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Poinsettia Bowl draft profiles

Brian Hill is a down-Hill runner. Get it?

NCAA Football: Wyoming at UNLV Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

There is nothing quite like Wednesday night football!

...okay, maybe there is, but there are plenty of good reasons to watch tonight’s Poinsettia Bowl match up (ESPN, 9 PM) between Wyoming and BYU. This game features two of the more underrated offenses in the country and both squad has NFL draft prospects who could be great additions to the Eagles in a few months.

  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Williams is the best prospect in tonight’s game and one of this year’s many talented running backs. The 6-1, 220 back has great size, running with excellent power and balance. Williams has good movement skills for his size and can also make an impact on third down. Expect a big game from Williams tonight as he puts himself in the conversation for being a top ten back in this class.
  • Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming: Williams may be the better prospect, but Brian Hill’s incredibly productive season has flown under the radar. The six-foot, 215 pounder has accumulated over 1750 yards on the ground and 21 (!) touchdowns. Hill is a hard runner with good vision and cut back ability and his power can make up for a lack of overall speed. He will likely be relied on again to carry Wyoming in the bowl game considering he also has 323 carries to this point.
  • Tanner Gentry, WR, Wyoming: The spark plug in the Wyoming offense is their deep threat, Tanner Gentry. Gentry does not have great size (6-1, 210) or speed, but he consistently makes plays down the field. Gentry’s best asset is his hands and ability to win with the ball in the air. He made more contested catches downfield than most receivers in college football and that kind of dependability has some sort of place at the next level, even if his deep threat ability won’t translate.
  • Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming: A quarterback who has gotten some hype of late, Josh Allen is an impressive specimen of a quarterback who has a big arm and field flipping mobility. Allen, for all of his gifts, still has a lot of work to do in terms of consistency. As of now, he looks like an attractive mid round quarterback, but he would be smart to return to school and hope to improve to being a potential top quarterback next season.
  • Kai Nacua, Safety, BYU: Kai Nacua is the leader on the BYU defense. The 6-1, 215 pound safety has good size and uses it well as a tackler. He has made his name creating turnovers, however, picking off 13 passes in the last three seasons. Nacua is a smart player who makes plays despite being a limited athlete. He will need to be at his best against an offense that likes to push the ball downfield a lot, so tonight will be a strong test for him.

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