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2023 NFL Draft QB Stock Watch: Bryce Young leaves early with injury, DJ Uiagalelei rising

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Three quarterbacks were tops in our weekly stock roundup, but the other two spots were changing. Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei and Washington State’s Cameron Ward stepped into the spotlight for the first time last week. This week, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. is shown in an attempt to determine if he’s worth all the hype at the start of the season.

Throughout the season, will stock and sell the best NFL Draft quarterback prospects. However, the assignments have a heavy context because they are more of a weekly assessment than a reflection of the actual draft prospects based on the collegiate work of each player.

Will Lewis, Kentucky: stocks fell

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Stats (22-19 losses at 14th Ole Miss): 18 of 24 passes completed, 220 yards, 2 touchdowns; 9 carries, -19 yards

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Saturday was a disappointing day for Kentucky fans. They had every opportunity to win this game several times and lose every time. Throughout the game, Lewis was quite effective. He broke the ball into a dense cover and stretched out blows. His two imperfections were accurate but difficult shots to the right line. The Kentucky offensive line allowed for a lot of pressure and had several important penalties that killed drives. Lewis contributed to dropping his eyes early when pressured and fixing his first reading, which meant he inevitably held onto the ball for too long. It was clear that the offensive line had some credibility issues. Great Britain also tends to shorten the game clock before it clicks and this gives some predictability to the defense.

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The problem with Lewis’ game is the way he finished. Each of the last two offensive attacks ended with a quarterback fumble. The Penn State transfer went through the air and the second defenseman was able to dislodge the first fumble because it wasn’t pinned to his body. The second would never have happened if there hadn’t been a penalty for an illegal move compensating for a touchdown in the previous game. The pass rusher was able to bypass the correct hold and free him to end the game. Talent evaluators want a quarterback to lead the team to victory, and Kentucky didn’t live up to expectations.

Michael Penix Jr., Washington: stocks fell

Stats (40-32 losses at UCLA): 33 of 48 passes completed, 345 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs; 6 carry, -1 yard

Saturday was Penix’s first exposure after the hype had built up all season. The Indiana Transfer has a long and athletic build. The left-handed thrower has a long throw, and the strength of his arm won’t mesh well with other top throwers in the 2023 NFL Draft class. Penix is ​​a relatively conservative decision maker who is not afraid to turn down a check-down option. However, both of his interceptions were bad decisions, instead of flipping his helmet towards the defender. His play wasn’t enough to keep the Huskies from losing.

CJ Stroud, OH: Stocking Up

Stats (49-10 vs. Rutgers): 13 of 22 passes completed, 154 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 2 carries, -1 yard

Stroud dealt most of the damage on slopes. He threw with anticipation and let his skill play after the catch. He never seemed excited, and that’s probably because he wasn’t. Ohio State won their five games, averaging 34 points per game. Stroud did force a few shots, which he does once or twice a game. Under these explosive conditions, he can be a little overconfident at certain points. Below is an example of a tight window where Stroud tried to fold.


DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson: Stock Up

Stats (30-20 vs. No. 10 NC State): 21 of 30 passes completed, 209 yards, 1 touchdown; 14 carries, 73 yards, 2 TDs

In recent games, Wiagaleley has better control of the attack. It withstands pressure and shoots with improved accuracy, touch and anticipation. Working through his progression and finding an open goal is just one example of growing confidence. One of his shots could also have been a 26-yard pass downfield as he was able to pass the ball into the hands of Will Shipley running back between two defensemen. The California native also showed his agility in the 38-yard run in the third quarter, securing a two-point lead. His movements generally looked more fluid. Hand strength has never been an issue and the rest of his game is starting to catch up.

Bryce Young, Alabama: stock slump

Stats (49-26 wins 20th in Arkansas): 7 of 13 passes completed, 173 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 2 carries, 4 yards, 1 TD

Unfortunately, Young left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury. His wide receivers could help him in a few plays, especially in an interception. Cornerback Dwight McGlauthern was more physically fit on the route and won when the ball arrived. Young has done a good job of expanding the games and moving the chains. He had some beautiful shots in the outfield, so it didn’t look like he was a dime and darkened the Razorbacks defense before leaving.

It doesn’t look like the injury is serious, so it’s hoped to see Young again in the near future.


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