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2024 Tropical Bowl: Roster Breakdown

2024 Tropical Bowl

The 2024 Tropical Bowl will take place in Daytona Beach, FL on Saturday at Municipal Stadium. The game will kick off at noon Eastern.

The game has a better roster than the ones in recent years. Another beneficiary of the NFLPA Bowl shutting its doors. The Tropical Bowl would probably rank fourth amongst the Collegiate All-Star Games that have a game at the end of the week. The CGS does not have an actual game.

The scouting staff is led by the guys over at NFL Draft Blitz.

Today, I will look at the 2024 Tropical Bowl roster, position by position.

2024 TROPICAL BOWL: ROSTER BREAKDOWN

QUARTERBACKS

Cole Dow, Dayton

Mike DiLiello, Austin Peay

Matt Struck, Southern Oregon

Darren Grainger, Georgia State

Nolan Grooms, Yale

Mitchel Davidson, Youngstown State

Gunnar Watson, Troy

The best among this group is Georgia State’s Darren Grainger. He is a plus athlete with a decent arm. Gunnar Watson of Troy will make a damn fine UFL project.

RUNNING BACKS

Elijah Collins, Oklahoma State

Austin Bacher, Western Oregon

Bryce Agnew, Marietta

Thurlow Wilkins, Concord

Elijah Collins had his best season as a freshman at Michigan State in 2019. He was a reserve after that at both MSU and Oklahoma State. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Cole Beck, Virginia Tech

Shane Hooks, Auburn

Chris Autman-Bell, Minnesota

Bryce Oliver, Youngstown State

Devron Harper, Mercer

Amad Anderson, Jr., Temple

Dequece Carter, Indiana

Peter LeBlanc, Louisiana

Roderic Burns, North Texas

DJ Powell, Duquesne

Kyren Petteway, Long Island

Assanti Kearney, Monmouth

Koby Duru, Louisiana Tech

Ezekiel Lang, Missouri Southern

Andre Tucker, Monmouth

Jelani Baker, Limestone

Ayir Asante, Wyoming

Cole Harrity, Buffalo

Mason Tipton, Yale

Dev Holmes, New Haven

Perry Carter Jr., Jacksonville State

Brennan McGuire, Gardner Webb

This is easily the best position group at the 2024 Tropical Bowl. Cole Beck has legit world-class speed. Like he is a bonafide Olympic track candidate this summer. Devron Harper has top end return skills. He and Ahmad Anderson (Temple) have a chance to be on NFL rosters as slot targets. Chris Autman-Bell has flashed at Minnesota but has dealt with numerous injuries.

TIGHT ENDS

Trent Pennix, NC State

Neal Johnson, Louisiana

Josiah Johnson, Oklahoma State

Joey Gatewood, Louisville

Maleak Bryant, Long Island

Alec Holler, UCF

Steele Roring, Pittsburg State

With a resurgence of the fullback position in the NFL both Trent Pennix (NC State) and Neal Johnson (Louisiana) have a shot to make a roster there. Joey Gatewood is an interesting developmental project. He is a good athlete but has only played the position for a year after converting from QB.

OFFENSIVE LINE

TACKLES

Willie Tyler, Louisville

Spencer Rolland, North Carolina

Joseph Ramos, Arizona State

Kameron Jones, Mississippi State

Brian Dooley, Eastern Michigan

Clay Servin, Rice

Ryan Atkins, AR-Pine Bluff

Deiyantei Powell-Woods, Central Michigan

Devin Hayes, Middle Tennessee

Darrell Simpson, Tulsa

Christopher Walker, Montana

Spencer Rolland (North Carolina) and Kameron Jones (Mississippi State) are the only noteworthy names here. 

INTERIOR OL

William Barnes, North Carolina

Aric Harris, Maryland

Sincere Haynesworth, Tulane

Darrian Dalcourt, Alabama

Kameron Stutts, Auburn

Cole McAlpin, Belhaven

Nicholas Cerimele, Chattanooga

Kendrioun Boatman, Belhaven

Marquice Robinson, Florida Atlantic

Mike Purcell, Maryland

Sebastian Delasoudas, Rhode Island

Leroy Thomas II, Old Dominion

Tyrone Sampson Jr., Fresno State

Jordyn Slaughter, Illinois

Ed Montilus, North Carolina

William Barnes (North Carolina), Darrian Dalcourt (Alabama), and Sincere Haynesworth (Tulane) have all flashed at times in their collegiate careers. They have a chance to make some noise on a 90-man roster.

