2019 Bowl Scouting Guide

2019 Bowl Scouting Guide

December 29, 2019

The College Bowl season is about to start and I don’t know about you, but I cannot be more excited because that means we get a December and early January loaded with games before the season completely wraps up. Bowl Season also brings us plenty of teams or players that we haven’t seen on a national stage yet. This year for our 2019 Bowl Scouting Guide we’ve decided to take a look at each game and provide at one NFL Draft prospect or battle to watch during the game.

2019 Bowl Scouting Guide

December 20th

December 21st Bowl Prospect Guide

Buffalo Bulls vs Charlotte 49ers
1:00 CST on ESPN

Lost in the shuffle of Chase Young dominating this season is Charlotte’s own talented pass rusher Alex Highsmith whose 15 sacks were only one and a half behind Young and good for second best in the nation. Highsmith has been one of the biggest risers this season coming after only having 3 sacks as a junior and starting to open up the eyes to his potential. At 6’4 242lbs Highsmith utilizes first step burst to put himself in a great spot off the line and put him in a position to win around the edge with speed. Combining his burst with good hand usage it’s not a surprise that he’s been able to abuse Conference USA offensive tackles. One area of concern is how he holds up against the run. That will be something to watch in this game as the Buffalo Bulls have one of the best rushing attacks in the nation behind Jaret Patterson’s 1,626 rushing yards (5th best in nation) and left Evin Ksiezarcyzk who not only is a first team All MAC selection, but also was a part of an offensive line that only allowed 8 sacks all season long.

Utah State Aggies vs Kent State Golden Flashes
6:30 CST on ESPNU

Anytime Utah State plays the focus will go towards quarterback Jordan Love who has already declared for the 2020 NFL Draft. Love did not have the best season as a junior throwing one less interception (16) than touchdowns (17) which was a far cry from the 32 TD to 6 INT ratio the year before. A coaching change and losing his top weapons did not do Love any favors but that doesn’t eliminate the concerns about Love. As a passer Love can carve up a defense with accurate ball placement on his short to intermediate throws showing both timing and anticipation. But where Love can get into trouble is when the throws get longer and he’ll tend to put too much air under the ball often times leaving it short. Love right now is a borderline first round prospect and has the traits to be successful in the NFL but will need a good Pre Draft process to lock him into the first round.

December 21st

Central Michigan vs San Diego State
1:00 CST on ESPN

San Diego State has done well to put highly productive running backs in the NFL, but a big part of their success should be attributed to the offensive line. This season the Aztecs top prospect is three year starter and 6’5 320lb left guard Daishawn Dixon. Based on his size and the Aztecs offense, it’s no surprise that he’s a talented run blocker who is able to overwhelm defenders and move them off their spot. Because of the nature of San Diego State’s offense Dixon is not as accomplished in pass protection and will need to prove that down at the East/West Shrine Game.

Liberty Flames vs Georgia Southern Eagles
1:30 CST on CBSSN

Even in a loaded 2020 NFL Draft receiving class Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden has been able to make a name for himself finishing with the third most receiving yards in college football this season. Playing in the Hugh Freeze offense Gandy-Golden plays a similar role and style to Laquan Treadwell as a big physical outside receiver whose able to be a downfield playmaker. While Gandy-Golden isn’t asked to run many diverse routes and doesn’t have great speed, he’s able to dominate at the catch point utilizing his 6’4 220lb frame and body control. Where Gandy-Golden doesn’t run great routes he does understand how to use leverage and is able to position his body well to seal off defenders. All eyes will be on him in this game before he heads down to Mobile for the Senior Bowl.

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SMU Mustangs vs Florida Atlantic Owls
2:30 CST on ABC

While the Mustangs have been known for their offense this season it’s senior safety Rodney Clemons that is the best prospect in this game. Clemons is an all around safety that can play both free and strong successfully allowing the Mustangs to move him around. But what makes Clemons special is that he plays with good instincts that has him always around the ball. This could be a big reason why he’s one of the Mustangs top tacklers and why he also has 4 interceptions on the season. If the Mustangs make a big play on defense in this game, it’s likely because of Clemons.

