NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl

There aren’t many draft prospects in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, but some players may be able to improve their draft stock. Kentucky and Georgia Tech are programs that don’t produce a lot of NFL players, but do have some players in the league. This is the bowl game that features two of the best centers in the country. Centers don’t get drafted highly, but these guys can have successful NFL careers. Here are the prospects to watch out for:

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Freddie Burden, C

Projected Draft Range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent.

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Freddie Burden (Photo courtesy: myajc.com)

Burden is a good run blocker for Georgia Tech’s triple option attack. He has the mobility to get down field to block defenders on option plays. Because the offense is mostly a rushing game, Burden doesn’t have the experience pass blocking that he needs for the NFL. At six foot three inches tall and 291 pounds he doesn’t have great size, but makes up for that with his mobility. Burden will have to fight to make an NFL team, which will be an uphill battle because of his size.

Kentucky Wildcats

Jon Toth, C

Projected Draft Range: Fourth round-sixth round

Toth is the main reason that Kentucky’s rushing attack took off this season. He is good at getting to the second level of the defense and blocking linebackers. His football IQ is great as he calls out blitzes and sets up the rest of the offensive line. Toth’s pass blocking is good, but could be improved. He has good mobility to get to blocks that a lot of centers wouldn’t be able to get to. Toth has great size for a center at six feet five inches tall and 310 pounds. Toth can be a guy who will compete for a starting job or provide good depth for a team.

 

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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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