Scout's Eye: Bowl Game Edition Part III

Our college football bowl preview series continues with a look at key prospects in each game ...

Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis (8-5) vs. Wake Forest (6-6)

Saturday, noon ET (ESPN), Legion Field (Birmingham, Ala.)

Key Prospect

WR Greg Dortch, Wake Forest, rSO (5-9, 165, 4.44, #89): The do-it-all wideout is a lethal weapon with his ability to take it to the house on any play. The electrifying speed-burner has accumulated quite an impressive resume for the Demon Deacons, totaling 3,038 all-purpose yards (1,800 receiving) and scoring 19 touchdowns in just two seasons. While just a redshirt sophomore, don't be surprised to see Dortch declare for the draft following the game. He projects as an early to mid-round selection and brings additional value as a return dynamo.

Memphis Prospects

RB Darrell Henderson, JR (5-9, 200, 4.55, #8)

WR Tony Pollard, rJR (5-11, 200, 4.47, #1)

OG Trevon Tate, rSR (6-3, 290, 5.04, #72)

C Drew Kyser, SR (6-4, 300, 5.34, #54)

Other Wake Forest Prospects

OG Phil Haynes, rSR (6-3, 310, 5.14, #74)

CB Essang Bassey, JR (5-10, 190, 4.48, #21)

Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston (8-4) vs. Army (10-2)

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)

Key Prospect

DT Ed Oliver, Houston, JR (6-2, 290, 4.92, #10): A blue-chip prospect, Oliver stated his intention to declare early before his junior campaign even began, so his decision not to play in this game isn't surprising. He came under scrutiny late in the year for his sideline blow-up during an argument with head coach Major Applewhite, but it shouldn't impact how teams value his ability. His aptitude to take on double teams and finish, along with the amount of ground he is able to cover for a man of his size is extremely rare. A sprained ACL hindered his final season in Houston, but Oliver will be in contention to be the top overall selection and has drawn comparisons to Casey Hampton.

Other Houston Prospects

CB Isaiah Johnson, JR (6-2, 195, 4.56, #14)

C Will Noble, SR (6-3, 297, 5.20, #69)

TE Romello Brooker, rSR (6-4, 253, 4.62, #82)

QB D'Eriq King, JR (5-11, 190, 4.46, #4)

Army Prospects

RB Darnell Woolfolk, SR (5-9, 235, 4.58, #33)

FB Calen Holt, SR (6-0, 230, 4.60, #22)

Dollar General Bowl: Buffalo (10-3) vs. Troy (9-3)

Saturday, 7 p.m. (ESPN), Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)

Key Prospect

QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo, JR (6-6, 245, 4.75, #3): There are whispers around the Buffalo program that Jackson is contemplating leaving school early to declare for the draft (or leave as a graduate transfer). If he turns pro, he would be the ultimate wild card as a raw player with all the tools necessary to be a starter at the next level. Jackson can effortlessly sling the ball 70-80 yards down field with just a flick of the wrist, similar to Josh Allen (Bills). His consistency has been streaky at times, but Jackson will be intriguing to NFL teams that have an aging quarterback and are looking to groom a successor. Jackson's upside is as great as any 2019 draft-eligible quarterback.

Other Buffalo Prospects

WR Anthony Johnson, rSR (6-1, 210, 4.54, #14)

ILB Khalil Hodge, rSR (6-0, 235, 4.75, #4)

DE Chuck Harris, SR (6-3, 255, 4.92, #92)

Troy Prospects

CB Blace Brown, rSR (6-0, 184, 4.44, #18)

Sofi Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii (8-5) vs. Louisiana Tech (7-5)

Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Aloha Stadium (Honolulu)

Key Prospect

DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech, rSR (6-4, 262, 4.84, #45): The "Sack Daddy" enters his final collegiate game with 42.5 career sacks, just one and a half shy of tying the NCAA record held by Terrell Suggs (sacks have officially been compiled by the NCAA since 2000). Blessed with tremendous length, Ferguson uses his long arms to establish leverage and capitalizes on his strength with an assortment of hand combat moves. He has managed the art of multi-tasking between football, school and fatherhood; off the field he has mastered the unicycle. While his limited athleticism and bend on the field might prevent Ferguson from being a first-round pick, he should expect to hear his name called early on Day 2.

