After a wild college football weekend, it's time to look ahead to what some of the weekend's best performances mean for the nation's best prospects.
As some players have consistently seen their stock go down over the last few weeks (looking at you, Johnny Manziel), several players have done everything possible to raise their stock and have shown potential to come off the board early.
It is obviously still early in the draft process, and with several bowl games, the combine and natural fluctuations on "big boards," there's no doubt that players will move around. But here are three players whose stock is on the rise.
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The weekend after he officially announced he would forgo his senior season at North Carolina, Eric Ebron went out and caught five passes for 121 yards in his final game for the Tar Heels.
The 6'4", 245-pound tight end is not only a mammoth receiver, he's also a freak athlete capable of catching any pass. Don't take my word for it—here's proof:
After another monster game, Ebron has a bowl game coming up and a combine to prove he's the best tight end in this class—and he just might be.
Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
It's tough to not have heard Khalil Mack at some point this season if you're paying attention to draft stock for college players. The senior has tied the NCAA record for tackles for loss in a career and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down with 2.5 TFL in his last game.
While many have probably seen highlight reels of Ebron, here's a look at what Mack is capable of:
Mack, who stands at 6'3", 248 pounds, might be one of the strongest linebackers in the draft and is seen as a top-five pick. So how could his stock continue to rise? With questions popping up about Marcus Mariota and others in the top 10, Mack could go just behind Jadeveon Clowney as far as defensive players are concerned.
Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
After the season he's had, the aforementioned Clowney may be the only player standing in the way of Vic Beasley being the No. 1 defensive end taken in the 2014 NFL draft.
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Beasley continued to impress Saturday against South Carolina. Though his team took the loss, the 6'3", 225-pounder racked up two sacks and finished with five tackles for the Tigers.
Though Beasley's speed and athleticism have been his biggest strengths, it could be argued that it was his instincts and awareness that earned him another great performance against the Gamecocks. Michael Burns of The Greenville News believed Beasley might have peeked into the South Carolina playbook on one play:
Vic Beasley got off the line there like he knew the snap count. #CLEMvsSCAR— Michael Burns (@curecruiting) December 1, 2013
Beasley might not be able to overtake Clowney as the first DE taken in the draft, but he's certainly worked his way near the top 10 overall on draft day.