Each week during the 2023 college football season Draft 412 will take a look at six players who helped their draft stock with solid performances. As the season progresses, Draft 412 will start to zoom in on first round talent.
Here is the six pack from this past week:
North Carolina- RB- Omarion Hampton
Can you guess who is tied for the NCAA lead in rushing yards?
It is North Carolina running back Omarion Hampton who is tied with Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon with 1,414 yards. Hampton had a huge game this past weekend in a 31-20 loss to Clemson. He ran the ball 19 times for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns. The sophomore running back is having a huge season while most scouts are at North Carolina games watching potential first overall pick, quarterback Drake Maye. Hampton has put himself on the map for the 2025 draft and could be the top running back selected. He is 6’0”, 220 lbs and has a great combination of patience and speed. He is a complete back who has caught 24 passes for 204 yards, and projects as a 3-down back in the NFL.
TCU- TE- Jared Wiley
There is nothing better for your draft stock than having a huge performance to raise some eyebrows in your senior season and Jared Wiley did just that. In TCU’s 42-17 win over Baylor, Wiley hauled in a career high 7 passes for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 178 yards broke a single game record for TCU tight ends. The total was also the highest by a Big 12 tight end since 1996. Wiley is a quality blocking tight end who is starting to show that his 6’7” frame can be an offensive weapon as well. Wiley is slowly moving up draft boards, but will still need a good combine and or all-star game to show scouts that he is worthy of a higher pick.
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Oklahoma- DB- Billy Bowman
Billy Bowman was a big reason the Oklahoma Sooners were able to hold off the BYU Cougars 31-24 this past weekend. Bowman returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter to put the Sooners up by a touchdown. It was his 5th interception and 2nd defensive touchdown on the season. He also added 9 tackles, giving him 52 on the season for Oklahoma. The junior safety has been all over the field this season making plays, though most only have him as a late round draft pick in 2024. Bowman will more than likely build off this big season to come back for his senior season and should be a mid-round pick at worst in 2025.
Mississippi State- LB- Nathaniel Watson
6th year graduate senior Nathaniel Watson had a career game against Southern Miss over the weekend. He finished the game with 21 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, 1 sack and a forced fumble. In 11 games this season he has a career high 116 tackles to go along with 10 sacks for the Bulldogs. He is a player who has not gotten much love coming into the season, but the 6’2” 245 lbs linebacker cannot be ignored much longer. He is still a late round or UDFA candidate but if he keeps putting up performances like last Saturday, watch out for Nathaniel Watson.
Missouri- QB- Brady Cook
The Missouri Tigers are 9-2 and ranked #10 in the country. They are led by junior single caller Brady Cook, who took the Tigers under his wings last week in holding off the Florida Gators 33-31. Cook was 20-34 passing with 331 yards and a touchdown. Cook has also been a weapon on the ground this year for the Tigers and scored a rushing touchdown as well. Cook is 6’2” 205 lbs and will be another quarterback to throw his hat in the 2025 NFL draft. He needs to work on his arm strength and being able to throw outside the numbers. His decision making has greatly improved in passing but still gives up on plays too early in the pocket. He is definitely worth watching in 2024 to see how he projects for the 2025 draft.
California- RB- Jaydn Ott
Ott is another sophomore running back putting up huge numbers in 2024 and setting us up for a loaded 2025 draft class. Ott is 6’0” and 200 lbs. and has an excellent combination of speed, agility and power. He is a capable receiver out of the backfield as well and has caught 20 passes this season, after pulling in 46 as a freshman.
Two weeks ago he ran for 167 yards against Washington State and followed it up this past weekend with 166 against Stanford. He now has 1,180 yards on the season and is another young running back to keep an eye on in the future.