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Six Pack—Week 13

Updated: Dec 1, 2023

Photos courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats, Rock M Nation, Arizona Wildcats, Backing the Pack, Tomahawk Nation, and @cadeuluave (X).

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:

Missouri- RB- Cory Schrader

The 5’9” 214 lbs. running back for Missouri has gone from a virtual unknown at the beginning of the season to a possible mid-round prospect in the 2024 draft. Schrader had a career high 217 yards and 1 touchdown this past weekend against Arkansas in a 48-14 Tigers victory. He is a big reason the Missouri Tigers are 10-2 this season and in 2nd place in the SEC-East. His 1,489 yards on the season are 3rd all-time in Missouri history. He is perfectly built for a power back, with a low center of gravity and just enough twitchiness and speed to make him dangerous.

Draft 412 sees Schrader as high as a possible 4th round pick and with his improving receiving skills, he can be a contributor in the NFL as part of a running back committee.

Kentucky- LB- J.J. Weaver

J.J. Weaver is a big linebacker who plays sideline to sideline and has a non stop motor. At 6’5” he is a menace to have to block in the second level and his reach in pass coverage is an advantage. This past weekend he was awarded the Howard Schnellenberger award, which is given out to the MVP of the Governor’s Cup. Kentucky and Louisville’s rivalry game is always a hard fought battle and this year was no different. J.J. Weaver single handedly brought Kentucky back with a forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries in the 4th quarter to set up a field goal and a touchdown en route to a 38-31 upset victory over the Cardinals. On the season, Weaver has 40 tackles and 5 sacks. Draft 412 thinks Weaver is a 5th-6th round prospect who could be a combine star with his height and speed.

To see more on Draft 412’s profile of J.J. Weaver…

Florida State- RB- Trey Benson

Florida State just lost their star quarterback Jordan Travis for the season and they found themselves traveling to Florida to take on their long time rivals—the Florida Gators. Not knowing what they could expect from their junior quarterback Tate Rodemaker, the Noles relied heavily on Trey Benson and their run game.

Benson answered the call and ran the ball 19 times for 95 yards, but more importantly scored 3 touchdowns for the Seminoles in their 24-15 victory. The win keeps Florida State undefeated at 12-0 and their playoff hopes alive.

Benson is one of the top backs coming out in 2024 draft, and Draft 412 loves the way he hits the hole and rates his cut back ability at the top of the class. Benson will be among the first running backs off the board and should hear his name in the 3rd round.

To see more on Draft 412’s profile of Trey Benson…

N.C. State- LB- Payton Wilson

Wilson is a tough, hard nosed linebacker—a tackling machine who has made big plays all over the field this season. In the run game, he has 138 tackles and in the passing game he has 6 sacks and 3 interceptions, proving that offenses are never safe when he’s on the field.

Last week against North Carolina, his skills were on full display. He tallied 15 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a sack and an interception, in helping N.C. State beat the Tar Heels 39-20. Wilson will be a starting linebacker in the NFL one day and a guy a team can count on to collect 100 or more tackles a season.

To see more on Draft 412’s profile of Payton Wilson…

Arizona- WR- Tetairoa McMillan

Though he can’t enter the 2024 draft, look for 6’5” 210 lbs. wide receiver Tetairoa Mcmillan to be a very ballyhooed name in 2025. He has constantly won 50/50 battles and has enough speed to keep defensive backs on their heels.

This past weekend, everything came together for McMillan against Arizona State. He caught 11 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown, in a performance that was even more dominating than the stats show.

On the season, he now has 80 receptions for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns. The sophomore receiver is going to have a chance to be a 2nd day pick next year if he continues to ascend. He is a fluid athlete who will only get better as he grows into his frame, which should have PAC-12 defensive backs worried.

California-ILB- Cade Uluave

Cade Uluave is a true freshman who didn’t see the field other than special teams in the first 6 games of the season. But once starting inside linebacker Jackson Sirmon was injured and out for the season, Uluave stepped up and has flourished for Cal.

In the 6 games since the injury, he has 59 tackles , 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. This past weekend in a 33-7 win at UCLA, he totaled 12 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 sack and an interception. Uluave is another young name to pay attention to for the next couple of seasons. He is a little undersized at 6’1” 230 lbs., but plays a reckless style and creates havoc.

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