Week One of the 2023-24 college football season is in the books, and it’s immediately clear we are in for quite a year. From Deion Sanders’ electric FBS debut with Colorado to Caleb Williams proving himself as a top 2024 NFL Draft talent, there was plenty to get excited about in week one. Although it’s early, week one’s performances may be a sign of things to come, especially as it relates to the NFL Draft. Which prospects look like they may rise up draft boards, and who should be worried about their first performances of the new season? Let’s take a look at the latest buzz surrounding some of college football’s brightest stars and determine whether these rumors are worth buying or selling.
Shedeur Sanders Rising Up Draft Boards
The biggest story in college football this week was Colorado’s surprising upset of TCU. With Deion Sanders taking over as head coach and bringing along plenty of players with him, including his sons Shedeur Sanders and Shilo Sanders, as well as former top recruit Travis Hunter, nobody knew quite what to expect from the new-look Buffaloes. After that performance, however, it’s clear this team has major talent.
Shedeur Sanders, in particular, stood out as he led an explosive passing attack up and down the field. Showcasing an impressive arm and an incredible understanding of when to take shots downfield, Sanders’ full potential was on display during his record-breaking performance. Between his decision-making and his outstanding pocket presence, Sanders put himself firmly in the discussion of quarterbacks that could fly up draft rankings this season.
Ohio State Wide Receivers Falling After Disappointing Performance?
Even at a school known for producing excellent wide receiver talent, Ohio State came into the 2023 season behind what many consider to be the most talented group yet. Led by potential early first-rounders Marvin Harrison Jr., and Emeka Egbuka, the thinking was that even with CJ Stroud now in the NFL, Ohio State’s passing attack would continue to thrive behind their talented pass-catchers. Following a game in which Harrison and Egbuka combined for just five receptions and 34 receiving yards, is it possible they could start to tumble down the position rankings?
To put it simply, no – both Harrison and Egbuka are exciting prospects with legitimate star potential at the next level. Both of these guys have the look of No. 1 receivers in the NFL, no matter what the week one box score shows. It may take some time for Ohio State’s passing attack to get rolling, but Harrison and Egbuka are still bonafide star prospects.
Bo Nix Stock Up After Another Impressive Showing
Going into last season, nobody knew what to expect out of former Auburn flameout Bo Nix as he transferred to Oregon to take over the reins of an offense in need. After a season that saw him plant himself firmly among college football’s best quarterbacks, Nix came into this season hoping to build upon that success and entrench himself as an NFL-caliber talent.
Following a nearly flawless performance during Oregon’s destruction of an overwhelmed Portland State team, Nix continues to show skills that point toward an NFL future. As ESPN Draft Analyst, Matt Miller points out, even in a talented field of Pac-12 passers, Nix hasn’t looked out of place.
He may or may not ever be a star at the next level, but Nix is proving himself as a player worth taking a second look at in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Joe Milton Off the NFL Radar After Mediocre Showing
In his sixth collegiate season, Joe Milton finally has a chance to prove himself as an NFL-level talent. Standing at 6’5″, 235 pounds Milton has the size teams look for, not to mention, his arm is widely thought to be one of, if not the strongest, in college football. Unfortunately, Milton’s past struggles as a starter have made him one of the most polarizing prospects in the nation. Following a week one performance that looked good on paper, but was underwhelming on the field, people have already started writing off Milton once again.
Although it certainly wasn’t the performance he was hoping for, Milton should still be viewed as one of the most exciting talents in this year’s class. As is often the case, statistics don’t tell the full story of just how special Milton could be in the right situation. His arm strength is legitimately incredible, and his decision-making has come a long way since he began his college career. It might not always be pretty, but there’s no doubt some NFL team is going to take a flier on Milton’s immense natural talent. Regardless of his week one performance, Milton is still firmly on the NFL’s radar.