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Big 12 Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down

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8 of the 10 Big 12 teams were in action this week, with 6 playing FBS opponents, compared to last week when only 3 Big 12 teams played such teams. With the level of competition ramping up, we scouts are starting to get a better idea of who’s going to be rising up and who’s going to be falling down boards come this draft season. Here’s a hint: watch out for the receiving talent populating the nation’s center, as 3 of the 5 players whose stocks have risen this week are receivers. Both sides will have 5 players this week, up from 3 last week, and as was the case last week, I’m only going to focus on 2020 draft eligible players.

Stock Up

Devin Duvernay

Devin Duvernay, Texas WR (Senior): Often overlooked in favor of his more highly touted teammate Collin Johnson, Duvernay went into the locker room at halftime of Texas’ marquee matchup with LSU with just 1 catch for 7 yards, with his team down 20-7. However, Texas’ slot receiver would finish the game with 12 catches for 154 yards and 2 TDs, as well as a pass completion for 8 yards, against a very strong LSU secondary that held Johnson to 3 catches for 49 yards. While Texas still lost this game 45-38, Longhorns fans should take solace in the fact that this breakout performance may take some pressure off of Johnson and open up their offense as Texas looks to dethrone Oklahoma in the Big 12. If you’re looking for wide receiver talent beyond the big names in this year’s draft, Duvernay is a must-watch prospect as a potential early Day 2 pick if he can build on the momentum of this big game. This Week: Rice, 8pm EST on CBSSN

Stock Down

Josh Sills

Josh SIlls, West Virginia IOL (RS Junior): This might be cheating a little bit because Sills isn’t really a name people have on their radars for 2020, but I had to find a way to talk about how poorly West Virginia’s line outside of left tackle Colten McKivitz played against Missouri on Saturday. Last week, I had Kennedy McKoy in the stock down section after he struggled against FCS James Madison, but it’s clear now that the offensive line is really the issue. West Virginia looked overmatched all day, with Missouri’s front seven getting pressure and stuffing runs with ease as they cruised to a 38-7 win. It got to the point where I felt bad for McKivitz, because on replays during the broadcast you could see that oftentimes he was stonewalling his matchup while the other 4 linemen got beat almost immediately. Sills was already probably only going to find his way onto an NFL roster as a UDFA in 2021, but if his and the rest of the line’s play continues on this trajectory it may begin affecting people’s evaluations of McKoy, QB Austin Kendall, and the West Virginia offense as a whole. This Week: NC State, 12pm EST on FS1

Stock Up

Josh Norwood

Josh Norwood, West Virginia DB (RS Senior): The one player that I thought played well for West Virginia as they got beat down by Missouri was Norwood, who jumped off the screen with 2 very nice pass breakups to at least slow the passing attack of Kelly Bryant. With those two pass breakups and 5 tackles, Norwood outperformed fellow senior DBs Keith Washington Jr and Hakeem Bailey, and should be the name to watch in the Mountaineers secondary going forward. Right now, all three aforementioned players are likely going to have to grind their way onto a 2020 NFL roster as a UDFA, but Norwood thus far has separated himself as the one that might play himself into a late Day 3 selection. This Week: NC State, 12pm EST on FS1

Stock Down

JaMycal Hasty

JaMycal Hasty, Baylor RB (RS Senior): Baylor crushed UTSA 63-14, but it was mostly due to the performance of senior receiver Denzel Mims than anything else (more on Mims later). Hasty struggled for the second week in a row, posting 7 carries for 18 yards and a TD after 10 carries for 25 yards against Stephen F. Austin last week, meaning he’s currently averaging 2.6 yards per carry. That’s not a good number no matter who you are, and especially not when two junior running backs from your own team (Trestan Ebner and John Lovett) are outperforming you. Hasty entered the year as Baylor’s presumptive rushing leader by a mile, but he’s had the same number of carries as Lovett, who has 17 carries for 177 yards and a TD on the season. Ebner only has 6 carries on the year, but has done enough with them (108 yards and 2 TDs) that there’s a case to be made that he deserves a bigger role. Baylor has played two not-very-good teams to start the year, so maybe this is an overreaction since Hasty is only really playing 2 quarters of the game, but it’s a situation to monitor over the next few weeks. This Week: Bye

Stock Up

CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma WR (Junior): I was a little bit disappointed when Jalen Hurts’ record-breaking debut against Houston last week didn’t involve much of Lamb, the electric receiver who had 65 catches for 1,158 yards and 11 TDs last year with Kyler Murray at the helm. Those stats had many people putting Lamb as a top 5 receiver in this very crowded class, and his quiet week last week didn’t do him many favors. Against an admittedly lower quality opponent in FCS South Dakota, Lamb had the type of performance that many people are expecting to see all season, with 6 catches for 144 yards and a TD. With quiet games from Collin Johnson and Laviska Shenault Jr., Lamb was able to stake his claim as the best receiving prospect this side of Jerry Jeudy. Whether or not he can keep his name in that conversation will be something to watch as his chemistry with Hurts continues to develop. This Week: UCLA, 8:00pm EST on FOX

