NFL Prospects To Watch In The 2016 New Mexico Bowl

The New Mexico Bowl features the New Mexico Lobos and the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners. This bowl game won’t be littered with NFL draft prospects, but there are some to keep an eye on in this game. These will be guys fighting to make NFL teams, but scouts will be watching them nonetheless. Here are the players from the game that will be watched:

Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

Jarveon Williams (Photo courtesy: mysanantonio.com)

Jarveon Williams (Photo courtesy: mysanantonio.com)

Jarveon Williams, RB

Projected draft range: Undrafted free agent

Williams stands at just five foot nine inches tall, but can be a nice change of pace back in the NFL. He is a good receiver for a running back that plays like Darren Sproles, obviously minus some of the explosiveness. In 2015 he averaged over six yards a carry, but this year didn’t have that great of a season. He didn’t rush well against decent competition this year, with only 10 yards against Colorado State and negative one yard against Arizona State. Teams will take a shot on him as a free agent because of his receiving ability, but their is still a lot left to prove when he rushes the ball.

New Mexico Lobos

Teriyon Gipson, RB

Projected draft range: Undrafted free agent

It is a little big harder for scouts to review players like Gipson, because he doesn’t come from a traditional offense. The Lobos run a pistol triple option, which means that Gipson runs plays and sees holes that most running backs never will. Stats have been produced by Gipson in his career, with over 3,000 career rushing yards and a 9.2 yards per rush average this season. He is a little more limited as a receiver out of the backfield than Williams, but can still help in that regard. At five foot eight and 182 pounds, Gipson will likely have to be a change of pace back too. Right now his strength is running outside of the tackles in open space.

Dakota Cox, LB

Projected draft range: Sixth round-Undrafted free agent

Dakota Cox (Photo courtesy: footballmatters.org)

Dakota Cox (Photo courtesy: footballmatters.org)

Cox is one of the best tacklers in college football, with 391 career tackles. His last two seasons he proved he could get to the quarterback with seven sacks, but is most known for helping to stop the run. He will need to work on his coverage skills to cover good running backs and tight ends at the next level, but his run stopping is good enough to get him a shot at the NFL. He isn’t the tallest linebacker at six feet tall. That is his list height, so he will probably end up being two inches shorter. At 231 pounds, he should be better in pass coverage, but there is still time to develop.

 

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Xavier University graduate who majored in sports management. I am a passionate sports fan who tries to follow just about every sport there is.

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