Iowa NFL draft prospects could entice Giants and Jets

Iowa NFL draft prospects could entice Giants and Jets

There’s only five more — either weeks of misery, for a Jets fan, or games to make a playoff chase, for a Giants fan.

That means there’s even less time left on the college football schedule, which is already nearing bowl season with conference championships two weeks away. But Saturday still features a full slate of games —COVID-19-related postponements notwithstanding — meaning another chance to see prospects who could be on the Jets or Giants’ radars for next April’s NFL draft. Here’s a look at three more games to keep an eye on:

No. 24 Iowa at Illinois 3:30 p.m., FS1

The Hawkeyes send plenty of talent to the NFL every year and look poised to do so again, starting on their offensive line.

Tackle Alaric Jackson (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) is a strong pass blocker and center Tyler Linderbaum (6-3, 289) offers athleticism inside.

They also have a pair of potential wide receiver targets in Brandon Smith and Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

Alaric Jackson
Alaric Jackson

Those receivers should have a good test going against Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs, who had seven passes defended last season.

No. 8 BYU at Coastal Carolina, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU

This game came together late, but it puts a pair of undefeated teams with prospects that may be getting overlooked back in the spotlight. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson has seen his stock explode this season, so much so that a recent mock draft by The Athletic had him going No. 2 overall. If the Jets slip, could he be an option? The Cougars also have a strong offensive line prospect in left tackle Brady Christensen.

Coastal Carolina edge rusher Tarron Jackson, who has 8.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles, could be a late-round sleeper.

No. 9 Miami at Duke, 8 p.m., ACC Network

Could there be more where Daniel Jones came from? The Giants made Jones one of the highest-drafted players ever to come out of Duke in 2019, but edge rusher Chris Rumph II could be the Blue Devils’ next early-round pick in April. The 6-4, 235-pound redshirt junior has eight sacks in nine games and profiles as an outside linebacker at the next level.

The Hurricanes have a pair of potential pass rushers in Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche, but also have one of the top-rated tight ends, Brevin Jordan.

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