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2018 NFL Draft: college football prospect preview & live chat, Week Eight

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Versatility is key with this week’s prospects to watch

Wyoming v Colorado State Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

As NFL teams are limited to a certain number of active players, versatility is one of the most valuable attributes a prospect can have. The more things you can do, the higher the chances of you seeing the field early and often. Sean McDermott in particular values versatility in his players, quickly bringing in guys Micah Hyde and Ryan Davis in free agency. This week’s batch of college prospects all offer some degree of versatility in addition to their main role with their teams.

Talk about the games, leave questions on prospects and enjoy your weekend.

Keep your eyes on

Josh Allen, quarterback (Wyoming) - After a poor start to the season, Allen’s “stock” has been trending down. The past couple of weeks however, he’s managed to put together some decent games, at least statistically. He’ll look to continue his streak against a difficult Boise State pass defense that recently shut down Luke Falk. Probably the most physically talented quarterback prospect in the 2018 draft, Allen needs to prove he can work within the offense and not panic under pressure.

Other prospects to watch

Godwin Igwebuike, safety (Northwestern) - Igwebuike is a versatile safety who’s experienced in various types of coverages. However, he needs to take better angles in the run game especially this week against Iowa. Iowa sports talented running back Akrum Wadley who can juke tacklers out of their shoes.

Jester Weah, wide receiver (Pitt) - After a productive junior season, great things were expected of Weah this year but he has only really had two decent games. He’s failing to get separation and whether that’s from a lack of speed or poor route-running, he’ll need to figure it out if he wants to produce against Duke’s tough, disciplined defense.

Tyler Conklin, tight end (Central Michigan) - Coming back from injury, Conklin lit up Ohio to the tune of 10 receptions and 136 yards. Although he has good straight-line speed and soft hands he needs to learn to be more sudden in his route running. Also a good blocker, Conklin will be facing off against quick-twitch pass rusher Anthony Winbush this week, who already has 7.5 sacks.

Uchenna Nwosu, Edge Rusher (USC) - Nwosu has a tough test this week against Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey. McGlinchey’s size and strength will make it difficult for Nwosu to utilize his bull rush. Used in a typical edge rushing role by USC, his size and style of play suggests a move to an outside linebacker for the NFL.

Beau Benzschawel, guard (Wisconsin) - Wisconsin’s offensive line has been clicking in both the run game and the passing game thanks to the play of Benzschawel. A tight end in high school, Benzschawel sports the movement skills to play guard to center at the next level. While his hand usage is also very good, he needs to do a better job keeping his balance and gaining strength.

RJ McIntosh, defensive tackle (Miami) - McIntosh came to Miami as a defensive end but has since made the move inside to defensive tackle. There, his athleticism and speed are his biggest assets along with his quick hands. He’s versatile enough to kick outside to defensive end on run downs as well.

Game of the Week: 19 Michigan vs. 2 Penn State

Previous weeks have lacked games between ranked teams but this week has several. Penn State will be looking to run phenom running back Saquon Barkley directly at Michigan’s strong defense that features defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and senior linebacker Mike McCray. When Penn State is forced to pass they’ll ideally be using tight end Mike Gesicki who has yet to have a big game statistically.