FIU vs Arkansas State
4:30 CST on ESPN

2019 was a huge year for Arkansas State WR Omar Bayless who was 26 yards away from having the most receiving yards in the nation, his 84 catches was good for third most in Arkansas State history and he scored 16 touchdowns in 12 games. Bayless is able to reel off those yards with plenty of long catches and using his height (6’3) and catching radius to go up and win 50/50 balls. Not a true burner Bayless uses his ability to win down the field to set up his comeback routes and has some quick feet to win with initially burst. Concerns about his ability to run multiple routes and functional strength are why he’ll be considered a Day 3 prospect.

Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies
6:30 CST on ABC

Heading into this game we thought that we’d get to see a tremendous match up between Washington left tackle Trey Adams and Boise State defensive end Curtis Weaver. Adams is one of the best tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft and has the skill set of a first round draft pick. Adams shows smooth lateral movement and strength to go with his massive 6’8 frame with the ability to lock down defenders. But it’s no surprise that Adams isn’t going to play in this game after suffering two season ending injuries in the past. That then turns the focus to Weaver who not only finished the season with 13.5 sacks but he was a Pro Football Focus darling consistently leading the nation in quarterback pressures. Weaver is not an explosive end rusher who is going to win with speed and burst around the edge but instead he combines strength and a diverse pass rushing repertoire to win.

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs UAB Blazers
8:00 CST on ESPN

Appalachian State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither is your prototypical new age linebacker whose game is built on speed and range rather than size and the ability to fill a hole. Davis-Gaither has enjoyed back-to-back 90 plus tackle seasons while also adding 4.5 sacks this season. He’s also shown the ability to play in coverage too with 13 passes defenders over the last two years combined. At 6’2 Davis-Gaither isn’t small which makes him perfect to matching up with tight ends while also covering in the slot and running backs out of the backfield.

December 23

Central Florida Knights vs Marshall Thundering Herd
1:30 CST on ESPN

Already declared we know that Central Florida receiver Gabriel Davis is entering the draft and is the focus here as his 1,241 yards was 5th best in the nation this year. Davis does his damage down the field using some route running nuances to get behind defenders rather than relying on elite speed. Combined with good body control and good hands Davis has the makings of a big bodied downfield threat. How Davis runs at the Combine will likely determine how high he goes in the draft.

December 24

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs BYU Cougars
7:00 CST on ESPN

Cole McDonald was a hot name this summer getting some dark horse round one hype as many were trying to predict who this year’s out of nowhere quarterback was going to be. Physically there isn’t many throws that McDonald can’t make as he shows both arm strength and touch. McDonald was a huge part in leading the Rainbow Warriors to the Mountain West Championship game as he threw for 3,642 yards and 29 touchdowns. But McDonald needs to clean up the mental side of the game as he often will stare down receivers and will throw into some bad situations which is why he has 24 interceptions over the past two years. Having all the tools he is going to get plenty of looks and if he can fix some of the mental issues he has the potential to be a starting NFL quarterback.

December 26

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Miami Hurricanes
3:00 CST on ESPN

Miami’s defense had a lot of expectations and hype going into this season and a big part of it was their fast and nasty linebacking core. Both Shaq Quarterman and Michael Pickney are three year starters while Romeo Finley was also added into the mix this year. Quarterman is your prototypical physical downhill run stuffer whose lack of range project him as a role player. On the outside Pickney is your small fast weakside linebacker that will run sideline to sideline but can get caught up in traffic way too much. Finley is a hybrid safety/linebacker whose able to match up in the pass game with both running backs and slot receivers while also providing another speed weapon in the box.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
7:00 CST on ESPN

Accepting an invitation to the Senior Bowl Pittsburgh cornerback Dane Jackson is the top prospect in this game. A physical cornerback Jackson is a factor in the run game finishing with 146 tackles as a starter the past three years and added four forced fumbles in 2018. That feistiness also shows up when he’s in coverage and he gets physical with receivers and his 39 passes defended the last two years shows his ability to play the ball in the air and break up passes at the catch point. Jackson is more quick than fast which leaves him vulnerable to deep passes often causing him to give up long receptions.

December 27

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Temple Owls
11:00 CST on ESPN

The NFL is always looking for quality offensive linemen and this 2020 class has the potential to be very deep. One player that may be a nice mid round selection is North Carolina’s Charlie Heck who has experience playing both right and left tackle. At 6’8 Heck has good size and plays with sound fundamentals that allows him to get into good position, lock onto the defender and then use his size to lean on the defender to move him. What prevents Heck from being a day two pick is he has only average athletic ability and can struggle with depth and extended lateral movement. That being said, Heck has all the traits to be a strong swing tackle who could develop into a serviceable right tackle.

