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Bowl Game Prospect Preview - 12/28

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Who are the prospects worth watching in today’s bowl games?

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It seems like just yesterday that the College Football regular season ended. But now we are well into Bowl Season, and just a few days away from the College Football Playoff semi-finals.

There are several notable NFL prospects playing in today’s games, so lets get right to it!

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (ESPN, 2:00pm)

Pittsburgh

Adam Bisnowaty (OT) - If you’ve been reading our college football and draft pieces this year, Bisnowaty’s shouldn’t be a foreign name to you. The Pittsburgh tackle has a chance to make a name for himself in a weak tackle class. He doesn’t possess the elite size or athleticism that gets scouts drooling at just 6 feet, 5 inches and 300 pounds. He does, however, have good feet and hand usage and the kind of tough-nosed play that could appeal to the Giants.

Dorian Johnson (OG) - Johnson is a big guard (6-5, 315), who can move people on the ground. There are some who grade him as highly as a second round pick, but others cite potential athletic limitations and have him as a Day 3 prospect.

Ejuan Price (EDGE) - An unusual body-type for an edge rusher, Price is built more like a fullback than the long, lean pass rushers to which we’ve become accustomed. However, he uses his 5-11, 250lb frame and surprising flexibility well to wreck havoc in opposing backfields.

Northwestern

Anthony Walker (LB) - Walker is an active and instinctive linebacker and the leader of a good Northwestern defense. He has solid size for an inside linebacker at 6-1, 245, but he might be better served by dropping weight and moving outside at the next level.

Russel Athletic Bowl (ESPN, 5:30pm)

West Virginia

Tyler Orlosky (C) - Center isn’t a need for the New York Giants, but Olosky could be a pretty good one. Longer and leaner at 6-4, 295, he has become a reliable blocker in both the ground and passing games, excelling at using angles to wall off defenders.

Miami

Brad Kaaya (QB) - Kaaya is one of the more polarizing prospects in college football. He has all the talent to be a franchise quarterback, but has been remarkably inconsistent for the Hurricanes. He should be credited for starting as a Freshman on a depleted team and improving every year.

David Njoku (TE) - Njoku is a late entrant into the “best tight end” category, but the 6-4, 240 pound “Hybrid” tight end has been productive this year despite an inconsistent offense. Like Ole Miss’ Evan Engram, he isn’t a traditional tight end, but uses his size and athleticism to terrorize defenders.

Stacy Coley (WR) - Long but lean as a whip (6-1, 185), Coley isn’t a physically imposing, but as is traditional for Miami, he has the speed to blow the top off a defense. Coley likely won’t be drafted in the first two (or three) rounds, but a strong combine could give him a boost.

Foster Farms Bowl (FOX, 8:30pm)

Utah

Garett Bolles (OT) - This is an uninspiring offensive tackle class, but there could be some pleasant surprises. Bisnowaty could be one, and Utah’s Garett Bolles could be another. Bolles is a bit undersized at 6-5, 296, but he plays with a nasty edge. He has flown under the radar this season, but there are some who believe that he could work his way into the first round.

Lowell Lotulelei (DT) - The younger brother of former first rounder, and current Carolina Panther, Star Lotulelei, Lowell is cut from the same cloth. Physically imposing, he clogs interior running lanes and has plenty of power and athleticism to push the pocket.

Indiana

Dan Feeney (OG) - Feeney missed time this season due to a concussion, but when he is on the field, the 6-4, 310 pound guard might be one of the best in the draft. A strong run blocker he opened big holes for Tevin Coleman, and he also has a reputation as a solid pass protector.

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (ESPN, 9:00pm)

Texas A&M

Myles Garrett (DE) - Garrett is arguably (and he has a strong argument) the best player in the draft. The 6-4, 265 pound defensive end is a natural pass rusher. He possesses freakish athleticism with a fantastic first step, agility, and the ability to convert speed to power. He also simply has a “knack” for setting up and beating blockers on his way to the quarterback.

Avery Genessey (OT) - Genessey was once a 4-star recruit before being forced to go the JuCo route before landing in TAMU. He has great size at 6-5, 315, and has gained renown for his football IQ and leadership on he offensive line. He also has experience playing both guard positions and some center, versatility which could appeal to a team like the Giants, who covet it.

Daeshon Hall (DE) - Garrett’s running-mate at defensive end, Hall is overshadowed by his teammate, but is a talented player in his own right. He has prototypical size for a base end at 6-5, 270. Hall has been a consistent run defender, and is developing as a pass rusher, notching 10.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in 2016.