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 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
Marshall Thundering Herd Prospects
Juwon Young, LB
Young started his career out at Miami before transferring to Marshall for the last two years. He has 145 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception, three passes defended, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. This season he has tallied 43 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
He has solid size at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Young has plenty of experience, having played at Miami and then being an impact player at Marshall.
Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round
Tyre Brady, WR
Brady, like Young, transferred to Marshall from Miami and has become a good player for the Thundering Herd. He has 131 receptions for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. For this season, Brady has 60 receptions for 819 yards and nine touchdowns.
At 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds, his height is good, but he’ll need to add some weight to his frame. He has played good enough to warrant draft consideration in the middle rounds of the draft.
Projected draft range: Fourth-Sixth round
Levi Brown, OG/C
Brown has started at center from his redshirt freshman season and is now a redshirt junior. He has been honored after every season for his play. This season he made the All-C-USA first team for the first time in his career.
He is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds. While he has the necessary height, he’ll need to bulk up before playing in the NFL. As a redshirt junior, he may elect to go back to school for a year.
Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent
USF Bulls Prospects
Mitchell Wilcox, TE
At USF, Wilcox has specialized in making big plays from the tight end position. He has 69 receptions for 942 yards and six touchdowns. In 2018 Wilcox has 40 receptions for 506 yards and two touchdowns, which is solid production for a tight end, especially because USF doesn’t have the best passing game.
Wilcox will look in place as an NFL tight end at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. He could go back to USF for another year to improve his already solid draft stock.
Projected draft range: Fourth round-Sixth round
Blake Barnett, QB
He started his career off at Alabama then transferred to Arizona State before Barnett has landed at USF. He has 2,736 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 61.8% completion. This season he has thrown for 2,477 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 62.1% completion.
He has great size at 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds. While he may not get drafted, he should get a camp invite.
Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent
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