December 27th Bowl Scouting Guide

December 27, 2017

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Florida State Seminoles
12:30 CST on ESPN

Southern Miss Prospects
RB Ito Smith
WR Isaiah Jones
WR Allenzae Staggers
CB Cornell Armstrong
FS Tarvarius Moore

Florida State Prospects
WR Auden Tate
DE Josh Sweat
DT Derrick Nnadi
DT Demarcus Christmas
WLB Matthew Thomas
CB Tarvarus McFadden
SS Trey Marshall

With the ACC involved with the Independence Bowl lately it’s brought some interesting underperforming teams to this game. This year it’s Florida State as we get to see them face off against a Southern Miss team that had its best season in years. Florida State is loaded with prospects on defense which could cause Southern Miss a lot of trouble moving the ball. The inside duo of Derrick Nnadi (#9 DL) and Demarcus Christmas (#11 DL) clog up the running lanes and force Southern Miss RB Ito Smith less running lanes. On the backend the Seminoles will be without Derwin James (#1 S) who chose to sit out the game but will have CB Tarvarus McFadden (#2 CB) whose size and speed make him the prototypical press man corner. One player to keep an eye on for the Seminole offense is WR Auden Tate whose got great size at 6’5 225lbs to go up and win contested catches. It will take a group effort to slow him down, but the Golden Eagles do have some talent back in the secondary with CB Cornell Armstrong and Tarvarius Moore.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Boston College Eagles

Iowa Prospects
RB Akrum Wadley
RB James Butler
RG Sean Welsh
DT Nathan Bazata
OLB Ben Niemann
MLB Josey Jewell
CB Joshua Jackson
SS Miles Taylor

Boston College Prospects
DE Harold Landry (Injuried)
WLB Ty Schwab
CB Isaac Yiadom

While this game might not be the most exciting draw, there is some high profile NFL Draft talent on both rosters. The top player in this game was going to be Boston College DE Harold Landry (#3 Edge) but Landry has been sidelined with an ankle injury and will not play. Landry is a speed ball off the edge beating offensive tackles with explosiveness off the ball and the ability to turn the corner and attack the quarterback and will be missed in this game. For Iowa there are three prospects you’ll need to get to know. Cornerback Joshua Jackson (#4 CB) exploded onto the scene this year with 7 interceptions and firmly puts himself into first round consideration (if he declares) with his ability to cover and play the ball. At linebacker the Hawkeyes are led by LB Josey Jewell (#2 LB) who makes up for average athletic ability with elite instincts that allow him to be in the right position to make big time plays game in and game out. On offense for Iowa the Hawkeyes are at their best when they feed the ball to RB Akrum Wadley (#5 RB). Wadley lacks good bulk (185lbs) but is lightning fast and can change direction quickly to elude defenders reel off long runs.

Arizona Wildcats vs Purdue Boilermakers
:30 CST on Fox

Arizona Prospects
RB Nick Wilson
LT Layth Friekh
RT Gehard De Beer
RG Jacob Alsadek
LB Dane Cruikshank

Purdue Prospects
DT Gelen Robinson
MLB Ja’Whaun Bentley

The emergence of sophomore QB Khalil Tate helped spark the Wildcat offense, their offensive line was a big reason why the Wildcats finished 3rd in the nation with 324.4 yards per game. While neither Layth Friekh, Gehard De Beer or Jacob Alsadek are considered to be more than late round picks, if they’re able to find the right fit they could easily catch on with a team. Looking to impact the running game is Purdue’s best prospect in DT Gelen Robinson who is the son of former Purdue basketball legend Glenn Robinson. Robinson uses leverage well playing inside and has the quickness to penetrate and disrupt in the backfield.

Texas Longhorns vs Missouri Tigers
:00 CST on ESPN

Texas Prospects
LT Connor Williams
LB Malik Jefferson
SS DeShon Elliott

Missouri Prospects
QB Drew Lock
WR J’Mon Moore
DE Marcell Frazier
SS Anthony Sherrils

A big part of this game depends on whether or not the Texas prospects will be playing or not in this game. Both Connor Williams and DeShon Elliott have declared for the draft while they along with Jefferson have been rumored to sit out the game. If they do play, Connor Williams (#1) has the lateral agility to be a top tier offensive tackle in the league, while DeShon Elliott (#2 S) has the makings of a typical strong safety but has plus ball skills. For Missouri they have several intriguing prospects to watch. Drew Lock is a favorite by some as a quarterback prospect whose got good size and arm talent, but is too much of a rhythm thrower. Marcell Frazier has good agility to really move around defenders and attack the ball while safety Anthony Sherrils has the ability to play back in coverage and react to the ball in the air.

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