Dynasty Watch: Week 10 Prospect Review



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We can probably start tossing dirt on Tyler Van Dyke as a 2023 NFL prospect. We've touched on the Miami product at various points on the season, but Van Dyke had another rough game in limited action last weekend against Florida State, throwing for 24 yards while completing four of eight passes on the afternoon before exiting.

It's worth noting that Van Dyke did miss the previous week's game against Virginia with a shoulder injury, and was questionable for last week's game before suiting up. But the 2022 season has been a rough one for Van Dyke.

Van Dyke burst on the scene in 2021, throwing for 2931-25-6 while completing 62.3% of his passes, but has struggled to the tune of 1752-10-4 this season. His 7.2 YPA is significantly lower than the 9.8 YPA he had last season, as Van Dyke has struggled at times to acclimate to head coach Mario Cristobal's offense.

If that's not bad enough, ESPN college football writer Pete Thamel has suggested the best opportunity for Van Dyke at this point is to enter the transfer portal in hopes of rebuilding his draft stock in 2023.

There's no doubt Van Dyke is down bad as a draft prospect. Even if he were to declare, it's highly unlikely he does enough to convince scouts his first eight games of this season aren't reflective of who and what he is. Whether or not Van Dyke can regain his 2021 form this year (or next) will be interesting to see, but it's hard to imagine him declaring at this point.

While Van Dyke's dreams of NFL glory (likely) go on hold, plenty of other NFL hopefuls turned in solid outings in Week 10. Here's a look at some of last weekend's standout performances.

Note: Stats and information courtesy of PFF.comCollegeFootballData.com and Sports-Reference.com.

Anthony Richardson, QB (Florida)

Passing: 17-of-28 passing, 201 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Rushing: 7 carries, 78 yards, 2 TDs

Florida's Anthony Richardson could be the rawest quarterback of the class. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound quarterback possesses a rocket arm, and tremendous speed and looks like several of the more athletic quarterbacks being ushered into the league.

The problem with Richardson lies in his consistency. His four scores and 279 combined yards in last week's game against Texas A&M fall in the "good performance" category. But we've also seen games that are low on yards/touchdowns and high on turnovers. We saw this in games against Kentucky and USF earlier this season are prime examples.

Richardson's dynamic playmaking ability was on display late in the first quarter, when he took a read option up the right side of the field for a 60-yard score -- going untouched on his way to the end zone.

Richardson will have tons of teams interested in his services if he declares, as they hope to turn him into the next great dual-threat quarterback. His lack of accuracy as a passer is going to stand out on tape and in the box score, as his 54.7% completion percentage ranks 137th in the nation among qualified quarterbacks -- which isn't great given that there are only 131 FBS teams.

It's probably in Richardson's best interest to remain in school for one more season in hopes of adding to his draft capital. If he doesn't, then whatever team he lands with will have some work to do to ready him for NFL action. In this scenario, Richardson is a dynasty stash that has the potential to pay off later down the line -- much like the Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis.

Cameron Ward, QB (Washington State)

Passing: 16-for-32 passing, 176 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Rushing: 5 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD

Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward will be an interesting name to know throughout the pre-draft process.

A transfer from FCS Incarnate Word, Ward has thrown for 2,360-19-8 this season and rushed for another 19-214-3. In last week's win over Stanford, Ward was responsible for three touchdowns in the 52-14 beatdown. He averaged a 5.5 YPA on the day, which has been par for the course for Ward, whose 6.9 YPA on the season ranks 94th among qualified FBS quarterbacks.

Cameron Ward 2022 Stats
Cameron Ward 2022 Stats

Ward struggled out of the gate this season, throwing seven interceptions in his first five games. He's limited interceptions over the last four weeks -- throwing just one over that span, but turnovers and a lack of big plays could be concerns for him at the next level.

Some of Ward's struggles could be attributed to the fact that he's the second-most pressured quarterback in the league (144) per Pro Football Focus. The 29 sacks he's absorbed are tied for fourth-most.