Hawai'i Prospects

WR John Ursua, rJR (5-10, 165, 4.40, #45)

ILB Jahlani Tavai Hawaii, rSR (6-3, 235, 4.86, #31)

WR Devan Stubblefield, rSR (5-11, 190, 4.63, #9)

Other Louisiana Tech Prospects

OG O'Shea Dugas, SR (6-4, 330, 5.52, #74)

WR Teddy Veal, rSR 95-11, 191, 4.52, #9)

Servpro First Responder Bowl: Boston College (7-6) vs. Boise State (10-3)

Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Texas)

Key Prospect

DE Zach Allen, Boston College, SR (6-5, 285, 4.92, #2): This is a high-impact player opposing offenses have to account for before the ball is snapped. Allen is a menacing force and is constantly in the backfield. He can rush the quarterback when lined up on the edge, utilizing a variety of pass-rush moves, and has kicked inside, serving as an effective run-plugger in the Eagles' 4-3 defensive scheme. The Connecticut native takes great pride in his technique, demonstrates a high motor, is relentless in pursuit and possesses excellent athleticism for his size. A strong draft season could push him into the first round.

Other Boston College Prospects

OG Chris Lindstrom, SR (6-3, 305, 5.17, #75)

FS Lukas Denis, SR (5-11, 188, 4.55, #21)

TE Tommy Sweeney, rSR (6-4, 255, 4.86, #89)

DE Wyatt Ray, SR (6-2, 250, 4.84, #11)

ILB Connor Strachan, rSR (6-0, 230, 4.76, #13)

SS Will Harris, SR (6-1, 210, 4.62, #8)

OG Sam Schmal, rSR (6-6, 310, 5.43, #73)

WR Jeff Smith, SR (6-0, 190, 4.59, #6)

QB Anthony Brown, rSO (6-0, 210, 4.72, #13)

Boise State Prospects

QB Brett Rypien, SR (6-2, 203, 4.86, #4)

DE Jabril Frazier, rSR (6-3, 236, 4.79, #8)

RB Alexander Mattison, JR (5-11, 219, 4.59, #22)

Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Georgia Tech (7-5)

Wednesday, 5:15 p.m. ET (ESPN), Ford Field (Detroit, Mich.)

Key Prospect

WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota, JR (6-1, 200, 4.52, #6): A first-team All-Big Ten selection and the Gophers Team MVP, Johnson exploded for 1,112 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this season, which has him pondering the next level. His renewed dedication to the weight room during the offseason is one of the biggest reasons for his success and it has translated to him winning one-on-one matchups off the line of scrimmage. Johnson really thrives on the inside slant pattern, scoring a handful of touchdowns that way, and he'll be even more dangerous as he continues to expand his route tree. The unquestioned leader of the team.

Other Minnesota Prospects

OLB Carter Coughlin, JR (6-3, 245, 4.78, #45)

ILB Blake Cashman, SR (6-0, 235, 4.83, #36)

Georgia Tech Prospects

OG Parker Braun, JR (6-2, 280, 5.02, #75)

Cheez-It Bowl: California (7-5) vs. TCU (6-6)

Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN), Chase Field (Phoenix)

Key Prospect

DE Ben Banogu, TCU, rSR (6-3, 245, 4.79, #15): Banogu, a long, athletic pass-rusher, possesses serious bend on the perimeter to pair with his impressive burst off the snap, which commands the attention of NFL scouts. He also appears to have the speed necessary to drop back in coverage and keep up with backs and tight ends. The Texas native is relentless in pursuit and his athleticism compares to Jason Pierre-Paul (Bucs). Banogu is a transfer from Louisiana-Monroe who has spent two solid seasons in Fort Worth (33.5 tackles for loss; 16 sacks; five forced fumbles). His draft stock is ascending.

California Prospects

CB Camryn Bynum, rSO (6-0, 193, 4.50, #24)

RB Patrick Laird, rSR (5-11, 200, 4.55, #28)

ILB Jordan Kunaszyk, California, rSR (6-2, 235, 4.77, #59)

ILB Evan Weaver, JR (6-3, 235, 4.75, #89)

Other TCU Prospects

DE L.J. Collier, rSR (6-3, 276, 4.88, #91)

ILB Ty Summers, rSR (6-2, 235, 4.81, #42)

Walk-on's Independence Bowl: Temple (8-4) vs. Duke (7-5)

Thursday, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Independence Stadium (Shreveport, La.)

Key Prospect

QB Daniel Jones, Duke, rJR (6-4, 215, 4.77, #17): When Duke head coach David Cutcliffe proclaims a quarterback as a first-round pick, NFL decision-makers pay attention. Jones' size, leadership, athleticism and ability to step up in the pocket -- along with the arm strength to make all the throws -- has plenty of teams intrigued with his skill-set. His toughness certainly made a strong impression on evaluators earlier this season, as the team captain returned to action just three weeks after breaking his collarbone with the help of a 3D-printed brace. Look for Jones to be in the mix as a first-round selection come April.