Michigan State Spartans vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons 
2:20 CST on ESPN

Carlos Basham Jr. has been one of the fastest risers in the 2020 draft class as he has feasted this season with 9 sacks and 17 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. And those numbers don’t tell the whole story as the 6’5 275lb is able to affect the play even if he’s not able to get the sack or tackle. A strong side defensive end Basham has the strength to hold the point of attack and set the edge and the athletic ability to shed to make tackles. As a pass rusher Basham isn’t an explosive speed pass rusher but instead will use his power to attack at the offensive tackle and then use his heavy hands and athletic ability to make a move and get into the backfield to make a play.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Texas A&M Aggies
5:45 CST on ESPN

Cowboy running back Chuba Hubbard literally burst onto the scene this year leading the nation with 1,936 yards to go along with 21 touchdowns. Utilizing good vision, burst and breakaway speed he’s able to find creases and then explode through them for long runs which is why he lead the nation in rushing yards. Hubbard is best served in a zone based scheme where he can get upfield quick and attack the second level. If Hubbard has to stop and start or make a few dramatic cuts then he loses his speed and is not as effective.

USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes
7:00 CST on FS1

We have a true heavyweight battle in this game as two potential first round picks will face off against each other play in and play out. For Iowa right defensive end AJ Epenesa could end up being a top 10 pick because of his size, athletic ability and overall skill. What really impresses me about Epenesa is his hand usage. Against the run he’s able to extend and hold the point of attack but along with strong hands and quick lateral agility he’s able to shed blocks and go get the ball carrier. As pass rusher Epenesa can use a club to get past the offensive linemen while he’s also shown a rip move that works well with his power he generates and also a swat type move that allows him to keep the linemen’s hands off of him. For USC Austin Jackson is the prototypical athletic offensive tackle showing quick lateral agility to cut off defenders while also getting good depth. Jackson hasn’t seen a pass rusher with Epenesa’s speed and power combination, so this game can either jettison his draft stock or make him fall back into that second day range.

Air Force Falcons vs Washington State Cougars
9:15 CST on ESPN

It was going to be tough to fill Gardner Minshew’s shoes, and while the wins were not there Anthony Gordon’s 5,228 passing yards were best in college football while also throwing 45 touchdowns. While Gordon was able to have statistical success like Minshew, the two passers are nothing alike. At 6’3 Gordon has solid height that allows him to have better sight lines but his size also allows him to throw with better velocity. Gordon’s ability to drive the ball down the field lends to bigger plays down the field and more explosive offense. Gordon is a rhythm thrower who excels when he’s able to make his first read. When that rhythm is off his footwork and mechanics tend to get off and his accuracy starts to dip. With more and more Air Raid quarterbacks having success in the NFL teams will give Gordon a strong look, so having a big game here is paramount.

December 28

Memphis Tigers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
11:00 CST on ESPN

Using quick bursts and incredible length it was no surprise that Yetur Gross-Matos finished with 33.5 tackles for loss the last two years along with 16 sacks. One thing that makes Gross-Matos so effective getting into the opponent’s backfield is he is able to use his quick hands and quickness to blow past the offensive lineman or he’s able to use those hands to disengage so that he free himself to make a play. Where Gross-Matos can struggle is when defenders are able to lock onto him and push him around. Memphis is a run oriented team so we’ll really get to see him in run support and see if he has improved over the course of the year..

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Iowa State Cyclones
11:00 CST on ABC

With the more talented Julian Okwara out with an injury that means the Irish will need their other talented edge defender Khalid Kareem to step up in his absence. While Okwara is a bend athlete who can win with speed and bend, Kareem is more of a power pass rusher who attacks at the tackle before making his move. Equipped with a variety of pass rushing moves Kareem is able to keep offensive tackles guessing while also being able to set them up to take advantage of his power and the burst and lateral agility that he has. Kareem may never get double digit sacks in the NFL, but his size, strength and technique should allow him to be a rotational player for several years.

