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.
Brady White, QB, Memphis
After recently announcing his entry into the upcoming NFL Draft, Memphis senior signal-caller Brady White will go out a winner after another effective performance during the Tigers’ win over FAU in the Montgomery Bowl. White completed 22-of-34 pass attempts for 284 passing yards and three touchdowns, raising his touchdown-to-interception ratio to 31:10 on the season. In fact, the California native accounted for 90 touchdown passes and just 30 interceptions during his past three seasons in Memphis, after spending his first two years at Arizona State. White shows nice touch and anticipation, along with smart decision-making. In what appears to be a thin year for quarterbacks, the soon-to-be 25-year old could offer appeal as a late round developmental selection.
**turn your volume up**
“Y’all are my brothers. We did this.”
A message from QB1 Brady White. pic.twitter.com/B5a53wYph5
— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker2) December 28, 2019
Greg McCrae, RB, Central Florida
An under-heralded prospect amongst the group of senior running backs, Greg McCrae of UCF has been a steady, consistent contributor over the past several seasons, splitting carries in an often crowded backfield. He finishes his Black Knights career with nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns in 43 games, including 856 total yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. McCrae had seven career games in which he exceeded the 100-yard rushing barrier and his 6.55 career rushing average is an all-time school record. His 12 special teams tackles (eight in 10 games as a freshman) is also notable. The Miami native demonstrates elusiveness in the open field and the ability to make defenders miss. In addition, his special teams experience could justify McCrae being a strong candidate to end up in an NFL camp.
When it’s all said and done what legacy will you leave ⚔️ 🖤💛 pic.twitter.com/afD3lYAogm
— Greg McCrae (@NikeheadGreg) December 23, 2020
Calvin Turner, RB/WR, Hawaii
A modern-day renaissance man, Hawaii all-purpose weapon Calvin Turner has grabbed the attention of NFL scouts down the home stretch of his 2020 campaign. His 92-yard punt return to bust open the New Mexico Bowl was icing on the cake of his best performance yet, racking up 252 total yards (88 receiving, 60 rushing) and a pair of touchdowns. The JUCO transfer spent his first three seasons at Jacksonville University, playing quarterback and defensive back. Once he transferred to Hawaii, Turner converted into a jackknife, playing an array of roles as a runner, receiver, return man and occasional trick-play quarterback. No longer the best-kept secret in college football, Turner was a three-sport legend in Savannah, Georgia at New Hempstead High School, excelling in football, basketball and track. Don’t be surprised if you hear his name called at some point during the 2021 NFL Draft.
CALVIN TURNER 92-YARD 🏠 📞 pic.twitter.com/VW5rOEnEl1
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 24, 2020
Zac Lefebvre, TE, Buffalo
All guts and no glory, Buffalo tight end Zac Lefebvre has quietly played himself onto the NFL radar due to his blocking prowess. Often used as an inline blocker or H-back, Lefebvre played a key role in the Bulls’ offense, rushing for more than 2,000 yards in just seven games this season. His hand placement, wide base and sound technique are areas of his game that stand out, as the two-year starter also possesses prototype size at 6-5, 250 pounds. An adequate pass-catcher, Lefebrve runs solid routes and demonstrates soft hands, as evidenced with several flashes during his collegiate career. While he isn’t likely to be heavily depended upon in that department, Lefebvre did manage to finish with 49 catches for 539 receiving yards and four touchdowns over the past four seasons. As one of the more polished blocking tight end prospects in this year’s draft, Lefebvre projects as a priority free agent.
Check this out @JohnMackeyAward: Zac Lefebvre adjusts for an incredible catch on this deep ball.
4 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD tonight pic.twitter.com/ueOjwxpwA5
— Arizona Belt 🌵☀️ (@HustleBelt) November 11, 2020
Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech fifth-year senior safety Divine Deablo announced his intent to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. A physical, athletic defender, Deablo is a sure tackler in the open field who shows excellent instincts and has been highly productive during his Hokies career. The Winston-Salem native finished his collegiate career with 206 total tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and six career interceptions. A former wide receiver, Deablo converted to the defensive secondary after his freshman season. He is projected to test exceptionally well; at 6-2 and nearly 230 pounds, some teams could even view Deablo as a linebacker at the next level. His appeal as a special teams player early on in his career should make him a candidate to hear his name called on the early portion of Day Three of the draft.
For those who have passed, For those to come 🤝 Thank You! pic.twitter.com/5nURCkJfd8
— Divine Deablo (@DeabloDivine) December 26, 2020
*Be sure to catch NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director of college recruiting Dane Vandernat this Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. ET on ‘The State of Football’ show live on @NFLDraftBible!