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2015 NFL Draft: Week One Watchlist

Taking a look at NFL draft prospects from six of the biggest games for week one of the 2014 college football season.

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Finally. It's back.

With college football kicking into action, I've got my watchlist set up to track every 2015 NFL Draft-eligible prospect for a couple games every week. My draft stock assessment is totally subjective and based on if the draft were held today, not based on my own guess as to how a prospect will develop over the course of the season.

That being said, here are seven major games from week one:

Thursday, Aug. 28

Texas A&M at South Carolina (SEC, 6:00pm)
Cedric Ogbuehi LT RS Sr. Texas A&M 1st
Mike Matthews C Jr. Texas A&M 2nd-3rd
Germain Ifedi OL RS Soph. Texas A&M 2nd-4th
Deshazor Everett CB Sr. Texas A&M 3rd-5th
Jarvis Harrison G RS Sr. Texas A&M 3rd-5th
Drew Kaser P RS Jr. Texas A&M 5th-7th
Alonzo Williams DT Jr. Texas A&M 5th-UD
De'Vante Harris CB Jr. Texas A&M 6th-UD
Joseph Cheek OL Jr. Texas A&M 6th-UD
Tra Carson RB RS Jr. Texas A&M 6th-UD
Julien Obioha DE Jr. Texas A&M 7th-UD
A.J. Cann G RS Sr. South Carolina 1st-2nd
Mike Davis RB Jr. South Carolina 1st-2nd
Corey Robinson OT RS Sr. South Carolina 2nd-4th
Brandon Shell OT RS Jr. South Carolina 3rd-5th
Shaq Roland WR Jr. South Carolina 3rd-5th
J.T. Surratt DT RS Sr. South Carolina 4th-6th
Kaiwan Lewis LB Jr. South Carolina 4th-6th
Cody Waldrop C RS Soph. South Carolina 4th-6th
Rory Anderson TE Sr. South Carolina 4th-7th
Chaz Elder FS RS Soph. South Carolina 5th-UD
Kadetrix Marcus FS Sr. South Carolina 7th-UD

With all due respect to Wednesday's Abilene Christian-Georgia State matchup, the 2014 Football Bowl Subdivision kicks off with a bang with this SEC clash.

I've got Ogbuehi as the only round one lock, but that could certainly change over the course of the season. Just like Ogbuehi himself, who continues the tackle pipeline coming out of college station that recently produced Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews, Germain Ifedi burst onto the scene last year with a very impressive redshirt freshman year. I wouldn't be surprised if he stays to slide over to left tackle which is exactly what Ogbuehi has done. And yes, that's Jake's brother Mike at center. One day, half of the NFL will be from the Matthews clan. And keep an eye on Tra Carson in the wake of Ben Malena's exit. Could be a big riser this year.

For South Carolina, there's no Jadaveon Clowney this year to lead the way. That's ok for the Ol' Ball Coach. He's got one of the best offensive lines in the country to open things up for Mike Davis. The questions are on the defensive side where Spurrier's starting seven sophomores. Great chance to get a look at massive tackle Corey Robinson who might have to move over to the right side in the NFL.

Boise St. at Ole Miss* (ESPN, 8:00pm)
Jay Ajayi RB RS Jr. Boise St. 2nd-4th
Matt Miller WR RS Sr. Boise St. 4th-6th
Darian Thompson FS RS Jr. Boise St. 5th-7th
Ben Weaver OLB RS Soph. Boise St. 6th-UD
Cody Prewitt FS Sr. Ole Miss 2nd-4th
C.J. Johnson DE/OLB Sr. Ole Miss 3rd-6th
Denzel Nkemdiche OLB Jr. Ole Miss 4th-7th
Senquez Golson CB Sr. Ole Miss 5th-7th
Serderius Bryant OLB/S Sr. Ole Miss 5th-7th
Aaron Morris G RS Jr. Ole Miss 5th-7th
Bo Wallace QB Sr. Ole Miss 6th-UD

* - game to be played at neutral site (Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA)

Interesting game for the Georgia Dome. For the Broncos, it's the first game under new head coach Bryan Harsin following Chris Petersen's incredibly successful tenure. Harsin landed a nice recruiting piece in safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner, so he's already off to a decent start.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, had a head start on the recruiting successes. Their 2013 class was absolutely stacked with now-true sophomores in DT Robert Nkemdiche, WR Laquon Treadwell and OT Laremy Tunsil. If the 2013 season was any indication, they'll have a ton of NFL attention next season. For now though, it's another shot for Dr. Bo to get the Rebels to the next level in the SEC. He'll have the strength of the defense, including standout safety Cody Prewitt, to help him do just that in this key non-conference season opener.

