has been how prospects have been choosing to skip it entirely. Prospects are choosing not to risk injury in a what could be seen as a “meaningless” game. While that mentality makes sense Thomas Sweeney Jersey Draft , those players that decide to skip bowl games miss out on a final chance to impress scouts, against premier competition no less. NFL scouts appreciate being able to evaluate players go against elite playmakers on the other side of the ball and excel. That is exactly what these six prospects mentioned below managed to do in their bowl games.RB Darrin Hall (Pittsburgh)Hall’s performance against Stanford in the Sun Bowl reminded the nation that while teammate Qadree Ollison is more well-known, Hall may end up being the better prospect at running back. Ollison left the game early, which gave Hall a chance to shine. The senior ran for 123 yards on only 16 carries, displaying acceleration, decisiveness and toughness along the way. Though Pittsburgh didn’t come away with a win, Hall will be able to carry this positive performance with him into the East-West Shrine Game.QB Drew Lock (Missouri)The Liberty Bowl turned out to be a track meet, and while Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius came away victorious, he was thoroughly outplayed by Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. Throwing from a variety of platforms, Lock was nonetheless on target all night, throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and a completion percentage of 60 percent. The only thing Lock couldn’t do was run for a first down on the final play of the game, getting tackled a yard short on a zone-read keeper.S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)The junior defensive back recently declared for the draft and after a two-interception Peach Bowl Thomas Sweeney NFL Jersey , you can see why. A type of hybrid defender in the secondary, Gardner-Johnson’s first interception was a textbook example of being able to read the eyes of the quarterback and having the length and leaping ability to come down with the ball. That play turned the game completely in Florida’s favor. His second interception was returned for a touchdown and a case of being Johnny-on-the-spot off of a tipped pass. CB Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky)Other than a few drives towards the end of the game, the Wildcats pretty much shut down the Penn State passing offense in the Citrus Bowl. Johnson’s play on the outside was a big reason why. He smothered Nittany Lions receiver Juwan Johnson and his interception late in the third quarter was an example of the benefit in employing a 6’3” cornerback. Johnson’s draft stock will rise like a rocket if he can carry this performance into the Senior Bowl.WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)Butler’s performance in the Alamo Bowl was a fitting microcosm of how utterly dominant the junior has been this season. Butler came down with nine passes for an insane 192 yards. While those numbers are justifiably impressive, what was even better was how the junior accumulated those yards. He wasn’t just using his 6’6” frame to out-muscle defenders—he was working the middle of the field with crossing routes, catching short passes and creating yards after the catch and even shaking loose from press coverage. There’s always been worry that Butler is just another big, slow receiver, but this game really proved that there’s a bit more to his game than his size.DE Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)Ferguson was an all-around relentless game wrecker against Hawaii. His speed and length proved to be too much for the Rainbow Warriors, who couldn’t keep him from accumulating two-and-a-half sacks and two-and-a-half tackles-for-loss. Most impressive of all, thanks to the Hawaii Bowl, the senior was able to break the single-season Division I sack record—a record held by former Arizona State Sun Devil Terrell Suggs for sixteen years. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant tested very well"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNFL DraftOpinionNFL CombineBills could eye Hawkeyes TE pair following impressive Combine performanceNew,21commentsT.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant tested very wellESTShareTweetShareShareBills could eye Hawkeyes TE pair following impressive Combine performanceOn April 25th, the Buffalo Bills will have a tough decision to make with the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft. The team has multiple positions in need of depth Thomas Sweeney NFL Draft , but after Saturday’s combine results, general manager Brandon Beane could be narrowing in on a tight end; specifically one of two that wore black and gold.T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are both projected as first-round selections out of Iowa. Hockenson continues to impress with an official 4.70 40-yard dash, ranking seventh among tight ends at the combine. With a 6’5” frame and weight of 251 lbs, the former Hawkeye resembles an all-around talent who could instantly start on any roster. His ability to catch and block in both the run and pass game have multiple mock drafts putting him in Buffalo with the ninth pick.Fant could sway scouting crews, however. His official 4.50 dash time was the fastest among the position. While his explosiveness may not translate to the well-rounded top-ten talent Hockenson is, Fant has a ceiling that could expand once he gets experience at summer camp.Fant also led all tight ends in the vertical and broad jumps, recording 39 1鈦?” and 10’5”, respectively. This past season at Iowa, Fant also scored one more touchdown than Hockenson with seven. Fant was a projected late first-round pick in the 20s, but expect his stock to spike after Saturday’s performance in Indianapolis.With Charles Clay off the roster, adding a tight end is a must for Buffalo. Either tight end would improve the offense, but with Hockenson’s current stock and the Bills’ spot in the draft order Thomas Sweeney Buffalo Bills Jersey , Hockenson looks like the favorite as first off the board. Starting quarterback Josh Allen and running back LeSean McCoy are in desperate need of a blocking offensive line. Hockenson could be a key blocker in stance next to the starting five with the equal ability to leave the line of scrimmage for passing yardage.With the addition of wideout Duke Williams and breakout receiver Robert Foster on the roster, Fant becomes a less likely option for the Bills. The combine standout may have Hockenson beat in Saturday’s events, but his explosiveness is less intriguing when Foster is already Buffalo’s established deep threat.Depth at the tight-end position will certainly be discussed among Buffalo scouts, possibly resulting in the Bills drafting two tight ends in April. 2019 boasts plenty of available players at the position, including Alabama’s Irv Smith, Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger, and UCLA’s Caleb Wilson.If Buffalo chooses not to draft two tight ends, there are available free agents that could mentor whomever the Bills take at the position.Whether through the draft or the free-agent market, expect Buffalo to make a big splash in the available pool of tight ends this offseason.
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