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Zach's Draft Corner: Bowl Game Week 2 Preview

December 27, 2019

 

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TV Guide

This next week of college football will be the best of the season.  Top teams squaring off every day except for Sunday, giving us seven straight days of top notch football leading up to the first round of the NFL Playoffs.  Rather than discuss something else in college football, let’s just get right into it.  Here is your guide for the second week of bowl games (all times Eastern, playoff rankings in parentheses).

 

As a reminder, we have a new format for the TV Guide this season.  I’m going to list all of the draft eligible players that will impact the games themselves, meaning the lists will be pretty long.  Then, I'll summarize each team by showing the players seriously in contention to be drafted at this point in time.  However, it's important to know that one exceptional season can cause an impactful player to become a draftable player, so these names are still good to monitor.

 

Friday, December 27

 

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Gruman in Annapolis, MD - University of North Carolina vs. Temple University, 12:00 PM, ESPN

 

North Carolina

Antonio Williams, Senior Running Back, #24

Michael Carter, Junior Running Back, #8

Carl Tucker, Senior Tight End, #86

Brandon Fritts, Senior Tight End, #82

Charlie Heck, Senior Tackle, #67

Jason Strowbridge, Senior Defensive Tackle, #55

Jonathan Smith, Senior Linebacker, #7

Dominique Ross, Senior Linebacker, #3

Bryce Watts, Junior Cornerback, #2

Patrick Rene, Senior Cornerback, #5

Myles Dorn, Senior Safety, #1

 

Nothing like a nooner on a Friday.  North Carolina doesn’t have much of a defense to speak of this season, but each name listed here on offense has a decent chance to see a training camp.  Williams and Carter form an effective tandem at running back.  Tucker excels as a blocker at tight end, while Fritts is the more effective receiver.  Heck is a decent prospect at tackle, and is likely a mid- to late-round pick.  Overall, there aren’t any true difference makers on this team. 

 

Temple

Anthony Russo, Junior Quarterback, #15

Branden Mack, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Isaiah Wright, Senior Wide Receiver, #2

Kenny Yeboah, Junior Tight End, #84

Jovahn Fair, Senior Guard, #70

Matt Hennessy, Junior Center, #58

Karamo Dioubate, Senior Defensive Tackle, #92

Dan Archibong, Junior Defensive Tackle #6

Quincy Roche, Junior Defensive End, #9

Sam Franklin, Senior Linebacker, #4

Shaun Bradley, Senior Linebacker, #5

Chapelle Russell, Senior Linebacker, #3

Isaiah Graham-Mobley, Junior Linebacker, #8

 

Temple has plenty of players that impact Saturdays, but it’s unknown whether any of these players can impact Sundays.  Temple is a very well-coached team, which makes them play better than the sum of their parts.

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York, NY - Michigan State University vs. Wake Forest University, 3:20 PM, ESPN

 

Michigan State

Brian Lewerke, Senior Quarterback, #14

Connor Heyward, Junior Running Back, #11

Darrell Stewart, Senior Wide Receiver, #25

Cody White, Junior Wide Receiver, #7

Matt Dotson, Junior Tight End, #89

Luke Campbell, Junior Tackle, #62

Jordan Reid, Junior Tackle, #55

Tyler Higby, Senior Guard, #70

Matt Allen, Junior Center, #64

Mike Panasiuk, Senior Defensive Tackle, #72

Raequan Williams, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

Naquan Jones, Junior Defensive Tackle, #93

Kenny Willikes, Senior Defensive End, #14

Joe Bachie, Senior Linebacker, #35

Antjuan Simmons, Junior Linebacker, #34

Josiah Scott, Junior Cornerback, #22

Josh Butler, Senior Cornerback, #19

David Dowell, Senior Safety, #6

 

Michigan State’s strength lies on defense, and mainly with Willikes and Bachie.  Panasiuk, Williams, and Jones are all late round prospects on the defensive line.  On offense, Lewerke has been hit or miss, but seems to be having a solid season.  On the offensive line, Higby, is the best of the bunch, and the only prospect with a chance of being drafted given recent performance.

 

Wake Forest

Cade Carney, Senior Running Back, #36

Steven Claude, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Sage Suratt, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #14

Scotty Washington, Senior Wide Receiver, #7

Jack Freudenthal, Senior Tight End, #86

Nathan Gilliam, Senior Tackle, #71

Justin Herron, Senior Tackle, #75

Jake Benzinger, Senior Tackle, #75

Carlos Basham, Junior Defensive End, #9

Justin Strnad, Senior Linebacker, #23

Essang Bassey, Senior Cornerback, #21

Amari Henderson, Senior Cornerback, #4

 

It’s really a shame that Suratt is hurt, but there are still some other players worth watching here.   Gilliam and Herron continue solid play along the line, keeping them in day three consideration.  On defense, Basham is the star with a day two grade.  Strnad and Bassey round out the players to watch on the Demon Deacons.

 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl in Houston, TX - (25) Oklahoma State University vs. Texas A&M University, 6:45 PM, ESPN

 

Oklahoma State

Dru Brown, Senior Quarterback, #6

Chuba Hubbard, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #30

Dillon Stoner, Junior Wide Receiver, #17

Tylan Wallace, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Teven Jenkins, Junior Tackle, #73

Johnny Wilson, Senior Guard, #72

Marcus Keyes, Senior Guard, #75

Kyle Junior, Senior Defensive Tackle, #93

Calvin Bundage, Senior Linebacker, #1

Rodarius Williams, Junior Cornerback, #8

A.J. Green, Senior Cornerback, #4

 

Another favorite receiver of mine (Wallace), and another season ending injury.  I guess I’m Trent Baalke here.  Hubbard is also challenging for RB1 every week, coming from seemingly nowhere to be one of the best stories of the season.  Stoner is more of a day three prospect.  On defense, A.J. Green (not that one) is one of the top senior cornerbacks in the nation.

 

Texas A&M

Kellen Mond, Senior Quarterback, #11

Kendrick Rogers, Junior Wide Receiver, #13

Jhamon Ausbon, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Quartney Davis, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Dan Moore, Junior Tackle, #65

Carson Green, Junior Tackle, #54

Justin Madubuike, Junior Defensive Tackle, #52

Michael Clemons, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #91

Tyree Johnson, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #3

Anthony Hines III, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #19

Charles Oliver, Senior Cornerback, #21

Larry Pryor, Senior Safety, #11

 

Mond has fallen a bit in the quarterback rankings, and this week will be his last chance to prove he deserves to be drafted before possible Senior Bowl participation.  Rogers and Davis are late-round receiver prospects.  On defense, Madubuike, Clemons, Johnson, and Hines all have potential, but need strong performances to be anything other than day three prospects.  That performance will not come from Madubuike, who is sitting out this one.

