for loss) and a sack. Phillips has 63 tackles on the season (9 for loss), 5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Amani Oruwariye, CB
School: Penn State | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 205 lbs

There is a good amount of talent in Penn State’s secondary between Marcus Allen, Christian Campbell, and Amani Oruwariye. Oruwariye gets the nod this week for his impressive interception against Michigan State. Oruwariye came to Penn State as a safety but was converted to corner. I think the move has worked. He’s a good athlete with impressive length. His most endearing trait though has to be his vision and instincts. He’s made his mark throughout the year recording 4 INTs and 5 passes defended so far on the year. I’d like him to become a more physical player but the coverage skills are there.

Derrick Nnadi, DL
School: Florida State | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22?
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 312 lbs

One of the top defensive line prospects in the country is starting to show some life. Derrick Nnadi was on multiple defensive award watch lists before the season started and has gotten off to a relatively slow start as the entire Seminoles team has struggled this year. This past week against Syracuse he regained some of his old form that made him a prospect to watch in the eyes of the experts. Nnandi is a shorter stouter lineman who when at his best can win leverage battles with his quickness and size at the LOS. He can also plug gaps well and I would say he is much more proficient at playing the run right now than he is rushing the passer. The key for him all season long is going to be consistency. On the year Nnadi has 39 tackles (1 for loss), 2 sacks, 2 passes defended and 1 forced fumble.