Bowl season is here and it’s arguably the greatest couple of weeks in the history of the world. If you don’t love bowl season, then you should re-evaluate your entire life because you’re so totally wrong. So in honor of bowl season kicking off here is the best 2019 NFL Draft prospect on every team playing in a bowl games roster.

Autonation Cure Bowl: Tulane vs UL Lafayette

Top Tulane Prospect: Donnie Lewis, CB

  • Donnie Lewis is a long lean press-man cornerback. He’ll make his money in the NFL with his consistent press technique and solid footwork. Lewis won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he’ll provide nice depth for a team that’s looking for a corner with size.

Projection: 6th-7th (Depth CB)

Top UL Lafayette Prospect: Andre Nunez, QB

  • To be honest there’s not any tape on prospects from UL Lafayette. After sifting through some Ragin’ Cajun games their QB Andre Nunez showed some stuff. He’s nowhere near a draftable quarterback, but don’t be surprised to see him in an NFL training camp. Nunez has decent size and solid mechanics.

Projection: UDFA (Camp Arm)

New Mexico Bowl: North Texas vs Utah State

Top North Texas Prospect: EJ Ejiya, LB

  • NFL teams love athletic and physical linebackers. Even the ones without great instincts and ability have a shot in the NFL on special teams. EJ Ejiya has been a consistent force for the Mean Green for multiple seasons now. If he tests well he’ll have a shot at being drafted. Look for him to make a team with big special teams plays in the preseason.

Projection: 7th-UDFA (Special Teamer)

 Top Utah State Prospect: Dax Raymond, TE

  • One of the more surprising underclassmen to declare so far is Utah State TE Dax Raymond. It made more sense once he got the Senior Bowl invite, giving him a chance to help his stock a lot in Mobile. For Utah State, Raymond has been a great move TE for them and he wins with athleticism and size. His ball adjustment skills and ability to win 50/50 balls will have teams interested.

Projection: 6th-7th (Developmental TE)

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs Fresno State

*Arizona State WR N’Keal Harry is sitting out the bowl game

Top Arizona State Prospect: Renell Wren, IDL

  • One of the more fun risers of the college football season has been Arizona State nose tackle Renell Wren. He just throws offensive linemen around. Wren has a great motor, plays with fantastic leverage, and impressive power. If he can develop some pass rush moves he’ll be a force in the NFL. Look for Wren to be an early contributor at multiple defensive line spots in the league.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting IDL)

Top Fresno State Prospect: KeeSean Johnson, WR

  • In such a deep wide receiver class talented, guys naturally will slide down the board but still be impactful NFL players. KeeSean Johnson is one of those guys. Johnson has fantastic hands and a smooth release off the LOS. He does a nice job contorting his body to make adjustments on off balls. He’ll be a WR4 in the NFL with the ability to eventually start with some development.

Projection: 5th-6th (Contributing WR)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern vs Eastern Michigan

Top Georgia Southern Prospect: Wesley Fields, RB

  • Weirdly enough Georgia Southern has produced NFL running backs lately. Wesley Fields isn’t on the McKinnon or Breida level, but he has the ability to make an NFL roster. His quickness is impressive and he has enough elusiveness to make some plays. If he can add some special teams upside, he’ll make an NFL roster.

Projection: UDFA (3rd-string RB/Special Teamer)

Top Eastern Michigan Prospect: Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan  

  • One of the best prospects that nobody seems to be talking about is Eastern Michigan edge rusher Maxx Crosby. This kid has starting ability. He has big time size at 6-5, 265 pounds and plays with violent hands. It helps that he has a motor that runs hot and nice overall strength. He lacks bend and needs to improve his technique versus the run, but he’s a high ceiling player.

Projection: 4th (Developmental Starter)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs Appalachian State

Top Middle Tennessee State Prospect: Chandler Brewer, OG, Middle Tennessee State

 

  • Quietly one of the best Group of Five offensive line prospects is Middle Tennessee State’s Chandler Brewer. He’s got the size (6-6, 310 pounds) and strength NFL teams covet. Brewer has a heavy anchor in pass pro and uses his length and hands well. He needs to clean up his footwork and plays with better leverage, but he’s a decent athlete for his size. There’s a lot to like here.

