Big 10 Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down
Week 2 of the college football season has come and gone, and we can see which prospects are off to hot starts, and which ones are already facing an uphill battle. There were definitely some performances from this past week in the Big 10 that shocked all of us. So now we look at how that affects the draft stock of some of the conference’s top prospects.
Anthony McFarland, Maryland RB
Raise your hand if you saw Maryland curbstomping #21 Syracuse coming. Put your hand down, because you look ridiculous and no you didn’t, none of us did. After a surprise game against Howard (also a shellacking) that saw McFarland get 6 carries for 18 yards with 2 touchdowns, McFarland was key in this week’s shock blowout, torching the Orange for 75 yards on 14 carries with 2 more scores on the ground and another through the air. Maryland has used him sparingly (only 23 total touches) but McFarland has been a touchdown magnet. We’ll have to keep an eye on him going forward, hopefully with increased workload.
Next up: @Temple
Elijah Sindelar, Purdue QB
One player who has proven me wrong in both weeks so far this season is Boilermaker QB Elijah Sindelar. In 2 game last year, he showed he still wasn’t ready to play. This year he opened up against Nevada throwing for 423 and 4 TDs in a losing effort. In Week 2 he followed this up by throwing for 509 and 5 TDs against an SEC defense in Vanderbilt. Color me shocked. His accuracy has also seen a 5% uptick from last year (34/52 both weeks). Sindelar may be a draftable player after all
Next up: TCU
JK Dobbins, Ohio State RB
I was not a fan of JK Dobbins’ 2018 tape. He looked stiff and slow, lacking any burst. I compared him to Benny Snell, and said he’d be a late 3rd, early 4th round pick. This year, he looks to have trimmed down and gotten some more getaway speed to complement the fact he can run over would be tacklers. FAU and Cincinnati had no answer for him, as through 2 weeks he’s averaging 6.1 yards per carry and has 3 scores on the season. He may be actually be top 5 running back in this class he was expected to be.
Next up: @Indiana
Shea Patterson, Michigan QB
I wanted to lump Michigan’s whole offense in this section but most of Michigan’s offensive ineptitude can be equated to the man behind center. Patterson once again faceplanted in a game where Michigan should have won in much easier fashion than they did. I said in my preview last week that the game was on my upset alert, Shea Patterson is most of the reason. He’s wildly inconsistent and can miss the easiest of passes.
Next Up: Bye Week
Raheem Blackshear, Rutgers RB
I must confess, I stated on the Whole Nine Sports Podcast this summer that Blackshear was a sleeper prospect. Context provided, I felt he could sneak his way into day 3. I was definitely wrong. Blackshear did nothing on the ground in week 1 against UMass (12 carries for 39 yards) but did get 9 catches for 126 and a TD. This week against Iowa? He did nothing, 6 carries for 30 yards, 4 catches for -1 yard. That won’t cut it. At all. He’s not even the lead back on the worst team in the conference. Like Shark Tank, I’m out.
Next Up: Bye Week
Tyler Johnson, Minnesota WR
For whatever reason the Gophers have just not featured Johnson as much as everyone anticipated. Sophomore Rashod Bateman has been the focal point of the passing game. Johnson is still 2nd on the team in catches and yards, however many expected him to do much more.
Next Up: Georgia Southern