Prospects to Watch in this Week’s Bowl Games (12/16-12/20)

The first edition of “prospects to watch” beginning with this week’s bowl games. With this first edition, I’ll try to talk about guys I have yet to mention.


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Blace Brown, CB, Troy

New Orleans Bowl: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 @ 1:00 PM ET

Brown has flew under-the-radar, playing on a smaller school team in Troy. However, he is a very skilled CB prospect oozing with potential. Brown has the ideal combo of height (6’0″) and length, weight (186), and speed. Combined with his excellent ball skills and hands (5 interceptions this season, 6 in 2016), the redshirt junior could experience a meteoric rise up draft boards with a good Combine and Pro Day performance.


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Cedrick Wilson Jr., WR, Boise State

Las Vegas Bowl: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 @ 3:30 PM ET

The son of a former NFL wide receiver, Wilson has gained popularity throughout the draft community, and rightfully so. He is a true vertical threat, displaying body control and plenty of long speed to separate and as a weapon after the catch, with great open-field elusiveness. He has the potential to be a big play machine in the NFL.


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Jalen Jelks, DL, Oregon

Las Vegas Bowl: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 @ 3:30 PM ET

In his redshirt junior season, Jelks has broken out, putting up 15.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 7 pass deflections, and 46 pressures, tops at his position in FBS football, on the year. He’s a long-armed, fleet-footed defensive lineman built like an edge rusher (6’6″, 268) that effectively uses his length to neutralize blockers and rejecting passes at the line of scrimmage. Like any other prospect, Jelks has room to grow, but it is hard to ignore his intriguing skill set.

UPDATE: It has been announced that Jelks will remain at Oregon for the 2018 college football season.


19 September 2014: SMU Mustangs wide receiver Courtland Sutton (#16) goes up for a catch over TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Torrance Mosley (#3) during the college football game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the SMU Mustangs at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won the game 56-37.

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Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU

Miami Beach Bowl: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM ET

The big-bodied playmaking WR has been one of the biggest names in the draft, going back to his redshirt freshman season in 2015. Sutton has proved to be an absolute menace in the red zone. He possesses an immense catch radius (huge wingspan, 33 ½ inch vertical) and size that allows him to shield DBs and can make catches outside of his body. Sutton is also quite hard to bring down after the catch, using some nifty moves to evade defenders. Sutton very well might be the first receiver off the board in a very strong class at the position.


Other prospects:

  • Oregon QB Justin Herbert
  • Wyoming QB Josh Allen
  • Mid. Tenn. St. EDGE Walter Brady
  • Arkansas State EDGE Ja’Von Rolland-Jones

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