Projection: 5th-6th (Developmental Starter)

Top Appalachian State Prospect: Clifton Duck, CB

  • NFL teams that play heavy zone coverage will be interested in Clifton Duck. What he lacks in size he makes up for in ball skills and instincts. If he’s got a shot at the ball Duck almost always comes away with it. He doesn’t have the most fluid hips or smoothest footwork and his press technique could use some work.

Projection: 4th (Starting CB)

Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl: UAB vs Northern Illinois

Top UAB Prospect: Collin Lisa, WR

  • UAB doesn’t have a lot of NFL eligible talent right now, but Collin Lisa is intriguing. He’s got some solid ability as a slot receiver and that might be enough to land him on a practice squad. Lisa does a nice job adjusting to passes and works himself open consistently on 3rd

Projection: UDFA (Practice Squad)

Top Northern Illinois Prospect: Max Scharping, OT

  • With a big Senior Bowl week Max Scharping could work himself as high as a second-round pick in a weaker offensive line class. Scharping has the size and length (6-6, 311 pounds) NFL teams love at tackle. He’s consistent in pass pro with a heavy hands and a strong anchor. In the run game he needs to play with better leverage, but does a good job working to the second level.

Projection: 4th (Starting OT)

DXL Frisco Bowl: San Diego State vs Ohio

Top San Diego State Prospect: Ryan Pope, OT

  • It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that San Diego State has a massive run mauling offensive lineman in Ryan Pope. Pope is an SOB in the run game consistently pancaking smaller men. However, he doesn’t quite have the footwork or athleticism to holdup as a starting offensive tackle in pass pro.

Projection: 6th-7th (Swing OT)

Top Ohio Prospect: Javon Hagan, S

  • Need a backup safety who will hit you in the mouth? That’s Javon Hagan. Hagan isn’t that spectacular of an athlete, but he plays hard and lives for contact. That screams special teams upside. Ohio WR Papi White is also very interesting.

Projection: 7th-UDFA (Special Teamer)

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall vs South Florida

Top Marshall Prospect: Tyre Brady, WR

  • One of the most underrated WR prospects in the draft is Marshall’s Tyre Brady. The former Miami Hurricane has nice size (6-3, 208 pounds) and borderline elite ball adjustment skills. Brady has a smooth release of the LOS and impressive speed for a bigger wide receiver. If he can cleanup his route running he’ll be a consistent starter.

Projection: 4th (Starting WR) 

Top South Florida Prospect: Mitchell Wilcox, TE

  • It might be smart for Mitchell Wilcox to return for his Senior season at South Florida with the depth at tight end in this class. Wilcox is a nice athlete who does a good job as a run blocker. He has the ability to lineup in-line or at H-back. If Wilcox goes back and works on his hands and route running he could be a nice TE prospect in 2020.

Projection: 6th-7th (Developmental TE)

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Florida International vs Toledo

Top Florida International Prospect: Edwin Freeman, LB

  • There’s no clear top prospect on FIU, but Edwin Freeman put up BIG numbers. The former Texas Longhorn plays a physical game and if he tests well and shows up on special teams he could make an NFL roster.

Projection: UDFA (Special Teamer)

Top Toledo Prospect: Diontae Johnson, WR

  • With one of the smoothest releases off the line and some damn clean footwork as a route runner Toledo’s Diontae Johnson is an interesting prospect. He probably won’t declare, but he’s good enough to be a contributor in the slot in the NFL. Johnson does a good job adjusting to passes and winning with routes opposed to just athleticism. He’s a big threat on 3rd down.

 Projection: 5th-6th (Developmental Slot)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs BYU

Top Western Michigan Prospect: Josh Keenoy, C

  • With sold size and ability in the run game it wouldn’t be surprising to see Josh Keenoy make an NFL practice squad. He’s not much of an athlete and doesn’t have much ability in pass pro, but he’s a finisher and does a good job getting to the second level.

Projection: UDFA (Practice Squad)

Top BYU Prospect: Sione Takitaki, LB/EDGE

  • If you like aggressive tweeners then Sione Takitaki is for you. He’s plays with a great motor and fights on every play. He’s a decent athlete, but lacks the size to stick as an edge and the coverage ability to stick as an linebacker. Special teams is his way into the NFL.

