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 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, here are some players to keep an eye on.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Mississippi vs TCU
When: Dec. 31st, 12:30 PM (EST)
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S Cody Prewitt, SR #25 (6’2 | 217 | 4.59)
Scouting report – Was one of the top safety prospects coming into the 2014 season after a 71 tackle, 6 interception, All-American season as a junior, but Prewitt hasn’t been quite the same player as a senior. He has made occasional big plays, but hasn’t had the same impact player. Prewitt could salvage some value with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl and pre-draft workouts. He has good size for a safety, excellent instincts in coverage, natural ball skills, and made a ton of big plays for the Rebels albeit most of them his junior year.
Projection: 2nd-3rd round
CB Senquez Golson, SR #21 (5’9 | 176 | 4.46)
Scouting report – If Golson was 3-4 inches bigger he’s be a 1st round lock based on his play this year. Golson was 2nd in the nation in interceptions with 9 and came close to a few more. He has excellent anticipation, explosive closing speed, and good ball skills. His size will limit him to the slot, but with teams running 3-receiver sets more often slot corner has become an important position. Golson is an ideal slot corner at the next level and could go as high as round 2. He is such a good athlete that he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the 2011 draft as a center fielder.
Projection: 2nd-3rd round
QB Bo Wallace, SR #14 (6’4 | 217 | 4.74)
Scouting report – Hard prospect to get a read on due to inconsistent performances that vary from unstoppable to awful. Wallace has good height for a QB, unusual pocket awareness, and at times shows enough arm strength and moxie to be an NFL prospect. At other times Wallace stares down his receivers, floats anything over 20 yards and looks like he shouldn’t be starting at the FBS level. The “Good Bo / Bad Bo” paradox makes it impossible to narrow down his NFL future, but at times he looks like a legit NFL prospect which is probably enough for a QB-starved team to roll the dice with Wallace on day 3.
Projection: 5th-7th round