We’re nearly halfway through another exciting college football season, and the standout prospects are cominginto focus.
There aren’t too many changes to this new list, but we have a new cornerback making his debut in the top 15.
Here are my top prospects for the 2018 NFL draft right now:
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who suffered a thumb injury in Week 4 that required surgery, was cleared Wednesday to return to practice on a limited basis. Coach Sean McDermott said it has yet to be determined whether Matthews will be able to play against the Buccaneers on Sunday, and he is designated as day-to-day. If Matthews can’t play, expect the Bills to turn to Zay Jones as their top wideout again. — Mike Rodak
Wide receiver DeVante Parker missed his first game of the season last week with an ankle injury and also missed Wednesday’s practice. Coach Adam Gase described Parker as day-to-day, but Thursday’s practice will be huge in determining Parker’s status against the Jets. Miami needs Parker to help stretch the defense. — James Walker
That was the plan here. Offensive coordinator Ron Turner had worked with Hester on the play that week, an out-and-up. The Bears tried to call the play earlier in the game, but didn’t like the coverage. Down seven with less than two minutes to play, it was time.
“Ron (Turner) told him, ‘You’re going to score a touchdown on this play,’” wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said about those practices. “And he did.”
Indeed, Hester took off from the 19, shimmied a bit to his right on the out, and then bolted up the field. Griese took a deep drop and a couple of launch pad steps up in the pocket and unloaded. The pass traveled 53 yards to Hester, who caught it two steps ahead of the defender.
“It seemed like a type of cover-two,” Hester said later. “The safety bit on the out route.”