Projection: 7th-UDFA (Special Teamer)

Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs Wake Forest

Top Memphis Prospect: Darrell Henderson Jr., RB

  • There might not be a more exciting running back in the 2019 NFL Draft than Memphis’ Darrell Henderson. Henderson is as explosive as the come and has elite quickness combined with some of the best elusiveness in the class. He’s a home run threat on every carry with his burst and improved balance and tackle breaking ability. Henderson is going to be a starting running back in the NFL.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting RB) 

Top Wake Forest Prospect: Ryan Anderson, C

  • Wake Forest’s Ryan Anderson is one of the most under-appreciated offensive line prospects in this class. Anderson is one of the most consistent pass protectors on the interior of the offensive line. Blessed with crazy length for a center (6-6, 305 pounds) Anderson knows how to use it and lock hands on defenders. He lacks athleticism and isn’t a mean enough player. Both things hinder him in the run game.

Projection: 5th-6th (Developmental C)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs Army

*Houston IDL Ed Oliver is sitting out the bowl game

Top Houston Prospect: Garrett Davis, S

  • This was a tough decision with Ed Oliver out it was between Isaiah Johnson and Garrett Davis. Johnson has more upside, but Davis will be an immediate contributor on special teams. He’s a grinder at safety who’s consistent with his tackling and plays with strong instincts. His athleticism and ability to holdup in coverage is what will make or break him as a starter on an NFL defense.

Projection: 6th (Rotational DB/Ace Special Teamer) 

Top Army Prospect: Darnell Woolfolk, RB

  • This was an easy choice. Darnell Woolfolk is the heart and soul of this Army team. He’s a stout physical runner who looks like Mike Tolbert when he’s carrying the rock. Woolfolk should be able to carve out a role as a short yardage back/fullback/special teams player in the NFL.

Projection: UDFA (Short Yardage RB/Special Teamer)

Dollar General Bowl: Buffalo vs Troy

Top Buffalo Prospect: Anthony Johnson, WR

  • If Anthony Johnson were a little more athletic and a little more nuanced with his route running he would be a legit Day 2 prospect. He does everything at a solid level and should be a decent WR2 at some point in his career. Johnson is very physical after the catch and does a great job adjusting to balls in the air.

Projection: 4th (Contributing WR)

Top Troy Prospect: Deontae Crumitie, C

  • Troy has a handful of defensive prospects, but center Deontae Crumitie is more interesting than them all. Crumitie lacks some size and athleticism, but plays with consistent technique. He’s violent with his hands and usually finishes every play. Crumitie does a really nice job working to the second level in the run game.

Projection: 7th-UDFA (Backup C)

SoFi Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii vs Louisiana Tech

Top Hawaii Prospect: Cole McDonald, QB

  • There’s no chance Hawaii QB Cole McDonald declares for the 2019 NFL Draft, but he’s a name to watch going forward. He took the country by storm early in the season and helped return Hawaii to prominence. McDonald has size, athleticism, and arm talent. He’ll need to improve his mechanics over the next season or two.

Projection: 7th-UDFA (Developmental Backup) 

Top Louisiana Tech Prospect: Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE

  • Jaylon Ferguson is a polarizing prospect. He checks the size (6-5, 255 pounds), production, and technique boxes, but he just doesn’t have all that much athleticism. Ferguson plays with nice leverage and does a really nice job setting the edge in the run game. He’s fairly stiff around the edge as a pass rusher and needs to be more consistent with hand use.

Projection: 5th-6th (Rotational EDGE)

Servpro First Responder Bowl: Boston College vs #25 Boise State

Top Boston College Prospect: Chris Lindstrom, OG

  • There’s some first-round hype for Chris Lindstrom, but he’s more of a Day 2 guy with plug-and-play ability. Stick this guy in at left guard and watch your run game improve. Lindstrom has some of the heaviest hands in the class and does a great job working to the second level to take linebackers out. He plays with nice leverage and moves well for his size. Lindstrom needs to cleanup his footwork and overall pass set technique.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting OG)

Top Boise State Prospect: Brett Rypien, QB

  • It’s not a great quarterback class, but the guy who will go Day 2 and could become a productive NFL starter is Boise State’s Brett Rypien. Rypien has the arm talent and consistent accuracy on all levels needed to be an NFL starter. He might have the best footwork in the class and has consistent clean mechanics. If he improves as a passer under pressure, watch out.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Future Starter)

Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs Georgia Tech

*Minnesota’s OT Donnell Greene and LB Blake Cashman are sitting out the bowl game

Top Minnesota Prospect: Tyler Johnson, WR

  • Again, this wide receiver class is so deep that talented potential NFL starters will slide down the board. Tyler Johnson falls in that category. Johnson is one of the best route runners in the class and is an impressive athlete. He’s long and lean with consistent hands and makes key plays on 3rd down. Don’t be surprised to see him making a major impact early.

