So now the fun begins. The college bowl games are finished, and it’s time for some all-star games (East-West Shrine, Senior Bowl, etc.).
Here are five players who helped their NFL Draft stock during college bowl season.
1. Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
Johnson was already on my radar coming into the bowl season, but his 12-catch, 204-yard, two-touchdown performance against Auburn was nice confirmation for me.
2. Isaiah Simmons, FOOTBALL PLAYER, Clemson
At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, there were many questions about what position Simmons would play in the NFL. My answer is anywhere he wants. He was all over the field against Ohio State and LSU. I think he is a top-five player in the draft.
3. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
The running back position is deep in this draft. Could Dobbins be the first one taken? After carrying the ball 18 times for 174 yards against Clemson, I do not think it’s out of the realm of possibility.
4. Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
So I am not a Herbert guy — this will be obvious as the draft season rolls on — but Herbert showed excellent athleticism and accuracy against a tough Wisconsin team. He completed 14 of 20 throws and rushed for three touchdowns. He has all the tools, and some team will draft him in the first round now.
5. Anthony Gordon, QB, Washington State
Gordon is in an intriguing prospect. He’s a one-year starter who left everyone wanting more after a 351-yard, three-touchdown effort against Air Force. He could have moved into the fourth round. If nothing else, he is fun to watch.
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