Saturday, Aug. 30

UCLA at Virginia (ESPN, 12:00pm)
Brett Hundley QB RS Jr. UCLA 1st-2nd
Ellis McCarthy DT Jr. UCLA 1st-2nd
Eric Kendricks ILB RS Sr. UCLA 2nd
Malcolm Bunche OL RS Sr. UCLA 3rd-5th
Jake Brendel C RS Jr. UCLA 3rd-5th
Owamagbe Odighizuwa 3-4 DE RS Sr. UCLA 4th-6th
Anthony Jefferson SS RS Sr. UCLA 5th-UD
Fabian Moreau CB Jr. UCLA 5th-UD
Anthony Harris SS Sr. Virginia 1st-3rd
Kevin Parks RB RS Sr. Virginia 4th-6th
Demetrious Nicholson CB Sr. Virginia 6th-UD
DreQuan Hoskey CB RS Sr. Virginia 7th-UD
Daquan Romero OLB Sr. Virginia 7th-UD

I think this game's bigger than it seems. On one hand, you've got a top-10 UCLA team travelling across the country with legitimate playoff hopes on the line. They're led by a Heisman contender in QB Brett Hundley who's a hell of an NFL prospect to boot. And you've got Myles Jack, a two-way player who, as a running back and linebacker, receiver both the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year awards in 2013. All of that alone makes UCLA a fun watch in any game this year.

Virginia hit the ground hard in 2013, but I think they can rebound quickly. Mike London's recruiting has been much stronger than their record has reflected the last two years, including landing two top recruits for 2014. In a weak Coastal Division of the ACC, I think Virginia has a chance to be a surprise team this year. UCLA may be too much for them this early, but I think too many people who still have that 2-10 taste in their mouth will be too quick to write off the Cavaliers in 2014.

West Virginia at Alabama* (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30pm)
Karl Joseph FS Jr. West Virginia 2nd-3rd
Rushel Shell RB RS Soph. West Virginia 4th-7th
Dreamius Smith RB Sr. West Virginia 6th-UD
Mark Glowinski G RS Sr. West Virginia 6th-UD
Adam Pankey OT RS Soph. West Virginia 6th-UD
Quinton Spain G RS Sr. West Virginia 7th-UD
Kevin White WR Sr. West Virginia 7th-UD
Landon Collins SS Jr. Alabama 1st
Amari Cooper WR Jr. Alabama 1st
T.J. Yeldon RB Jr. Alabama 1st-3rd
Arie Kouandjio OL RS Sr. Alabama 2nd-3rd
Trey DePriest ILB Sr. Alabama 3rd-5th
Brandon Ivory DT RS Sr. Alabama 4th-6th
Austin Shepherd RT RS Sr. Alabama 4th-6th
Jason Fowler FB RS Sr. Alabama 5th-7th
Christion Jones WR Sr. Alabama 6th-UD
Ryan Kelly C RS Jr. Alabama 6th-UD
DeAndrew White WR RS Sr. Alabama 7th-UD

* - game to be played at neutral site (Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA)

With QB Geno Smith and WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, Dana Holgorsen's West Virginia was must-watch stuff. But after winning the Orange Bowl two and a half years ago, things eroded pretty quickly and now it looks as if the Big XII may be too tough of company for the Mountaineers. It's a crucial year to stem the bleeding for Holgorsen and get the program back on track.

Unfortunately, that year starts with a neutral ground battle with Alabama who, as the name implies, is still Alabama. The NFL will pick apart this roster come next spring, but for now, it's largely a question of who quarterbacks this team. Regardless of who it is, Nick Saban has a host of weapons at his disposal including standout WR Amari Cooper. Meanwhile true sophomores RB Derrick Henry and TE O.J. Howard are going to make tackling look really, really, really painful.

Clemson at Georgia (ESPN, 5:30pm)
Vic Beasley OLB RS Sr. Clemson 1st
Grady Jarrett DT Sr. Clemson 2nd-4th
Travis Blanks SS Jr. Clemson 2nd-4th
Stephone Anthony ILB Sr. Clemson 4th-5th
Corey Crawford DE RS Sr. Clemson 4th-6th
Charone Peake WR RS Jr. Clemson 4th-6th
Stanton Seckinger TE RS Jr. Clemson 5th-7th
Ryan Norton C RS Jr. Clemson 6th-UD
D.J. Reader DT Jr. Clemson 6th-UD
Todd Gurley RB Jr. Georgia 1st-2nd
Jordan Jenkins OLB Jr. Georgia 2nd-3rd
Ramik Wilson ILB Sr. Georgia 3rd-5th
Malcolm Mitchell WR RS Jr. Georgia 3rd-UD
John Theus OT Jr. Georgia 4th-6th
Marshall Morgan K Jr. Georgia 5th-7th
Ray Drew DE Sr. Georgia 5th-7th
Damian Swann CB Sr. Georgia 5th-UD
David Andrews C Sr. Georgia 6th-UD
Michael Bennett WR RS Sr. Georgia 6th-UD
Chris Mayes DT RS Jr. Georgia 6th-UD

