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What we learned from Week 6 in college football

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  • By Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Gil Brandt, Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter NFL.com
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Here's a look at what NFL.com analysts learned about prospects in Week 6 of the college football season.

1. The numbers were gruesome (9-of-26 for 54 yards, no TDs, 1 INT), but I thought DeShone Kizer showed some toughness and grit in Notre Dame's loss to North Carolina State. They played in a monsoon and turnovers were unavoidable. However, he hung in the pocket and made some strong throws in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Notre Dame wideouts couldn't catch all of those passes. When there was some room, he picked up yards on the ground. This game won't look good on paper, but there were some positive takeaways. -- Daniel Jeremiah

2. Samaje Perine doesn't have elite speed and quickness but I love the way he runs the ball. He is a pure downhill runner and he carried the Oklahoma offense (35-214-2) today in a win over Texas. He always falls forward on contact and he fights for every inch. He's not the most talented runner on his team (Joe Mixon has rare tools) but he is the most dependable. -- Daniel Jeremiah

3. NFL teams looking for disruptive defensive linemen will quickly fall in love with Florida State's Derrick Nnadi and DeMarcus Walker when they check out the Seminoles' performance against Miami. The dynamic duo dominated the line of scrimmage against the Hurricanes, exhibiting exceptional strength, power and athleticism. Walker, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end, was particularly impressive as a power rusher off the edge. He pitched a tent in the Hurricanes' backfield and made life miserable for QB Brad Kaaya in the pocket. Walker also showed outstanding power and strength fighting through the line to block the Hurricanes' potential game-tying PAT in the game's closing minutes.

Nnadi contributed a few splash plays throughout the game as an inside rusher for the Seminoles. He notched a couple of sacks on Kaaya and showed solid run-stopping skills at the point. With more NFL teams looking for disruptive playmakers along the line, the Seminoles' front-line standouts will pique the interest of decision makers around the league. -- Bucky Brooks

4. Washington WR John Ross is emerging as a big-time WR1 prospect this fall. He has always intrigued scouts with his combination of speed and quickness, but I've been impressed with his route-running ability and ball skills. Ross is a natural pass-catcher with outstanding explosiveness, as evidenced by his three-touchdown effort against Oregon. Ross' ballerina-like toe tap on his 15-yard touchdown on a post route will definitely intrigue scouts looking for a dominant WR1 on the perimeter. -- Bucky Brooks

5. Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett still isn't 100 percent. He missed last week's game with an ankle injury and returned Saturday vs. Tennessee, but he played only in passing situations. It doesn't look like he has his usual explosive speed, but Garrett at 70 percent is better than most guys at 100 percent. On the other side in that game, Volunteers DE Derek Barnett looked really good rushing the passer and dropping back into space. -- Gil Brandt

6. Iowa's C.J. Beathard was considered by scouts as one of top senior quarterbacks heading into the season. Today's game was a perfect example of why it's so tough to get behind him. While he can sling it with some velocity and fit throws into tight windows, he simply isn't reliable enough with his decision-making and poise. Beathard looks the part with simple drop-and-throw reps where he has clearly open receivers to throw to, but when he has to throw receivers open or fine-tune his ball placement, he's just too erratic. -- Lance Zierlein

7. I remember watching tape of Tennessee this summer and one of the players who flashed was RB Alvin Kamara when he would spell Jalen Hurd. Kamara has good size and shifty lateral talent -- he showed that off today against Texas A&M. While scouts are well aware of Hurd, Kamara put himself squarely on their radars todays with 127 yards and two touchdowns. However, if he doesn't work on his ball security issues, he'll find that his draft stock will stagnate. -- Lance Zierlein

8. BYU's Jamaal Williams should have scouts' attention. He's a good-looking running back. The senior (6-foot-2, 220 pounds, per school measurements) ran the ball well in a win at Michigan State, rushing 30 times for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. -- Gil Brandt

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9. Despite hurricane conditions making for a sloppy field in Raleigh, North Carolina State RB Matthew Dayes carried the mail through the rain for the Wolfpack in its win over Notre Dame. The Irish stacked the line at times to stop him, but he was able to make cuts and accelerate through holes to move the chains. With the strong depth in this year's running back class, Dayes will be a great value as a sturdy but quick middle-round pick. -- Chad Reuter

10. Ohio State OG Billy Price, a junior, has been on scouts' radars since his freshman year. The mobility and strength he displayed in Ohio State's 38-17 win over Indiana was outstanding. Price pulled from his right guard spot to the left several times during the game, always finding a target to dominate to free up runners. Frankly, he looked like a tight end on the move. But unlike other guards with mobility, he's immovable in pass protection, anchoring against brute strength. He looked the part of the top guard in the country on Saturday. -- Chad Reuter

11. Oklahoma safety Will Sunderland made one of the most impressive interceptions we'll see all year in the third quarter of the Sooners' 45-40 win over Texas. He laid out for a pick that probably saved a touchdown. He's just a sophomore, but plays like that will draw the attention of scouts. -- Gil Brandt

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