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Week 10 Players to Watch

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Draft 412 is ready for Saturday’s games and wants to make sure you are as well. Each week, we will go through the games and the players to watch, on our way to the draft in April 2024.

Here is our preview for - Week 10:

#23 Kansas State (6-2) at. #7 Texas (7-1) 12:00 pm FOX (SATURDAY)

Line- Texas (-4)

Draft 412 Prediction - Texas 40 Kansas State 38

Kansas State started slow this season but are now playing like the juggernaut many forecasted they’d be at the beginning of the season. They have outscored TCU and Houston by a combined 82-3 over the past two weeks and travel to play a tough Texas team that was 1:00 away from being 8-0. The Longhorns, still with a chance to make the playoffs, will not want to underestimate this Wildcats' team.

Texas- Quarterback- Quinn Ewers

Quinn Ewers has seen his draft stock rise as much as any other player in this upcoming draft. He has improved his progressions and footwork this season, and it is showing on the game tapes. He has the Longhorns' offense in high gear and will need to put some yards and points on the board against a Kansas State team that has been playing as well as anybody in the country.

To see more on Draft 412’s profile on Quinn Ewers…

Kansas State- Running Back - D.J. Giddens

D.J. Giddens is a name you probably haven’t heard, but in the scouting circles, he is on the radar of many NFL teams for the 2025 draft. Giddens is a 6’1” 212 running back with speed and power and can utilize each skill when it is needed. He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and is also a weapon out of the backfield, catching 21 passes for the Wildcats. Giddens is another underclassman to file away and remember for the 2025 Draft.

Texas- Running Back- Jonathon Brooks

The Texas offense has a lot of future NFL talent with Quinn Ewers, Xavier Worthy and Ja’Tavion Sanders, but it is running back Jonathon Brooks who sets the table for the Longhorns and makes their offense lethal. He is closing in on 1,000 yards (923) and has added 22 receptions and 8 touchdowns this season. He will be a headache all day long for the Wildcats' defense. Once Brooks establishes himself, he opens up the passing game for Ewers and makes Texas virtually unstoppable.

To see Draft 412’s profile on Jonathon Brooks…

Kansas State- Safety- Kobe Savage

The ex-Juco transfer Kobe Savage is the heart and soul of the Kansas State defense. His 43 tackles are 2nd on the team, and he also came up with 2 big interceptions this season. HIs 2022 season was cut short after 10 games due to a torn ACL, but he has bounced back in 2023 and looks like a safety who may be opening up some eyes. He has another year of eligibility left and Draft 412 thinks it may be wise for Savage to bring his talents back one more season to improve his late round, UDFA draft stock.

Others to Watch

Texas- WR- Xavier Worthy

Texas- TE- Ja’Tavion Sanders

Texas- LB- Jaylan Ford

Kansas State- QB- Will Howard

Kansas State- TE- Ben Sinnott

Kansas State- DE- Khalid Duke

#14 LSU (6-2) at. #8 Alabama (7-1) 7:45 PM CBS (SATURDAY)

Line- Alabama (-3)

Draft 412 Prediction - Alabama 27 LSU 17

The LSU Tigers are looking for their 2nd straight victory over Alabama. The victory would put them in a 3-way tie for first in the West if Ole Miss knocks off Texas A&M. This game features LSU's high powered offense against the top 15 Alabama defense. This will be a widely scouted game with several future NFL starters on both sides of the ball.

LSU- Quarterback- Jayden Daniels

Daniels is one of the most underrated and least talked about quarterback’s in this class. He is putting up monster numbers and making fewer mistakes. He has 2,573 yards and is completing 73.1% of his passes, with 25 touchdown passes and only 3 interceptions in his first 8 games. He has improved on his reads and progressions this season, taking full advantage of his strong arm.

