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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl

WThe Foster Farms Bowl will feature the Arizona Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers. These programs don’t produce a lot of NFL talent, but there are still some draft prospects to watch in this game. Here are the top NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl:

Arizona Wildcats

Jace Whittaker, CB

Whittaker has really stepped up this season for Arizona. The junior has three interceptions and 10 passes defended. One of his three interceptions was returned for a touchdown. He doesn’t make a lot of tackles, despite being on the field for a lot of time.

At 5’10” and 180 pounds, he can cover in the slot and on the outside, although it may be a little tough to match up with bigger receivers. Adding strength is necessary to not get beat off the line of scrimmage. He may decide to go back to school for a year in an effort to improve his draft stock.

Projected draft range: 6th round-undrafted free agent

Nick Wilson, RB

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl
Nick Wilson (Photo by arizona.edu)

Wilson is unique in that, he produced the most as a freshman when he had 1,375 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Now, as a senior, Wilson has rushed for 585 yards and six touchdowns. He has split carries with other backs during his time, which has made it hard to figure him out. In total, he has 3,016 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns at Arizona.

He has decent size at 5’10” and 208 pounds. Wilson has a chance to get drafted, but would do better if he can prove he can pass protect and catch passes out of the backfield better.

Projected draft range: 7th round-undrafted free agent

Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, S

Flannigan-Fowles is another junior from Arizona’s secondary who has some NFL Draft potential. This season he has 78 total tackles, three interceptions and two passes defended. He is a decent prospect, but would probably do better going back to school for another season.

The safety is 6’2″ and 205 pounds, which is good enough for the NFL. Playing on so bad of a defense won’t help his draft stock, but if he decides to return to school and improves the defense, his stock will also likely improve.

Projected draft range: 7th round-undrafted free agent

Purdue Boilermakers

Ja’Whaun Bentley, LB

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl
Ja’Whaun Bentley (Photo by twitter.com)

Bentley is the only three-time captain in Purdue football history, which is a great accomplishment. This season he has 89 total tackles with 9.5 coming behind the line of scrimmage. He has added an interception, which was returned for a touchdown, three passes defended and two forced fumbles. In his career, Bentley has 264 total tackles with 27.5 of them going for a loss.

His size is good for the NFL level at 6’2″ and 260 pounds. He missed last game for undisclosed reasons, but is expected to play in this game.

Projected draft range: 7th round-undrafted free agent

 

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