Chris Olave entered the 2021 college football season as the receiver everyone agreed was very NFL-ready and the most likely first-round pick. He started with back-to-back 100-yard outings. Then he was held without a catch against Tulsa — and had a drop — before a two-grab, 12-yard effort against Akron. He needed to rebound in the worst way. And he did against Rutgers.  

On the structure front for WR Stock Watch, it’s essentially pointless to provide specific rankings of the wideouts prospects each week because everything is so fluid during the season from a scouting perspective. Instead, I’ll simply include “stock up,” “stock steady,” or “stock down” after a receiver’s name based on how well he played in the most recent contest. 

Garrett Wilson, Ohio State: Stock Steady

Two of Wilson’s early catches featured how sudden and physical he is after the catch. Then, his final grab of the day came on a shallow cross in which he put his acceleration on full display, exploding up the sideline for a touchdown. From a traits-perspective, it was one of the better three-reception, 71-yard contests you’ll see.

Chris Olave, Ohio State: Stock Up 

Olave made a ridiculous snag at the sideline early in the first quarter. I wasn’t even sure if he caught the ball and got his feet in bounds initially. In the second quarter, after getting open on a scramble drill, Olave hit the gas down the sideline, when I was positive he was getting pushed out of bounds at the 30. He cut back around the 10 and got into the end zone. Serious speed on display. Olave had a nice grab in the back portion of the end zone. Olave finished with five catches for 119 yards with two touchdowns.

Treylon Burks, Arkansas: Stock Down, Slightly

I’m going with a “slight” stock down for Burks, because the Arkansas offensive line and their quarterback K.J. Jefferson were totally overwhelmed at the jump of their contest in Athens against an NFL-caliber Georgia defense. 

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Drake London, USC: Stock Up

London won the Dunk Contest on Saturday against Colorado. Think 2000 Vince Carter. I counted three flat-out stupid high-point wins over a defender — including an end zone fade in which I’m still wondering how he tracked the ball into his hands. There was also an amazing adjustment on an underthrown deep ball, and, in the fourth quarter, London took a screen, exploded upfield, and hurdled a defender, stayed on his feet and picked up more yardage. 

Jahan Dotson, Penn State: Stock Up

Dotson flashed insane body control in the back of the end zone for six. He had to contort his body for a back-shoulder grab well above his frame. Most of his other work was done underneath, and he had an electric punt return in the fourth quarter that featured a nasty juke at the outset of the return to find a lane. He had eight grabs for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Dotson’s second score was of the walk-in variety on a busted coverage scramble drill.

John Metchie, Alabama: Stock Down, Slightly

Metchie made a difficult touchdown grab with a defender draped on him to open the scoring. But that was really the only major contribution he made to the win over Ole Miss. He finished with three grabs for 35 yards with the score. The game script was not in his favor though — running back Brian Robinson toted the rock 35 times and Alabama had 50 carries as a team.

Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky: Stock Up 

Robinson’s score was of the And 1 variety. Burst with a filthy crossover midway through the scamper. On the call, Dan Orlovsky described Robinson having “absolute juice” with the ball in his hands. He’s right. Robinson is a blast of a gadget type. He finished with four catches for 65 yards and the score in Kentucky’s huge, upset win over Florida.

Romeo Doubs, Nevada: Stock Down

Nothing noteworthy from Doubs in this contest. He had five catches for 45 yards in the impressive victory over Boise State. It marked the second game with under 60 yards on the season for the blisteringly fast senior from Los Angeles. 


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