Welcome to the penultimate day of college football.
Just one more game after today’s, but today has a strong slate of games in the big name bowls.
Outback Bowl (1 p.m., ABC)
Teez Tabor (CB) - One of the top corners in the draft, Tabor has solid size at 6-feet tall and 201 pounds, and the easy, fluid athleticism that you want to see from the position. A great cover corner, Tabor has 5 passes defensed, 4 interceptions, and has given up a QB rating of just 43.3 when targeted.
Jarrad Davis (LB) - A bit stocky at 6-1, 238, Davis is an active and aggressive linebacker who’s frame belies his range. Flying all over the field, Davis is the leader of a stout Florida defense and is always around the ball. Davis is one of the top ILB prospects in the draft.
Caleb Brantley (DT) - A lean defensive tackle at 297 pounds, Brantley looks longer than his 6-2 listed height would indicate. He is a very disruptive player on the interior, using his physical tools well to get behind the line of scrimmage.
Marcus Maye (S) - Maye is going to be out for the game after suffering a broken arm in November. He is, however, worth keeping in mind for the draft. Florida has produced excellent defensive backs over the years, and the combination of Maye and Tabor were one of the best in the nation. He is a rangy and instinctive free safety who can play in either man or zone coverage.
Desmond King (CB) - King might be the most overlooked cornerback in the nation. He doesn’t leap off the screen athletically, but his textbook solid brand of football is undeniably effective. King has excellent ball skills, great instincts and is very physical. He should make some defensive coordinator very happy.
Jaleel Johnson (DT) - A big, long defensive tackle, Johnson carries his 310 pounds well with his 6’3” frame. He is athletic for a big player, but also plays with power, able to hold up at the point of attack or slip through the offensive line and disrupt the backfield.
C.J. Beathard (QB) - Beathard doesn’t get much national publicity, but his improved play over the last two years is a big reason why Iowa has been relevant in Bowl Season. Beathard has a strong arm, plenty of athleticism, good intangibles, and solid size at 6’2”, 220 pounds. He could have good value as a developmental prospect in the later rounds.
Cotton Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN)
Corey Davis (WR) - Davis has become the top wide receiver in the eyes of many. With great size at 6’3”, 220 pounds, easy athleticism down-field, good ball skills and body control to make the tough catches. Sometimes great players come from small schools, and Davis is one to watch.
Tyler Moton (OT) - Moton is another not-quite under-the-radar tackle in this class. He has great size at 6-5, 328 pounds, with the versatility to play guard or tackle at the next level. He is a solid pass protector and creates movement in the run game.
Ryan Ramczyk (OT) - Ramczyk’s draft future is a bit of a mystery right now. He revealed after the regular season that he will be undergoing surgery on a hip injury after today’s game. With a recovery time of roughly four months, he would be unable to participate in the Scouting Combine or any pre-draft workouts. However, Ramczyk is an intriguing prospect. He has great size at 6-6, 315, shows good feet and a natural knee bend to go along with a mauling demeanor. What makes him so intriguing — besides his physical tools — is his history. Ramczyk only has one year of major college football after transferring from a division III school.
Corey Clement (RB) - Wisconsin has a formula for offensive success: Line up big, mean, strong offensive linemen, then hammer defenses with a powerful running back. Clement is that back, playing at 5-10, 230 pounds, he is a straight ahead runner who can grind down defenses behind blockers like Ramczyk.
Rose Bowl (5 p.m., ESPN)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR) - Coming in to the season, Smith-Schuster was in a dogfight with Mike Williams for the title of top receiving prospect. Thanks to some shoddy quarterback play, he fell off the radar as the season progressed before Sam Darnold turned their season around. Smith-Schuster is a big, physical receiver at 6-3, 220 pounds, who might best fit as a number 2 or possession receiver at then next level.
Adoree’ Jackson (DB/WR) - Jackson is one of the most versatile weapons in college football. Simply put, he is explosively athletic and can create a game-changing play any time the ball is snapped — on offense or defense. Primarily used as a cornerback, the 5-11, 190 pound player also sees time at wide receiver, and there might be coaches who want to move him to that side of the ball at the next level.
Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Carl Lawson (EDGE) - Thanks to injuries, Carl Lawson hasn’t had as much production as his physical tools would indicate. However, he has the ability to be a dangerous pass rusher at the next level. Even when he isn’t getting getting the stats, Lawson is creating pressure and disrupting plays.
Montravious Adams (DT) - Lawson’s partner in crime on the inside, Adams is a disruptive defensive tackle who has the talent to take a game over from his interior position. Adams has great size for a 3-technique at 6-3 310 pounds, and plenty of athleticism for the position. His play can be inconsistent, but when he is in a groove, he is simply disruptive.
Daniel Carlson (K) - It’s rare that a kicker is a prospect to watch, but Auburn’s kicker is a weapon. Kicking is harder in college, and Carlson’s strong leg let him make four attempts of over 50 yards, and go a perfect 6-for-6 from greater than 40 yards.
DeDe Westbrook (WR) - This receiver class is sneaky talented. Westbrook has had legal troubles, but his playmaking ability is undesputed. Despite being just 5’11”, 175 pounds, Westbrook is one of the very best deep threats in the entire draft. He gains separation then uses his acceleration to simply leave defenders in the dust.
Samaje Perine (RB) - A one-note power runner, Perine is a bowling ball of a running back at 5’10”, 235 pounds. He might not be fit for the Giants’ offense, but Perine is tough to tackle and can grind down a defense with consistent carries.