 

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl in San Diego, CA - (22) University of Southern California vs. (16) University of Iowa, 8:00 PM, FS1

 

USC

Vavae Malepeai, Junior Running Back, #29

Stephen Carr, Junior Running Back, #7

Michael Pittman, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Velus Jones Jr., Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Tyler Vaughns, Junior Wide Receiver, #21

Josh Falo, Junior Tight End, #83

Drew Richmond, Senior Tackle, #53

Austin Jackson, Junior Tackle, #73

Marlon Tuipulotu, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #51

Jay Tufele, Redhsirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #78

Brandon Pili, Junior Defensive Tackle, #91

Christian Rector, Senior Defensive End, #89

Jordan Iosefa, Senior Linebacker, #56

John Houston Jr., Senior Linebacker, #10

Dominic Davis, Senior Cornerback, #16

 

USC is a west coast team that we have seen plenty of this year because of their late kickoffs.  Pittman has been one of the most impressive receivers in this class for me, and is squarely in the day two conversation now.  Opposite him is Vaughns, who is starting to garner day three grades himself.  Carr is the top rusher for USC, and should also hear his name called at some point in April. The biggest name is Austin Jackson, who has played so well this season that many are expecting him to go in the first round.  A matchup with a top-five talent on the opposing defensive line will either help or hurt that stock.  On defense, Tufele and Rector are the prospects to watch for.

 

Iowa

Nathan Stanley, Senior Quarterback, #4

Mekhi Sargent, Junior Running Back, #10

Brady Ross, Senior Fullback, #36

Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Junioe Wide Receiver, #6

Shaun Beyer, Junior Tight End, #42

Nate Wieting, Senior Tight End, #39

Tristan Wirfs, Junior Tackle, #74

Alaric Jackson, Junior Tackle, #77

Levi Paulsen, Senior Guard, #66

Landan Paulsen, Senior Guard, #68

Brady Reiff, Senior Defensive Tackle, #91

Cedrick Lattimore, Senior Defensive Tackle, #95

Daviyon Nixon, Junior Defensive Tackle, #54

A.J. Epenesa, Junior Defensive End, #94

Chauncey Gholston, Junior Defensive End, #57

Djimon Colberts, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #32

Kristian Welch, Senior Linebacker, #34

Matt Hankins, Junior Cornerback, #8

Michael Ojemudia, Senior Cornerback, #11

Geno Stone, Junior Safety, #9

 

Epenesa has rebounded well after his relatively slow start to the season, cementing his first round status.  Wirfs has moved into the top ten on most boards with his versatility at both tackle spots and his superior athleticism and technique.  Alaric Jackson missed a few games due to injury, and, if he doesn’t have a good end to the season, he may be driven to return to school.  For Iowa, the remaining draftable prospects include Stanley, Sargent, Smith-Marsette, Beyer, Nixon, Colberts, Welch, and Stone.

 

Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix, AZ - Air Force Academy vs. Washington State University, 10:15 PM, ESPN

 

Air Force

Jeremy Fejedelem, Senior Safety, #2

 

I appreciate all that the service academies do and the way that they prepare young men for the future.  But Air Force isn’t producing any NFL talent.

 

Washington State

Anthony Gordon, Senior Quarterback, #18

Davontavean Martin, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Dezmon Patmon, Senior Wide Receiver, #12

Easop Winston, Senior Wide Receiver, #8

Abraham Lucas, Redshirt Sophomore Tackle, #72

Frederick Mauigoa, Senior Center, #69

Lamonte McDougal, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #9

Willie Taylor III, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #27

Nnamdi Oguayo, Senior Defensive End, #30

Dominick Silvels, Junior Defensive End, #20

Will Rodgers, Junior Defensive End, #92

Jahad Woods, Junior Linebacker, #13

 

Mike Leach is doing it again.  The success of Gardner Minshew is only helping Leach quarterbacks in the eyes of draft people, but Gordon is also leading the nation in passing.  Lucas, Mauigoa, McDougal, Taylor, and Oguayo are the other names to know.

 

Saturday, December 28

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, TX - (17) University of Memphis vs. (10) Penn State University, 12:00 PM, ESPN

 

Memphis

Brady White, Junior Quarterback, #3

Patrick Taylor, Senior Running Back, #6

Pop Williams, Senior Wide Receiver, #9

Damonte Coxie, Junior Wide Receiver, #10

Joey Magnifico, Senior Tight End, #86

Dustin Woodard, Senior Guard, #53

Jonathan Wilson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #38

Bryce Huff, Senior Linebacker, #55

T.J. Carter, Junior Cornerback, #2

 

Memphis is continuing their high-flying ways, keeping the little draftable talent they have on offense. Taylor is making plays out of the backfield for Memphis, and the magnificent Magnifico pulled a rabbit out of his hat to start garnering draft chatter in recent weeks.

 

Penn State

K.J. Hamler, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #1

Pat Freiermuth, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #87

Will Fries, Junior Tackle, #71

Steven Gonzalez, Senior Guard, #74

Mike Miranda, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #73

Michael Menet, Junior Center, #62

Robert Windsor, Senior Defensive Tackle, #54

Yetur Gross-Matos, Junior Defensive End, #99

Shaka Toney, Junior Defensive End, #16

Shane Simmons, Junior Defensive End, #34

Cameron Brown, Senior Linebacker, #6

Jan Johnson, Senior Linebacker, #36

John Reid, Senior Cornerback, #29

Tariq Castro-Fields, Junior Cornerback, #5

Garrett Taylor, Senior Safety, #17

Jonathan Sutherland, Redshirt Sophomore Safety, #26

 

Hamler and Freiermuth are playmakers on offense, and Fries, Miranda, and Menet have held up well all season.  The stars, though, are Gross-Matos and Toney, who are maybe the top pair of draft-eligible defensive ends in the nation.  Castro-Fields has had a ton of trouble this year, but still could be drafted in April based on athleticism alone.

