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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl

The Las Vegas Bowl is the first game of the bowl season that features teams that regularly produce NFL talent. From Oregon, players such as Marcus Mariota and Kyle Long have started really impressive careers in the NFL. Boise State despite being in a group of five conference has turned out NFL talent like Jay Ajayi, Doug Martin and Demarcus Lawrence. Here are the top NFL Draft prospects from these teams this year:

Boise State Broncos

Jake Roh, TE

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl
Jake Roh (photoy by tucson.com)

Roh has been getting significant playing time since his freshman season at Boise. The senior has 1,288 career receiving yards, including 410 this year. What separates this season for him is the number of touchdowns he has been able to score. He has nine receiving touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

Other tight end prospects will be bigger than his 6’3” 227 pound frame. The production is good, but he will need to show he is athletic as some of the better tight ends in the class in order to get drafted as early as possible.

Projected draft range: 6th round-undrafted free agent

Oregon Ducks

Royce Freeman, RB

Freeman decided to go back to college this season, which may have been the right call considering the amount of good running backs in last year’s draft class. He has 1,475 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He is one of the most productive running backs in NCAA history, ranking seventh in career rushing yards.

Size won’t be an issue with Freeman, as he stands 6’0” tall and weighs in at around 235 pounds. If he runs a 40 yard dash time that is below 4.6, he should be able to get drafted pretty early in the 2018 NFL Draft.

*Freeman has decided to not play in this game in order to prepare for the NFL Draft.

Projected draft range 2nd round-4th round

Tyrell Cosby, OT

Cosby has been able to help block for Freeman for years now. Blocking for a running back that good is never taken lightly, as Nico Siragusa was drafted out of San Diego State for doing some good work in front of Donnel Pumphrey. Cosby could play tackle or guard, making his versatility an asset.

At 6’5” 320 pounds, his size is good enough to play tackle, even if it is on the shorter side. If he plays guard he will fit right in. All offensive players that play in Oregon’s system will be criticized because of the system they play in, but Kyle Long has been successful in the pros after playing for the Ducks.

Projected draft range: 3rd round-5th round

Tyree Robinson, S

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl
Tyree Robinson (Photo by youtube.com)

While he won’t blow up the stats sheet for any team, Robinson is a solid player that has a ton of experience. He was on a very bad Oregon defense in 2016, but has helped turn the unit around in 2017. He totaled 44 tackles, four passes defended and an interception this year.

Robinson has great height for the safety position at 6’4”. He will need to add some weight, as he comes in at under 200 pounds. A lot of scouts will see him as a player that can add strength ad be a quality safety at the NFL level if he improves.

Projected draft range: 5th round-7th round

Aiden Schneider, K

Schneider is a kicker that will draw some free agent interest. He hit 85% of his field goals in college and over 98% of his extra points. His problem will be that he did not show he could hit a 50 yard field goal this season.

If Scheider can prove that he has the leg power, he is fully capable of making it to camp with an NFL team.

Projected draft range: undrafted free agent

 

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