What another wild week of football we just had over the weekend as we head into rivalry week and the final regular season week of college football while wrapping up the NFL week with our Cleveland Browns defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There are not too many opportunities for NFL hopefuls to put together some solid tape for talent evaluators as some only have one game left. In contrast, others on conference contending teams or national title hopefuls will have several more opportunities to have their name called come late April potentially.
If you missed last week’s mock draft, you can check it out here.
Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson: The son of the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker has certainly forged his path during his run with the Tigers. Trotter Jr. has caused havoc in backfields in his three seasons with 29 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks while also showing his worth in coverage with four career interceptions including two pick-sixes. The Browns linebacker room could undergo changes with Anthony Walker and Sione Takitaki on one-year deals and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah entering his final year under contract next season.
2023 Stats: 82 total tackles (14.5 for a loss), 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions.
Next Game: Saturday, November 25th vs. South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network
Tyleik Williams, DT, Ohio State: Williams has been a disruptive force in the middle of the Buckeyes defensive line during his three seasons in Columbus. The Browns' defensive tackle position will be something to watch with Maurice Hurst and Shelby Harris on one-year deals and last year’s third-round pick Siaka Ika being an unknown still as he’s been inactive all season due to the veteran depth at the position.
2023 Stats: 45 total tackles (10 for a loss), three sacks, five pass deflections, one fumble recovery.
Next Game: Saturday, November 25th vs. Michigan at Noon on FOX
Raheim Sanders, RB, Arkansas: Not sure if Sanders would’ve been here at the start of the college season but the third-year back has struggled in 2023 and it could lead to a drop-down to a potential Day 3 selection. Sanders rushed for over 1,400 yards in 2022 but a knee injury has limited him throughout 2023 although a few weeks back against Florida, the junior rushed for over 100 yards in an overtime victory over the Gators.
2023 Stats: 62 carries for 209 yards, two rushing touchdowns. 10 catches for 75 yards.
Next Game: Friday, November 24th vs. Missouri at 4 p.m. on CBS
Zemaiah Vaughn, CB, Utah: One of the leaders of the Utes defense has been solid throughout his career. He’s a bigger cornerback who likes to be physical which the Browns seem to like with the addition of Martin Emerson a couple of years ago. He’s also a playmaker on the defensive side with 16 pass deflections combined along with an interception in the last two seasons.
2023 Stats: 43 total tackles (3.5 for a loss), seven pass deflections, and one interception.
Next Game: Saturday, November 25th vs. Colorado at 3 p.m. on Pac-12 Network
Anthony Belton, OT, NC State: The Browns are probably going to draft a developmental offensive lineman because that’s what they’ve done in every draft since Andrew Berry has taken over. Belton has been solid for the Wolfpack allowing just five sacks in 745 allowed pressure opportunities over his three seasons at NC State.
2023 Stats: 75.8 pass-blocking grade, 73.2 run-blocking grade, 19 pressures and two sacks allowed.
Next Game: Saturday, November 25th vs. North Carolina at 8 p.m. on ACC Network
Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama: Talk about a weird situation for Burton, he started his college career with two seasons at Georgia and then transferred to Alabama where he’s been the lead receiver in each of the last two seasons. He’s got decent size at 6’0 and 194 lbs. but he’s a big-time playmaker averaging 22.1 yards per reception.
2023 Stats: 29 receptions for 642 yards and six touchdowns.
Next Game: Saturday, November 25th vs. Auburn at 3:30 p.m. on CBS
Demani Richardson, S, Texas A&M: Despite the failure that’s been the Jimbo Fisher era at College Station, Richardson has been a solid player in the secondary for the Aggies. A solid tackler and above average in coverage skills, Richardson has allowed only six touchdowns while grabbing four interceptions in 118 targets from opposing quarterbacks during his collegiate career.
2023 Stats: 53 total tackles (three for a loss), one sack, one forced fumble, three pass deflections.
Next Game: Saturday, November 25th vs. LSU at Noon on ESPN
Any players or positions that you are starting to think about for the Browns next year in the few moments of attention you are giving the NFL draft?