This game might not have the big name schools like many of the remaining bowl games does, but there are a few major prospects in this draft, and even a potential No. 1 overall pick in the game.
The best prospect in this game is University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. This is the time of year where everyone begins to poke holes in the very top of prospects and while people are lamenting Teddy Bridgewater's wiry frame they are drooling over Bortles' prototypical body/size/arm strength. When Bortles steps on the field he looks like an NFL quarterback. He has the big arm, the size, the nimble feet. He's a guy that is drawing comparisons to Big Ben or a poor man's Andrew Luck. Tonight is a huge game for Bortles and whether or not he'll eventually declare for the NFL draft. He's gone from an unknown to a potential No. 1 overall pick (mocked in the top five frequently now, as well), though that seems to do more with positional value than true "big board" value. Central Florida also has a nice running prospect in Storm Johnson who has good size at 6-foot, 215 pounds. He transferred from the Miami Hurricanes and they always grab great athletes. He's one to watch tonight.
Baylor also has a big-time prospect in guard Cyril Richardson. Richardson is huge (6-5, 340 pounds), but he also has movement skills. He's considered the No. 1 or No. 2 guard prospect on pretty much everyone's draft board. And a potential option for the Giants at No. 12 at this moment, though I'd like him more if the happened to be there with their second-round pick. He's a road grader in the run game and has enough athleticism to be a good pass protector in the NFL as well.
The other big time player for the Baylor Bears is running back Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk made Bruce Feldan's annual "freak list" in which he lists the most impressive athletes in all of college football.
Seastrunk's vertical, which was an impressive 42.5 inches last winter, is now 44.2 inches. He also broad jumped 11-4 -- five inches more than in 2012. His 40 time: 4.36.
Seastrunk was a five-star recruit who initially was at Oregon, but he's really put together an impressive season, averaging 7.5 yards per carry and compiling more than 1,000 yards rushing. He has good size too at 5-10, 210 pounds. He did not catch a single pass this year and only had nine receptions last year so whether or not he can catch the ball out of the backfield is something NFL teams will have to find out. In any case he is a big-time player.
Safety Ahmad Dixon is a day two prospect at safety and one of the top safety prospects in this class. He's 6-feet, 205 pounds and can run with his receiver. He produces in run support and has the ability to develop into a very plus guy in coverage. There's a lot to work with Dixon,.
Tevin Reese is also mentioned in Feldman's article because he has been clocked as fast as 4.32 and is said to have a 45-inch vertical. Reese has been injured but is expected to play today. He's a dynamic athlete.
There are a lot of interesting players to watch in this game.
Teams: Baylor vs. UCF
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET