October 1, 2016

College Scout – Bowl Edition

logoIn this final column of the season, we’ll look at the top 5 Bowl-bound senior draft prospects at each position. Then we will also look at a player or two at each position who may be Patriots-type picks next spring. We hope you find it interesting and valuable as the Bowl season descends upon us. Thank you for another year of readership and Patriots Daily will be on the scene as usual with Combine and Draft coverage when those events come around.

Quarterback

1. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, #6 (Cotton Bowl vs. Ole Miss, 2PM FOX January 2nd)

2. Tom Brandstater, Fresno State, #7 (New Mexico Bowl vs. Colorado St., 2:30PM ESPN December 20th)

3. Cullen Harper, Clemson, #10 (Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska, 1:00 PM CBS January 1st)

4. Drew Willy, Buffalo, #16 (International Bowl vs. Connecticut, Noon ESPN January 3rd)

5. Mike Teel, Rutgers, #14 (Birmingham Bowl vs. North Carolina State, 3:00 PM ESPN December 29th)

Patriots potentialJohn Parker Wilson, Alabama, #14 (Sugar Bowl vs. Utah, 8:00 PM FOX January 2nd). Wilson is a smart leader who makes few mistakes. His arm has improved and he is accurate. Has been a great game manager for Belichick friend Nick Saban. With Matt Cassel moving on, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they look for a mid-round quarterback again and Wilson could be a guy who fits their offense.

Running Back

1. Andre Brown, North Carolina State, #24 (Birmingham Bowl vs. Rutgers, 3:00 PM ESPN December 29th)

2. James Davis, Clemson, #1 (Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska, 1:00 PM CBS January 1st)

3. Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon #24 (Holiday Bowl vs. Oklahoma State 8:00 ESPN December 30th)

4. Ian Johnson, Boise State, #41 (Poinsettia Bowl vs. TCU, 8:00 PM ESPN December 23rd)

5. Javon Ringer, Michigan State, #23 (Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia, 1:00 PM ABC January 1st)

Patriots potential – I like a kid out of South Florida named Ben Williams (#30), who was originally a walk on. He does it all – runs, blocks and catches. Only 5’7″, Williams is most likely a late round pick, but he is a good player and could be a sleeper the Pats find undrafted or in the last round or two. Along those lines, I also like Kestahn Moore (#33) from Florida. Moore is a rugged bruiser of a runner who is somewhat miscast in Florida’s spread offense. I think he could be a solid role player in the NFL and perhaps a better player there than at Florida, where he has been surpassed by speedier, spread type backs. But he has talent, which is how he ended up at Florida to begin with, and could be a great late round sleeper.

Wide Receiver

1. Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma, #9 (BCS Championship Game vs. Florida, 8:00 PM FOX January 8th)

2. Mohamed Massaquoi, Georgia, #1 (Capital One Bowl vs. Michigan State, 1:00 PM ABC January 1st)

3. Louis Murphy, Florida, #9 (BCS Championship Game vs. Oklahoma, 8:00 PM FOX January 8th)

4. Derrick Williams, Penn State, #2 (Rose Bowl vs. USC, 4:30 PM ABC January 1st)

5. Jordon Shipley, Texas, #8 (Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State, 8:00 PM FOX January 5th)

Patriots potentialAndy Brodell from Iowa, #80, has great speed, can return kicks, cover kicks and is a great playmaker on offense. He has had some injuries, but he’s a tough, good player who has played for Belichick friend Kirk Ferentz.

Tight End

1. Chase Coffman, Missouri, #45 (Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern, 8:00 PM ESPN December 29th)

2. Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State, #8 (Holiday Bowl vs. Oregon, 8:00 ESPN December 30th)

3. Bear Pascoe, Fresno State, #85 (New Mexico Bowl vs. Colorado St., 2:30PM ESPN December 20th)

4. Nick Walker, Alabama, #88 (Sugar Bowl vs. Utah, 8:00 PM FOX January 2nd)

5. Dan Gronkowski, Maryland, #13 (Humanitarian Bowl vs. Nevada, 4:30 PM ESPN December 30th)

Patriots potentialBrandon Pettigrew. A talented, all-around player. As a receiver, Coffman reminds me somewhat of Jets rookie Dustin Keller. But I would think the Patriots would want a better blocker than Keller, pointing them towards Pettigrew, a massive 260 lb. guy who can run.

