Now that we’ve made it through week 17 Sunday in the NFL, the New Year's Day bowls are shifted to Monday. Here’s a look at the Draft Prospects playing in today's bowl games.
Iowa vs Florida - Outback Bowl Mon, January 2, 1pm EST ABC
Man, this game could be ugly offensively.
Iowa has a few prospects. C.J. Beathard is a Senior Bowl quarterback who is overwhelmingly average but due to the demand of the position, will get a look in the NFL. George Kittle is a very good tight end and will likely get drafted. Defensively Jaleel Johnson is a stud, and could sneak into the late part of round 1. Desmond King could also be a hot name around the range where the Packers will likely be picking.
Florida is a much more talented team, but they can’t score. Offensively they don’t have a ton, but defensively they’re very impressive. Bryan Cox Jr., son of former NFLer Bryan Cox, will be drafted. Jarrad Davis is a stud linebacker who could be a late first round pick. Both corners are very good, Quincy Wilson and Jalen “Teez” Tabor are both first rounders, and Marcus Maye is a draftable safety.
Western Michigan vs Wisconsin - Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Mon, January 2, 1pm EST ESPN
Row the boat, or something like that.
Western Michigan has a few interesting pieces; Corey Davis is the best one. Davis should be a first round receiver. Taylor Moton is their right tackle, he’s a guard in the NFL more than likely, but definitely a Sunday player.
Wisconsin has an interesting situation, their two best prospects might not declare. Ryan Ramczyk is the best offensive tackle in this draft, and TJ Watt is on a sky high trajectory off his one season of starting is nuts. Vince Biegel could also be a mid round Packer target at outside linebacker. Corey Clement should get drafted and is a Senior Bowl invite.
Penn State vs USC - Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual Mon, January 2, 5pm EST ESPN
Surprisingly, for a game of this magnitude, there aren’t an overwhelming amount of draft prospects in this game.
For Penn State, the most notable, if he declares, is Mike Gesicki. He’s the typical power forward body playing tight end. He’s an impressive athlete for the position, Packer fans should watch.
USC presents a couple premier prospects. He’s fallen a bit under the radar, but JuJu Smith-Schuster will be a 20 year old rookie and he’s an animal at receiver. He could be a late round 1 target. Zach Banner is the son of former NFL lineman Lincoln Kennedy, and he’s massive. 6’9” and 360 give or take 30 or so pounds. He’s likely a Leonard Davis type guard in the NFL. Adoree Jackson is an elite athlete among elite athletes. He plays wide receiver, cornerback and returns kicks. He’s also a track star. He’s a day 2 pick.
Auburn vs Oklahoma - Allstate Sugar Bowl Mon, January 2, 8:30pm EST ESPN
Auburn has a duo of potential first round defensive linemen. Montravius Adams is a defensive tackle who could rise with workouts. Also, he wears #1, and it’s a scientifically proven fact that defensive linemen that wear a single digit number are better. It’s just how the world works. Carl Lawson is another impressive edge rusher, and should be a late first rounder. Braden Smith is also a draftable prospect at guard.
Oklahoma has potentially the best deep threat in the country, and Packer fans should take heed. Dede Westbrook is a burner in every sense of the word. He can take the top off of a defense and the thirteen time world champion Green Bay Packers need a guy that’s not Jeff Janis to do that. Westbrook fits the bill. Samaje Perine is also a potential target at running back.