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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Texas Bowl

The 2017 Texas Bowl is not the biggest bowl game, but a lot of players are skipping it to prepare for the NFL Draft. Texas will be without a lot of its talented players because of this reason. These players are out for the Longhorns: Connor Williams (NFL Draft), Malik Jefferson (possibly), DeShon Elliot (NFL Draft) and Holton Hill (suspended). There are still some good players in this game. Here are the top NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Texas Bowl:

Texas Longhorns:

Poona Ford, DT

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Texas Bowl

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Ford is a good defensive tackle prospect who has been playing regularly for Texas for three years. He has 132 total tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss in his career. This year is his senior season and he hasn’t disappointed with eight tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He is the best prospect that is likely to play in the 2017 Texas Bowl.

At 6’0″ and 305 pounds, Ford looks like a good, run-stuffing defensive tackle that will fit in perfectly in a 4-3 defense. He will be drafted in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft.

Projected draft range: 4th round-6th round

Missouri Tigers:

Marcell Frazier, DE

Frazier has had a big season with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. This season he has also shown the ability to gets his hands up and deflect passes with five on the season. In his three seasons at Missouri, Frazier has 17.5 sacks. His pass rushing will help him get picked on day two or early on day three.

He looks like a NFL defensive end at 6’5″ and 265 pounds. His production wasn’t as good as a lot of people would have thought, but he still had a decent final season for Missouri.

Projected draft range: 2nd round-4th round

Drew Lock, QB

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Texas Bowl
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Lock has really seen his stock rise this season for Missouri. The junior has thrown for 3,695 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He can sling it around the whole field, but has had some accuracy issues with only 58.2% of his passes completed.

One thing Lock has going for him is that he looks the part. He is 6’4″ and 225 pounds. Lock has never had a season of 60% completion, which will concern some teams.

Projected draft range: 3rd round-5th round

J’Mon Moore, WR

Moore has been Lock’s favorite target for the last two seasons. This season Moore has 1,017 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. He has two straight 1,000 yard, 60+ catch seasons and has shown great consistency for the Tigers. Production will not be a question mark for Moore.

He has great size at 6’3″ and 205 pounds, but will need to add some play strength. Running a good 40 time will be a key to help raise his stock. With good production and measurables, a team will take a chance on Moore in this draft.

Projected draft range: 4th round-6th round


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