EDGE RUSHERS

Taijh Alston, Colorado

Nick White, Monmouth

Patrick Joyner, Kansas

Jordan Domineck, Colorado

Tyreek Johnson, South Carolina

Raydarius Freeman, UNC-Pembroke

Jordan Riggs, Merrimack

Jonathan Ross, South Florida

Thurman Geathers, Arkansas State

Taijh Alston (Colorado, West Virginia transfer) and Tyreek Johnson (South Carolina) were both disappointing in 2023, making little impact. They were more highly thought of entering the season, so you would think there may still be something there.

DEFENSIVE LINE

TJ Franklin, Baylor

Elijah Chatman, SMU

Levi Drake Rodriguez, Texas A&M-Commerce

Adrian Gonzalez, Eastern Michigan

Denzel Daxon, Illinois

Fish McWilliams, UAB

Ian Marshall, Northern State

Robi Stuart, Central Michigan

Mayan Ahanotu, Rutgers

Kylen McCracken, Marshall

William Green, Nevada

I was a big fan of SMU’s Elijah Chatman as an undersized interior pass rusher. He is the one to watch from this group.

LINEBACKERS

Clayton Isbell, Coastal Carolina

Antonio Grier, Arkansas

Tarique Barnes, Illinois

Donovan Manuel, FIU

CJ Goetz, Wisconsin

Mase Funa, Oregon

Layton Jordan, Temple

Khadry Jackson, Georgia Southern

Johnathan Butler, Middle Tennessee

Jacob Roberts, Wake Forest

Philip Ossai, North Alabama

Joe Sparacio, Eastern Michigan

Rich Miller, Kansas

Joe Casale, Robert Morris

Nicholas Lerew, Stetson

Jackson Taylor, Delaware

Niko Cooper, Western Kentucky

Mase Funa (Oregon), Clayton Isbell (Coastal Carolina), and Antonio Grier (Arkansas) fit into that category of all sizzle no steak. You hear about them but don’t really see all you want to. North Alabama’s Phillip Ossai is the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals’ edge rusher Joseph Ossai

CORNERBACKS

Al Blades Jr., Duke

Malik Dunlap, Texas Tech

Kwinton Lassiter, Kansas

Keondre Swoopes, UAB

Jordan Gregg, UNC-Pembroke

Aljareek Malry, Ball State

Jaden Dedman, Nevada

Ryan Dolce, Tusculum

Russell Dandy, Eastern Illinois

Knylen Miller-Levi, Minot State

Monroe Sanderson, Mars Hill

Terry Atta-Peters, East Central

Malik Feaster, Memphis

DJ Miller, Kent State

Jaiden Roe, Long Island

Rod’Darius Gattison, Western Carolina

Al Blades Jr has been around a while. He has the bloodlines you want but the tape is hit or miss.

SAFETIES

Nicario Harper, Illinois

Jason Maitre, Wisconsin

Jordan Anderson, UCLA

Cam Allen, Purdue

Chris Edmonds, Arizona State

Chase Williams, San Jose State

Dell Pettus, Troy

Nick Ross, Appalachian State

Bo Nicolas-Paul, Army

Judson Tallandier II, Akron

Tywan Francis, Temple

Davon Ferguson, Bowling Green

Jayden Wickware, San Diego

Myles Heard, Louisiana Tech

Jarius Reimonenq, James Madison

Jason Simmons, Syracuse

Sean Hill, UNC-Pembroke

Walter Reynolds, Ohio

Michael Dowell, Miami (OH)

Kam Pedescleaux, Tulane

The safety group is probably the second best of the positions at the 2024 Tropical Bowl. Jordan Anderson (UCLA), Cam Allen (Purdue), and Nicario Harper (Illinois) should all be in a camp. Troy’s Dell Pettus and Tulane’s Kam Pedescleaux were both highly productive and have legitimate shots to be on a 53 next year.

SPECIALISTS

KICKERS

I guess the punters are going to kick too.

LONG SNAPPERS

Nick D’Ambra, Fresno State

All-time long snapper baby!

PUNTERS

Logan Burke, Ottawa (AZ)

Ricardo Chavez, Idaho

The 2024 Tropical Bowl will be telecast live on a PPV basis. However, if past years have been any indication, it will be uploaded to YouTube days later.

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