Projection: 5th (Developmental Starter) 

Top Georgia Tech Prospect: Will Bryan, OT

  • Georgia Tech really doesn’t have much in terms of NFL talent. Hence their top prospect being an offensive lineman from their triple-option offense. Will Bryan is undersized and lacks technique. He’s got some solid quickness and does well as a puller, but he’s not an NFL player.

Projection: UDFA (Camp Body)

Cheez-It Bowl: California vs TCU

Top California Prospect: Camryn Bynum, CB

  • Some NFL team is going to love Camryn Bynum’s skill-set. He’s long (6-1, 180 pounds), athletic, and built to be a man coverage corner. If Bynum can be more physical in press he could shoot up the board. His footwork is solid, but he’s not as fluid as you’d like him to be.

Projection: 5th (Developmental Starter)

Top TCU Prospect: Ben Banogu, EDGE

  • If Ben Banogu wasn’t so stiff, he would be an early Day 2 pick. The problem is he just doesn’t have the bend to turn the corner. He’s a solid athlete with a big motor and violent hands, but bending the edge is so important these days. Banogu has NFL starter potential and would be a nice addition as a second edge rusher.

Projection: 3rd-4th (Starting EDGE)

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Temple vs Duke

Top Temple Prospect: Rock Ya-Sin, CB

  • First, go look at Rock Ya-Sin’s story and second, go look at his tape. This dude is motivated and boy does it ever show up on tape. Ya-Sin is a rocked up 6-2, 190 pounds and one of the most explosive defensive backs in the class. He’s a terrific man corner and only getting better with his press technique.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting CB)

Top Duke Prospect: Daniel Jones, QB

  • After Justin Herbert and Dwayne Haskins, the next potential first-round QB could be Duke’s Daniel Jones. Jones has an extremely high football IQ and does more pre-snap than any other quarterback in the country. He’s got the cleanest overall mechanics in the class and is a great decision maker. If Jones goes to the Senior Bowl and shows off his arm talent it’d be surprising to see him slip out of the first-round.

Projection: 1st-2nd (Developmental Starter)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Miami vs Wisconsin

Top Miami Prospect: Gerald Willis III, IDL

  • If not for off-field questions Miami’s Gerald Willis would likely be a first-round lock. He did as much for his draft stock as anybody this season. Willis is a penetrating 3-Tech with elite quickness and explosion. He’s got a big motor and makes some impressive backside plays. If he improves against the run, he’ll be a Pro Bowl player.

Projection: 1st-2nd (Starting 3-Tech) 

Top Wisconsin Prospect: David Edwards, OT

  • In today’s NFL the right tackle is just as important as the left tackle and that’s good news for David Edwards. Edwards is a huge athletic right tackle who excels in the run game, but brings some sweet feet to the pass game. He needs to play with better bend and a more consistent anchor, but he might have the highest ceiling of any offensive tackle in the draft.

Projection: 1st (Starting RT)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Baylor vs Vanderbilt

Top Baylor Prospect: Denzel Mims, WR

  • Another wide receiver who might slide down the board a bit due to the depth in this class? Color me shocked. Denzel Mims makes as many WOW plays as any wide receiver in this class. He has arguably the best hands in the class to go along with a pretty release and great ball adjustment skills. He needs to do more after the catch and become a more consistent route runner.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting WR)

Top Vanderbilt Prospect: Jared Pinkney, TE, Vanderbilt  

  • This tight end class is pretty crazy. Jared Pinkney is an impressive athlete who makes some big plays. With a big NFL Combine, Pinkey will shoot up the board. He has some of the best separation ability of any tight end in the class. Blocking and route running are both major questions for him.

Projection: 5th-7th (Developmental TE)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Purdue vs Auburn

Top Purdue Prospect: Markus Bailey, LB

  • Aggressive linebackers are always needed for NFL special teams units and that’s where Markus Bailey will be making an impact. He’s a consistent tackler with a nice motor and a physical style of play. However, he doesn’t have enough juice or coverage ability to be an NFL starter.