 

Camping World Bowl in Orlando, FL - (15) University of Notre Dame vs. Iowa State University, 12:00 PM, ABC

 

Notre Dame

Ian Book, Junior Quarterback, #12

Chris Finke, Senior Wide Receiver, #10

Chase Claypool, Senior Wide Receiver, #83

Cole Kmet, Junior Tight End, #84

Liam Eichenberg, Junior Tackle, #74

Robert Hainsey, Junior Tackle, #72

Tommy Kraemer, Junior Guard, #78

Aaron Banks, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #69

Trevor Ruhland, Senior Center, #57

Julian Okwara, Senior Defensive End, #42

Khalid Kareem, Senior Defensive End, #53

Daelin Hayes, Senior Defensive End, #9

Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Junior Defensive End, #91

Asmar Bilal, Senior Linebacker, #22

Shaun Crawford, Senior Cornerback, #20

Troy Pride Jr., Senior Cornerback, #5

Donte Vaughn, Senior Cornerback, #8

Alohi Gilman, Junior Safety, #11

Jalen Elliott, Senior Safety, #21

 

Claypool, Kmet, and the entire offensive line for the Fighting Irish face get a sneaky tough opponent this week in Iowa State.  On defense, Okwara is the pleasant surprise of the season for Notre Dame, working his way from a day 3 prospect to garnering some first-round buzz.  Pride, Gilman, and Elliott are all late-round prospects in the secondary.

 

Iowa State

La'Michael Pettway, Senior Wide Receiver, #7

Deshaunte Jones, Senior Wide Receiver, #8

Chase Allen, Junior Tight End, #11

Bryce Meeker, Senior Tackle, #74

Josh Knipfel, Senior Guard, #66

Julian Good-Jones, Senior Center, #51

Ray Lima, Senior Defensive Tackle, #58

JaQuan Bailey, Senior Defensive End, #3

Eyioma Uwazurike, Junior Defensive End, #5

Matt Leo, Senior Defensive End, #89

Marcel Spears, Senior Linebacker, #42

Justin Bickham, Senior Cornerback, #7

Braxton Lewis, Senior Cornerback, #33

Greg Eisworth, Junior Safety, #12

 

Iowa State is one of those teams that is always ripe to upset their more talented competition, so don’t be surprised if they do it again.  Chase Allen is a decent tight end, but the best player is definitely defensive star Ray Lima.  Bailey and Eisworth also have a chance to be drafted.

 

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and College Football Playoff Semifinal in Atlanta, GA - (4) University of Oklahoma vs. (1) Louisiana State University, 4:00 PM, ESPN

 

Oklahoma

Jalen Hurts, Senior Quarterback, #1

Trey Sermon, Junior Running Back, #4

Kennedy Brooks, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #26

CeeDee Lamb, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Lee Morris, Senior Wide Receiver, #84

Grant Calcaterra, Junior Tight End, #80

Marquis Hayes, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #54

Creed Humphrey, Redshirt Sophomore Center, #56

Neville Gallimore, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

LaRon Stokes, Junior Defensive End, #96

Kenneth Mann, Senior Defensive End, #55

Kenneth Murray, Junior Linebacker, #9

Caleb Kelly, Senior Linebacker, #19

Mark Jackson Jr., Senior Linebacker, #42

Tre Brown, Junior Cornerback, #6

Parnell Motley, Senior Cornerback, #11

 

Jalen Hurts may have lost the Heisman, but he’s still in the conversation for being a first round quarterback.  This offense is running on all cylinders, led by CeeDee Lamb and Creed Humphrey as first round locks.  Sermon, Brooks, and Hayes all are draftable prospects on day two or three.  On defense, Gallimore and Murray are the only hopefuls, but they are looking better and better as time goes on.

 

LSU

Joe Burrow, Senior Quarterback, #9

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Junior Running Back, #22

Lanard Fournette, Senior Running Back, #27

Derrick Dillon, Senior Wide Receiver, #19

Dee Anderson, Senior Wide Receiver, #11

Justin Jefferson, Junior Wide Receiver, #2

Stephen Sullivan, Senior Tight End, #10

Jamal Pettigrew, Junior Tight End, #80

Thaddeus Moss, Junior Tight End, #81

Saahdiq Charles, Junior Tackle, #77

Badara Traore, Senior Tackle, #74

Adrian MaGee, Senior Guard, #73

Damian Lewis, Senior Guard, #68

Lloyd Cushenberry, Junior Center, #79

Breiden Fehoko, Senior Defensive Tackle, #91

Tyler Shelvin, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #72

Rashard Lawrence, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

K'Lavon Chaisson, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #18

Andre Anthony, Junior Defensive End, #46

Justin Thomas, Junior Defensive End, #93

Jacob Phillips, Junior Linebacker, #6

Patrick Queen, Junior Linebacker, #8

Michael Divinity, Senior Linebacker, #45

Kristian Fulton, Senior Cornerback, #1

Grant Delpit, Junior Safety, #7

Todd Harris, Jr., Junior Safety, #33

 

It might be a surprise that LSU is here based on the preseason predictions, but only because many thought Alabama would be here yet again.  LSU was always thought of as a good team, but we had no idea they would be this good, especially on offense.  Heisman winner Joe Burrow is all but guaranteed to be the first overall pick in April, unless Cincinnati decides to go with someone other than the hometown hero.  He is getting help on offense from Jefferson, a top receiver in this class, and Charles.  As always, the LSU defense is stacked with first round prospects in Lawrence, Chaisson, Fulton, and Delpit, with a trio of day three linebackers in Phillips, Queen, and Divinity.

 

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff Semifinal in Glendale, AZ - (3) Clemson University vs. (2) Ohio State University, 8:00 PM, ESPN

 

Clemson

Trevor Lawrence, Sophomore Quarterback, #16

Travis Etienne, Junior Running Back, #9

Darien Rencher, Junior Running Back, #21

Tee Higgins, Junior Wide Receiver, #5

Justyn Ross, Sophomore Wide Receiver, #8

Diondre Overton, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Amari Rodgers, Junior Wide Receiver, #3

Tremayne Anchrum, Senior Tackle, #73

John Simpson, Senior Guard, #74

Sean Pollard, Senior Guard, #76

Gage Cervenka, Senior Center, #59

Nyles Pinckney, Junior Defensive Tackle, #44

Xavier Kelly, Junior Defensive Tackle, #22

Jordan Williams, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #59

Justin Foster, Junior Defensive End, #35

Isaiah Simmons, Junior Linebacker/Safety, #11

A.J. Terrell, Junior Cornerback, #8

K'Von Wallace, Senior Safety, #12

Denzel Johnson, Senior Safety, #14

Tanner Muse, Senior Safety, #19

 

Clemson is here for the fifth season in a row, which just goes to show how good of a program they have at Clemson.  They aren’t draft eligible, but the best prospects on Clemson are Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross.  I would not be surprised if both are top ten picks in 2021.  For the more immediate future, the first round talents include Simmons, Etienne, Higgins, and potentially Terrell.  Simpson and Pollard give Clemson one of the best interior lines in the ACC.  On defense, Clemson has tried to replenish the dominant defensive line class from 2019 with Williams and Foster, to modest results. Wallace and Muse are day three picks for the time being, but could see a rise.