December 30

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Western Michigan Broncos
11:30 CST on ESPN

For a running back whose game is built on speed and explosiveness, an ACL and ankle injury in 2016 was a big injury for Western Michigan’s LeVante Bellamy. Two years after the injury Bellamy has not only recovered by thrived rushing for 1,228 and 1,412 yards the past two seasons carrying the Broncos offense. A member of Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List Bellamy has been clocked at 4.38 in the 40 yard dash which would have been the fastest time for a running back at the 2019 NFL Combine. At 5’9 185lbs Bellamy isn’t the biggest back and won’t likely be viewed as a featured back, but Bellamy has shown that he can catch the ball and teams could see him as a similar back to Tarik Cohen or Darren Sproles who can be used in a variety of ways.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Louisville Cardinals
3:00 CST on ESPN

No game has been affected more by players sitting out than the Music City Bowl as potential first round cornerback Cameron Dantzler and Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton would have not only given us two good prospects but we could have seen Becton face off against Mississippi State defensive end Chauncey Rivers. Rivers who is more of a power pass rusher who is best suited to play the strong side defensive end in a four man. Rivers isn’t the only Bulldog draft prospect as Mississippi State offense has a pair of guys that are worth watching. Running back Kylin Hill is a physical runner that runs behind his pads with solid burst to get to the second level. Hill may not have track speed but he was able to leads the SEC in rushing which is telling for his ability to navigate through traffic and show good contact balance. Blocking for Hill is center Darryl Williams who made a successful transition to center after starting at left guard in 2018. Williams isn’t a mauler in the run game but does show enough strength to anchor in against defenders and seal them off.

California Bears vs Illinois Illini
3:00 CST on Fox

The Cal defense was one of the best in the nation and a big reason for it is the play of linebacker Evan Weaver. Weaver nearly had 200 tackles this season and was able to do so using elite instincts and toughness. Weaver isn’t going to blow you away with his sideline to sideline speed but he’s able to diagnose plays at a high level and is always in the right place at the right time. Not only is Weaver always around the ball but he also has very strong hands that all him to grab a hold of the ball carrier and bring them to the ground. Once he gets his hands on you, your done. One player we won’t get to see in this game is safety Ashytn Davis who is one of the best safeties in the 2020 class. With Davis out that means that we can focus on the other safety in Jaylinn Hawkins who is no slouch. Hawkins plays on the wide side of the field as the pseudo free safety role and utilizes his ability to cover a lot of grass and has the ability to go up and make a play on the ball. While Hawkins only had two interceptions this year he did have 6 in 2018 showing the ability to be a playmaker playing the ball in the air. 

Florida Gators vs Virginia Cavaliers 
7:00 CST on ESPN

Florida has two talented edge defenders in Jabari Zuniga and Jon Greenard but both have been slowed by injuries this year. Jabari Zuniga played in only four games this year but has shown explosive quickness to attack the edge of the offensive tackle while using his length and quick hands to keep his body free. Zuniga’s ability to change direction and use ankle flexibility around the edge he’s shown that he can get pressure on the quarterback in limited opportunities. On the other side of the field the Gators have former Louisville Cardinal Jonathan Greenard filling the role as the weak side pass rusher. Greenard only missed a few games but was limited because of his injury. Despite the limitations Greenard was able to finish with 9 sacks to go with his 7 he had in 2017. A strong game against Virginia leading into their Senior Bowl appearances could lock them into early second round consideration.

December 31st

Virginia Tech Hokies  vs Kentucky Wildcats
11:00 CST on ESPN

A multifaceted athlete Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden was all over the field for the Wildcats in 2019 in route to winning the Paul Hornung Award for most versatile offensive weapon. Bowden has been the focal point of the Kentucky offense rushing for 1,235 yards to go along with 348 yards receiving at over 11 yards per catch. Bowden even moved to quarterback when the Wildcats first and second stringers went down. Bowden is an explosive athlete whose able to make defenders miss in the open field but is still needing help developing as a route runner. With Bowden playing quarterback in this game we won’t get a chance to see him run routes, but we will get a chance to see his overall athletic ability.