Temple Prospects

CB Rock Ya-Sin, SR (6-2, 190, 4.52, #6)

DE Quincy Roche, rSO (6-3, 230, 4.65,#90

DT Michael Dogbe, rSR (6-2, 280, 4.85, #9)

RB Ryquell Armstead, SR (5-11, 205, 4.56)

SS Delvon Randall, SR (5-11, 210, 4.60, #7)

WR Ventell Bryant, rSR (6-2, 200, 4.61, #1)

Other Duke Prospects

CB Mark Gilbert, JR (6-0, 175, 4.40, #28)

ILB Joe Giles-Harris, rJR (6-1, 240, 4.83, #44)

TE Daniel Helm, rSR (6-3, 255, 4.77, #80)

ILB Ben Humphreys, SR (6-2, 225, 4.64, #34)

WR John Lloyd, rSR (5-11, 190, 4.70, #5)

Pinstripe Bowl: Miami (7-5) vs. Wisconsin (7-5)

Thursday, 5:15 p.m. ET (ESPN), Yankee Stadium (Bronx, New York)

Key Prospect

C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin, rSO (6-2, 316, 5.28, #61): Possibly the top prospect on an exceptional offensive line, Biadasz possesses tremendous athleticism and is likely the most agile center prospect in the land -- a big reason why the Badgers often utilize him on pull blocks. He's also highly effective getting into the second level and taking on linebackers. The Wisconsin native has started every game during the past two seasons, demonstrating great awareness, fundamentally sound technique, good leverage and strength. A redshirt sophomore, Biadasz projects as a top 50 selection, if he decides to declare.

Miami Prospects

DE Joe Jackson, JR (6-5, 265, 4.83, #99)

CB Mike Jackson, SR (6-0, 200, 4.48, #28)

DT Gerald Willis, SR (6-3, 285, 4.94, #9)

ILB Shaq Quarterman, JR (6-0, 240, 4.83, #55)

FS Sheldrick Redwine, SR (6-1, 195, 4.54, #22)

RB Travis Homer, JR, (5-10, 195, 4.52, #24)

OLB Michael Pinckney, JR (6-1, 220, 4.67, #56)

OT Tyree St. Louis, Miami, SR (6-5, 305, 5.12, #78)

Other Wisconsin Prospects

C Tyler Biadasz, rSO (6-2, 316, 5.28, #61)

OT David Edwards, rJR (6-6, 315, 5.17, #79)

OG Beau Benzschawel, rSR (6-5, 315, 5.28, #66):

ILB TJ Edwards, rSR (6-1, 244, 4.79, #53)

OT Michael Deiter, rSR. (6-5, 328, 5.36, #63)

ILB Ryan Connelly, rSR (6-2, 237, 4.72, #5):

OLB Andrew Van Ginkel, SR (6-3, 236, 4.79, #17)

SS D'Cota Dixon, rSR. (5-10, 204, 4.56, #14)

RB Taiwan Deal, rSR (6-0, 219, 4.59, #28)

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Baylor (6-6) vs. Vanderbilt (6-6)

Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN), NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Key Prospect

TE Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, rJR (6-4, 255, 4.78, #80): A skyrocketing prospect who has been linked to declaring early for the draft, Pinkney possesses the size, speed and hands to be one of the first tight ends off the board. He's a mismatch for linebackers and safeties, a big reason why he has seven touchdowns this season. In addition to being a red zone threat, Pinkney can line up in the slot or out wide. He's been an adequate blocker for the Commodores, while averaging 15.5 yards per catch and totaling 45 receptions for 698 receiving yards on the year. He projects as an early Day 2 pick.

Baylor Prospects

WR Jalen Hurd, rSR (6-3,, 220, 4.57, #84)

WR Denzel Mims, JR (6-2, 197, 4.53, #15)

DE Greg Roberts, rSR (6-5, 260, 4.85, #52)

Other Vanderbilt Prospects

CB JoeJuan Williams, JR (6-2, 208, 4.58, #8)

WR Kalija Lipscomb, JR (6-0, 200, 4.54, #16)

OT Justin Skule, SR (6-5, 315, 5.20, #58)

RB KeShawn Vaughn, rJR (5-9, 215, 4.54, #5)

C Bruno Reagan, rSR (6-3, 315, 5.31, #61)

OLB Charles Wright, rSR (6-3, 240, 4.78, #11)

QB Kyle Shurmur, SR (6-3, 225, 4.98, #14)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Purdue (6-6) vs. Auburn (7-5)

Friday, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tenn.)

