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Top 5 college football players

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Every year the best college football players enter the NFL draft and around 250 players are drafted. The draft order is the order of the teams from worst record to best record. After the draft is completed players must sign a four year contract with the team that drafted them. Here are my top 5 players in college football right now.

#5: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington 

While most people would probably put Georgia TE Brock Bowers in this spot, I could not leave Michael Penix Jr. off this list given the impressive season he is having. Penix has led Washington to an 11-0 start for the second time in their franchise history. Number nine was on pace to win the Heisman this year, and after beating Caleb Williams and USC, but ultimately lost to Jayden Daniels. Penix has shown striking similarities to Dolphins QB Tua Tagoviloa. Not only are they both rare left-handed quarterbacks, but they also are great anticipation throwers. An anticipation thrower is someone who throws someone open, which is a great trait for a QB to have. Penix has led his team to a National Championship and looks like a top ten pick. 

#4: Jayden Daniels, QB, Louisiana State University

The 2023 Heisman trophy winner wasn’t originally on this list, but after proving his worth late in the season, this list could not be complete without him. Daniels showed his talent at the end of the season with LSU, throwing for 10 touchdowns in his last two games of the season. Daniels went from being projected to go in the second round of the NFL draft to now being in the middle of the first. Daniels can not only get it done with his arm; he can also hurt you with his legs, as he rushed for over 1,000 yards this season. Daniels’s athleticism and late-season push make him number four on this list. 

#3: Drake Maye, QB, University of North Carolina

Drake Maye has led his team to an 8-2 overall record and many experts predict he will be the number two or three pick in this year’s draft. Maye is a 6 feet 4 inches tall QB who has a strong arm and can get it done with his legs too. In addition to throwing for over 3000 yards and throwing for 21 touchdowns this year, Maye has also rushed for over 200 yards plus eight touchdowns. Maye is a dual threat and has shown that he can be an elite playmaker this season. 

#2: Caleb Williams, QB, University of Southern California 

Before this season started, Caleb Williams looked like the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012. Williams, who won the 2022-23 Heisman trophy, showed promise at the start of the season leading his team to a 7-0 start. However, things went downhill from there, with Williams and USC suffering five straight losses. After Williams revealed he only wanted to play for a few professional teams, people questioned his love of the game. He was also criticized for being cocky after telling reporters everyone would like to be him. After his loss to Washington, Williams cried in his mom’s arms and said he wanted to go home and play with his dogs. Williams has not shown personal growth since before the season and people are wondering if these “maturity issues” will be a problem in the NFL.

#1: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State University

Marvin Harrison Jr. might be the best receiver we’ve ever seen come out of college.  Harrison has had over 1000 yards and caught 12 touchdowns this season leading the Buckeyes to a 11-1 record. Harrison caught 12 balls for over 160 yards and a touchdown against Penn State’s Kalen King, who is projected to be a top-20 pick in this year’s NFL draft. The combination of Harrison’s ability to get open and his hands makes him my number-one player in this draft.

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    College Football EnthusiastJan 16, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Aint no way

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