Florida State Seminoles vs Arizona State Sun Devils
1:00 CST on CBS

Not only do we not get to see Arizona State’s star running back Eno Benjamin but junior receiver Brandon Aiyuk either. That means the focus will turn to a pair of Florida State defenders. At defensive tackle Marvin Wilson is a 6’5 311lb force in the middle showing the ability to clog up running lanes with good strength at the point of attack but is also able to shed blocks and burst forward to top running backs. While Wilson has gotten some first round love in a few mock drafts he looks more like a day two pick and could be somebody’s plan B who wasn’t able to get Derrick Brown. At safety Lavonta Taylor plays a hybrid nickel defender that shows good toughness in the run game and is a former cornerback who should be matched up with Benjamin as he runs routes out of the backfield.

Navy Midshipmen vs Kansas State Wildcats
2:45 CST on ESPN

The nature of Navy being a service academy doesn’t lend to much for NFL Draft Prospects while Kansas State has a few players that could go in the late rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here is a look at a few of them. Scott Frantz is a four year starter at left tackle who doesn’t have elite movement traits but knows how to play angles and uses his strength to lock into defenders. At center Adam Holtoff and right guard Tyler Mitchell who are also multi year starters who are big keys to their rushing attack showing good toughness and overall technique. Defensive tackle Trey Dishon lacks ideal size at 6’2 311lbs and doesn’t have big production, but has a knack for causing disruption as he led the Big 12 with 29 pressures in 2018. 

Wyoming Cowboys vs Georgia State Panthers
3:30 CST on CBSSN

Since arriving at Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson has been a tackling machine averaging over 100 tackles per season while also finishing with 33.5 tackles for loss and 10 interceptions over that same time. What also stands out is that Wilson was the only Butkus semifinalist that wasn’t on a Power 5 Conference team. Against Georgia State’s uptempo spread attack we’ll get a chance to see Wilson’s range and tackling ability. This game should give the nation their first look at Wilson before he heads to Mobile for the Senior Bowl.

Utah Utes vs Texas Longhorns
6:30 CST on ESPN

Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae has been quietly put together a good career with two seven sack seasons as a sophomore and junior before accumulating 12.5 this season. Anae utilizes his quickness and burst to get an early advantage and then uses his tenacity and a non stop motor to finish at the quarterback. Looking to prevent Anae from adding to his sack total is Texas LT Samuel Cosmi who is a talented draft eligible underclassmen with first round potential. At 6’7 300lbs Cosmi is an athletic tackle whose smooth lateral movement and easy depth has allowed him to mirror opposing pass rushers and keep the pocket clean for Sam Ehlinger. Cosmi is still slight in frame so he is susceptible to power moves which could pose a problem with Anae’s all out motor. This game should be a fun back and forth match up that tells us a lot about both prospects.

January 1

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Auburn Tigers
12:00 CST on ESPN

Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown is the consensus top interior defensive linemen in the 2020 NFL Draft and despite all of that he still plans on playing in this game and attending the Senior Bowl. A powerful defensive tackle who wins based on his elite strength and power that allows him to dominant interior offensive linemen when blocked one on one. That is if teams don’t double or triple team him. Brown uses his hands well to engage with the defenders and keep their hands off his body. Power isn’t Brown’s only strength as he does demonstrate the ability to make quick lateral movements while also showing the ability to burst forward causing penetration or a push.

Michigan Wolverines vs Alabama Crimson Tide
12:00 CST on ABC

It’s not unrealistic that the Crimson Tide could have three receivers go in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and that doesn’t even include Jaylen Waddle who is a true sophomore. Jerry Jeudy is the best of the group showing explosive movement traits along with the ability to run good routes and body control to adjust and go get the ball. While Jeudy is elite, teammate Henry Ruggs isn’t far behind him showing elite speed to separate down the field or even taking a short throw and bursting through for a long run. In addition to Jeudy and Ruggs its DeVonta Smith who doesn’t share the elite traits that his teammates have, but he is a very skilled route runner that has allowed him to have some huge games this season. While the receivers will be the focus it should also give us a chance to watch Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill and see how he does against these elite receivers.

Oregon Ducks vs Wisconsin Badgers
4:00 CST on ESPN

Statistically speaking this year has been big for Justin Herbert who improved his completion percentage by nearly 10% (67.5%) while also throwing for more touchdowns and less interceptions than previously years. But if you look past the stats and turn to the film you’ll see that Herbert has been asked to throw several short passes including a lot of quick WR screens. While you cannot blame him for running the offense that he’s asked to run, we’ve only seen him drive the ball and make big time throws on a limited basis. Herbert has several of the ideal traits teams look for including size, athletic ability and a strong arm. With only the Auburn loss and some questionable interceptions against Arizona State on his resume, Herbert had a good game against Utah to win the Pac 12 and is now looking to continue the momentum here against a tough Wisconsin team. While it looks like Joe Burrow is the sure fire number one pick, don’t think Herbert is going to concede. 

