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2017 NFL Draft profiles on Bowl Bonanza Day

Four bowl games, hella prospects.

NCAA Football: Navy at Army Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Bowl Season is in full swing and today features the most bowls in a single day with four. First, at 12 on ESPN there is the Heart of Dallas Bowl between Army and North Texas. At 3:30, ESPN will show the Military Bowl between the #24 Temple Owls and Wake Forrest. 7 PM on ESPN will feature a Holiday Bowl Match Up between Washington State and Minnesota and the day will be capped off on ESPN at 10:15 with a Cactus Bowl featuring Baylor and Boise State. While there might not be a ton of flash, today features a lot of very different teams facing off against each other in terms of style. On top of that there are quite a few NFL draft prospects to look out for…

Edgar Poe, Wide Receiver, Army: Army isn’t known for throwing the ball because they don’t, really. However, when they decide to do, they depend on deep passes down the field. Over the course of his career, Edgar Poe has been Army’s deep threat and his athletic ability, combined with his 6-4, 215 pound frame would make him an intriguing late round prospect. Also he has a cool name.

Xavier Moss, Cornerback, Army: Xavier Moss is a defender to keep an eye on today as the 6-2, 200 pound corner has a lot of NFL traits. He is a big bodied, physical corner who fights every down and isn’t afraid to make plays as a tackler.

PJ Walker, Quarterback, Temple: In a weak senior quarterback class, PJ Walker stands out as a mid to late round guy I would want as a back up. He is a smart, physically gifted passer who can move an offense with his feet or with his strong arm. He would be a good candidate for a developmental player late in the draft.

Haason Reddick, Defensive Line, Temple: One of the more unique and productive players in the country, Haason Reddick is such a problem for his size. Despite a diminutive 6-1, 230 pound frame, Reddick is impossible along the line of scrimmage and his quickness and non stop motor powered him 21.5 tackles for a loss and nine and a half sacks this season. I have no clue where he gets on the field in the NFL, but there is no way Reddick gets kept from an NFL roster.

Praise Martin-Oguike, Defensive Line, Temple: While Reddick is the better college player, Praise Martin-Oguike is the better NFL prospect. Martin-Oguike has better size with longer arms and does a good job using his length and strength to get into the backfield. He does not have Reddick’s motor and technique, but he is a more physically gifted prospect.

Brad Watson, Defensive Back, Wake Forrest: Wake Forrest has a tough defense and Brad Watson is the leader in their secondary. The six foot senior has good ball skills, plays physical and is not afraid to get involved as a tackler. He can play off but his best work comes in man coverage. Today is a big test for his athletic ability as Temple will try to test Wake deep more often than not.

Marquel Lee, Linebacker, Wake Forest: Marquel Lee has been a long time stand out on the Demon Deacon defense. He is a stoutly built, 240-pound linebacker who does his best work coming downhill. He is very smart diagnosing and attacking plays and his size and physicality help him fight through traffic to make plays. He will have a huge test against a prolific Temple running game but his competence will likely keep Temple at bay.

Duke Ejiofor, Defensive End, Wake Forest: Duke Ejiofor is the best prospect in this game. The athletic, 6-4, 270 pound pass rusher is incredibly disruptive and physical off the edge. Not only that, but he is a strong run defender. He does not have consistent technique and can lose the leverage battle a bit too much for comfort, but when he is on, he looks like an NFL defender. He will be needed in limiting PJ Walker today and will need to continue dominating in order to stand out in a deep defensive end class.

Drew Wolitarsky, Wide Receiver, Minnesota: Minnesota has just about as bad of a passing offense as I have seen in college football, especially from a team that has eight wins. However Drew Wolitarsky is consistently able to show out and impress considering the abysmal talent he has throwing him the ball. The 6-3, 220 pounder has good athletic ability, dependable hands and is a solid route runner. I would not be shocked to see him go undrafted due to lack of relative production and then end up being a solid option for a team down the line. Wolitarsky will be relied on heavily today considering that Washington State is likely going to force Minnesota to attempt to score a lot of points.

Luke Falk, Quarterback, Washington State: There are conflicting reports on whether or not Falk will be retuning to school and it may all not even matter considering he is likely regarded highly enough as a quarterback prospect that the Eagles won’t be interested. Falk is a good prospect, however. He is a smart, accurate passer who does a good job under pressure. He is not the most physically gifted player, but his solid skill set should give him a chance to be a mid tier NFL starter.

Gabe Marks, Wide Receiver, Washington State: Gabe Marks has been incredibly productive in his time at Washington State. Over the last two years, he has compiled almost 190 catches, over 2000 yards receiving and 28 receiving touchdowns. The six footsenior does not have any elite traits, but is a very physical player who has excellent ball skills. While Marks may never spearhead an NFL passing attack, he has the makings of a number two receiver who can also be a security blanket.

Shalom Luani, Safety, Washington State: Despite having one of the best names in the NFL draft, Shalom Luani is also a hell of a football player. The six foot, 200 pound safety can play all over the field and is just as physical a tackler as he is a ball hawk. Luani wins on the field with his intelligence instead of having special athletic ability and he has the makings of an NFL strong safety who can occasionally play deep coverage.

Jeremy McNichols, Running Back, Boise State: Jeremy McNichols continues the tradition of excellent Boise State running backs. The 5-9, 210 pound back has accumulated over 2100 total yards and 27 touchdowns this season which is remarkable. McNichols is a shifty runner with good burst and a willingness to fight for extra yardage. On top of that, he is a truly dynamic third down threat. McNichols is not the most physically imposing back, but his dynamic passing game ability and solid skill set as a runner gives him a great chance of being a serious contributor in an NFL backfield.

Thomas Sperbeck, Wide Receiver, Boise State: Thomas Sperbeck may not be the most gifted receiver in the world, lacking elite size or athletic skills, but he is a solid player who has been incredibly productive for the Broncos over his career, including accounting for over 2500 receiving yards over the last two seasons at over 16 yards a catch. Sperbeck has very good ball skills and his dependable hands and route running ability would make him a candidate to be an NFL slot receiver, where he could make a big impact.

Cedrick Wilson, Wide Receiver, Boise State: While Sperbeck is the more dependable, polished target, Cedrick Wilson is easily the more physically gifted player. The 6-3, 190 pound pass catcher has a big frame, but also has speed to burn down the field,evident from his nearly 21 yards per catch this season and the fact that he is scoring on 20% of his catches. Wilson has only been playing on the team for a year, so I would be surprised if he declared, but the least he is a name to watch for next season.

Orion Stewart, Safety, Baylor: Baylor has had a solid defense and it is in part due to Orion Stewart. The senior safety has had a knack for the ball during his time in Waco, compiling 12 turnovers in the last four seasons, including 5 interceptions this year. Stewart is a rangy athlete who can make plays over the stop and can click and close coming downhill to find the ball or ball carrier. He is a bit aggressive, which can get him into trouble. Tonight will be a big test against a prolific Boise State offense and Stewart will have plenty of chances to show off his play making skills.

Ryan Reid, Cornerback, Baylor: Ryan Reid might be the best prospect in the Cactus Bowl, which is really saying something. The 5-11 senior is a smooth athlete who does a great job in man coverage. He has great footwork and his ball skills get better every year. This is a stacked cornerback class, so Reid will need a statement game against Boise State’s high volume passing game.