 

Ohio State

J.K. Dobbins, Junior Running Back, #2

Demario McCall, Junior Running Back, #30

K.J. Hill, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Austin Mack, Senior Wide Receiver, #11

Binjimen Victor, Senior Wide Receiver, #9

Luke Farrell, Junior Tight End, #89

Rashod Berry, Senior Tight End, #13

Thayer Munford, Junior Tackle, #75

Jonah Jackson, Senior Guard, #73

Robert Landers, Senior Defensive Tackle, #67

Davon Hamilton, Senior Defensive Tackle, #53

Chase Young, Junior Defensive End, #2

Jonathon Cooper, Senior Defensive End, #18

Jashon Cornell, Senior Defensive End, #9

Malik Harrison, Senior Linebacker, #39

Pete Werner, Junior Linebacker, #20

Baron Browning, Junior Linebacker, #5

Tuf Borland, Junior Linebacker, #32

Jeffrey Okudah, Junior Cornerback, #1

Shaun Wade, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #24

Damon Arnette, Senior Cornerback, #3

Jordan Fuller, Senior Safety, #4

Jahsen Wint, Junior Safety, #23

 

Ohio State brings plenty of firepower into this matchup, with Young, Okudah, Wade, and maybe even Arnette and Fuller being first round picks in that ferocious Buckeye defense.  Landers, Harrison, and Borland round out the Buckeye defense that is shaping up to be one of the most talented in the country.  The offense is full of speed, including Dobbins, Hill, and Farrell.  The offensive line is the weak spot, if there is one, on this Buckeye team, but Munford should be able to make a team.

 

Monday, December 30

 

Servpro First Responder Bowl in Dallas, TX - Western Kentucky University vs. Western Michigan University, 12:30 PM, ESPN

 

Western Kentucky

Ty Storey, Senior Quarterback, #4

Quin Jernighan, Senior Wide Receiver, #16

Lucky Jackson, Senior Wide Receiver, #11

Miles Pate, Senior Guard, #63

Jaylon George, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

Ta'Corian Darden, Senior Cornerback, #15

 

No prospects here, but if you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of one of the best mascots in the country.  Meet Big Red, aka Grimace with a sunburn.

 

Western Michigan

Jon Wassink, Senior Quarterback, #16

LeVante Bellamy, Senior Running Back, #2

D'Wayne Eskridge, Senior Wide Receiver, #7

Giovanni Ricci, Senior Tight End, #15

Luke Juriga, Senior Guard, #59

Ralph Holley, Junior Defensive End, #8

Alex Grace, Senior Linebacker, #34

Drake Spears, Senior Linebacker, #20

Stefan Claiborne, Senior Cornerback, #21

Justin Tranquill, Senior Safety, #2

 

There is one good prospect in this game, and that’s running back LeVante Bellamy.  He’s still a late round guy, but he is fun to watch.

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, TN - Mississippi State University vs. University of Louisville, 4:00 PM, ESPN

 

Mississippi State

Tommy Stevens, Senior Quarterback, #7

Kylin Hill, Junior Running Back, #8

Osirus Mitchell, Junior Wide Receiver, #5

Stephen Guidry, Senior Wide Receiver, #1

Isaiah Zuber, Senior Wide Receiver, #12

Farrod Green, Senior Tight End, #82

Greg Eiland, Junior Tackle, #55

Stewart Reese, Junior Tackle/Guard, #51

Michael Story, Senior Guard, #75

Tyre Phillips, Senior Guard, #78

Darryl Williams, Senior Center, #73

Lee Autry, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

Chauncey Rivers, Senior Defensive End, #5

Marquiss Spencer, Junior Defensive End, #42

Fletcher Adams, Senior Defensive End, #43

Erroll Thompson, Junior Linebacker, #40

Willie Gay Jr., Junior Linebacker, #6

Leo Lewis, Senior Linebacker, #10

Tim Washington, Senior Linebacker, #41

Cameron Dantzler, Junior Cornerback, #3

Jaquarius Landrews, Senior Safety, #11

Brian Cole, Senior Safety, #32

 

It’s difficult to overcome the loss of three first round defensive prospects, but Mississippi State gave it the old college try.  Guidry is the top weapon for the Bulldogs, while Story, Reese, and Williams give Mississippi State one of the better offensive lines in the country.  Williams is the best of the bunch, and a likely second round pick at this time.  Hill has worked his way into being a late-round running back.  Spencer will see what he can do when defenses pay him more attention with Montez Sweat no longer playing opposite him.  Gay and Thompson form a strong pair of linebackers in the linebacker-rich SEC.  Cameron Dantzler is a very good cornerback, though he is sitting this game out. Landrews might work his way into being a draftable safety with a strong finish to the season.

 

Louisville

Tobias Little, Junior Running Back, #27

Seth Dawkins, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Dez Fitzpatrick, Junior Wide Receiver, #7

Jordan Davis, Senior Tight End, #85

Mekhi Becton, Junior Tackle, #73

T.J. McCoy, Senior Center, #59

G.G. Robinson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #34

Ty Tyler, Senior Defensive End, #18

Amonte Caban, Senior Defensive End, #53

T.J. Holl, Senior Linebacker, #35

Dorian Etheridge, Junior Linebacker, #17

P.J. Mbanasor, Senior Cornerback, #1

Cornelius Sturghill, Senior Cornerback, #6

Khane Pass, Senior Safety, #30

Rodjay Burns, Junior Safety, #10

 

Louisville has seen a downturn in talent as of late, and likely won’t have many top picks from this roster.  Fitzpatrick, Dawkins, and Becton have a chance to make a roster on offense, and Tyler, Etheridge, and Burns are the hopeful defenders.  A strong performance against a talented team like Mississippi State could solidify the value of any of these prospects.

 

Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, CA - University of California vs. University of Illinois, 4:00 PM, FOX

 

Cal

Kekoa Crawford, Junior Wide Receiver, #11

Luc Bequette, Senior Defensive Tackle, #93

Zeandae Johnson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #44

Tevin Paul, Junior Defensive End, #96

Kuony Deng, Junior Linebacker, #8

Evan Weaver, Senior Linebacker, #89

Traveon Beck, Senior Cornerback, #22

Camryn Bynum, Junior Cornerback, #24

Ashtyn Davis, Senior Safety, #27

Jaylinn Hawkins, Senior Safety, #6

 

For Cal, it’s all about the defense with their elite pair of safeties in Davis and Hawkins, as well as their pair of mid-round linebackers in Paul and Weaver.