Georgia Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears
7:45 CST on ESPN

D’Andre Swift is an explosive runner who is able to get yards using quick cuts to get to seams and openings in the defense. His ability to put a foot down or make a strong lateral cut to elude a defender or just get to the opening. Even when defenders are able to make contact with Swift he shows good balance to stay on his feet and force defenders to have to take him to the ground. Against Baylor he’ll face off against a good defensive line with three draftable prospects. At nose tackle Bravvion Roy who isn’t much of a pass rusher but at 6’1 333 he is tightly compact and is able to use burst and power to get underneath defenders to clog up running lanes or to go in and create penetration to disrupt the play. On the edge Swift will have to deal with Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in James Lynch who had 18.5 tackles for loss to go with his 12.5 sacks. 

January 2

Boston College Eagles vs Cincinnati Bearcats
2:00 CST on ESPN

With Boston College running back AJ Dillon choosing to sit out that means that Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara is the next best NFL Draft prospect in this game. Deguara is not an elite athlete but shows enough burst and ease of movement that allows him to get open and be a reliable weapon for the quarterback. At 6’3 240lbs he is not a physically imposing tight end, but he was still able to score seven touchdowns on the season showing the ability to win in the red zone. While Deguara may not develop into a starting tight end in the NFL, his ability to block in space and make catches over the middle should work perfectly to teams that like to run two tight end sets on a regular basis.

Indiana Hoosiers vs Tennessee Volunteers
6:00 CST on ESPN

With NFL teams looking for athletic linebackers with solid size they are likely to find their way to Tennessee and defensive end Darrell Taylor. Taylor doesn’t get the recognition that other edge defenders and finishing with only 7 sacks on the season isn’t going to make him stand out. But play in Prime Time against an explosive offense like Indiana’s should allow Taylors traits to stand out. At 6’4 255lbs Taylor not only has the size teams want but he has the athletic ability, burst and bend off the edge to wreak havoc. Whether he’s a weakside defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker his skills translate to the NFL and he is someone who could be a fast riser during the Pre Draft Process.

January 3

Ohio Bobcats vs Nevada Wolfpack
2:30 CST on ESPN

There is a good shot that Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke won’t get drafted but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a shot at making it to the NFL. I mean did anybody see David Blough or Duck Hodges starting games in the NFL at this point? Through his three years as a starter Rourke has been able to do damage both through the air and also using his feet. Rouke doesn’t have a huge arm but does show the ability to throw with anticipation and is fairly accurate on his short to intermediate throws. Rourke should be a good camp arm and have a shot to compete to make a practice squad where his rushing ability could be to his benefit.

January 4

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Tulane Green Wave
10:30 CST on ESPN

Against Southern Miss’ spread passing attack we should get to see plenty of Tulane cornerback Thakarius Keyes. At 6’1 200lbs Keyes has good size for a cornerback but is also fluid and smooth in his transition to go along with above average long speed. But what is most impressive about Keyes is his ability to play the ball in the air to the tune of 13 passes defended over the past two years. Keyes has all the makings of a high upside day three pick, but that could change with a strong game here and a good showing at the East/West Shrine Game.

January 6

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns vs Miami (OH) Redhawks
6:30 CST on ESPN

Louisiana best prospect is right tackle Robert Hunt but he won’t be playing in this game as he is recovering from a groin injury and preparing for the NFL Draft. A physical mauler Hunt is at his best when attacking defenders but will likely have to move inside to guard in the NFL. Hunt was a big part in helping the Ragin’ Cajuns rushing attack that 7th in the nation but it also helps that Louisiana had three draftable running backs that were able to churn out the yards. Senior Raymond Calais is the big play weapon for the Cajuns showing good speed that can take a little hole and burst through to get big time yards. Junior Elijah Mitchell was the leading rusher for Louisiana who is more of an all round back that shows good power in his 5’11 217lb frame to run between the tackles but also possesses the speed and burst to run outside to get chunk runs. Lastly is another junior in Trey Ragas who is a true power back but has also shown soft hands in the passing game.

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