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!
Kylen Granson, TE, SMU
One player who has emerged as a pass-catching threat for SMU, is tight end/h-back prospect Kylen Granson. He made several key grabs during the Mustangs thrilling OT win over Tulane this past weekend, showing off his athleticism and run-after-catch abilities. With big play wide out Reggie Roberson Jr. expected to miss the rest of the season, Granson will have plenty of opportunity to grab the attention of the NFL scouting community. While he’s considered to be somewhat of a “tweener,” he can also be viewed as a luxury piece type of weapon at the next level — Granson can line up inline, in the slot, outside, or in the backfield to allow an offense to get very creative in their alignments.
SMU TE Kyle Granson is as talented as any pass catching TE in CFB. Sharp routes, strong hands, vertical speed. Hope he’s on @seniorbowl radar!
Huge 2019 w/ 43 catches for 721yds & 9 TDs. His OC Rhett Lashlee is now at Miami. Look for him to put Brevin Jordan in these spots! pic.twitter.com/Z2inZYbrLL
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) July 8, 2020
Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
You often hear wide receivers complain that they’re always open; for North Texas senior wide out Jaelon Darden, it really seems to be the case. The Houston native recorded his second consecutive 200-yard receiving game, pushing his season total to 689 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns through five games, while becoming the second leading receiver in Mean Green history. A projected slot prospect at the next level, the one-time track standout is expected to run in the 4.4-range and possesses high football intelligence, with a strong understanding of how to read opposing defenses, per his coaches.
The Houston native has endured plenty of perseverance, having played quarterback at two different high schools, sitting out most of his senior season due to transferring and committing to three different universities before finding a home at North Texas. His work ethic and drive has rubbed off on the team; according to coaches, you can often find him after practice running routes by himself in a constant effort to improve. That dedication has paid off, as he is squarely on the NFL radar.
BANG! North Texas hits this pass from Aune to Jaelon Darden down to the 1!
Then DeAndre Torrey punches it in for the score!
7-7, 6:39 1Q pic.twitter.com/BsHBfC1I8H
— MeanGreen247 (@MeanGreen247) October 17, 2020
Dahu Green, WR, Arkansas State
The Arkansas State program has been sprouting wide receiver prospects of late. We previously discussed the emergence of Jonathan Adams earlier this season, along with the pro tandem of Omar Bayless (Panthers) and Kirk Merritt (Dolphins) of a year ago. Now, meet the latest wide out to pop onto the NFL radar in Dahu Green. It has been an arduous journey for the Oklahoma transfer who has endured a slew of injuries during the past couple of seasons. In high school, he once ran a 22-second 200 and recorded a 6-7 high jump with Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley in attendance, a remarkable feat for his size!
Now a sixth-year senior, Green has begun to live up to his potential as one of the bigger, more explosive receivers in this year’s draft class. During the Red Wolves 59-52 victory over Georgia State on prime time, he tallied 172 receiving yards on nine receptions with two scores. Not to be outdone, the aforementioned Adams also set a single-game school record with 15 receptions during this Sun Belt shootout. Keep an eye on this dynamic duo, as they seem primed to move up draft boards.
Hope you didn’t blink, Dahu Green has the Red Wolves back on top pic.twitter.com/OuibcRAB1h
— Sun Belt Pages (@SBPages) October 16, 2020
Tarron Jackson, DE, Coastal Carolina
It has been somewhat of a magical year for undefeated Coastal Carolina (4-0), as it continued to shock the college football world with an upset victory over No. 21 Louisiana. An unsung hero for the Chanticleers defense has been senior defensive end Tarron Jackson, who tallied four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and creating havoc for the opposing quarterback throughout the game, despite often times facing double-team coverage. Jackson plays extremely physical with an extremely high motor, which helps compensate for some of his physical limitations. After a double-digit sack campaign a year ago, the two-time team captain has a pair of sacks on the season and has positioned himself as a potential Day 3 NFL Draft prospect.
Tarron Jackson and The Black Swarm create their first TFL pic.twitter.com/0SRlSPle7A
— Sun Belt Pages (@SBPages) October 15, 2020
Grant Morgan, LB, Arkansas
Arkansas senior linebacker Grant Morgan had himself a day for the ages, recording 19 tackles, including three tackles for loss and one sack, along with two pass deflections and a game-clinching pick-six interception…while basically playing with one arm, as his left arm was in a cast due to injury. The former walk-on, now team captain, is the ultimate competitor and has racked up 52 tackles through the first four games, while emerging as a four-down back. In fact, his experience playing on all four special teams units during the past four seasons (nearly 700 snaps), makes him a candidate to become a special teams ace at the next level. Grant, who recently got married this past summer, also possesses NFL bloodlines, as his older brother, Drew, also played for the Razorbacks and spent two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 17, 2020