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2022 NFL Draft: College football recap, Week 4

High-flying offenses and close-calls

Week 4 of college football saw offenses, particularly those of the passing persuasion, catch fire across the country. Alabama, Miami and Georgia all surpassed 60 points in their cakewalk games. Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett—of all quarterbacks—threw for 400 yards in the Panthers’ 77-7 victory over New Hampshire. On top of those, Texas put up 70 (!!) points over in-state rival Texas Tech. Below are the prospects who stood out during Week 4 of college football.

DL Jayson Ademilola (Notre Dame)

A highly decorated recruit, Ademilola has waited his turn for a starting role and has now had his breakout game, with five tackles, two tackles for loss (TFLs) and a sack. He was getting solid pressure for most of the day, but his highlight of the day came on a strip-sack of quarterback Graham Mertz on a drive in the fourth quarter. Coming in on a loop, he pushed the guard inside, and swatted at the quarterback causing a fumble, all despite having his face-mask grabbed by the lineman the entire time. Notre Dame never ended up trailing again.

LB Devin Lloyd (Utah)

The junior linebacker absolutely blew up against Washington State thanks to his eight tackles, three TFLs, a sack and an interception. It’s his versatility that allowed him to collect such a remarkable stat line. His sack came on a blitz up the middle in the first quarter, but on other snaps he was absolutely sticky in coverage including on his interception. He’ll be a very hot commodity this draft season for teams.

WR Treylon Burks (Arkansas)

Arkansas was able to come away with an upset of Texas A&M, mostly thanks to the dominant performance Burks put on tape. The junior had six receptions for a whopping 167 yards, and a touchdown—including an 85-yard touchdown grab. Burks isn’t the most sudden athlete, but he has good enough size and speed, and a very strong pair of hands as well. He’ll be in the mix in the second day of the draft with more performances like this.

QB Taulia Tagovailoa (Maryland)

Although he doesn’t have even the average size of his brother Tua at 5’11”, Taulia flashed good decision-making and an accurate arm in carving up the Kent State defense. Although he did have his first interception of the season, he immediately locked in after that mistake and he managed to finish the day 31 of 41 for 384 yards and three touchdowns. He has the Terps at 3-0 and the firm attention of draft watchers.