Currently ranked as the 12th-best quarterback of the 2023 class per NFL Mock Draft Database, Ward will likely hear his name called on Day 3 at best. Granted, a strong stretch of games to close the season and a solid combine could move his draft needle, but Ward is more of an interesting name to know than he is a slam dunk prospect.

Roschon Johnson, RB (Texas)

Rushing: 7 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD

It's always fun when a team has the player you do know, and the player you'll want to know.

One of the most hyped running backs of the 2023 class is Texas' Bijan Robinson. The junior running back ripped off 30 carries for 209 yards and one touchdown in last weekend's win over Kansas State, but backup running back Roschon Johnson is quietly turning in a productive season in his backup role behind Robinson.

Johnson is the 19th-ranked running back of the 2023 class per NFL Mock Draft Database and joined the Longhorns as a four-star dual-threat quarterback from the 2019 recruiting class. Upon his arrival at camps, Texas quickly moved him to running back, where he amassed 2,057 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on 367 carries per PFF.

For his career, Johnson has averaged 4.05 YCO/ATT and forced a missed tackle on 35.4% of his carries. For comparison, Bijan Robinson has forced a missed tackle on 38.3% of his carries. Johnson's 4.70 YCO/ATT this season ranks fourth-best in the nation, while his 37 missed tackles forced his good for 31st. His 69 carries on the other hand are tied for 170th in the country. It's a rather impressive stat for the senior running back.

Roschon Johnson 2022 Stats
Roschon Johnson 2022 Stats

The 6-foot-2, 223-pound back has also caught 56 passes for 420 yards and another three scores and had a 23-158-1 season as a true freshman. He had a nine-yard touchdown run in last weekend's win over Kansas State but also had a 37-yard run end in a lost fumble -- his first lost fumble of the season. Regardless, Johnson has strung together a solid body of work through four seasons and has proven himself as a player capable of working through contact at a high rate.

Johnson could have an opportunity to stand out at next year's Senior Bowl, although it remains to be seen whether or not he received an invite. Assuming he does get an invite, Johnson could be on a path similar to Texans running back Dameon Pierce, who emerged in the Senior Bowl after being an efficient, low-volume back in four seasons at Florida.

Rashee Rice, WR (SMU)

Receiving: 9 receptions, 86 yards, 2 TDs

In last week's win over Houston, Rashee Rice -- and every other SMU player -- turned in a solid performance.

This is no joke. SMU and Houston combined for 140 points as the Mustangs downed the Cougars 77-63. SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai threw for 379 yards and nine touchdowns on the afternoon and added another one on the ground. Completely normal stuff.

Rice, who is currently the seventh-ranked wide receiver of the 2023 class per NFL Mock Draft Database, turned in a solid receiving line of 9-86-2 on 13 targets and has seen 12 or more targets in all but one game this season.

His two scores both came in the first quarter and were from six and nine yards out. For a game that featured nine passing touchdowns on the day for SMU, it's surprising Rice's longest play came on a 27-yard reception, but those are the breaks.

As previously mentioned, Rice has been an absolute target hog this season. His 121 targets currently rank second in the nation behind Iowa State's Xavier Hutchinson (128), while his 1,058 yards lead all receivers thus far.

Rashee Rice 2022 Stats
Rashee Rice 2022 Stats

Rice has averaged an impressive 6.8 YAC/REC for his career and has 45 missed tackles forced for his career. The 6-foot-3, 206-pound receiver has been a consistent producer when called upon and has shown versatility playing both out wide and in the slot. Rice has a saw over 92% of his snaps out wide in his first two seasons with SMU but was used out of the slot at a 93.2% rate in 2021. Now, Rice is back on the outside, lining up wide at an 81.3% rate, but is posting career-highs across the board.

Whether he's playing inside or outside, Rice's production profile will draw some attention next offseason.