 

Illinois

Reggie Corbin, Senior Running Back, #2

Josh Imatorbhebhe, Junior Wide Receiver, #9

Alex Palczewski, Junior Tackle, #63

Vederian Lowe, Junior Tackle, #79

Kendrick Green, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #55

Tymir Oliver, Senior Defensive Tackle, #96

Jamal Milan, Senior Defensive Tackle, #55

Bobby Roundtree, Junior Defensive End, #97

Oliwole Betiku, Jr., Junior Linebacker, #47

Dele Harding, Senior Linebacker, #9

Stanley Green, Senior Safety, #7

 

Christmas might be over, but Santa Lovie Smith still has a job to do.  Illinois finally has some draftable prospects, with offensive weapons Corbin and Imatorbhebhe topping the list.

 

Capital One Orange Bowl in Miami, FL - (9) University of Florida vs. (24) University of Virginia

 

Florida

Lamical Perine, Running Back, Senior, #2

Josh Hammond, Wide Receiver, Senior, #10

Kadarius Toney, Wide Receiver, Junior, #1

Trevon Grimes, Wide Receiver, Redshirt Sophomore, #8

Van Jefferson, Wide Receiver, Senior, #12

Tyrie Cleveland, Wide Receiver, Senior, #89

Freddie Swain, Wide Receiver, Senior, #16

Lucas Krull, Tight End, Junior, #7

Kemore Gamble, Tight End, Redshirt Sophomore, #88

Stone Forsythe, Tackle, Junior, #72

Jean Delance, Guard, Junior, #56

Nick Buchanan, Center, Senior, #66

Kyree Campbell, Defensive Tackle, Junior, #55

Adam Shuler, Defensive Tackle, Senior, #88

Jabari Zuniga, Defensive End, Senior, #92

Jonathan Greenard, Defensive End, Senior, #58

David Reese, Linebacker, Senior, #4

C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Junior, #1

Marco Wilson, Cornerback, Redshirt Sophomore, #3

Donovan Stiner, Safety, Junior, #13

Brad Stewart Jr., Safety, Junior, #2

Jaewon Taylor, Safety, Senior, #29

 

For Florida, the cream of the crop is on defense.  Zuniga looks to be one of the top edge defenders in this class, Greenard is coming on strong on the other side of the line, and C.J. Henderson will compete for a first round spot in the secondary.  For the rest of these prospects, this season will be all about trying to work their way into the spotlight.  Plenty of them have been doing just that, with Perine and Stewart teetering on day two status.  Jefferson, Cleveland, Campbell, Reese, Wilson, and Stiner are also solidly in the day three conversation.

 

Virginia

Bryce Perkins, Senior Quarterback, #3

PK Kier, Junior Running Back, #6

Joe Reed, Senior Wide Receiver, #2

Hasise Dubois, Senior Wide Receiver, #8

Eli Hanback, Senior Defensive Tackle, #58

Charles Snowden, Junior Linebacker, #11

Jordan Mack, Senior Linebacker, #4

Bryce Hall, Senior Cornerback, #34

Brenton Nelson, Junior Safety, #28

Joey Blount, Junior Safety, #29

 

As a reminder, Bryce Hall suffered a terrible leg injury and is out for the season, and likely some of next season.  It’s a shame for the first-round talent, but Virginia is moving forward.  Bryce Perkins has been solid, but he will need a very specific system to succeed.  He is very mobile and can throw accurately downfield, but his processing and short accuracy needs work.  He would be a perfect fit as a backup to a Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes, but may struggle in other precision-based systems.  On defense, Snowden’s unique size and skillset makes him an intriguing mid-round guy.

 

Tuesday, December 31

 

Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC - Virginia Tech University vs. University of Kentucky, 12:00 PM, ESPN

 

Virginia Tech

Ryan Lewis, Senior Quarterback, #5

Deshawn McClease, Junior Running Back, #33

Damon Hazelton, Junior Wide Receiver, #14

Dalton Keene, Junior Tight End, #29

Silas Dzansi, Redshirt Sophomore Tackle, #60

Rayshard Ashby, Junior Linebacker, #23

Caleb Farley, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #3

Khalil Ladler, Junior Safety, #9

Reggie Floyd, Senior Safety, #1

 

Virginia Tech has some decent talent this year, but nothing to call home about.  The best prospect is likely Reggie Floyd, who is a do-it-all safety that would benefit from having a defined role.  Otherwise, McClease, Keene, Dzansi, Ashby, and Farley all have a chance to be drafted, but need good tape this season to prove their worth.

 

Kentucky

Asim Rose, Junior Running Back, #10

Lynn Bowden, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Mason Wolfe, Senior Tackle, #77

Landon Young, Junior Tackle, #67

Logan Stenberg, Senior Guard, #71

T.J. Carter, Senior Defensive Tackle, #90

Phil Hoskins, Senior Defensive Tackle, #92

Calvin Taylor, Senior Defensive Tackle, #91

Quinton Bohanna, Junior Defensive Tackle, #95

Jamar Watson, Junior Linebacker, #31

Jordan Wright, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #15

Kash Daniel, Senior Linebacker, #56

Jordan Griffin, Senior Safety, #3

 

The best prospect on Kentucky is guard Logan Stenberg, but the most exciting is Lynn Bowden.  A wide receiver by trade, Bowden has quarterbacked Kentucky into a bowl game after great ineptitude at the position to start the season.  He will likely go back to being a receiver in the pros, but it will be fun seeing him at quarterback one more time.  Kentucky also has some day three prospects on defense in Taylor and Daniel.

 

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX - Florida State University vs. Arizona State University, 2:00 PM, CBS

 

Florida State

Cam Akers, Junior Running Back, #3

Tamorrion Terry, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #15

Keith Gavin, Senior Wide Receiver, #89

Tre' McKitty, Junior Tight End, #6

Mike Arnold, Junior Guard, #72

Cole Minshew, Senior Guard, #70

Baveon Johnson, Junior Center, #51

Cory Durden, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #16

Joshua Kaindoh, Junior Defensive End, #13

Janarius Robinson, Junior Defensive End, #11

Dontavious Jackson, Senior Linebacker, #5

Josh Brown, Senior Linebacker, #51

Emmett Rice, Junior Linebacker, #56

Levonta Taylor, Senior Cornerback, #1

Stanford Samuels, Junior Cornerback, #8

Hamsah Nasirildeen, Junior Safety, #23

 

The Tony the Tiger Bowl.  Not even Frosted Flakes, or Kelloggs.  Just straight up Tony the Tiger.  Okay then.  While the team is not great, Florida State still has a lot of talent, led by potential first-round safety Nasirildeen.  The Seminole secondary as a whole is strong, as Taylor is one of the fastest players in the country and Samuels has the size and skill to succeed on the outside in the pros. On offense, Akers, who is sitting out this game, might be the most underrated prospect in the class after coming to Florida State as a five-star recruit and running behind a porous offensive line. Terry is a playmaker on the outside, and Johnson has the athletic profile to do well as a zone-scheme center.

