— A disruptive defensive tackle who is being overlooked is DeWayne Carter of Duke. Over the past two seasons, he has accounted for 11 sacks and also registered 18.5 tackles for loss. In addition to his ability to make plays in the backfield, he also has the character NFL coaches want being named a team captain three years in a row, which is the first time in school history that has happened. One area he will need to improve on is defending the run, since he can get pushed around at times.
— One of the better pass-rushing defensive tackles in the 2024 NFL Draft is Tonka Hemingway of South Carolina. Last season, Hemingway led the Gamecocks in sacks with four despite not even being a starter at the start of the season. His top trait as a pass rusher is his quickness off the ball which consistently allows him to beat his man off the ball. He also displays the agility to get off blocks which combined with his non-stop motor allowed him to register eight tackles for loss last year. Look for some team to draft Hemingway early on day three of the 2024 NFL Draft, and line him up as a 3-technique defensive tackle.
— According to ESPN’s Matt Miller one player scouts are comparing to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel is Malachi Corley of Western Kentucky. One of the reasons for this is his ability to pick up yards after the catch. Last season, Corley led all wide receivers with 975 yards after the catch and also forced 40 missed tackles.
— Former Syracuse safety Ja’Had Carter was one of the top safeties in the transfer portal, which landed him a chance to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite this high ranking though it sounds like Carter will not be in the starting lineup this season. This has to be a disappointment for a player who was hoping to upgrade his draft status this year.
— It sounds like New England Patriots rookie Demario Douglas is standing out so far in camp. He has gotten several first-team snaps and could see plenty of time as a slot receiver this year. This is quite impressive for a sixth-round pick, but shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who saw him have a strong Shrine Bowl and also haul in 79 passes for 993 yards for Liberty last year.
— Another rookie wide receiver who has looked good so far is Tampa Bay’s, Rakim Jarrett. Jarrett has impressed coaches and quarterback Bake Mayfield with his ability to go get the jump ball. This was one of his strengths coming out of Maryland and a major reason he carried a sixth-round grade going into the 2023 NFL Draft.
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Prediction of the Week
Ohio State will snap Michigan’s two-game win streak this year