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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl

Although this game involves Appalachian State and Toledo, it has more NFL Draft prospects than one might expect. There could be several players drafted from this game. Here are the top NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl:

Appalachian State Mountaineers

Eric Boggs, LB

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl
Eric Boggs (Photo by twitter.com)

Boggs, along with the next prospect, is one of the best players in Appalachian State history. In his career he has totaled 342 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 12 sacks and eight interceptions. Boggs can do a little bit of everything for a defense. He can move into the top 100 of all time tackles with a good game.

His size is great at 6’3” and 235 pounds. Boggs may be one of the most undervalued players in the class, but someone will be happy when they give him a shot. While he may not get drafted, Boggs will have the chance to make an NFL team.

Projected draft range: 5th round-undrafted free agent

Taylor Lamb, QB

Lamb is a huge reason why Appalachian State has made it to three straight bowl games. He has 9,632 passing yards, 90 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in his career. He is more of a game manager than a playmaker at the quarterback position.

While his size isn’t bad, he is 6’2” and 200 pounds, he will need to add some strength to endure an NFL schedule. Some team may take a chance on him as a backup because he protects the football and has some mobility.

Projected draft range: undrafted free agent

Toledo Rockets

Logan Woodside, QB

Woodside has been a great quarterback for the Rockets and will get drafted. He has 10,390 career passing yards, 93 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. His completion percentage of 64.9% bodes well for him moving forward.

At 6’2” and 210 pounds, Woodside has decent size, but could add some weight. Concerns about his level of competition and arm talent will make him a later round pick, but he should battle to make an NFL roster.

Projected draft range: 5th round-7th round

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, DE

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Photo by draftanalyst.com)

Adeniyi has had a great junior season to put him on the radar for the NFL Draft. If he comes out, he will likely be drafted. He has 19.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks this season. That was over double his production as a sophomore which makes it look like he has some potential for growth.

He is 6’2” and 252 pounds. His height and arm length are things that NFL executives will look at it intently. Adeniyi has produced against the run and has shown the ability to get after the quarterback, which sets him up well as a draft prospect.

Projected draft range: 5th round-7th round

Cody Thomson, WR

Thompson had a great year last season, but broke his leg after five games. In his five games he totaled 537 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Last season, when healthy, he was able to catch 64 passes for 1,269 yards and four touchdowns.

At 6’2” and 200 pounds Thompson has decent size and can play on the outside in the NFL. He will need to prove he has speed to help his draft stock. The injury hurts his draft status, but if he can workout for NFL teams, he may be able to make up for it.

Projected draft range: 6th round-undrafted free agent

 

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