 

Arizona State

Eno Benjamin, Junior Running Back, #3

Brandon Aiyuk, Senior Wide Receiver, #2

Kyle Williams, Senior Wide Receiver, #10

Zach Robertson, Senior Tackle, #51

Steven Miller, Senior Guard, #71

Cohl Cabral, Senior Center, #73

Roe Wilkins, Senior Defensive Tackle, #95

George Lea, Senior Defensive Tackle, #17

Tyler Johnson, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #41

Kobe Williams, Senior Cornerback, #5

Chase Lucas, Junior Cornerback, #24

 

Eno Benjamin continues his strong push for at least day two status as a running back, and is the top prospect for the Sun Devils.  However, that status has been challenged recently by Brandon Aiyuk, who has had a stellar senior season and might be a day two receiver himself, though we won’t see him in this game.  Robertson, Johnson, and Lucas are the remaining draftable prospects at this time.

 

Autozone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN - (23) Navy vs. Kansas State University, 3:45 PM, ESPN

 

Navy

Malcolm Perry, Senior Quarterback, #10

 

Malcolm Perry is not much of a thrower, but his athleticism might get him drafted as a running back or wide receiver.  That’s about it.

 

Kansas State

James Gilbert, Senior Running Back, #34

Dalton Schoen, Senior Wide Receiver, #83

Scott Frantz, Senior Tackle, #74

Tyler Mitchell, Senior Guard, #62

Adam Holtorf, Senior Center, #79

Wyatt Hubert, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #56

Reggie Walker, Senior Defensive End, #51

Elijah Sullivan, Senior Linebacker, #3

Da'Quan Patton, Senior Linebacker, #5

Justin Hughes, Senior Linebacker, #32

Denzel Goolsby, Senior Safety, #20

 

Kansas State is more like a Big Ten school than a Big 12 school.  They focus on strong line play and strong defense.  That is shown in their top prospects, which include three strong offensive linemen (Frantz, Mitchell, and Holtorf) and three solid defenders (Hubert, Sullivan, and Patton).  It will be a slugfest against Navy this week.

 

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl in Tucson, AZ - University of Wyoming vs. Georgia State University, 4:30 PM, CBS Sports Network

 

Wyoming

Austin Conway, Senior Wide Receiver, #25

Logan Wilson, Senior Linebacker, #30

Antonio Hull, Senior Cornerback, #4

Alijah Halliburton, Senior Safety, #3

 

Nothing to see on this side. 

 

Georgia State

Dan Ellington, Senior Quarterback, #13

Tra Barnett, Senior Running Back, #5

Hunter Atkinson, Senior Tackle, #76

Terry Thomas, Senior Defensive Tackle, #55

Ed Curney, Senior Linebacker, #2

Remy Lazarus, Senior Safety, #21

 

Same here.  But it’s football on a Tuesday.

 

Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX - (11) University of Utah vs. University of Texas, 7:30 PM, ESPN

 

Utah

Tyler Huntley, Senior Quarterback, #1

Zack Moss, Senior Running Back, #2

Darrin Paulo, Senior Tackle, #77

Viane Moala, Junior Defensive Tackle, #98

John Penisini, Senior Defensive Tackle, #52

Leki Fotu, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

Bradlee Anae, Senior Defensive End, #6

Francis Bernard, Senior Linebacker, #13

Jaylon Johnson, Junior Cornerback, #1

Julian Blackmon, Senior Safety, #23

 

While Utah’s top offensive prospect has always been Zack Moss, quarterback Tyler Huntley has had a strong senior season and is now in the draft conversation.  The strength of Utah’s team, though, is easily their defense.  Utah has one of the top secondaries in the conference, led by Blackmon and Johnson, as well as a strong defensive line with Fotu and Anae. 

 

Texas

Sam Ehlinger, Junior Quarterback, #11

Collin Johnson, Senior Wide Receiver, #9

John Burt, Senior Wide Receiver, #1

Devin Duvernay, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Parker Braun, Senior Guard, #73

Zach Shackelford, Senior Center, #56

Gerald Wilbon, Senior Defensive Tackle, #94

Malcolm Roach, Senior Defensive Tackle, #32

Jeffrey McCulloch, Senior Linebacker, #23

Brandon Jones, Senior Safety, #19

 

Ehlinger looked like he was poised for a big season, but something is missing.  He might do well to return to school, but losing his top targets in Johnson and Duvernay to the NFL also might hurt him even more next year.  He’d also lose out on Braun and Shackelford protecting the interior.  Texas has one of the better defenses in the Big 12, led by Jones in the secondary and Roach along the line.

 

Wednesday, January 1

 

Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL - (18) University of Minnesota vs. (12) Auburn University, 1:00 PM, ESPN

 

Minnesota

Mohamed Ibrahim, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #24

Rodney Smith, Senior Running Back, #1

Shannon Brooks, Senior Running Back, #4

Tyler Johnson, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Chris Autman-Bell, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #7

Blaise Andries, Redshirt Sophomore Guard, #77

Conner Olson, Junior Center, #64

Micah Dew-Treadway, Senior Defensive Tackle, #18

Carter Coughlin, Senior Defensive End/Linebacker, #45

Winston DeLattiboudere, Senior Defensive End, #46

Kamal Martin, Senior Linebacker, #21

Thomas Barber, Senior Linebacker, #41

Chris Williamson, Senior Cornerback, #6

Antoine Winfield Jr., Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #11

 

The Gophers are led by a duo of skill positions on offense in Ibrahim and Johnson.  Johnson is at least a second-round guy, and might be one of my favorite receivers in the entire class.  Minnesota also boats some talent on defense in Coughlin and Martin (who is sitting out this matchup).  Watch out for Winfield, though.  Son of former NFL safety of the same name, Antoine, when healthy, has been electric in the secondary and in the return game.  He could be the one to break the game.

