NFL Draft: AutoZone Liberty Bowl
College football bowl season is under way. If you are like most NFL fans, you know some players on the top college football teams but that is about it. As a Bears fan, my NFL season has been over for weeks so I’ve gotten an early start on my scouting for next year’s NFL draft.
I love watching football even if it’s games I have no rooting interest in, so over the holidays I end watching a lot of random bowl games. One thing that makes the bowl games more interesting for me is to keep an eye on players who will be drafted next season. This year I will breaking down the players who have a shot at getting drafted for most of the remaining bowl games. If you end up watching the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, here are some players to keep an eye on.
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AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas A&M vs West Virginia
When: Dec 29th, 2 PM (EST)
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T Cedric Ogbuehi, SR #70 (6’5, 300, 4.98)
Scouting report – Was projected to be a top 5 pick before the 2014 season, but Ogbuechi struggled so much replacing LT Jake Matthews that he was moved back to the right side mid-season. He was better on the right side, but still struggled against elite talent and didn’t show the same aggressiveness or solid technique he did as a junior. Half a season of struggles won’t be enough to drop Ognuechi far as he was dominant for 2.5 seasons and has the prototypical build for an NFL tackle. Ognuechi has elite quickness for a big man, long arms to keep rushers at bay, and has the lateral agility to recover from mistakes and nuetralize speed rushers.
Projection: Top 15 pick
G Jarvis Harrison, SR #51 (6’4, 330, 5.27)
Scouting report – Moves surprisingly well despite his massive frame. Harrison is a mauling run blocker who has the acceleration to get to the 2nd level and the wide base, good strength, and light feet to absorb both power and speed rushers. There are some concerns about Harrison’s weight and his dedication to keeping it under control. If he can stay around 330, he could be an asset in the run game and an NFL starter early in his career.
Projection: 3rd-4th round
CB/S Deshazor Everett, SR #29 (6’0, 193, 4.53)
Scouting report – Aggressive corner who really struggled with double moves this season. Everett was roasted multiple times on double moves against both Alabama and South Carolina. His aggressive nature resulted in a lot of positive big plays as well; Everett routinely jumped underneath routes and was a fierce hitter in the secondary. He played both corner and safety for the Aggies and I think he’s a better fit at safety in the pros. Everett is solid against the run and could be a play-maker as a free safety in a zone scheme at the next level.
Projection: 4th-5th round