Each week, the scouting department at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will examine some of the top performances in college football by potential pro prospects that we are keeping an eye on. Also, be sure to monitor the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board for new player additions throughout the season!
Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
A four-year starter for Texas A&M, quarterback Kellen Mond finally earned his first signature win over Florida in a back-and-forth affair, which was sure to catch the attention of NFL scouts. Mond showed tremendous poise and moxie, completing 25-of-35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. With his athleticism to extend plays and deep ball touch, the San Antonio native offers plenty of pro traits that will appeal to teams at the next level.
THIS GAME 😮
Kellen Mond drops a 51-yard dime and Florida-Texas A&M is going down to the wire on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/GW0Sj2TSz8
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 10, 2020
Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
North Carolina senior running back Michael Carter continues to solidify his draft stock, as he set a new career-high with 214 rushing yards and two scores, including a 62-yard scamper in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal in the Tar Heels’ win over Virginia Tech. A noted intense competitor and leader in the locker room, the Florida native has been praised by the coaching staff for his maturity. With the ability to cut it inside/outside, his balance and vision are two of the more desirable traits he possesses. Carter brings the juice and provides a skillset very similar to Dion Lewis (N.Y. Giants). With 413 rushing yards through three games, he is now on pace to become just the third Tar Heel rusher to surpass the 1,000-yard barrier in back-to-back seasons during the past thirty years, joining Giovanni Bernard (2011-12) and Natrone Means (1991-92).
North Carolina’s Michael Carter has wheels.. bye bye 👋
— the Sports ON Tap (@thesportsontap) October 10, 2020
Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston
Houston wideout Marquez Stevenson got off to an electrifying start in the Cougars’ season-opening win over Tulane, demonstrating why he is considered to be one of the premier playmakers in college football. Stevenson shredded the Green Wave with a 97-yard kick return and 41-yard receiving touchdown, totaling 223 yards on seven touches. His big play speed, deep ball propensity and crisp route running is sure to be an easy sell to NFL teams.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 9, 2020
Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke
Duke earned its first victory of the season over Syracuse behind another stellar performance by senior defensive end Victor Dimukeje, who picked up 1.5 sacks and now has 14 sacks in his past 11 games. The Baltimore native has been playing with a relentless motor this season, demonstrating an array of pass-rush moves and the strength to win most of his one-on-one reps. While Dimukeje has primarily played with his hand in the dirt for the Blue Devils, there is some appeal to having him stand up as an outside linebacker at the next level. He is one player who should continue to thrive and rise as we get closer to the draft.
Highest pass-rush win % against power five OLs last season:
1. Chase Young – 27%
2. Victor Dimukeje – 22%
3. Carlos Basham – 22%
4. Khalid Kareem – 21% pic.twitter.com/2GuREWIZrX
— PFF College (@PFF_College) August 21, 2020
Max Richardson, LB, Boston College
It was senior linebacker Max Richardson guiding the way on defense once again for Boston College, as the Eagles won a thriller in overtime over Pittsburgh. The Georgia native, who had just one other Power 5 offer (Duke) coming out of high school, has solidified himself as a pro prospect during his time in Chestnut Hill, and Saturday was just another example why. Richardson totaled nine tackles (three tackles for loss), including one sack, flashing natural instincts, quickness and his ability to wrap up tacklers in the open field. After 100-plus tackle campaign last season, Richardson now has 38 tackles (third in the nation) during the Eagles 3-1 start, as his clutch play and leadership has played a vital role early on.
⚪ LB Spotlight ⚪
Max Richardson – Boston College
• Richardson has been an absolute monster for BC. In his career he’s totaled 216 Tackles, 24 Tackles for Loss, 6.5 Sacks, 5 Pass Breakups and 2 Forced Fumbles. pic.twitter.com/uw2CsRHcg3
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) August 21, 2020