Many pundits and databases across the country call for Stanford to have another losing season in this upcoming college football season.
However, they have a few players who are considered top talent at the collegiate level who not only have a chance to rewrite the wrongs of past seasons, but also earn a spot in the NFL’s first rounds next year. Disorganized.
Fox Sports’ Rob Rang recently released his top 20 NFL prospects in college football, and defensive back Kyu Blue Kelly and Tanner McKee were both mentioned.
Starting with Kelly, he was ranked as the 19th prospect thanks to his strong showing last season, especially against first-round pick and former USC Trojan Drake London. Here’s what Rang had to say about Kelly:
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For the past few years, locating the best cornerback in the pass-happy Pac-12 has been as easy as checking Washington’s depth chart, but Kelly looks set to steal the crown in 2022. He’s entering his fourth season as a starter, having earned recognition from all conferences each of the past two years, including leading the league with 12 passes defended (10 breakups, two interceptions) last season.
Kelly really made a name for himself in a one-on-one showdown against first-round pick Drake London and USC a year ago, helping spark an upset against the Trojans with a breakup a career-high four assists, including an interception that he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
Kelly received a ton of national attention this offseason as he was also named to Athlon Sports’ All-Pac-12 First Team.
McKee, on the other hand, was included in the 10 players who narrowly missed the cut, meaning he’s on the edge of the top 20. That seems fair for a player who’s only got one season. under his belt, and it was a very hot and cold year for him. He has the intangibles of an NFL quarterback, but needs to make better decisions and not try to force things. It also hurts him that he’s not the most mobile quarterback.
Both Kelly and McKee are seeking to become the first Cardinal to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2017 when running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive linemen Solomon Thomas were both drafted in the first round.