Dame’s Dudes: Kenneth Walker headlines CFB’s Week 6 Top Performers

10/11/2021
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Week 6 of the college football season is in the books. Arguably the best week of football so far this year. As usual, we are here to discuss my top college performer of the week. These NFL draft prospects are known as “Dame’s Dudes”.

You can check out week 5’s 2022 NFL prospects and performers here.

Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan St.

The headliner is a familiar face among Dame’s Dudes. The Spartans all-star running back has entrenched himself as one of the best backs in the country. Kenneth Walker put on another rushing clinic against Rutgers defense. As a result, Walker continued to showcase a combination of impeccable vision, patience, and cutting ability.

The Spartan’s offensive coordinator dialed up a zone heavy rushing attack. Walker thrived by diagnosing the defensive leverage on the edges, pressing the gaps, and planting/cutting upfield. Therefore, Walker eclipsed 200 yards rushing for the second time in six games. Saturday, he rushed for 232 yards on 29 carries and a sole touchdown. Kenneth Walker has worked his way into a Heisman candidate. On his current path, he is almost guaranteed to be a hot commodity for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri

Missouri’s diminutive but explosive running back Tyler Badie cracks 200 yards rushing again this season. The dynamic dual-threat RB terrorized North Texas’s defense on Saturday. Badie ran with a chip on his shoulder. A great display of power, toughness, contact balance, and runaway speed.

Not only did Badie power through would-be tacklers, but he outran pursuit angles. He executed the stretch zone running scheme to perfection. Badie is an explosive vertical cutter with electric footwork in space. With small/dynamic backs like Boston Scott, Austin Ekeler, Myles Gaskins, etc, Badie will be an intriguing name to watch for in next year’s NFL draft.

Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

This selection comes courtesy of Texas Longhorn true freshman receiver. Xavier Worthy had the game of his young career versus the Sooners. His explosive big play ability was on display from the opening snap. As a result, he reeled in a wide receiver screen and went the distance for an explosive catch/run touchdown.

Worthy finished the game with nine receptions off ten targets for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He attacked the Sooners defense on all three levels. He is not eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft but look for his name to land among the top 2024 wide receiver prospects.

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio St.

Ohio State’s offense is finally finding its rhythm and identity. Redshirt Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud is a key cog for this offense’s success. As a result, he has thrown for over 700 yards in the past two contests. Stroud is playing like a pass-first point guard. He is successfully distributing the football to his explosive playmakers.

His accuracy, ball placement, and anticipation have improved throughout the season. The game seems to be slowing down for Stroud, in turn, allowing him to play faster. Against Maryland, Stroud completed 24 of his 33 attempts for 406 yards and five touchdowns. Like Worthy, Stroud is not eligible for the 2022 NFL draft. His image has shifted for the better with his recent (healthy) performances.

Drake London, WR, USC

USC’s offense has sputtered under the command of Kedon Slovis. The only 2022 NFL draft prospect that remains productive is wide receiver Drake London. London was held under 100 yard receiving once this season. Therefore, he has produced consistently and in dominant fashion.

The Trojan star wideout is the top priority for opposing defenses, but he continues to torch them. He is the definition of “window extender”. London is never covered, put the ball in his vicinity and watch him go after it. The combination of vice-grip hands, innate body control, aggressiveness at the catch point makes him an exciting NFL draft prospect.

 

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