Boise State faces Washington Saturday in the MAACO Bowl. Here is a look at the game details and 2013 NFL Draft prospects to watch.
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Boise State vs Washington is a game that carries some name recognition, but unfortunately this year the talent on Boise State is lacking. The past couple of years the Boise State Broncos have seen a number of their players drafted early. Doug Martin the running back drafted by Tampa Bay and Shea McClellin the defensive end for the Chicago Bears were both first round picks in 2012. Kyle Wilson (1 st round) the cornerback for the Jets and Titus Young (2nd round) were also two higher draft picks that recently attended Boise State.
Boise State Broncos
Boise State’s best prospect this year is cornerback Jamar Taylor. Taylor is a redshirt senior who has decent size at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. Taylor has been impressive this year and could be selected on day two (right now he looks like a third-round prospect). It will be interesting to see how Taylor works out during the pre-draft process.
Running back D.J. Harper is no Doug Martin, but he’s a solid player who is built like a less muscular Martin (Harper is listed at 5-9. 205 pounds). Harper did many of the same things that Martin did last year for the Broncos, catching the ball out of the backfield, shouldering the load running the ball, and returning kicks, he is just not quite as effective or talented. Still, Harper is a draftable prospect. Harper is very experienced as he is a sixth year senior, so he’ll also be looked at medically as well.
Cornerback Jarrel Gavins and full back Dan Paul look like undrafted free agents as of today.
If Jamar Taylor is not the best (draft eligible) player in this game, cornerback Desmond Trufant is. Trufant is the brother of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant and Isaiah Trufant who is also in the league thoughI can't recall which team he is currently on at the moment. Desmond Trufant has terrific size/height/speed combination and is a really intriguing prospect. He did not take quite the step forward people were expecting him to this year in term of improving his ball skills, but he played pretty well and could end up as a first round pick if he has a great pre-draft process, but he is probably a round 2 or 3 prospect.
Quarterback Keith Price looked like the next big thing last year, but he had a bad year and will likely return to school. Center Drew Schaefer and Defensive tackle Semisi Tokolahi are two other players who are likely to be drafted.
Future prospect: Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a true sophomore and not draft eligible, but he is the best prospect in the game.
There's a game on at 12 as well the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl between Louisiana Lafayette and East Carolina.
East Carolina has had a few big name players in the NFL (Chris Johnson and Linval Joseph), but for this game there are no prospects that really jump out on East Carolina. Louisiana Lafayette could see cornerback Melvin White drafted, they have a kicker who will be draft eligible in Brett Baer who is probably a top ten kicker and might get a training camp invite. WR Javone Lawson might get an 80 man roster training camp invite as well, but really that's not a game that's worth watching from a draft standpoint.
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