Could Kenneth Walker be the NFL draft’s top running back? We picked prospects to watch Saturday

You saw my debut 2022 NFL mock draft earlier this week, so let’s take another draft-centric look at this weekend’s college football games.

With only two regular-season games left for most FBS teams, the first batch of postseason all-star invitations have begun to surface. The build-up surrounding the Reese’s Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Bowl and other all-star contests always sparks the interest of the fan bases that are already out of playoff contention and looking toward April’s draft.

Week 12 of the college football season is assured to bring about several interesting team and positional battles. There’s an intriguing top-10 matchup in Columbus, Ohio, with a surging running back who could win the Heisman. There are two potential first-round defenders involved in intriguing conference matchups. And there’s a head-to-head battle in UCLA-USC that NFL scouts will be watching closely.

Let’s get into a few prospects I will have my eye on this weekend. I’m also going to include an under-the-radar defender who could become a household name while playing against potential first-round offensive tackles:

Five prospects to watch

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

Week 12 opponent: at Ohio State (12 p.m. ET, ABC)
2021 stats: 1,473 rushing yards, 17 touchdowns

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