Entering the final few weeks before the potential start of the 2020 college football season, it’s time to start a new weekly article for everyone. The NFL Draft is something I’m incredibly passionate about and while I love putting the tape on and taking notes on players, I’ve always enjoyed researching the player.
You can always find out so much about a player and what they’ve had to do off the field just to get an opportunity to showcase what they can do on that field.
It’s still early in my findings for the 2021 NFL Draft but I wanted to share a few notes on some players I’ve researched and studied. You can enjoy these draft notes every single week starting now and between the 2021 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, you can find me on Twitter @RussNFLDraft for more!
Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Coming out of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, Watson was listed as a two-star recruit by 24/7 Sports. He had early interest from North Dakota State and Richmond but committed early in his recruiting process to NDSU. Once he did, he had his high school head coach tell other recruiters and schools that he was fully committed to the Bison.
His brother Tre Watson played at Illinois from 2014-2017 before transferring to Maryland for the 2018 season. Their father Tim Watson played for Howard University and was a sixth round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1993 NFL Draft. He also played for the Chiefs, Giants and Eagles before retiring after the 1997 season.
Trey Lance (QB 5 from NDSU) is certainly a name we'll talk about in the future. Look at this deep shot he takes and connects w/Christian Watson (WR 1 from NDSU). Great tracking by Watson.
Lance is completing 68.5% of his passes for 2356 yards w/25 TDs & 0 (zero!) INTs this yr! pic.twitter.com/XVv9wdB0XH
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) December 10, 2019
Eric Stokes Jr., CB, Georgia
Coming out of Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia, Stokes was a three-star recruit by 24/7 Sports. He had over 15 offers that included Ole Miss and Florida but he ultimately chose staying in his home state to play for the Bulldogs.
During high school, he was a track star. Used as a sprinter, he competed in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. When running the 100-meter dash, he won and was clocked multiple times at 10.39 seconds. Many had considered him just a speedster when he first stepped on a football field but he’s developed into one of the better cornerbacks in the SEC with an overall grade of 82.5 from Pro Football Focus (fourth highest grade for any returning CB in the SEC).
I think I love Eric Stokes…holy crap 😳🔥👀😍 pic.twitter.com/DJSxfF480H
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) August 1, 2020
Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota
Coming out of Ryle High School in Union, Kentucky, Morgan was a three-star recruit (24/7 Sports). He had offers to Cincinnati, Bowling Green and others before committing to Western Michigan. Once head coach P.J. Fleck took the job at Minnesota, Morgan decomitted from Western Michigan and followed Fleck.
In high school, he threw for over 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns during his career. He was a finalist for Kentucky’s Mr. Football as a senior. At Minnesota, he’s compiled a 15-4 record as a starter. He is also cousins with Tim Couch, who played for Kentucky from 1996-1998. Couch was the first overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan capitalizes on golden opportunity