2023 NFL Draft: Interesting prospects in Utah vs. UCLA

The Cleveland Browns gear up for Week 5 of the NFL season as the college football season progresses. While preparations for next year’s draft will come in strong after the season, it’s fun to have a few names to watch as the college football roster happens.

Last week we took a look at Ole Miss vs Kentucky. Some interesting prospects in that game that you can hopefully store for next offseason.

Today we take a look at another top 25 matchup this week: Utah Utes vs UCLA Bruins, which starts at 3:30pm on Fox in a surprisingly early game for a West Coast matchup. Utah, ranked #11 in the nation, is 4-1 while #18 UCLA is unbeaten 5-0 under Chip Kelly.

W. R. Devaughn Vele

The 6’4” Vele is a redshirt sophomore who has gone from strength to strength this season. In five games he has 21 receptions for 269 yards and three touchdowns. For good measure, Vele has a career for five yards and returned 11 punts for 130 yards.

T. E. Dalton Kincaid

Kincaid, the Utes’ second-leading receiver this year, has 19 receptions for 257 yards and leads the team with five touchdown receptions. He could easily be playing for first-round consideration after eight touchdowns last year. A good red zone target:

DE Van Fillinger

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound redshirt sophomore had 5.5 sacks last year and 9.5 tackles for loss. This year, Fillinger has 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. While Cleveland added a pair of defensive ends in last year’s draft, Jadeveon Clown Y Chase Winovich they are set for free agency at the end of the year.

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C.B. Clark Phillips III

General manager Andrew Berry is always looking for cornerbacks, and Phillips (featured at the top of the article) is having an exceptional season thus far. Another redshirt sophomore, Phillips has four interceptions on the season, including one for a touchdown. Last year he has 13 passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one touchdown.

W.R. Jake Bobo

A transfer from Duke, Bobo is a big receiver (6’5”, 215 pounds) and has been a great catcher for the Bruins this year. After just three touchdown receptions in four years at Duke, Bobo has three in his first five games with Kelly. He is averaging 17.3 receiving yards for 363 yards.

LB/DE Laiatu Latu

After missing time due to a neck injury in 2019, Latu returns strong in 2022 with six sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. There’s no telling how NFL teams will view his injury history, but he’s a good college football story so far this year and a player who’s producing after not playing for nearly three full seasons.

How much college football do you watch outside of (some guesses here) The Ohio State Buckeyes?

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