The evening slate is really good, starting with this matchup featuring two ranked teams. Dabo Swinney hasn't been able to quite get Clemson over the hump during his tenure, though last year's Orange Bowl win did excise some of the demons from the loss two years prior. With WR stars like DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins having moved on to the NFL along with QB Tajh Boyd, you could be forgiven for deeming this a rebuild year for them IMO. Still, they've got Vic Beasley who is already in the backfield somehow right now and the game's not until Saturday. Throw in a host of other defensive prospects, and this is not the kind of team during a rebuilding year most other teams want to play against. (NOTE: Blanks tore his ACL at the end of last year and might sit out 2014 on a medical redshirt, so he could well return to Clemson for the 2015 season)

Meanwhile Georgia finally enters the post-Aaron Murray world after...I think he was there 14 seasons. Something like that. It felt like it. Which means Mark Richt's been there 43 years. It feels like that's true too. In any case, they've got Todd Gurley who is part human, part forklift. And WR Malcolm Mitchell has the natural talent to be a first round pick and the injury history to go undrafted. He tore his ACL in this contest last year missing the entire season thereafter. At the end of this July, after finally getting back to 100%, he injured his knee and had to have surgery to repair the cartilage in his knee. His NFL career may have ended before he even finishes his collegiate one.

Florida St. at Oklahoma St.* (ABC, 8:00pm)
Jameis Winston QB RS Soph. Florida St. 1st
Cameron Erving OT RS Sr. Florida St. 1st
P.J. Williams CB Jr. Florida St. 1st-2nd
Mario Edwards, Jr. DE Jr. Florida St. 1st-2nd
Ronald Darby CB Jr. Florida St. 2nd
Josue Matias G Sr. Florida St. 2nd
Rashad Greene WR Sr. Florida St. 2nd-4th
Tre' Jackson G Sr. Florida St. 3rd-4th
Nick O'Leary TE Sr. Florida St. 3rd-4th
Karlos Williams RB Sr. Florida St. 3rd-5th
Terrance Smith LB RS Jr. Florida St. 3rd-5th
Tyler Hunter SS Sr. Florida St. 4th-7th
Eddie Goldman DT Jr. Florida St. 5th-7th
James Castelman DT Sr. Oklahoma St. 4th-7th
Emmanuel Ogbah DE RS Soph. Oklahoma St. 5th-7th
Kevin Peterson CB Jr. Oklahoma St. 5th-UD
Jimmy Bean DE RS Jr. Oklahoma St. 6th-UD

* - game to be played at neutral site (AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX)

Florida St. was the last to win a BCS Championship. Good riddance. To the BCS, I mean, not to Florida St. What's interesting here is that the Seminoles bring back the overwhelming amount of talent that helped them to the national crown last season, including obviously star QB Jameis Winston. It'll take a special upset for this Florida St. team not to make the inaugural college football playoff.

And who knows, maybe Oklahoma St. can provide that upset. It's college football; crazier things have happened. The Cowboys can throw everything here with Missouri St. and Texas-San Antonio their next two contests. Despite the lack of NFL-ready talent, they're coming off of a solid 10-3 season and have a QB in J.W. Walsh with some starting experience.

Wisconsin at LSU (ESPN, 9:00pm)
Melvin Gordon RB RS Jr. Wisconsin 1st-2nd
Warren Herring DT RS Sr. Wisconsin 2nd-4th
Rob Havenstein RT RS Sr. Wisconsin 2nd-5th
Tyler Marz OT RS Jr. Wisconsin 3rd-4th
Dan Voltz C RS Soph. Wisconsin 3rd-4th
Vince Biegel OLB RS Soph. Wisconsin 4th-6th
Dallas Lewallen OL RS Sr. Wisconsin 5th-7th
Michael Caputo SS RS Jr. Wisconsin 6th-UD
La'El Collins OL Sr. LSU 1st
Vadal Alexander OL Jr. LSU 1st
Jerald Hawkins OT RS Soph. LSU 2nd
Danielle Hunter DE Jr. LSU 3rd-5th
Jalen Collins CB RS Jr. LSU 4th-6th
Terrance Magee RB Sr. LSU 4th-7th
Jermauria Rasco DE Sr. LSU 5th-7th
Corey Thompson SS Jr. LSU 5th-7th
Ronald Martin FS Sr. LSU 6th-UD

The capper comes here in another doubly ranked matchup, this one to be played down in Houston.

Wisconsin have a powerful offensive line and a very talented running back. LSU has a very talented offensive line and powerful running backs. This is not a game for the pass-happy technicians out there.