December 15th Bowl Prospect Guide

Bowl season is finally upon us and this year we continue our tradition of highlighting the top prospects in every bowl game. For the opening weekend we are treated to five games. While most of these games are from Non Power 5 schools we still get to see plenty of talented teams and some under the radar NFL Draft Prospects to keep an eye on. So sit back on this opening weekend of the Bowl Week and enjoy our December 15th Bowl Prospect Guide.

December 15th Bowl Prospect Guide


Tulane Green Wave vs Louisiana Ragin Cajuns
12:30 CST on CBSN

Tulane Prospects
QB Jonathan Banks
WR Terren Encalade
TE Charles Jones
LT Noah Fisher
RG John Leglue
CB Donnie Lewis
FS Roderic Teamer

Louisiana Prospects
WR Ryheem Malone
WR Keenan Barnes
SS Corey Turner

The first Bowl game of the season doesn’t offer us in much of top tier talent, but there are plenty of Day 3 options and let’s be honest, It should be a fun game to watch. At quarterback Tulane QB Jonathan Banks is a former Kansas State player who found his way to Tulane to have good success. Tulane has another prospect that has a good shot at getting drafted in left tackle Noah Fisher. While Fisher has started at left tackle for two years he played both right tackle and right guard during his sophomore year. A physical run blocker Fisher likely moves inside to guard but could bring some good flexibility to an NFL team as a reserve lineman. But the best prospect in this game has to be cornerback Donnie Lewis who is looking to continue the trend of Tulane cornerbacks being drafted. Lewis has good size at 6’0 while his 7 interceptions and 25 passes defended the past two years shows that he can play the ball in the air. For Louisiana they are a relatively young team but have a few guys that could go late but should make NFL camps.

 


North Texas Mean Green vs Utah State Aggies
1:00 CST on ESPN

 

North Texas Prospects
QB Mason Fine (returning)
DE Roderick Young
WLB EJ Ejiya
CB Kemon Hall
CB Nate Brooks

Utah State Prospects
QB Jordan Love (returning)
WR Ron’Quavion Tarver
TE Dax Raymond
LT Roman Andrus
DE Adewale Adeoye

While this game doesn’t have any big NFL Draft names it could go down as one of the best non major bowl games this season. Both schools have high powered offenses (both ranked in top 15 in yards per game) lead by underclassmen quarterbacks that have indicated they are going back to school. So this game not only will give you something exciting to watch, but you could get a jump start on a couple of quarterback prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft. As for the 2019 prospects a couple of names stand out. For Utah State tight end Dax Raymond has already declared that he’s leaving early for the draft and despite playing in a high powered offense he only had marginal numbers. But at 6’5 250lbs with the ability to move and attack the ball in the air he is an intriguing prospects. For North Texas their top prospect is linebacker EJ Ejiya who is a tackling machine with back to back 100 tackle seasons. Ejiya is at his best when coming downhill attacking and that is evident in 36 tackles for loss and 16 sacks the past two seasons.

 


Arizona State Sun Devils vs Fresno State Bulldogs
2:30 CST on ABC

Arizona State Prospects
QB Manny Wilkins
LT Casey Tucker
NT Renell Wren

Fresno State Prospects
QB Marcus McMaryion
WR KeeSean Johnson
WR Jamire Jordan

A big downer for this game is that we don’t get a chance to see Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry (#1 WR) who is projected as a potential first round draft pick. As for this players that are playing we don’t have anyone in this game that is going to be pushing for a day one or two selection, but we have a few names to keep an eye on for day three. Receiver KeeSean Johnson is Fresno State’s top prospect and one of the top Non Power 5 receivers. At 6’2 199lbs Johnson is able to work both outside and in the slot racking up 1,307 yards and 8 touchdowns so far this season. His quarterback Marcus McMaryion is an Oregon State transfer who has above average accuracy and can make plays with his feet. HIs ability to lead this offense and win tough games has him on the radar of NFL teams which could lead to a late round flyer on him. For Arizona State it will be worth watching to see how quarterback Manny Wilkins does without the safety value that N’Keal Harry has provided. Wilkins is a fringe draftable prospect but can make some wow throws from time to time. At left tackle Casey Tucker (#11 OT) is a name to watch as he started 22 games at right tackle for Stanford before a grad transfer to the Sun Devils. So far for the Sun Devils he’s seen starts at both left tackle and guard. Tucker is a good run blocker and seeing him play on the left side should tell us a lot. His versatility to play both sides and both positions makes him a valuable reserve prospect for the NFL. Rounding out the group might be the best prospect in the entire game and that’s defensive tackle Renell Wren. Wren has good size at 6’6 297lbs showing good power and burst. Wren is much better against the run than the pass, so with Fresno State being a pass heavy team we should be able to see plenty of pass rush attempts from Wren.

 


Georgia Southern Eagles vs Eastern Michigan Eagles
4:30 CST on ESPN

Georgia Southern Prospects
RB Wesley Fields

Eastern Michigan Prospects
RB Shaq Vann
RG Jimmy Leatiota
DE Maxx Crosby
OLB Jeremiah Harris

This game is low on a lot of people’s radars but it has a chance to be a good game mainly because Eastern Michigan is coming off one of their better seasons while Georgia Southern won nine games and finished 3rd in a competitive Sun Belt Conference. The top prospect in this game is redshirt junior Maxx Crosby who has the size at 6’5 265lbs and finished with 20 sacks over three years. Crosby is a disrupter off the edge showing some bend and burst but needs to improve against the run. The duo of Crosby and Jeremiah Harris (6’5 251lbs) gives the Eagles a pass rushing duo that Georgia Southern will have to account for. But the problem is that Georgia Southern is about as run heavy team as your going to see. The Eagles only threw the ball 110 times in 12 games which is the second fewest in the nation. Georgia Southern runs a triple option style system out of pistol and the gun which means the Eastern Michigan defenders will have to play sound assignment football. The prospect to watch is running back Wesley Fields who is 41 yards away from 1,000 on the season. Georgia Southern has produced two NFL running backs over the last couple of years and Fields is looking to make that three.

 


Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Appalachian State Mountaineers
8:00 CST on ESPN

Middle Tennessee Prospects
QB Brent Stockstill
RG Chandler Brewer
MLB Darius Harris

Appalachian State Prospects
RB Jalin Moore (injured)
NT Myquon Stout
ILB Anthony Flory
CB Tae Hayes

A late November ankle injury ended Appalachian State running back Jalin Moore’s season, so we won’t get an opportunity to see him play in this game but hopefully he’s recovered by the Senior Bowl and will get a chance to showcase his skill set there. What this game does offer in NFL Draft prospects is a couple of undersized run and chase linebackers and a potential late round cornerback. Darius Harris has been producing for the Blue Raiders since his freshman year with nearly 300 tackles in his career to go with 28 tackles for loss. On the other side Mountaineers have Anthony Flory who has 90 tackles on the season to go with 9 tackles for loss. Both linebacker prospects have a chance to be drafted and could benefit by having a big game when all the attention is on this game. At cornerback the Mountaineers may have the best prospect in this game as Tae Hayes is an undersized but tough cornerback that has solid ball production.

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