Projection: 6th-7th (Depth LB/Special Teamer) 

Top Auburn Prospect: Derrick Brown, IDL

  • With such a deep interior defensive line class, Derrick Brown is probably the most polarizing. Some will say he’s a top 10 talent and others will say a third-round guy. He’s just not consistent and has questions about his motor. Brown is an explosive athlete who has strong hands and plays with power. If he answers questions about motor and consistency, he could go in the first-round.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting IDL)

Camping World Bowl: #16 West Virginia vs #20 Syracuse

*West Virginia’s QB Will Grier and OT Yodny Cajuste are sitting out the bowl game

Top West Virginia Prospect: David Sills, WR

  • With no Yodny Cajuste or Will Grier, the best WVU prospect is WR David Sills. Sills won’t blow anyone away. He’s not a great athlete or route runner and his hands need to be more consistent. On the bright side he’s got phenomenal ball adjustment ability and he’s a tough player. He could add some special teams upside.

Projection: 5th-6th (Contributing WR)

 Top Syracuse Prospect: Jamal Custis, WR

  • Somewhat of an out of nowhere prospect, Syracuse WR Jamal Custis should be on the NFL Draft radar now. He’s huge at 6-5, 213 pounds with an awesome jump ball ability. He contorts his body well to adjust to off target passes and has no issue winning in traffic. Route running and separation ability are both questions.

Projection: 6th-7th (Developmental WR)

Valero Alamo Bowl: #24 Iowa State vs #13 Washington State

Top Iowa State Prospect: David Montgomery, RB

  • It’s hard not to choose Hakeem Butler for Iowa State, but David Montgomery is more NFL-ready. Montgomery has a real chance to be RB1 despite some questions about his athleticism. He’s a powerful runner with elite balance to go with some impressive elusiveness for a back of his size. Montgomery also adds upside as a pass catcher.

Projection: 2nd (Starting RB)

Top Washington State Prospect: Andre Dillard, OT

  • Coming from Mike Leach’s pass happy offense it’s not a surprise that Andre Dillard is one of the better offensive tackles in pass pro. He plays with nice balance, busy hands, and a strong anchor. His footwork is the big question and will likely force him to be a right tackle, not that it’s much different.

Projection: 4th-5th (Future Starter)

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: #10 Florida vs #7 Michigan

*Michigan DL Rashan Gary is sitting out the bowl game

Top Florida Prospect: Jachai Polite, EDGE

  • With how coveted elite pass rushers are it would be surprising if Jachai Polite isn’t a top 10 pick. Polite is an absolute stud rushing the passer. He’s got elite bend, explosiveness, and speed rush ability. Polite also has one of the best motors of any edge. He needs to improve as a run defender, but his heavy hands and leverage will help with that.

Projection: Top 15 (Pro Bowl EDGE)

Top Michigan Prospect: Devin Bush Jr., LB

  • Some teams will question Devin Bush because of his size (5-11, 235 pounds), but he’s an explosive and violent linebacker. Bush flies around the field making huge plays against the run. When asked to cover Bush uses his athleticism and physicality well. He needs to improve his instincts and block shedding ability, but he should start from day 1.

Projection: 2nd (Starting LB)

Belk Bowl: South Carolina vs Virginia

*South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel is sitting out the bowl game

Top South Carolina Prospect: Bryan Edwards, WR

  • It would make sense for Bryan Edwards to return to South Carolina because of his down season. He could work his way into first-round talk with one more big collegiate season. Edwards plays above the rim with some excellent jump ball and traffic ability. He’ll go up and snatch the ball from defensive backs. He’s not the greatest athlete in the world and needs to be more consistent with his hands.

Projection: 3rd-4th (Starting WR)

Top Virginia Prospect: Bryce Hall, CB

  • If you want a physical press-man cornerback, then look no further than Bryce Hall. Hall is aggressive and always gets hands on a wide receiver to jam them at the LOS. He’s got clean consistent footwork and enough athleticism to stick with most pass catchers. Hall also has some awesome ball skills and plays through the ball.

Projection: 2nd (Starting CB)

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Arkansas State vs Nevada

Top Arkansas State Prospect: Justin Clifton, DB

  • If Justin Clifton were a better athlete, he would probably get drafted. He’s aggressive and physical as a nickel corner and blows up tons of plays. He’s solid in man coverage thanks to his ability in press, but the lack of athleticism will likely cause him to go undrafted.

Projection: UDFA (Special Teamer)

 Top Nevada Prospect: Malik Reed, EDGE

  • Pass rushers don’t grow on trees and the NFL loves productive college edge players. Malik Reed isn’t that big but he’s athletic and gets to the quarterback, and that will get him some looks from NFL teams. If he ends up at the NFL Combine and tests well he could be a late pick.

