Saquon Barkley is a no-doubt first-round pick for Penn State this year, but as good as he may be, the argument can be made that quarterback Trace McSorley was the most important part of the Nittany Lions’ offense.
But McSorley will not be found high on many NFL prospects lists this year despite the fact he has back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons, has thrown for 55 touchdowns and accounted for 73 in the last two years, and he has gone 22-5 as Penn State’s starter over their last 27 games.
For one, he is small. While he is listed at 6-foot, 195-pounds, many would say he is smaller. In fact, anyone who knows McSorley would probably be surprised that is what he is listed at.
He also plays in an offense with talent all over the place as well as one that is pretty QB-friendly. In addition, he makes some bad mistakes and doesn’t have a great arm.
McSorley, though, may have an argument as a good NFL prospect. For one, he is an accurate passer completing 63.7 percent of his throws this year, he has a quick release, he has good timing on deep throws that makes him a dangerous guy throwing down the field, and he had possibly one of the most impressive lines of the year in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday.
Biyombo (available in 83.5 percent of leagues) turned in his fourth straight game with double-figure rebounds and his third straight double-double on Monday. All told, he is averaging 9.5 points, 13 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in those four games and has the game to maintain those numbers for as long as Nikola Vucevic is sidelined.
Caris LeVert (available in 65 percent of leagues) scored 15 points with 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a 3-pointer on Monday. This is right in line with his recent play, as over his last five games, he is averaging 16.6 points (49.2 FG%, 72.2 FT%), 7.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers in 28 minutes off the bench.
Thon Maker popped for 16 points (4-8 FG, 5-5 FT), 4 rebounds, 3 3-pointers, an assist, a block and a steal in 18 minutes off the bench. The scoring came from nowhere, as he had combined for only 12 points in his four previous games combined, but the peripheral numbers are becoming more of a norm, as the Bucks continue to give him a consistent 15-20 minutes a night of action.
Andrew Wiggins turned in one of his best all-around performances of the season on Monday, posting a season-high nine rebounds to go with his 21 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and 1 3-pointer against the Lakers. Butler still had a bigger line, but if Wiggins can find some consistency on the glass, he could start to move back up in my rest-of-season rankings.