Like many of the early Bowl games, the 2013 Hawaii Bowl isn't bursting with potential NFL talent.
Each team, Boise St. and Oregon St, has three draft eligible players who stand a reasonable chance of hearing their names called in May.
Brandon Cooks, WR (Junior)
Cooks is a small wide receiver, listed at 5-foot-10 180 pounds. He may not have anything like prototypical size, but his speed, agility, and ability to stop and start are impressive. Cooks seems to play the game at a different speed than any other player on the field. It's almost comical to see him running around like a film playing at fast speed. He's not getting much national hype yet, but Cooks could draw comparisons to Tavon Austin or DeSean Jackson.
Scott Crichton, DE (redshirt Junior)
Crichton is another prospect who is going largely unheralded at the moment. He has a decent build for a defensive end, being listed at 6-3, 260. That's a bit smaller than prototypical length the Giants generally prefer in their defensive ends. However, Crichton does have a good first step, a strong bull rush, and a motor that runs wide open.
Rashaad Reynolds, CB (redshirt Senior)
Oregon State's final prospect to watch closely, Reynolds is (like Cooks) an undersized prospect at 5-10, 187. While he doesn't have Cooks eye-popping athleticism, he is a smooth athlete with good coverage abilities. While Jordan Poyer got the headlines last year for his interceptions, Reynolds was second in the PAC-12 with 16 pass breakups, behind only (prospective first-rounder) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu of Oregon.
Oregon State's other draft-eligible players:
Sean Martin (CB, rSr)
Michael Philipp (OT, rSr)
Grant Enger (G, rSr)
Michael Doctor (OLB, Sr)
Kody Vaz (QB, rSr)
Kevin Cummings (WR, Sr)
Demarcus Lawrence (DE, Junior)
Lawrence is listed at defensive end, but at 6-3, 245, his size suggests more of an outside linebacker. Regardless, he is very good at getting into his opponents' backfields. He has 10.5 sacks on the season, good for one per game, and 19.5 tackles for a loss (1.8 per game, for those who don't want to do math), which is second in the country. He has a good first step, is strong in pursuit, and plays with good pad level.
Jay Ajayi (RB, red shirt Sophomore)
I haven't seen anything that says the red shirt sophomore Ajayi is going to declare for the draft. However, he should be an entertaining player to watch. At 5-11, 220 he is in the same mold as Andre Brown and Michael Cox. A compact, powerful runner he is quicker than fast and tough to bring down. Against Air Force he had a 20 yard down-hill run in which he broke three or four tackles before four Air Force players ganged up to bring him down.
Charles Leno (OT, red shirt Senior)
Leno is Boise State's left tackle. It's tough to talk about what to look for in an offensive lineman. However with Ajayi coming into the game with 1,328 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, somebody has to be opening up the holes for him, and that is the OL. Leno is also a solid pass protector, and his battles against Crichton should be fun to watch.
Boise State's other draft eligible players:
Matt Paradis (C, rSr)
Geraldo Boldewijn (WR, rSr)
Gabe Linehan (TE, rSr)
Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (DT, rSr) (side note: I hope he gets drafted, if only to hear Goodell say his name)
Aaron Burks (WR, rSr)
Ebo MaKinde (FS, rSr)
Joe Southwick (QB, rSr)
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET