Today’s Boca Raton Bowl (7 PM on ESPN) features two of the more prolific offenses in the country as the Memphis Tigers take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. While there may not be any elite prospects on the field, the amount of talented skill players on both sides of the ball should be enough to cause intrigue.
- Forrest Lamp, OT, WKU: Arguably the best prospect on the field in tonight’s game, the 6-4, 300 pound senior could be a first round pick in a weaker offensive line class. Lamp has very good arm length, plays with excellent strength and has a chip on his shoulder. His pass protection ability is a big reason for WKU’s explosive passing offense and his abilities will be on full display this evening.
- Taywan Taylor, WR, WKU: One of my favorite wide receivers in this year’s class, Taywan Taylor has the athletic ability to do things unlike any other player in this class. The nearly six foot receiver has excellent speed, quickness and leaping ability which makes him dangerous from anywhere on the field. In a deep class, I doubt Taylor is a high pick, but he could be a massive steal on day two of the draft.
- Nicholas Norris, WR, WKU: Nicholas Norris is Taylor’s partner in crime on the WKU offense. Norris is much smaller (5-9, 175), but he has excellent quickness and is a dependable possession receiver. Norris has the makings of a next level kick returner and maybe fourth receiver, but he has a fun skill set overall and is someone to keep an eye on.
- Omarius Bryant, DT, WKU: Omarius Bryant is a name that more people should get familiar with; even in such a talented defensive line class. The 6-3, 300 pound senior has good strength and a high motor that helps him create pressure from the interior. He was by far the biggest standout on the WKU defense and could be a nice player in the NFL.
- Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis: Memphis’ number one weapon on offense is their 5-11, speedster. Miller has good burst and quickness that allows him to get open quickly and make things happen down the field or after the catch. He lacks elite size and his hands are a work in progress, but his dynamic ability could be very enticing.
- Arthur Maulet, CB, Memphis: Memphis best prospect and leader on defense is former JUCO transfer, Arthur Maulet. Maulet has solid size at 5-11, 190, but excels as a physical, heady player who is always aware on the field. He has questionable athletic ability, so this game will be a great test with how he deals with one of the more explosive receivers in the country.