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Six Pack—Week 2

by J.T. Toth

Photo courtesy of ESPN.

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:

Miami FL - QB - Tyler Van Dyke

The Miami Hurricanes and Tyler Van Dyke had a lot to prove this past weekend against #23 Texas A&M, and they passed the test. Van Dyke, who was considered a 2nd or 3rd round quarterback in preseason, threw for 374 yards and 5 touchdowns against a bona fide SEC defense in the Aggies. After leading Texas A&M 21-17 at the half, Van Dyke led the Hurricanes to 27 second half points and the 48-33 victory. He showed poise all day long and made throws to all 3 levels while withstanding the Texas A&M blitz.

This performance could serve as a springboard for the rest of the 2023 season for Van Dyke. Miami has big matchups against North Carolina, Clemson and a Nov. 11th trip to Florida State for him to prove value to NFL scouts. On the season he has completed, 73% of his passes for 575 yards and 6 touchdowns, with only 1 interception in 2 games.

USC - QB - Caleb Williams

Coming into the season, Williams was considered the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy in 2023 and after 3 games, he has done nothing to change Draft 412’s mind that he could well be on his way to doing so. Through 3 games, he has thrown for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns without throwing an interception and has done an excellent job in extending plays, using his arsenal of weapons to lead the Trojans to their 3-0 start.

Ohio State - WR - Marvin Harrison Jr.

Ohio State lost last year’s starting quarterback C.J. Stroud to the NFL and there was some worry about who could lead this offense full of weapons. Junior Kyle McCord struggled in the opener against Indiana and the offense was only able to score 23 points against a porous Indiana defense.

In the opener, Heisman candidate Marvin Harrison Jr. only caught 2 passes for 12 yards and many questioned if he could put up the same sort of numbers he did in 2022. In the second game against Youngstown State, McCord hit Harrison early and often to the tune of 7 catches for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Marvin Harrison Jr., in the estimation of Draft 412 (and most every other scouting service), will be the best wide receiver entering the 2024 Draft, even if he can’t match the same numbers he had in 2023. He is one of most complete wide receivers that Draft 412 has seen in several years and one of only a handful of players who will be mentioned as possible first overall picks.

Texas - QB - Quinn Ewers

No quarterback helped himself more in the second week than Quinn Ewers of Texas. In the week 2 matchup at #3 Alabama, he led the #11 Longhorns to a 34-24 win and did it several different ways. He showed confidence and poise in the face of the Crimson Tide pass rush while completing 24 of 38 passes for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over.

In a deep draft class for quarterbacks, Ewers' performance will help separate him from the other 2nd-3rd round hopefuls. With a favorable schedule the rest of the way, Ewers and the Longhorns may be in for a special season in Austin.

UCLA - Edge - Laiatu Latu

Laiatu Latu has been a dominant force and unblockable in his first 2 games of 2023. He had 3 sacks in the season opener against Coastal Carolina and draft hopeful quarterback Grayson McCall. Last week against San Diego State, he picked up his 4th sack and was in the backfield on what seemed like every play. Coming off a 10.5 sack season in 2022, Latu was an under the radar prospect who is starting to get the respect he deserves. He is explosive off the end and has strong, sure hands to shed blocks and the straight line speed to chase down the ball carrier. Draft 412 has Latu as a 3rd round prospect with potential to rise up the boards if his performance to date continues to remain consistent.

Notre Dame - RB - Audric Estime

Notre Dame is off to a 3-0 start, and Sam Hartman has been getting most of the hype, but let’s not sleep on running back Audric Estime. Estime has 345 yards on 43 attempts while scoring 4 touchdowns. He has had some explosive runs, including an 80-yard touchdown run against N.C. State.

Not just a runner, Estime has shown skills as a pass catcher with 5 receptions for 55 yards. Last season, he averaged 5.9 yards a carry on 156 attempts and should see his workload expand this season. Draft 412 sees Estime as a mid-round prospect who can be a solid contributor in the NFL.

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