5. Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
I can’t speak highly enough of Jalen Carter. There isn’t much to say about him, as the way he impacts football games doesn’t show up in the stat sheet (perhaps you could make this argument for Will Anderson as well, but he plays a different position), but he makes life so easy. The way that Carter is able to completely destroy offensive linemen to allow his teammates to live in the backfield on running plays is truly special. Not only that, but it takes a very special player to recognize that he has to do the dirty work, and the credit will eventually come with that.
Carter is awesome, and has been an unsung hero when you look at the box score for Georgia. The Bulldogs have risen the the No. 1 spot in the country on the back of a strong defense yet again, and Carter is at the helm. Against Samford, the ‘Dawgs allowed only 19 rushing yards. For the entire game. That’s Carter’s doing, even if his tackling stats don’t show it (he only had one throughout the game). It’s not pretty, but scouts understand that unlike defensive end, defensive tackle doesn’t have to be pretty.
6. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Rounding out our list this week is Florida’s leading man, Anthony Richardson, making Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy the first of the “Original Six” to fall off the list. Right now, I think Murphy has a bit of work to do, as I wasn’t overly impressed with Clemson’s team performance against Furman, of all schools. Richardson, however, still showed me enough to stay on the list, even if he lost to Kentucky at home.
Richardson is a raw prospect. He’s very young, and extremely talented, but much like Levis, he hasn’t learned the nuances of the position yet. This works in his favor, seeing as he only turned 21 years old in May. That being said, Richardson only completed 40% of his passes against Kentucky, which is a major concern. He looked all over the place, and I’m not sure he’s completely ready just yet. There are going to be growing pains like this. That said, there’s too much potential in such a young prospect for me to think that scouts are just going to give up on him.