December 21st Bowl Prospect Guide

The Friday before Christmas we are treated to two Bowl games with some interesting prospects to keep an eye on . In the Bahamas Bowl we get to see Toledo take on Florida International with a couple of receiving prospects you should watch while the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will have our focus in the trenches. The December 21st Bowl Prospect Guide takes a look at all the 2019 NFL Draft prospects playing in each of these bowls so you can get familiar with their names as we lead up to Draft Season.

December 21st Bowl Prospect Guide

December 21st Bowl Prospect Guide
Florida International Golden Panthers vs Toledo Rockets
11:30 CST on ESPN

Florida International Prospects
WR CJ Worton

Toledo Prospects
WR Diontae Johnson
WR Cody Thompson (#14 WR)
CB Ka’dar Hollman

If anything the Bahamas Bowl provides three receiving prospects to watch throughout this game with two of them being a lock to be drafted. After the 2016 season Cody Thompson was one of the top Group of 5 receivers posting a 1,269 yard 11 touchdown junior season where he averaged 19.8 yards per catch. However he broke his leg five games into his senior season and hasn’t really been able to pick up where he left off in 2018. Thompson is a talented route runner and had made Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List in the past for his explosion and weight room strength. A team may look to take a late round flyer on Thompson hoping he’ll continue to get back to his old self and get a value pick. While Thompson has struggled to get back his teammate Diontae Johnson has flashed this season showcasing a good combination of speed and change of direction ability. Not only is this on display out running routes, but also as a kick and punt returner. As for Florida International they have a former Florida Gator transfer in CJ Worton saw little game time at Florida but given the shot at FIU he finished with 620 yards and six touchdowns. Worton has some YAC ability given his lateral agility to make defenders miss. Worton will see some of Toledo cornerback Ka’dar Hollman who has been one of the best cornerbacks in the MAC and finished with 12 passes defended this past season.

December 21st Bowl Prospect GuideWestern Michigan Broncos vs BYU Cougars
3:00 CST on ESPN

Western Michigan Prospects
C John Keenoy
DE Eric Assoua

BYU Prospects
RB Squally Canada
RT Austin Hoyt
DL Corbin Kaufusi (injured)
OLB Zayne Anderson (injured)
LB Sione Takitaki

Injuries have taken a bit of a toll on this game as the two best prospects are both injured and won’t be playing. Zayne Anderson is an ultra athletic run and chase linebacker while Corbin Kaufusi has size at 6’8 and his athletic ability is evident as he spent time with the BYU basketball team. For the prospects in this game the main focus could be in the trenches as both teams have a prospect that is looking to have a big game before they head off to the East/West Shrine Game. Western Michigan center John Keenoy is a four year starter for the Broncos and been anchor for the Broncos offense. Keenoy has good size at 6’3 300lbs who hasn’t given up a sack since his freshman year. BYU right tackle Austin Hoyt will be hard to miss as he stands 6’8 and is a physical player, but his future in the NFL likely is at guard because he lacks the feet to play on the outside. One prospect whose name you’ll hear a lot during the broadcast is linebacker Sione Takitaski who’s always around the football. Takitaski lacks the physical tools that teams will be measuring but he has plus instincts that allows him to always produce. Takitaski will be a camp invite that will have to show off his traits on special teams if he wants to make an NFL roster.

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