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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hawai’i Bowl

The 2017 Hawai’I Bowl is a unique bowl game for NFL Draft prospects, in that the best prospects aren’t draft eligible. Houston has a great talent in Ed Oliver, who won the Outland trophy as the best interior lineman in college football this year. He will be a top NFL Draft pick, whenever he decides to leave school. Fresno State has a great sophomore linebacker in Jeffrey Allison who has 113 total tackles this season. These are players to watch, but here are the top NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hawai’i Bowl for this draft:

Fresno State Bulldogs

Jimmy Camacho, K

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hawai'i Bowl
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Camacho has only started this season, but the senior has impressed. He hit 21 of 26 field goal attempts and 38 of 39 extra point attempts. Against San Jose State, Camacho hit a 50-yard field goal, which was his longest of the season.

The biggest concern with Camacho is that he only has one season of kicking under his belt. He will have a lot to prove to NFL teams including power, accuracy and clutch kicking. If he is lucky, he will be invited to a team’s training camp.

Projected draft range: undrafted free agent

Houston Cougars

Will Noble, C

Noble was a Freshman All-American and has plenty of experience in his three years as a Cougar. He is the best chance for Houston to have a player selected in this draft class. The junior has a lot of accolades in his career and could decide to make the jump to the NFL, even though the best decision is probably for him to stay in school.

At 6’4” and 297 pounds, Noble has good size for an NFL center. He has shown proficiencies in run blocking and pass blocking. If he decides to go in the draft this year, he may get drafted.

Projected draft range: 6th round-undrafted free agent

Steven Dunbar, WR

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hawai'i Bowl
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Dunbar has blossomed in his last few seasons at Houston. This season he has 882 receiving yards and three touchdowns. With the inconsistent quarterback play and changes at the position, Dunbar produced no matter the situation. In the last few games of the season, with D’Eriq King at quarterback, Dunbar has been more of a go-to-guy and should produce in this bowl game.

His size is excellent for an NFL receiver at 6’3” and 202 pounds. He will need to add some play strength, but his height will help him create matchup problems.

Projected draft range: 7th round-undrafted free agent


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