The 2024 NFL Draft remains six months away, but it is never too early to look into the potential stock of prospects. The CFB Week 7 risers and fallers are among some of the best talents in the game. Keon Coleman continues to impress with big catches almost weekly.
NFL Draft Prospect Risers and Fallers From CFB Week 7
Riser | Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
Coleman continues to find new ways to wow us. The 6’4″, 215-pound WR made a spectacular catch over the middle of the field early in the game. And while Ricky Pearsall pretty much secured the “Catch of the Year” award, Coleman’s catch would compete most seasons.
He finished with nine catches for 140 yards and a TD. But he also wowed us with an incredible 72-yard punt return in the second half. That punt return was important. His lateral agility and explosiveness were on full display on the return.
Faller | Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
A minor ankle injury won’t hurt Brock Bowers‘ draft stock in the long run. However, it could prevent him from breaking the college football record for receiving yards from a tight end. It would have been an outrageous accomplishment for a three-year player, but if he misses any games, it would take a minor miracle to get to the magic number.
Riser | Jase McClellan, RB, Alabama
While 16 runs for 83 yards doesn’t appear particularly impressive, Jase McClellan was exactly that. He isn’t the most explosive back, and he doesn’t have that preferred three-down back production to lean on. However, he is an incredibly tough runner who consistently picks up yards after contact.
Faller | Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State
Denze Burke’s injury history was already concerning before he left the Purdue game. The highly touted CB prospect had shoulder surgery before college. He played through multiple injuries a season ago, and it was clear that his play suffered because of the mounting injuries.
Riser | Cade Stover, TE, Ohio State
Ohio State has never been a team that leans on tight ends in the passing game, no matter how talented we believe them to be. They’ve always produced high-end wide receiver and quarterback play. In the end, it’s more efficient to target receivers.
But without Emeka Egbuka on the field, the Buckeyes needed someone to step up who isn’t an NFL legacy. Stover is big and explosive, and those traits helped him score two tight red zone touchdowns against Purdue.
Faller | Carson Beck, QB, Georgia
The Georgia QB showed a lot of promise in limited action a season ago. However, he has played very inconsistently during his time as the Bulldogs’ starter. His first-half performances have been particularly underwhelming.
Although he flashes legitimate NFL talent, he’s often too scattershot, and while he’s been safe so far in 2023, he had an obvious mental lapse against Vanderbilt that led to an interception.
Riser | Kendall Milton, RB, Georgia
He’s not the top back at Georgia, but he showed why NFL teams could come calling in April while on the field Saturday. Daijun Edwards is clearly an NFL talent, but Kendall Milton looked incredibly explosive and creative attacking the second level of the Commodores defense.
Faller | Donovan Edwards, RB, Michigan
The Michigan RB was one that excited us at PFN heading into the season. However, Donovan Edwards has fallen out of favor in Ann Arbor. Blake Corum is the top back, and Benjamin Hall outproduced Edwards after being thrust into action because of a few other RB injuries.
Riser | Jayden Higgins, WR, Iowa State
Jayden Higgins isn’t a household name, but the Eastern Kentucky transfer has now produced three games of over 90 yards for Iowa State. The Junior ended Saturday with six catches for 172 yards. The 6’4″ receiver was immediately tabbed as a potential Xavier Hutchinson replacement when previewing the Cyclones season, so big performances were expected sooner or later.
Faller | Jason Marshall Jr., CB, Florida
Jason Marshall Jr. has tumbled down draft boards since the summer, and things didn’t improve against South Carolina. The junior cornerback has every physical trait necessary to be a high-caliber cover cornerback, but it simply has not come together for him. In fact, his tape from a year ago was better by a significant margin.
Riser | Mario Anderson Jr., RB, South Carolina
The redshirt senior running back has been impressive during his first FBS season. Before Saturday, he was averaging over 5.0 yards per carry. And against Florida, he showed out, particularly with his first-half hurdle that resulted in a touchdown.
Mario Anderson hurdles his way to the end zone!! pic.twitter.com/Gb09Cggnsc
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) October 14, 2023
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