 

Auburn

Kam Martin, Senior Running Back, #9

Jay Jay Wilson, Senior Fullback, #42

JaTarvarious Whitlow, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #28

Will Hastings, Senior Wide Receiver, #33

Sal Cannella, Senior Tight End, #80

Jack Driscoll, Senior Tackle, #71

Prince Tega Wanogho, Senior Tackle, #76

Marquel Harrell, Senior Guard, #77

Mike Horton, Senior Guard, #64

Kaleb Kim, Senior Center, #54

Derrick Brown, Senior Defensive Tackle, #5

Nick Coe, Senior Defensive Tackle, #91

Marlon Davidson, Senior Defensive Tackle, #3

Big Kat Bryant, Junior Defensive End, #1

Javaris Davis, Senior Cornerback, #13

Noah Igbinoghene, Junior Cornerback, #4

Daniel Thomas, Senior Safety, #24

Jeremiah Dinson, Senior Safety, #20

 

Auburn is building along the lines, and doing it very well.  Outside of Martin, all of the draftable talent is on the lines.  Wanogho and Driscoll combine to form one of the best bookend pairs in the nation.  Derrick Brown is elite and in the running for the top defensive tackle in the class, while the rest of that defensive line is full of day two or day three prospects.  Nick Coe is sitting out, though.

 

VRBO Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL - (14) University of Michigan vs. (13) University of Alabama, 1:00 PM, ABC

 

Michigan

Shea Patterson, Senior Quarterback, #2

Tru Wilson, Senior Running Back, #13

Donovan Peoples-Jones, Junior Wide Receiver, #9

Nico Collins, Junior Wide Receiver, #4

Tarik Black, Junior Wide Receiver, #7

Sean McKeon, Senior Tight End, #84

Nico Eubanks, Junior Tight End, #82

Ben Bredeson, Senior Guard, #74

Jon Runyan, Senior Guard, #75

Michael Onwenu, Senior Guard, #50

Michael Dwumfour, Senior Defensive Tackle, #50

Josh Uche, Senior Defensive End, #6

Kwity Paye, Junior Defensive End, #19

Khaleke Hudson, Junior Linebacker, #7

Josh Ross, Junior Linebacker, #12

Lavert Hill, Senior Cornerback, #24

Josh Metellus, Senior Safety, #14

 

Peoples-Jones, Collins, and Black have their work cut out for them going against a strong Alabama secondary, though there are numerous players sitting out for Alabama, which may even the odds.  If Michigan wants to stay in this game, they will need a strong performance from their own defensive players in Uche, Paye, Hudson, Hill, and Metellus.

 

Alabama

Tua Tagovailoa, Junior Quarterback, #13

Brian Robinson, Junior Running Back, #24

Najee Harris, Junior Running Back, #22

Jerry Jeudy, Junior Wide Receiver, #4

Henry Ruggs III, Junior Wide Receiver, #11

DeVonta Smith, Junior Wide Receiver, #6

Miller Forristall, Junior Tight End, #87

Major Tennison, Junior Tight End, #88

Scott Lashley, Junior Tackle, #76

Alex Leatherwood, Junior Tackle, #70

Jedrick Wills, Junior Tackle, #74

Deonte Brown, Junior Guard, #65

Chris Owens, Junior Center, #79

LaBryan Ray, Junior Defensive Tackle, #89

Phidarian Mathis, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #48

Raekwon Davis, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

Anfernee Jennings, Senior Defensive End, #33

Terrell Lewis, Junior Defensive End, #24

Christopher Allen, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End, #4

Dylan Moses, Junior Linebacker, #32

Ben Davis, Junior Linebacker, #1

Joshua McMillon, Senior Linebacker, #40

Trevon Diggs, Senior Cornerback, #7

Xavier McKinney, Junior Safety, #15

Shyheim Carter, Senior Safety, #5

Jared Mayden, Senior Safety, #21

 

Everyone on this list will likely matter at some point.  This year, in the first round alone, Alabama will likely get Tua (even with the injury), Jeudy, Ruggs, Leatherwood, Davis, Diggs (sitting out), McKinney, and Carter.  Even Jedrick Wills is getting some first round love.   That’s literally over one-quarter of the first round that could be from the University of Alabama.  That’s not even counting Dylan Moses, the injured linebacker who was the unanimous LB1 coming into the season.  Harris, Lewis (sitting out), Smith, Tennison, Lashley, and Jennings round out the stacked squad.

 

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual in Pasadena, CA - (6) University of Oregon vs. (8) University of Wisconsin, 5:00 PM, ESPN

 

Oregon

Justin Herbert, Senior Quarterback, #10

C.J. Verdell, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back, #7

Juwan Johnson, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Jacob Breeland, Senior Tight End, #27

Calvin Throckmorton, Senior Tackle, #54

Brady Aiello, Senior Tackle, #66

Shane Lemieux, Senior Guard, #68

Dallas Warmack, Senior Guard, #75

Jake Hanson, Senior Center, #55

Jordon Scott, Junior Defensive Tackle, #34

Austin Faoliu, Junior Defensive Tackle, #52

La'Mar Winston Jr., Senior Linebacker, #32

Isaac Slade-Matautia, Redshirt Sophomore Linebacker, #41

Troy Dye, Senior Linebacker, #35

Deommodore Lenoir, Junior Cornerback, #6

Thomas Graham Jr., Junior Cornerback, #4

 

This will be one of the best bowl games of the year.  You should know by now that Justin Herbert and Shane Lemieux are first-round talents, the Oregon offensive line as a whole is nothing to take lightly, and everyone else on offense should get drafted at some point.  Watching Herbert against a Big Ten defense will be fantastic.  On defense, it’s the linebacker duo of Dye and Slade-Matautia that you should keep your eye on. 

 

Wisconsin

Jonathan Taylor, Junior Running Back, #23

Bradrick Shaw, Senior Running Back, #7

Quintez Cephus, Senior Wide Receiver, #87

A.J. Taylor, Senior Wide Receiver, #4

Danny Davis III, Junior Wide Receiver, #6

Jake Ferguson, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #84

David Moorman, Senior Tackle, #68

Cole Van Lanen, Junior Tackle, #71

Tyler Biadasz, Junior Center, #61

Isaiah Loudermilk, Junior Defensive Tackle, #97

Zack Baun, Senior Defensive End, #56

Chris Orr, Senior Linebacker, #54

 

It should come as no surprise that a team like Wisconsin features studs at running back and the offensive line.  Taylor and Biadasz are first round talents, but the rest of the offensive line will get drafted whenever they enter the process.  Cephus is the rare Wisconsin receiver that has some talent.  On defense, Baun and Orr have been impressive, and should both get drafted.  Loudermilk has had a quieter season than expected, but still has a chance to get drafted.

