While the Gasparilla Bowl in name is in it’s second year the bowl game in Tampa/St. Petersburg has been around since 2008 in many different names. Normally the game has been played at Tropicana Stadium but this year it has been moved to Raymond James Stadium the home field of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The bowls name Gasparilla comes from the pirate José Gaspar who is a legend in the area. Our 2018 Gasparilla Bowl Prospect Guide takes a look at which 2019 NFL Draft Prospects are playing in the game and what to watch out for if you are viewing this bowl game with an NFL Draft eye.
Marshall Thundering Herd vs South Florida Bulls
Thursday December 20th 7:00 CST on ESPN
RB Keion Davis
WR Tyre Brady
NT Bryan Bee
WLB Chase Hancock
South Florida Prospects
QB Blake Barnett
WR Tyre McCants
TE Mitchell Wilcox
Not much for depth of NFL Draft prospects this game does feature a potential top tight end in South Florida’s Mitchell Wilcox while the Thundering Herd’s top prospect is a former Miami Hurricane in receiver Tyre Brady. Brady has size at 6’2, plays fast and has solid production the past two years with 1,761 yards and 17 touchdowns. Brady is likely a day three pick but a strong bowl game and a good performance at the Senior Bowl could solidify that status. The top prospect in this class is South Florida junior tight end Mitchell Wilcox. Wilcox is a mismatch weapon for the Bulls often lining up in the slot and using his athletic ability to beat linebackers and his 6’5 frame to to bully defensive backs. Wilcox has yet to announce if he is leaving early or staying at South Florida, but whenever he does enter the draft he will be considered one of the top tight end prospects because of his abilities to win running routes.