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Gardner Minshew (Quarterback)- The 2018 PAC-12 Offensive Player of the Year might’ve only started for one year at Washington State University but he made it count by throwing for 38 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. Even though the Cougars had a pass heavy offense those reps have helped fine tune Minshew and really brought out the best of his abilities. Not to mention he was coached by Mike Leach who is one of the smartest football coaches on the planet. Tyree Jackson (Quarterback)- At 6’7” 249LBS Jackson has Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch-esque height but the former University of Buffalo quarterback (Jackson) seems to have even better poise than Osweiler or Lynch. A strong Senior Bowl showing also boosted Jackson’s stock but it could take two or three years before he fulfills his potential. Still he’s physically superior than most of the other QBs in this class and that could be the reason Jackson overcomes the odds.
Bryce Love (Running Back)- Love could’ve left Stanford and declared for the NFL draft after a special junior season but he went back to school and that decision bit him in the ass. He ended up tearing his ACL and lost a lot of his value before leaving for the pros. Love went from a potential 1st round talent to a guy who will go late. However it’s possible that we’ve forgotten how good Bryce Love can be and he ends ups having the last laugh.
Lil’Jordan Humphrey (Wide Receiver)- If you watched any of the Longhorns’ games last season you know how special Lil’Jordan Humphrey has looked at times. Humphrey’s play was on par with A.J Brown, N’Keal Harry, and Deebo Samuel who were some of the best receivers in college football for the 2018 season. Maybe it wasn’t a fluke and Humphrey is being completely undervalued.
Khalen Saunders (Defensive Tackle)- Western Illinois standout Khalen Saunders didn’t play in front of the big crowds like the other players on this list but he did record 16 sacks as an interior defensive linemen during his four year collegiate career. Yea it was against FCS (1-AA) opponents but that didn’t stop Jerry Rice from becoming the best player of all-time. Maybe Saunders can be a similar story.
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