Offensive Line

1. C Alex Mack, California, #51 (Emerald Bowl vs. Miami, 8:00 PM ESPN December 27th)

2. G Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, #72 (BCS Championship Game vs. Florida, 8:00 PM FOX January 8th)

3. G Herman Johnson, LSU, #79 (Peach Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, 7:30 ESPN December 31st)

4. T Michael Oher, Mississippi, #74 (Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech, 2PM FOX January 2nd)

5. T Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma, #79 (BCS Championship Game vs. Florida, 8:00 PM FOX January 8th)

Patriots potential - Antoine Caldwell from Alabama, #51, who, as mentioned above, plays in the Sugar Bowl this year. A center, he is the anchor of the tough Alabama line and a smart, strong player.

Defensive Line

1. Tyson Jackson, LSU, #93 (Peach Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, 7:30 ESPN December 31st)

2. Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, #93 (Peach Bowl vs. LSU, 7:30 ESPN December 31st)

3. B.J. Raji, Boston College, #90 (Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt 3:30 ESPN December 31st)

4. Fili Moala, USC, #75 (Rose Bowl vs. Penn State, 4:30 PM ABC January 1st)

5. Mitch King, Iowa, #47 (Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina, 11:00 AM ESPN January 1st)

Patriots potential - Mitch King. Undersized and doesn’t really fit the Patriots system, but he’s such a good player they may try to convert him to linebacker, which he played in high school. Plays tackle at Iowa at 260 lbs. Relentless player who plays with a motor unlike anyone I have seen in college since Dan Klecko. But King is a better athlete than Klecko, so he could perhaps convert to linebacker. I think he’ll be a good player for someone in the NFL.

Linebackers

1. Rey Maualuga, USC, #58 (Rose Bowl vs. Penn State, 4:30 PM ABC January 1st)

2. Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, #59 (Congressional Bowl vs. Navy, 11:00 AM ESPN December 20th)

3. James Laurinatis, Ohio State, #33 (Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas, 8:00 PM FOX January 5th)

4. Brian Cushing, USC, #10 (Rose Bowl vs. Penn State, 4:30 PM ABC January 1st)

5. Marcus Freeman, Ohio State, #1, (Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas, 8:00 PM FOX January 5th)

Patriots potentialConnor Barwin from Cincinnati, #5, who plays in the Orange Bowl at 8:00 PM on FOX against Virginia Tech. The athletic Barwin is a converted tight end who just moved to defensive end this year. Reminds me of Mike Vrabel and could be great in the Patriots 3-4.

Defensive Backs

1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, #2 (Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas, 8:00 PM FOX January 5th)

2. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, #2 (Congressional Bowl vs. Navy, 11:00 AM ESPN December 20th)

3. William Moore, Missouri, #1 (Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern, 8:00 PM ESPN December 29th)

4. Patrick Chung, Oregon, #15, (Holiday Bowl vs. Oklahoma State 8:00 ESPN December 30th)

5. Michael Hamlin, Clemson, #25 (Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska, 1:00 PM CBS January 1st)

Patriots potentialBrandon Hughes from Oregon State, #36. A play-making slot corner who is smart and plays hard. He will help the Beavers face off with Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl on December 31st at 2:00 PM on CBS.

Greg Doyle’s ‘College Scout’ appears weekly on Patriots Daily. He can be reached at [email protected].

Comments

  1. Hey Greg – thanks for the heads up on Ben Williams. I've been looking for a change-of-pace, late round/FA back to help with Faulk's duties. Williams also has 12 catches for 13 yards apiece.
    I also would love to see the Pats get Barwin – lots of flexibility, solid pass-rusher, former hoops player who blocked three kicks. Imagine what he'll do after more than one year at the position.
    Hope the Pats draft Bear. His name is Bear. That seems like all I need to know.
    Have a great bowl-filled holiday.

  2. Yes, Williams is a true sleeper. May not be draftet, but seems to always make plays. I like Barwin a lot. I see him around a 3rd rounder. Pascoe is an excellent tight end, but looks a tad slow and lumbering. Which concerns me a bit. It'll be interesting to see how he runs at the combine.

  3. Any thoughts on TE Brandon Myers of Iowa? At least BB would get an in-depth review of him from the coach. (Is everyone looking for a TE replacement with consistency, or is it just me?) Thanks.

  4. Myers is a solid player. His teammate and fellow TE Tony Moeaki is actually more talented though. Moeaki has been very banged up the past few years, but might make a nice project because he is talented. Myers I see as a second day pick and possibly developing into a Christian Fauria type.

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