Oregon Has The Top End Talent To Compete This Season

By 750 THE GAME STAFF

This offseason we have heard all about the talent that the Oregon Ducks have. This is a season, especially with the expanded CFP, that the Ducks should make the playoffs and compete for a national championship.

CBS Sports Blake Brockermeyer ranked his top 100 players in college football. Oregon had six of the top 100 players according to Brockermeyer. The only school with more was Ohio State who had seven. Here are the Oregon players and Brockermeyer has to say about them.

20. Oregon QB Dillon Gabriel

The talented delivered in a huge way in 2023, getting the Sooners back to their winning ways before departing to Eugene. Gabriel is an excellent deep-ball thrower that uses his legs when needed to move the chains. Gabriel threw for over 3,600 yards and 30 touchdowns this season and rushed for 373 and 12 touchdowns. Big pickup for the Ducks; they have weapons for Gabriel to throw to and he has a vast amount of experience and game reps to pick apart secondaries.

22. Oregon WR Evan Stewart

Evan Stewart is an exceptional athlete with a ridiculous ceiling. He needs a lot more targets than what he received his first two seasons at Texas A&M, which is why he found his way to Eugene this offseason. The stats won’t blow you away, but the tape shows Stewart’s ceiling as a homerun hitter and excellent route runner. Expect a drama-free contract year from Stewart.

32. Oregon CB Jabbar Muhammad

Muhammad capitalized on a big season at Washington and will take over Kyree Jackson’s spot at rival Oregon for his last season. Muhammad only allowed two touchdowns and added two interceptions last season and fills a position of need in Oregon’s title hopes in 2024. Muhammad excels in zone coverage but has the ability to play man and does a nice job locating the ball in the air and swiping it away when his receiver extends. Get your popcorn ready for when the Ducks host Ohio State.

37. Oregon DT Jamaree Caldwell

Caldwell is going to be a huge piece for Oregon this season as not only a physical presence at the point but also as a dynamic rusher from the interior. Caldwell has more twitch than given credit for and plays extremely hard for a big man. Excellent hands that can shock and shed offensive linemen. This is the type of midway monster Dan Lanning coached at Georgia.

67. Oregon WR Tez Johnson

Johnson had a big season in Eugene, racking up 86 catches for almost 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. The explosive slot is an excellent route runner and a problem with the ball in his hand after the catch. He had 28 explosive catches last season.

71. Oregon OT Josh Conerly Jr.

Conerly, a former 5-star prospect, was excellent in his first season as a full-time starter, yielding one sack and 17 pressures playing the blindside and protecting Bo Nix. Conerly has excellent feet and does a nice job mixing up his hands when he punches. Despite lacking the ideal length for tackle, Conerly will have a shot at getting drafted high after the season and could be a candidate to kick inside to guard in the NFL.

If this list is any indication. The Oregon Ducks could be in for a huge first season in the Big 10.

Check out Blake Brockermeyer’s full list of top 100 players in college football by clicking here.

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