The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Missouri Tigers Prospects
Drew Lock, QB
With Justin Herbert announcing his decision to stay in school, Lock is now more in play for the top 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Lock has been starting games since he was a freshman and has had a great career. He has 11,820 passing yards, 96 touchdowns and 39 interceptions on 56.8% completion. This year, he has thrown for 3,125 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 63.2% completion.
He has good size for the NFL at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. Lock is certainly talented, but is going to benefit from the weak quarterback class in 2019.
Projected draft range: First round
Albert Okwuegbunam, TE
Okwuegbunam is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury. He is one of the best tight ends in the draft class and shouldn’t risk playing if there is any long-term risk. The redshirt sophomore has 72 receptions for 881 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career. In 2018, he has 43 receptions for 466 yards and six touchdowns.
At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he’ll fit in as an NFL tight end. He is just a redshirt sophomore and may elect to return to school, although it could hurt his stock.
Projected draft range: Second round-third round
Terry Beckner, DT
Beckner has been on the NFL Draft radar for a few seasons now. At Missouri, he has 117 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, one interception, four passes defended and two fumble recoveries. This season he has 31 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass defended.
He has below average weight at 295 pounds for a defensive tackle, but his 6-foot-4 height will help.
Projected draft range: Second-fourth round
Other Missouri Tigers draft prospects: WR Emanuel Hall (Fourth round-sixth round), TE Kendall Blanton (Fourth round-sixth round), P Corey Fatony (Seventh round-undrafted free agent)
Oklahoma State Cowboys Prospects
* Running back Justice Hill is out for this game with a rib injury and he will also be preparing for the NFL Draft. His projected draft range is second to fourth round.
Tyron Johnson, WR
Johnson started his career with LSU before transferring to Oklahoma State. He has 73 receptions for 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns. This seasons he has hauled in 46 catches for 704 yards and five touchdowns. The junior still has a year of eligibility left and might want to give another year to Oklahoma State.
He is solid at 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds, but could add more strength. He will likely be selected in the latter rounds of the draft.
Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent
Zach Sinor, P
Sinor is questionable for this game with an undisclosed injury. He has 196 punts in his career for an average of 42.2 yards. He was able to improve his average every year at Oklahoma State and has an average of 45.5 yards this season.
Projected draft range: Undrafted free agent
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