College Football: Mel Kiper and Todd Mcshay’s List of Most Exciting Players to Watch

Sep 26, 2017

Saquon Barkley
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It has been argued that scouting takes the joy out of football. Sometimes it is fun to simply watch a game unfold and to enjoy the athleticism of the players without losing oneself in their potential as future NFL stars.

 

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay spend their days looking at young talent, and they know how to spot a future NFL star. However, the players they have listed below have less to do with how they would have impacted the college football lines for Week 5 games and more to do with the fun they bring to the game.

 

If you are looking for talented athletes that are merely fun to watch, consider these guys:

 

+Saquon Barkley

 

As far as PSU Running Backs are concerned, Saquon is something special, at least on the college level. Forget about Leonard Fournette, this is a 230-pound player that makes lateral cuts he shouldn’t be capable of. With amazing breakaway speed, Saquon makes waves in every game in which he plays.

 

+Baker Mayfield

 

This Oklahoma QB’s future in the NFL is a little uncertain. But when you see him run around for fifteen seconds only to throw the ball downfield, you will quickly forget about all the whining surrounding his small size and lacking arm strength. You know he will be in the Heisman conversation this season.

 

+Sam Darnold

 

This USC QB is the total package. Not only is he a team player, availing his receivers the opening to make plays but he has a way of using his physical prowess to extend plays, utilizing the entire field and countering any argument being made about his interceptions.

 

Darnold doesn’t look anything like a sophomore when he’s on the field.

 

+Damien Harris

 

Everyone that kept crying about this Alabama RB not being on par with 5-star recruits like Josh Jacobs has been forced to eat their words. Harris doesn’t look like he’s anything special until you see the consistent reliability he brings to the table. Harris always performs at his best regardless of the conditions or the challenger.

 

+Christian Kirk

 

It isn’t just his stats (19 catches, 250 yards, 4 touchdowns) that make this Texas A&M WR such a catch. Besides speed and agility, Kirk is always willing to go over the muddle.

 

+Devin Bush

 

This Michigan LB is following in the footsteps of his father (who was scouted in 1995) by lining up all over the field, making so many plays and proving to his naysayers why he might be better than Maurice Hurst. You won’t find that many sophomores that hit so hard.

 

+Roquan Smith

 

This Georgia ILB has been compared to C.J. Mosley and Coach Kirby Smart agrees. Georgia’s defense is pretty loaded and yet Smith has found a way to stand out.

 

+Hercules Mata’afa

 

This Washington State DE is versatile. That is his strength. Comparable to the likes of Deone Bucannon and already boasting 4.5 sacks so far in the new season, the athlete has shown an incredible ability to play on his feet and on the edge.

 

If you’ve been paying close attention to college football, then you know that there’s a lot of talent to marvel at, from Ben Banogu of TCU to Deatrick Nichols of South Florida and Elijah Marks of Northern Arizona.

 

But the names above tend to stand out for Kiper and McShay.

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