2019 NFL Draft: Top Three SEC Prospects from Week One


Now that week one is officially in the books, there will be plenty of time to preview week two of the college football season. But before we take that next step, I want to review some of the players from the first weekend. Over each week of the season, I’ll focus on three players from each conference looking to improve their stock heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are plenty of players to talk about, and we’ll get to as many as possible. Despite there being hundreds of prospects to talk about, I want to focus on three players from each conference during each week of the season. Starting with week one, here are three players from the SEC that you need to know.

Derrick Brown, DT from Auburn 

One of my favorite players going into this season is Derrick Brown from Auburn. He’s a massive defensive tackle at 6’5 and 325 pounds but has some sneaky good athletic ability that helps him scoot down the line of scrimmage, and that also gives him an advantage operating in space. Last season for Auburn, Brown emerged with 57 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. This put him on plenty of radars for this season, but as a prospect, he certainly has his warts.

Starting at the top, there are times that he doesn’t work his hands, and more often than not, he doesn’t generate a pass rush plan. I’ve seen instances of this tendency already this season, last week against Washington.

That doesn’t mean that Brown isn’t a talented player, though. More times than not, he relies on his power, and for the most part, it does him good. Against Washington, he only had three tackles, but he moved well along the line of scrimmage and did a good job reading the Huskies’ running back, Myles Gaskin, specifically on screen passes. Brown kept his eyes in the backfield, and once he realized that he had a free release from an offensive lineman, he quickly stayed at heels’ depth and found the running back.

Moving forward, Brown needs to continue to use his instincts, athletic ability for a player of his size, and most importantly, find ways to have more active hand usage. Throughout the season he’ll flash all of his skills, but I’m waiting for him to put everything together on a more consistent basis. Regardless of a few flaws, he’s a talented prospect and looked good through the first week of the season. Keep an eye on Brown as he prepares to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Emanuel Hall, WR from Missouri 

Meet the best deep ball threat in the SEC. Emanuel Hall has an incredible amount of upside and could lead the SEC in touchdowns if he stays healthy. Last season, Hall had 33 receptions for 817 yards and eight touchdowns. As of right now, he’s averaging 42.8 yards per reception, but we know those numbers will even out with less yardage but more receptions. Even last year, though, Hall still averaged 24.8 yards per reception, which is incredible.

Even though he was in the shadows of fourth-round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, J’Mon Moore, Hall was still making plays. Now the floor is his, and there’s no reason to believe that Drew Lock won’t feed him the football. Lock threw the ball 419 times last season and had 44 touchdowns. He loves looking deep downfield, and more often than not, he’ll find Hall.

The senior receiver has got the speed to fly by defensive backs. Watching the play above, you’ll see how easily he splits the safety and cornerback and just heads to the end-zone where Lock finds him with ease. He needs to become more polished as a route runner and could take on a more expanded role in the route tree as the season progresses, but right now, he’s one of the top deep threats in the country. It’s always a plus to know that you have this type of player with his size at 6’3″ and 195 pounds, but if he can find ways to become more successful in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field, his draft stock should start to improve. Put Hall on your radar for the 2019 NFL Draft and get ready to watch him make a highlight reel of long touchdown grabs all season long.

Nick Brossette, RB for  LSU 

It’s one game, I know this. But how can you not be impressed by Nick Brossette after the first week of the season? This is the same running back that sat behind Derrius Guice and Leonard Fournette. He could have transferred and played anywhere else, but he stuck it out and is now the starting back for the Tigers.

He was a standout player for University High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Staying in his hometown and playing for LSU was the dream, and he’s accomplishing it as we speak. The sample size on Brossette is small, but the senior tailback has carried the football for LSU in every season in which he’s been part of the team.

Saturday against the Hurricanes, we saw him explode onto the scene. The first thing that stood out was his patience and the ability to let the blocks develop in front of him. Keep in mind that this was a Hurricanes defense that I talked highly of, but Brossette took them down with 22 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns. While his patience was key, he also flashed solid burst and vision when running through the line of scrimmage and in the open field.

It’s still early, and this is a deep running back class, but Brossette has certainly made ripples in the water for the 2019 NFL Draft. It’ll be interesting to see what type of role he takes as a receiver out of the backfield, but he’s an intriguing player and should progress into a nice NFL prospect by the end of the season. Even though the Tigers were expecting more of a running back by committee approach, Brossette is clearly the starter and now has everyone rethinking how this offense will go. Just know the name Brossette.

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