 

Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA - (5) University of Georgia vs. (7) Baylor University

 

Georgia

Jake Fromm, Junior Quarterback, #11

D'Andre Swift, Junior Running Back, #7

Brian Herrien, Senior Running Back, #35

Tyler Simmons, Senior Wide Receiver, #87

Matt Landers, Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver, #5

Demetris Robertson, Junior Wide Receiver, #16

Lawrence Cager, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Charlie Woerner, Senior Tight End, #89

Eli Wolf, Senior Tight End, #17

Andrew Thomas, Junior Tackle, #71

Isaiah Wilson, Redshirt Sophomore Tackle, #79

Solomon Kindley, Junior Guard, #66

Ben Cleveland, Junior Guard, #74

Tyler Clark, Senior Defensive Tackle, #52

Julian Rochester, Senior Defensive Tackle, #5

Malik Herring, Junior Defensive End, #10

Monty Rice, Junior Linebacker, #32

Tae Crowder, Senior Linebacker, #30

Eric Stokes, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #27

Tyrique McGhee, Senior Cornerback, #26

J.R. Reed, Senior Safety, #20

Richard LeCounte III, Junior Safety, #2

 

Swift and Thomas will absolutely have first round grades at the end of the day, though we have seen the last of Thomas as a Bulldog after his decision to sit this game out.  Led by Fromm, their offense is stacked for college.  However, Simmons, Landers, Robertson, Woerner, Wilson, Kindley, and Cleveland are probably closer to day three prospects at this point than first rounders.  The defense is not quite as stacked as far as quantity, but they do have quality safeties in Reed and LeCounte.  Herring, Rice, and Stokes round out the defensive side of the ball as late round hopefuls.  

 

Baylor

Charlie Brewer, Junior Quarterback, #12

JaMycal Hasty, Senior Running Back, #6

Denzel Mims, Senior Wide Receiver, #5

Chris Platt, Senior Wide Receiver, #14

Jake Fruhmorgen, Senior Tackle, #63

Johncarlo Valentin, Senior Guard, #57

Sam Tecklenburg, Senior Center, #52

James Lynch, Junior Defensive Tackle, #93

Bravvion Roy, Senior Defensive Tackle, #99

James Lockhart, Senior Defensive End, #9

Blake Lynch, Senior Linebacker, #2

Jordan Williams, Senior Linebacker, #38

Jameson Houston, Senior Cornerback, #11

Chris Miller, Senior Safety, #3

 

Georgia is absolutely the favorite here.  This is shown by Denzel Mims being the only draftable prospect here.  Though don’t count out the Bears.  Georgia is likely disappointed to be here, while Baylor is psyched.  The players love Matt Rhule, and that all could mean an upset.

 

Thursday, January 2

 

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, AL - Boston College vs. (21) University of Cincinnati, 3:00 PM, ESPN

 

BC

Ben Glines, Senior Running Back/Wide Receiver, #19

A.J. Dillon, Junior Running Back, #2

Travis Levy, Junior Running Back/Wide Receiver, #23

Kobay White, Junior Wide Receiver, #9

Chris Garrison, Senior Tight End, #81

Ben Petrula, Junior Guard, #64

John Phillips, Senior Guard, #70

Tanner Karafa, Senior Defensive Tackle, #48

John Lamot, Junior Linebacker, #28

Max Richardson, Junior Linebacker, #14

Isaiah McDuffie, Junior Linebacker, #55

Brandon Sebastian, Redshirt Sophomore Cornerback, #10

 

A.J. Dillon is the big name, though we won’t see him in this game.  Literally huge.  He is a gargantuan running back who’s running style reminds me of Marshawn Lynch.  Just a true punisher.  As expected, Petrula and Phillips seem to be the next pair good prospects in a long line of BC offensive line talent.  Sebastian had an impressive freshman season, and has built on that in his sophomore campaign.

 

Cincinnati

Desmond Ridder, Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback, #9

Michael Warren, Junior Running Back, #3

Josiah Deguara, Senior Tight End, #83

Perry Young, Senior Linebacker, #6

Bryan Wright, Senior Linebacker, #11

Cameron Jefferies, Senior Cornerback, #14

 

Ridder has faced some tests, and his status as a redshirt sophomore makes it unlikely that he comes out this year.  However, he’s played very well, and should be on the radar for future seasons.  In 2020, Young and Wright are battling to hear their name called.  A strong performance against BC would help that quest.


TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL - University of Indiana vs. University of Tennessee, 7:00 PM, ESPN

 

Indiana

Peyton Ramsey, Junior Quarterback, #12

Whop Philyor, Junior Wide Receiver, #1

Nick Westbrook, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Donavan Hale, Senior Wide Receiver, #6

Peyton Hendershot, Redshirt Sophomore Tight End, #86

DaVondre Love, Senior Tackle, #52

Coy Cronk, Senior Tackle, #54

Simon Stepaniak, Senior Guard, #72

Hunter Littlejohn, Senior Center, #68

Andre Brown, Senior Cornerback, #14

Marcelino Ball, Junior Safety, #9

 

Indiana made it to a bowl game after a spectacularly average season in the Big Ten.  Indiana is a team that plays really well together, but Westbrook and Stepaniak are the only prospects worth monitoring.

 

Tennessee

Jarrett Guarantano, Junior Quarterback, #2

Tim Jordan, Junior Running Back, #9

Ty Chandler, Junior Running Back, #8

Jauan Jennings, Senior Wide Receiver, #15

Marquez Callaway, Senior Wide Receiver, #1

Josh Palmer, Junior Wide Receiver, #5

Dominick Wood-Anderson, Senior Tight End, #4

Trey Smith, Junior Guard, #73

Ryan Johnson, Junior Center, #70

Aubrey Solomon, Redshirt Sophomore Defensive Tackle, #98

Darrell Taylor, Senior Defensive End, #19

Deandre Johnson, Junior Defensive End, #13

LaTrell Bumphus, Junior Defensive End, #88

Shanon Reid, Junior Linebacker, #21

Daniel Bituli, Senior Linebacker, #35

Baylen Buchanan, Senior Cornerback, #28

Nigel Warrior, Senior Safety, #18

 

Tennessee gets a lot of solid recruits because of the name recognition, but do not develop the talent they get into NFL-level prospects.  Darrell Taylor is the best of the bunch, and could see some day two love.  Otherwise, Chandler, Jennings, Smith, Solomon, and Warrior are all hoping to simply get drafted.

 

 

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