Projection: 7th-UDFA (Practice Squad)

CFB Semi-final- Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: #3 Notre Dame vs #2 Clemson

Top Notre Dame Prospect: Jerry Tillery, IDL

  • In his final season at Notre Dame Jerry Tillery finally lived up to the hype. He was a stud as a pass rusher and run defender. Tillery has impressive size (6-5, 306 pounds) and plays with consistent leverage despite his length. He uses his power and heavy hands very well as a pass rusher. Against the run he’s such a strong player and one of the best interior defensive linemen at holding the point.

Projection: 1st-2nd (Starting 5-Tech)

Top Clemson Prospect: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE

  • The one knock you’ll hear on Clelin Ferrell is how stiff he is around the edge. He just doesn’t have the bend most elite pass rushers possess. However, it doesn’t majorly hinder his draft stock because he’s got a whole lot of other stuff. Ferrell wins with explosiveness of the LOS and great hand work. He’s got a deep repertoire of moves and a hot motor. Both of those things consistently translate into NFL success. He’s also excellent at setting the edge as a run defender.

Projection: Top 15 (Pro Bowl EDGE)

CFB Semi-Final- Capital One Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma vs #1 Alabama

Top Oklahoma Prospect: Cody Ford, OT

  • Hollywood Brown would be a great option here, but Oklahoma right tackle Cody Ford is legit. Ford is a weird size at 6-4, 338 pounds, but despite being so massive he’s an impressive athlete. He’s got nice footwork and quickness to keep up with athletic pass rushers. He’s also got clamps for hands and once he’s on you its game over. In the run game he’s the meanest SOB, just flattening players. He’s going to be an elite puller and O-line coaches will love him.

Projection: 1st-2nd (Starting RT)

 Top Alabama Prospect: Quinnen Williams, IDL

  • The best player in the entire 2019 NFL Draft is Quinnen Williams. Williams has it all. He’s an elite athlete who can win with speed or power. Williams is explosive off the line and has the wiggle to win immediately, but also heavy hands to throw linemen. He’s a refined pass rusher on the interior who kills with clubs, stabs, and swims. Against the run his leverage and ability to hold the point are sick. He’s got the strength and motor needed to immediately start at a high-level in the NFL.

Projection: Top 3 (All-Pro 3-Tech)

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech

Top Cincinnati Prospect: Marquise Copeland, IDL

  • Looking for a run plug on Day 3 of the NFL Draft? Well, take Marquise Copeland. He’s not going to blow anyone away, but Copeland will be a nice NFL player. He plays with fantastic leverage and uses his hands at a high-level. Copeland is stout and mean at the point of attack.

Projection: 4th-5th (Rotational IDL)

 Top Virginia Tech Prospect: Ricky Walker, IDL

  • Despite being somewhat undersize Ricky Walker will win on passing downs in the NFL thanks to his quickness and explosion. He can be a third or fourth defensive tackle in the rotation and make an impact on just a handful of snaps per game. He needs to improve against the run, but Walker is guy NFL teams will like a lot.

Projection: 5th-6th (Rotational IDL)

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Stanford vs Pittsburgh

Top Stanford Prospect: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR

  • You’ve heard this a lot, but the wide receiver class this year is DEEP. JJ Arcega-Whiteside will likely be a Day 2 pick, but will be an instant contributor. JJAW has a big frame and knows how to use it to box out defensive backs and win 50/50 balls. He’s one of the best red zone threats in the country. With his ball adjustment skills, he also brings some deep threat ability and versatility. JJAW can play all over and will be a huge mismatch out of the slot.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting WR)

Top Pittsburgh Prospect: Qadree Ollison, RB

  • Running backs grow on trees and NFL teams will be able to find contributors late on Day 3. One of those guy’s teams will like is Pitt’s Qadree Ollison. Ollison has impressive size for the position (6-2, 230 pounds) and adds upside as a pass catcher. With his contact balance and overall well-rounded game, that includes being one of the better pass protecting backs, he’ll own a backup role in the NFL.