Stock Down

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones, Texas FS (Senior): Jones has the unfortunate distinction of being the only member of the Texas secondary who will be available for selection in the 2020 draft, assuming redshirt sophomore Kobe Boyce returns to school. Justin Jefferson finished with 163 yards, Ja’Marr Chase had 147, and Terrace Marshall Jr had 123 as Joe Burrow threw for 471 yards and 4 TDs, with his lone interception coming from sophomore Longhorn linebacker Joseph Ossai. It’s worth noting that this was the best game of Burrow’s career as a premier quarterback prospect, so perhaps Texas just fell victim to great QB play rather than playing poorly as a defense. Jones himself did have a sack and a pass deflection, but there has to be room for improvement when you give up 471 passing yards and 45 points. It won’t get much easier as the year goes on, as the Longhorns still have games against Jalen Hurts and Oklahoma, breakout player Spencer Sanders and Oklahoma State, and the Air Raid offense of Texas Tech. Jones’ performance against these offenses will likely decide if he keeps his hold as the nation’s best free safety prospect, as most of this year’s safety crop play more hybrid or strong safety roles. This Week: Rice, 8pm EST on CBSSN

Stock Up

Denzel Mims

Denzel Mims, Baylor WR (Senior): It may seem cheap to pick 3 wide receivers this week, but Duvernay, Lamb, and Mims all played so well that I’d be remiss to not talk about any of them. Mims pulled down 7 catches for 101 yards and 3 TDs against UTSA…in the first half. With Baylor up 35-0 at the half, Mims and starting QB Charlie Brewer sat the second half. Mims also seemed to have an idea this was a huge week for receivers, telling ESPN that “I didn’t want to seem soft and seem out of shape. So, I was like man, let me get up. Even though I’m hurt, let me get up,” regarding a play where Mims had gotten up slowly and was almost replaced. Mims stayed in the game and caught his second TD on that play. While I think Lamb is in the tier just above Duvernay and Mims as a prospect, the big half from Mims should keep him in the Day 2-early Day 3 range, with room to improve if some bigger names continue to have quiet seasons. This receiving class is just so crowded that a player like Mims might get lost in the shuffle if performances like these don’t continue. This Week: Bye

Stock Down

Dillon Stoner

Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State WR (RS Junior): Stoner had the unfortunate fate of having an off game the same week almost every other receiver in the Big 12 had a huge one, finishing with 3 catches for 25 yards and a lost fumble in the Cowboys’ 56-14 win over McNeese State. Luckily for him, he has another year of eligibility left, and likely was a name to watch for 2021 rather than a true 2020 prospect anyway. Stoner is Oklahoma State’s number two option right now behind Tylan Wallace, so from a team success standpoint, Cowboys fans have to hope Stoner can bounce back as they enter the Big 12 schedule in a couple weeks. While the Big 12 is devoid of a corner that can truly shut down Wallace, he likely won’t put up 10 catches for 272 yards and 5 TDs through any two-week stretch remaining this year. That means Stoner will have to step up to keep the Cowboys’ passing attack going; luckily, Oklahoma State has another tune-up against Tulsa next week before diving into the conference schedule. This Week: Tulsa, 3:30pm EST on ESPN2

Stock Up

Travis Bruffy

Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech OT (Senior): Bruffy has been one of the best offensive tackles in college football through the first two weeks of the season, earning a 90.3 grade from PFF. Against UTEP, Bruffy earned the highest PFF grade in both pass and run blocking, allowing only one hurry in 50 pass-blocking snaps. I talked about last week how NFL teams might love Texas OT Samuel Cosmi for his ability to play either tackle spot, but NFL teams will love Bruffy for his pass blocking chops. Much like Andre Dillard from Washington State last year, Bruffy gets a ton of reps in pass blocking situations due to playing in the Air Raid system. However, the Red Raiders senior has shown to be a much better run blocker than I thought Dillard was coming out last year. Bruffy is an early candidate for one of my favorite prospects this year and may end up as a Day 2 steal, considering the number of tackles pegged to be taken early on this year. This Week: Arizona, 10:30pm EST on ESPN

Stock Down

Armand Shyne

Armand Shyne, Texas Tech RB (Senior): Despite Bruffy’s excellence in the run game, Shyne finished with 8 carries for 45 yards and a TD plus 1 catch for -4 yards after taking 11 carries for 125 and a TD last week. While 45 yards on 8 carries doesn’t look awful, one of his runs went for 20 yards, leaving him 7 carries for 25 yards, which all of a sudden looks a lot worse. Because Texas Tech runs the Air Raid, Shyne has to make plays when he’s handed the ball in order to stand out as a prospect, and he simply wasn’t able to this week against UTEP. With a running back class as deep as this one, Shyne has to hope to have more games like week 1 than last week in order to hear his name called come April. This Week: Arizona, 10:30pm EST on ESPN

Honorable Mention

Tylan Wallace

Nearly every Kansas State player had a great game as the Wildcats beat down Bowling Green 52-0; nearly every Kansas player struggled as the Jayhawks fell to Coastal Carolina 12-7 (shout out Dylan Sanders and the WNS podcast for the call on this); Tylan Wallace had 5 catches for 180 yards and 3 TDs; Chuba Hubbard carried it just 8 times for 44 yards and a TD.