NFL Draft: Hawai’i Bowl

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Rice Owls

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CB Bryce Callahan, SR #29 (5’10, 180, 4.49)

Scouting report – Undersized and doesn’t have elite athleticism, but Callahan is a gritty corner who makes receivers earn every inch. He makes up for his lack of size with solid technique, a smooth backpedal and WR-like ball skills (12 career INTs). Callahan is a fierce hitter and a willing run defender who plays bigger than his size. His match-up against Harper will be a good test and his play in the East-West Shrine game this year could lock up a day 3 selection for Callahan. Worst case, he would be an asset on special teams but I think Callahan will surprise and be a valuable 3rd/4th CB in the NFL.

Projection: 6th-7th round

WR Jordan Taylor, SR #15 (6’5, 210, 4.54)

Scouting report – Has been productive as the Owls #1 WR the last three seasons with 171 receptions and 19 TDs. Taylor has great size, but doesn’t have have elite speed or NFL quickness. I would be surprised if he runs as well as his listed 40 time because he doesn’t seem to play that fast. What he does do well is catch the football. Taylor has shown elite hand-eye coordination and the ability to make spectacular catches in the air. He could struggle to get open in the NFL, but with his size, hands and leaping ability Taylor could be a dangerous red zone weapon.

Projection: 6th-7th round

* DT Christian Covington is the top NFL prospect on Rice, but is out for the year with a dislocated kneecap and will most likely return for his senior season.