Believe it or not, the 2020 college football season is almost here, which means it’s time to roll out our annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board!
Continuing in our game’s 10-year tradition as the country’s most diverse all-star football showcase, we have compiled a list of 268 draft-eligible prospects from across the nation who are on our radar.
*NOTE: We at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl are disappointed for those players whose senior seasons have been disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In respect for those who may still play in 2021, we have altered our preseason Big Board to reflect only those seniors whose schools are actively preparing to play a fall season.
The 2021 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board will be rolled out during the next week by position, featuring players to watch. Today, we kick things off with quarterbacks:
THREE TO WATCH
Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jacksonville State:
We had fun watching Jacksonville State film last year and having WR Josh Pearson participate in the Collegiate Bowl. His quarterback the past two seasons – Zerrick Cooper – now gets his opportunity to solidify his NFL prospects as a rare 3-year starter. Standing at 6’3 and 225 pounds, the former Clemson Tiger is a physically imposing player who’s unafraid to stand in the pocket while scanning the defense. Blessed with a strong arm and the ability to throw with touch and accuracy, Cooper put together back-to-back 3,400+ passing-yard seasons while throwing a combined 50 TDs and rushing for another 12.
D’Eriq King, QB, Miami (FL):
There is not a more dynamic playmaker at quarterback this year than D’Eriq King. After splitting time at both QB and wide receiver in 2016-17, the Manvel, Texas native took the country by storm in 2018 while accounting for 50 total touchdowns and leading the NCAA in scoring prior to suffering an injury. At a shade under 5’10”, King is a non-traditional QB prospect who makes plays with his arm and legs. After taking a redshirt last year at Houston following the fourth game of the season, King will be playing in his third offensive system in as many years this fall with the Hurricanes.
Zach Smith, QB, Tulsa:
For the first time since 2016, Tulsa returns its starting signal caller from the previous year, Zach Smith. After beginning his collegiate career at Baylor, Smith earned the starting nod in training camp last year for the Golden Hurricane and took advantage of the opportunity to the tune of over 3,200 yards passing and 19 TD passes. As the season wore on, the more traditional pocket passer completed north of 70% of his throws in two of the final three games. Though not the dual-threat as some of his contemporaries, Smith is a rhythm and timing passer who does an excellent job scanning the field and working his feet in concert with his upper body.
NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL BIG BOARD: QUARTERBACKS
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