To see Draft 412’s profile on Jayden Daniels…

Alabama- Safety- Caleb Downs

Downs has 63 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble in 8 games for Alabama. Oh, by the way, he’s just a freshman. Yet another future star in the making for Nick Saban to display on his defense. Many scouts think that Downs could end up being the best safety in the Nick Saban Era. The freshman will have his hands full going up against the best offense in the country, and a handful of talented receivers who will be lurking everywhere on the field, short and long. This game will be fun to watch and seeing Downs against Malik Nabers will be worth the price of admission.

LSU- Wide Receiver- Malik Nabers

If it wasn’t for a wide receiver named Marvin Harrison Jr., people would be talking a lot more about LSU wideout Malik Nabers. LSU has had Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. selected over the past several seasons, and Malik Nabers may be as good or better than them all. Nabers is a high energy guy who believes every ball in the air is his. His 50/50 skills and deep routes have been seen on a weekly basis and he will push a talented Crimson Tide defense to try and stop him. Nabers in 8 games already has 56 catches for 981 yards and 9 touchdowns. Do yourself a favor this Saturday night and watch this elite receiver play against a defense full of future NFL starters.

To see Draft 412’s profile on Malik Nabers…

Alabama- Running Back- Jase McClellan

Alabama’s offense is going to have to possess the ball and kill as much time as it can to keep the high scoring LSU offense on the bench. Running back Jase McClellan will be a big part of the ball control scheme and he will also make Jalen Milroe’s life easier by establishing the run. McClellan has exceptional vision and patience and should be used early and often. McClellan will be looking to improve his draft stock in this highly anticipated game. Draft 412 thinks he is a 5th-6th round talent who will play in the NFL.

To see Draft 412’s profile on Jase McClellan…

Others to Watch

Alabama- WR- Jermaine Burton

Alabama- T- J.C. Latham

Alabama- CB- Terrion Arnold

LSU- WR- Brian Thomas, Jr.

LSU- DT- Mekhi Wingo

LSU- S- Andre’ Sam

#9 Oklahoma (7-1) at. #22 Oklahoma State (6-2) 3:30 PM ABC (Saturday)

Line- Oklahoma (-6)

Draft 412 Prediction - Oklahoma 35 Oklahoma State 30

This is the last scheduled Bedlam for the foreseeable future which should sadden the college football world. This game has become a lot more important with Oklahoma losing to Kansas and Oklahoma State winning 4 straight to put each team in a 5-way tie for first place.

Oklahoma- Quarterback- Dillon Gabriel

Draft 412 isn’t going to lie. We love watching Dillon Gabriel play football. Though he won’t be anything more than a late round or a UDFA in next year's draft, he is still a great college football player. He is only 5’11” but he gets the job done in so many different ways. He is a tough quarterback who won’t hesitate to tuck the ball away and run and he has a beautiful touch on the deep ball. He single handedly beat a tough Texas team earlier in the year and after being upset by Kansas last week, he will need to rebound the Sooners for a tough Oklahoma State team.

Oklahoma State- Running Back- Ollie Gordon II

Another underclassman to watch with an eye towards the 2025 NFL Draft is sophomore running back Ollie Gordon II of Oklahoma State. He has torn up defenses this season to a tune of 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 8 games. The 6’1” 212 lbs. running back has exceptional cutting ability and the straight line speed to put defenses on their heels. Draft 412 looks forward to profiling Gordon II in the future as we get closer to the draft.

Alabama- Linebacker- Danny Stutsman

With Cowboys' running back Ollie Gordon looking to get the ball 20 plus times on Saturday, the Sooners are going to need another big performance from their tackling machine Danny Stutsman. Stutsman has 73 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception this season for Oklahoma. He is the heart of the defense, and you will see him make plays all over the field. Draft 412 thinks Stutsman is going to be a mid-round draft pick that an organization and their fan base will love.

To see more on Draft 412’s profile on Danny Stutsman…

Others to Watch

Oklahoma- RB- Marcus Major

Oklahoma- WR- Jalil Farooq

Oklahoma- DB- Key Lawrence

Oklahoma State- WR- Brennan Pressley

Oklahoma State- LB- Nickolas Martin

Oklahoma State- S- Cameron Epps

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