Each Saturday during the college football season, we’ll highlight five prospects with locally televised matchups who could be a fit for the Detroit Lions in the 2023 NFL Draft, based on projected needs.
Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
Purdue at Syracuse, 12 p.m., ESPN2
Williams contract is up
Noah Sewell, LB, Oregon
No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon, 3:30 p.m., FOX
LB enuff said
Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
No. 22 Penn State at Auburn, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami
No. 13 Miami (Fla.) at No. 24 Texas A&M, 9 p.m., ESPN
Does Goff go does he stay…replacement/backup
Andrew Vorhees, G, USC
Fresno State at No.7 USC, 10:30 p.m., FOX
Decision on Vaitai makes G a position to watch
I am a huge Noah Sewell fan. The fact that he is Penei’s brother is just a bonus. That guy is exactly what I picture a “perfect” linebacker to be. I don’t think he will ever be as good as Ray Lewis. But from a physical attribute standpoint…if you took Ray Lewis into a lab and increased his agility, speed and quickness…that’s the package Noah Sewell is working with. Tall without being “too tall.” Heavy without being “too heavy.” And he’s got instincts for days. You can tell he’s a real football player that can take meaningful practice reps at other positions like CB and WR (like Micah Parsons).
If we could land Noah I think we’d have the anchor to our LB core for the next 8 years.
Joey vs Purdue… “Joey Porter Jr. had 6 forced incompletions against Purdue. This means he is tied for the record for incompletions in a game among Power 5 CBs since PFF started keeping track of college football in 2014.”
Mazi Smith, Michigan
Virginia vs Old Dominion Zach Kuntz is having a slow start this year, but the TE who was a Nittany Lion transfer had over 700 yards receiving last year for Old Dominion. I’m not in favor of extending Hock at this moment.
Ced Tillman, Tennessee
Unfortunately this staff doesn’t seem to be interested in taking a LB early, so we can watch Sewell and Campbell and simply wonder what could have been. A later round option would be a guy like Cam Jones from Indiana, he had 12 tackles already in a game vs Illinois.
I want to see how Youngstown State RB Jaleel McLaughlin looks against Kentucky. He looks electric on what little tape of him I can find, if that holds up against SEC athleticism he’ll move up boards a lot. (He struggled last year against Michigan State, so it’s his last best chance).
South Carolina CB Cam Smith is one of my favorite CBs in the draft and gets to line up against Georgia. Should be worth watching.
Asa Turner the safety from Washington should get a good test against Michigan State.
I remember the first week of the season someone said something to the effect of “Purdue is going to Purdue. Never bet on them under any circumstance unless they are playing __________.” I can’t remember the team they named.
I have certainly learned my lesson. This is the second time THIS SEASON that I have lost money on Purdue in games they had were in control at the end…and then “Purdue’d.” Next time I will play the odds and earn some free money on the other team.