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NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl

The Arizona State Sun Devils and the N.C. State Wolfpack will meet in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl. There are some top notch players in this game that will be drafted. Here are the top NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl:

N.C. State Wolfpack

Bradley Chubb, DE

Chubb could have left college after last season, but chose to go back to school for one more year. In his career, he has 54.5 tackles for loss and 25 sacks. This season Chubb has 23 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He has shown the ability to pass rush and defend the run.

He is 6’4″ and 275 pounds which is decent size for an NFL pass rusher. Chubb is currently questionable for this game with an upper-body injury. If healthy he is a sure-fire top 15 pick.

Projected draft range: 1st round

Jaylen Samuels, H-Back

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl
Jaylen Samuels (Photo by

Samuels is a player who does a little bit of everything for N.C. State. He has 2,892 yards from scrimmage and 46 touchdowns in his career. This season he has 934 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. He is a touchdown machine that N.C. State tries to get the ball to as often as possible.

He is 5’11” and 228 pounds, but doesn’t really have a set position. Being a “positionless” player can be both a good and bad thing for a prospect, but he has a lot of production.

Projected draft range: 2nd round-4th round

Ryan Finley, QB

Finley has seen his stock rise in the past several weeks. He is an efficient passer that has 3,196 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Throughout his career at both Boise State and N.C. State, Finley has proven to complete a high percentage of his passes and also protects the football.

At 6’4″ and 210 pounds, Finley has good enough size to make it in the NFL, but will need to add some weight to prevent injury. While he won’t be one of the first quarterbacks selected, Finley could fight his way onto an NFL roster.

Projected draft range: 3rd round-6th round

Nyheim Hines, RB

The junior running back has had a break out season for N.C. State. Hines has 1,034 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He has also shown a proficiency for catching the ball out of the backfield as well, making him a solid prospect. Hines may elect to go back to school to improve his draft stock more.

At 5’9″ and 197 pounds, Hines can at least carve out a role as a third down back. He also can make a team based on his kick and punt return abilities.

Projected draft range: 5th round-7th round

Arizona State Sun Devils

Kalen Ballage, RB

NFL Draft prospects in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl
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Ballage can run the ball well and also has a lot of experience catching the ball. In his career, he has 2,646 yards from scrimmage and 29 touchdowns. This season, he doesn’t get all of the playing time, but still has 738 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns.

Even though he can make plays in the passing game, Ballage is actually 6’3″ and 230 pounds. As a big back, who can also catch passes, Ballage will get a shot to make an NFL team.

Projected draft range: 6th round-undrafted free agent


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