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2023 NFL Draft Watch: Best prospects, matchups for weekend’s top-25 showdowns


It should be a fun slate of faculty football games this Saturday, including six matchups between ranked opponents. Who’re the very best NFL prospects in those games? Which players have essentially the most to achieve? Is there any talent flying under the radar?

Let’s break the top-25 showdowns. (Games are listed in chronological order; all times are ET.)

(Note: Only draft-eligible prospects are included. An asterisk indicates a draft-eligible underclassman.)

No. 10 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan (Noon, Fox)

Best prospect: Olu Fashanu, LT, Penn State*

Considering Fashanu has began only six games at the faculty level, it’d feel premature to call him the highest NFL prospect here. However the redshirt sophomore has played rather well in those six games, and I’m a believer in his traits. At 6-foot-6 and 320 kilos, Fashanu has outstanding body control and hand strength, which might be tested against Michigan’s deep defensive position. Buy his stock now, while it’s reasonably priced.

Prospect with essentially the most to achieve: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State*

Porter has been a shutdown corner in 2022. He leads the FBS in passes defended per game (2.0) and has allowed only three receptions for 23 yards (with zero penalties) over his last 4 games. Nonetheless, he has been somewhat of a liability in run support with multiple missed tackles. For Porter to be drafted as high as his coverage skills suggest, he must turn out to be more reliable against the run and Michigan will definitely test that aspect of his game.

Most underrated prospect: Blake Corum, RB, Michigan*

Corum has garnered more attention along with his hot start, but I don’t know that he’s as well-known nationally as he ought to be. He ranks third within the country in rushing yards (735) and second in rushing touchdowns (11). Nonetheless, Penn State is allowing only 79.6 rushing yards per game, fifth-best in college football.

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