Projection: 6th-7th (2nd-String RB)

Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs Oregon

Top Michigan State Prospect: Justin Layne, CB

  • Michigan State has been producing long press cornerbacks for years and they’ve got another. Justin Layne kind of came out of nowhere this season and has now officially declared for the draft. Layne possesses ideal size at 6-2, 185 pounds and has smooth fluid hips. He can play man or zone thanks to his athleticism. If he improves his ball skills it shouldn’t be long until he’s an NFL starter.

Projection: 3rd-4th (Starting CB)

Top Oregon Prospect: Justin Herbert, QB

  • If Oregon QB Justin Herbert declares, and that’s a big if, he’ll be one of two locks at the position to go in the first-round. Herbert has the physical tools NFL teams love. He’s big bodied (6-5, 233 pounds), has all the arm talent needed to succeed, and the mobility to make plays with his legs. Herbert has some of the best ball placement you’ll see from a college quarterback, but he just needs to be more consistent. Everything is there for him he needs the right team and coaching situation to reach his potential.

Projection: Top 10 (Franchise QB)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: #23 Missouri vs Oklahoma State

*Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill is sitting out the bowl game

Top Missouri Prospect: Terry Beckner Jr., IDL

  • There’s an argument to put Drew Lock here, but Lock is far from a first-round QB right now. Terry Beckner can be a starting 3-Tech in the NFL thanks to his combo of size (6-4, 290 pounds) and quickness. He’ll string together some impressive plays winning with his athleticism and quick hands, but then he’ll disappear for stretches. If he can become a more consistent player he’ll be effective in the NFL.

Projection: 3rd-4th (Starting 3-Tech) 

Top Oklahoma State Prospect: Jordan Brailford, EDGE

  • Oklahoma State had one of the better defenses in the Big 12 and got a lot of pressure. A huge reason for that was edge rusher Jordan Brailford. Brailford is raw and doesn’t seem to have a go-to pass rush move yet, but he’s got a whole arsenal of moves he’s willing to attempt. It helps that Brailford has a great motor and solid athleticism. With some coaching he can make an impact in the NFL.

Projection: 5th-7th (Rotational EDGE)

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: #22 Northwestern vs #17 Utah

Top Northwestern Prospect: Paddy Fisher, LB

  • It would be a bit surprising to see Paddy Fisher declare for the draft after not quite living up to the hype this season. Fisher had some first-round talk, but played inconsistently this season. With his size (6-3, 245 pounds), motor, and instincts he’ll be an impressive run defender in the NFL. He needs to cleanup his technique in coverage and play more aggressively overall.

Projection: 3rd (Starting LB)

Top Utah Prospect: Chase Hansen, LB

  • Utah’s Chase Hansen has NFL special teamer written all over him. The former safety plays aggressively and rarely misses a tackle. He lacks the athleticism and fluidity to be an every down player in the NFL. With the energy and motor he brings to the field he could end up being a special teams captain.

Projection: 6th-7th (Speical Teamer)

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: NC State vs #19 Texas A&M

*NC State’s WR Kelvin Harmon and LB Germaine Pratt are sitting out the bowl game

Top NC State Prospect: Garrett Bradbury, C

  • Want a plug-and-play center on Day 2? This is your guy. Garrett Bradbury plays technically sound football and will be a well-rounded player in the NFL. His ability to work his way to the second level in the run game and attack correct angles is impressive. In pass pro he plays with a strong base, busy hands, and a heavy anchor. When you factor in his football IQ, this is a slam dunk pick at center on Day 2.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting C)

Top Texas A&M Prospect: Trayveon Williams, RB

  • You shouldn’t take running backs in the first-round, especially in this class. But there’s a handful of Day 2 and Day 3 backs who have NFL starter ability. Trayveon Williams is one of them. Williams isn’t big (5-9, 200 pounds), but he makes up for it with quickness, burst, and elusiveness. He can be a home run hitter at the next level.

Projection: 3rd-4th (Starting RB)

Outback Bowl: #18 Mississippi State vs Iowa

*Iowa TE Noah Fant is sitting out the bowl game

Top Mississippi State Prospect: Jeffery Simmons, IDL  

  • If not for off-field questions Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons might be a top 10 pick. Some team will still bet on his ability in the first-round and get themselves a potential Pro Bowl 3-Tech. Simmons is explosive and heavy handed. He plays with fantastic leverage that allows him to win with power as a run defender or pass rusher. With his quickness he has the ability to shoot gaps and make huge plays in the backfield.

