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NFL Draft Prospects in the 2020 Camellia Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. Bowl scheduling allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2020 Camellia Bowl.

Buffalo Bulls Draft Prospects

Jaret Patterson, RB

Even though he plays in the MAC, Patterson has been one of the more entertaining running backs in all of college football. He has had a good career with 3,884 rushing yards and 52 rushing touchdowns. This season, Patterson has 1,072 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in just six games.

Patterson is shorter at 5-foot-9, but is decently well-built for his height at 195 pounds. He has amassed a lot of numbers in his time with Buffalo, but needs to prove he is an every-down back. This season, he has no catches and will need to prove himself as a pass blocker to improve his stock. Currently he is a projected mid-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Projected Draft Range: Fourth Round Pick-Sixth Round Pick

Malcolm Koonce, Edge

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2020 Camellia Bowl
Malcolm Koonce (Photo via

One of the more efficient pass rushers in college football over the last two seasons is Malcolm Koonce. Over his career, Koonce has 22.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. This season, in just six games, Koonce has totaled 6.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

He isn’t the prototypical size for an edge rusher, but Koonce won’t look out of place in the NFL either at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. His production is too good for NFL teams to ignore. Koonce should expect to be a mid to late round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Projected Draft Range: Fourth Round Pick-Sixth Round Pick

Other Draft Prospects

WR Antonio Nunn (6th-UFA), OT Kayoda Awosika (UFA), LB Kadofi Washington (UFA), EDGE Taylor Riggins (UFA), S Tyrone Hill (UFA)

Marshall Thundering Herd Draft Prospects

Brenden Knox, RB

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2020 Camellia Bowl
Brenden Knox (Photo via

Knox has seen the field ever since his freshman year, making a big impact for the Thundering Herd. He has 2,852 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns in his career. To go with his rushing stats, he has 27 receptions for 239 yards and a touchdown. This season, he has 887 rushing yards, 86 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns.

At 6-foot and 223 pounds, Knox is a well-built running back. He is just a junior, so he may choose to return to school in order to improve his draft stock. For the 2021 NFL Draft, Knox is projected to be a late round pick or undrafted.

Projected Draft Range: Sixth Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

Josh Ball, OT

Ball started his career at Florida State, where he redshirted for one year, then stayed for another. After that he went to JUCO before finding himself at Marshall. He only made one start as a junior last season, but garnered some attention. This season he was named First Team All-C-USA.

At 6-foot-8 and 309 pounds, Ball will need to fill out a little bit more for the pros, but his measurables will be useful at the next level. Ball played well this season and will be considered in the 2021 NFL Draft. He will likely be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.

Projected Draft Range: Seventh Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

Other Draft Prospects

* Linebacker Tavante Beckett has opted out of this game to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. He is a projected undrafted free agent.

OT WIll Ulmer (UFA), S Nazeeh Johnson (UFA)


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