This past weekend the first two college all-star games were held. I already covered the Shrine Game, the more prestigious of the two, but the Collegiate Bowl is fairly new (2012) and featuring better prospects every year.
Some recent Collegiate Bowl alums to make an impact in the NFL include: WR Chris Conley (KC), LB Avery Williamson (TEN), C Matt Paradis (DEN), S Duron Harmon (NE), TE Luke Willson (SEA), RB Mike James (TB), T Kelvin Beachum (JAC), P Marquette King (OAK), and QB Trevone Boykin (SEA).
As the Collegiate Bowl gains notoriety it will attract higher level prospects and there were more potential NFL prospects involved this year than in any previous Collegiate Bowl I’ve seen. Here is a breakdown of some players who helped their draft stock this weekend.
Collegiate Bowl: Stock Watch
RB Taquan “Smoke” Mizzell, Virginia (5’10 | 194 | 4.47) – The most effective back in the game with 100 yards from scrimmage on just 12 touches. The third-team All-ACC back had a productive career at Virgina with 3,628 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns.
Mizzell is a versatile back who looks just as comfortable lining up in the slot (195 career catches) as in the backfield. He flashed his elite quickness during the game Saturday making multiple defenders miss both behind the line of scrimmage and in the open field
Mizzell isn’t a big back, but he was a thick build and showed surprising power on tape with the ability to run through some arm tackles and bounce off the occasional hit. He has a shot to be a change of pace back, who can also line up in the slot and return kicks at the next level. Mizzell’s versatility and explosive speed could secure him a spot on day three of the draft.