Key Prospect

DT Derrick Brown, Auburn, JR (6-4, 325, 5.14, #5): A disruptive force on the interior, Brown possesses great size and athleticism, to go along with a mammoth wingspan (83 inches). He should test well in strength and speed, as he set a school record by squatting 590 pounds and has been timed as low as 4.95 in the 40-yard dash, according to coaches. His ability to gobble up double teams and violent hands will make him a valuable asset at the next level. Known for his high character, the soon father-to-be projects as a first-round pick should he declare, which many assume he will.

Purdue Prospects

DT Lorenzo Neal, JR (6-2, 315, 5.22, #9)

RB D.J. Knox, rSR (5-7, 210, 4.59, #1)

ILB Markus Bailey, rJR (6-1, 235, 4.79, 21)

QB David Blough, rSR (6-1, 205, 4.79, #11)

FB Richie Worship, rJR (6-0, 250, 4.79, #34)

RB Markell Jones, SR (5-10, 210, 4.64, #8)

CB Tim Cason, rSR (5-11, 195, 4.50, #24)

Other Auburn Prospects

QB Jarrett Stidham, JR (6-2, 214, 4.68, #8)

DT Nick Coe, rSO (6-4, 282, 4.95, #91)

WR Darius Slayton, JR (6-1, 190, 4.42, #81)

SS Daniel Thomas, JR (5-11, 208, 4.64, #24)

ILB Deshaun Davis, Auburn, rSR (5-11, 233, 4.84, #57)

CB Jamel Dean, rJR (6-1, 208, 4.54, #12)

OT Prince Tega Wanogho, rJR (6-6, 307, 4.78, #76)

WR Ryan Davis, SR (5-9, 185, 4.44, #23)

FB Chandler Cox, SR (6-0, 242, 4.82, #27)

Camping World Bowl: West Virginia (8-3) vs. Syracuse (9-3)

Friday, 5:15 p.m. ET (ESPN), Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Key Prospect

WR David Sills V, West Virginia, SR (6-3, 203, 4.58, #13): From 13-year-old quarterback recruit, to playmaking wideout, Sills has come a long way in his development. Smart and physical, to go along with a dependable pair of mitts, he has an excellent understanding of getting in and out of his breaks. Despite teammates Will Grier and Gary Jennings sitting out this contest, Sills intends to play, stating he believes he can boost his draft stock with a big bowl-game performance. He currently carries a mid-round grade.

Other West Virginia Prospects

QB Will Grier, rSR (6-1, 214, 4.62, #7)

OT Yodny Cajuste, rSR (6-5, 308, 5.15, #55)

WR David Sills V, SR (6-3, 203, 4.58, #13)

WR Gary Jennings, rSR (6-0, 210, 4.49, #12)

DT Kenny Bigelow, rSR (6-3, 307, 5.06, #40)

OG Josh Sills, rSR (6-5, 320, 5.20, #73)

FS Dravon Askew-Henry, SR (5-11, 198, 4.53, #6)

Syracuse Prospects

DE Alton Robinson, JR (6-3, 249, 4.82, #94)

OT Koda Martin, rSR (6-5, 310, 5.15, #75)

WR Jamal Custis, rSR (6-4, 213, 4.62, #17)

DT Chris Slayton, rSR (6-3, 309m 5.225, #95)

QB Eric Dungey, SR (6-3, 226, 4.67, #2)

OT Cody Conway, SR (6-5, 296, 5.04, #60)

OG Aaron Roberts, OG (6-4, 292, 5.10, #59)

DE Kendall Coleman, JR (6-3, 265, 4.78, #55)

WR Sean Riley, JR (5-8, 170, 4.45, #10)

Valero Alamo Bowl: Iowa State (8-4) vs. Washington State (10-2)

Friday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN), Alamodome (San Antonio, Texas)

Key Prospect

RB David Montgomery, Iowa State, JR (5-10, 219, 4.63, #32): Montgomery is a well-rounded back who can run, block and catch. Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell credits the junior for helping turn around the Iowa State program and claims that the explosive runner would be the team's best route runner if he played wide receiver. While timed speed may be an issue, his elusiveness in the open field and ability to break tackles is as good as it gets. Montgomery is expected to hear his name called on Day 2.

Other Iowa State Prospects

WR Hakeem Butler, rJR (6-5, 225, 4.59, #18)

OLB Marcel Spears, rJR (6-0, 215, 4.77, #42)

RB Mike Warren, rSR (6-0, 215, 4.47, #2)

TE Chase Allen, rSO (6-6, 240, 4.86, #11)

Washington State Prospects

OT Andre Dillard, rSR (6-5, 306, 5.23, #60)

FS Jalen Thompson, JR (6-0, 191, 4.52, #34)

ILB Peyton Pelluer, rSR (6-0, 225, 4.83, #47)

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Scout's Eye Bowl Game Edition: Part II

Scout's Eye Bowl Game Edition: Part I

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