Projection: 1st (Pro Bowl 3-Tech)

Top Iowa Prospect: TJ Hockenson, TE

  • It’s funny that the two best tight ends in the class are from Iowa. With Noah Fant out that makes TJ Hockenson their best prospect. Hockenson isn’t the same athlete that Fant is, but he still has the speed and burst to create separation down the field. He also uses his size (6-5, 250 pounds) very well to adjust to the ball in the air and win around traffic. Hockenson also happens to be the best blocking tight end in the class.

Projection: 2nd (Pro Bowl TE)

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: #11 LSU vs #8 UCF

*LSU CB Greedy Williams is sitting out the bowl game

Top LSU Prospect: Devin White, LB

  • Despite being the best linebacker in college football, Devin White is a polarizing prospect. He’s such an aggressive attacking linebacker, but lacks fluidity and instincts in coverage. In the right scheme he’ll be a mad man. White is explosive coming forward and makes tons of plays in the backfield. He’s also one of the better pass rushing off-ball linebackers in the class.

Projection: 1st (Starting LB) 

Top UCF Prospect: Dredrick Snelson, WR

  • With McKenzie Milton injured UCF’s best prospect is probably WR Dredrick Snelson. Snelson will likely return to school, but he would definitely get into a training camp if he were to declare. Snelson has nice speed to create plays downfield. He needs to improve as a route runner and do more after the catch.

Projection: UDFA (Practice Squad)

VRBO Citrus Bowl: #14 Kentucky vs #12 Penn State

Top Kentucky Prospect: Josh Allen, EDGE

  • Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen went from a late Day 2/early Day 3 pick to a first-round lock this season. Allen has improved immensely as a pass rusher and could go as high as top 10. With his size (6-5, 260 pounds), explosive get off, flexibility to bend, and improved hand use, he has what it takes to develop into a double digit sack guy. Allen possesses a nice motor and is decent at setting the edge, making him a solid run defender.

Projection: 1st (Starting EDGE)

Top Penn State Prospect: Amani Oruwariye, CB

  • With a big Senior Bowl week Amani Oruwariye could lock himself into the first-round. Oruwariye is a big (6-0, 210 pounds) and twitchy cornerback who excels in press-man coverage. With his size and athleticism Oruwariye has the ability to press and take a pass catcher out of the play from the very start. He needs to improve his fluidity and instincts, but the upside is impressive.

Projection: 1st-2nd (Starting CB)

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: #9 Washington vs #6 Ohio State

Top Washington Prospect: Byron Murphy, CB

  • There’s a legitimate conversation about if Byron Murphy is the better CB prospect than Greedy Williams. Murphy is an elite zone cover corner. His combination of instincts and ball skills make it so difficult to complete a pass around him. Murphy has the explosion to instantly react and make a play on any ball in front of him. He also has some of the most fluid hips in the class. With his athleticism and smoothness Murphy is an improving press-man corner.

Projection: Top 15 (Pro Bowl CB)

Top Ohio State Prospect: Dwayne Haskins, QB

  • Like Justin Herbert, there’s no guarantee that Dwayne Haskins will declare for the draft, but if he does he’s likely a top 10 pick. Haskins is the quickest processor in the class and consistently works through his progressions. He’s an improving decision maker who can make some absurd throws deep when they’re there. There won’t be any questions about his arm talent or upper body throwing mechanics. The biggest worries come with his lower body mechanics/footwork and poise.

Projection: Top 10 (Franchise QB)

Allstate Sugar Bowl: #15 Texas vs #5 Georgia

Top Texas Prospect: Collin Johnson, WR

  • Rumor is that Texas WR Collin Johnson will return to Texas for his Senior season. If he doesn’t he could end up one of the biggest Day 2 steals thanks to his high ceiling. Johnson is massive (6-5, 220 pounds) with the athleticism to separate downfield and the catch radius to adjust to almost any ball in his proximity. One clear thing he needs to improve upon is route running. He won’t be able to win by just being bigger and faster once he’s in the NFL.

Projection: 2nd-3rd (Starting WR)

Top Georgia Prospect: Deandre Baker, CB

  • Despite some questions about his athleticism Deandre Baker has played well enough this season to justify being a first-round pick. Baker isn’t that big (5-11, 180 pounds), but he’s an aggressive press corner with excellent footwork. His press technique and feet help makeup for a lack of explosion and speed, but NFL teams love athleticism and his lack of it may push him into the second-round.

Projection: 1st-2nd (Starting CB)

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
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Vice President of Media | The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.

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