Generally the 3rd game in the All-Star pecking order (behind the Shrine and Senior Bowl,) the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl usually showcases late round and undrafted players with talent. Due to the depth of the 2022 Draft Class, there are some good gems on the NFLPA roster who should have a good week of practice and potentially push their stock into the Top 150.
Check out the NFLPA Game on Saturday, January 29th on the NFL Network. It is taking place in Pasadena, California in the Rose Bowl.
Zerrick Cooper, Jacksonville St.
Chase Garbers, California
Cole Kelley, Southeastern La.
Brandon Peters Illinois
Chris Oladokun, South Dakota State
This is an eclectic mix of QBs. Cooper is an intriguing late round pick based on his athleticism and rushing ability. He could even switch positions in the NFL, but a rush QB team like the Bills or Seahawks could take him late. He is 11th on my QB board.
Garbers had a promising start to his college career but fell off over the last two seasons. If he can show good fundamentals and flash the arm and decision making of his early college career, there is a potential NFL career there.
The rest of the bunch have some upside but need development. Kelley and Oldadokun had good careers at their level of competition but are unlikely to be able to make the jump. Peters dealt with injuries but was a high end recruit back in 2017. He has some physical tools but has never put it together.
The QB unit is a bit underwhelming, but so goes the position where there simply are not enough NFL caliber players in the world.
Ronnie Rivers, Fresno State
Mataeo Durant, Duke
Max Borghi, Washington State
Keaontay Ingram, Southern Cal
Shermari Jones, Coastal Carolina
Jaylen Warren, Oklahoma State
There are some promising RBs on the NFLPA roster who can be drafted late and make an NFL impact. Rivers had a great career at Fresno State and should be able to ball out in this game. If he can flash his vision and change of direction ability, Rivers could be a winner of the week.
Both Durant and Borghi have change of pace RB potential with their pass catching abilities. Both should get some late round consideration after solid careers. Even if there isn’t much buzz coming out of the week for these two, the game might be the place where they are ultimately showcased.
Ingram is a good downhill runner with a long career before transferring from Texas to Southern Cal. His experience may endear him to an NFL team and he has a bit of Rhamondre Stevenson to his game. A nice sleeper from high profile teams.
Jones and Warren have some juice but are low on my RB list. I see camp bodies who can make a team on special teams.
Isaiah Weston, Northern Iowa
Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls State
Kalil Pimpleton, Central Michigan
Michael Young Jr, Cincinnati
Taysir Mack, Pittsburgh
Corey Sutton, Appalachian State
Braylon Sanders, Ole Miss
Johnny Johnson III, Oregon
Montrell Washington, Samford
Mychal Cooper, Navy
Jequez Ezzard, Sam Houston State
Lance McCutcheon, Montana State
Brandon Johnson, Tennessee
There are a number of receivers with NFL potential in this one. Small schoolers Weston and Dixon are draftable and could even sneak into the top 200 of the draft. Weston is athletic with great movement ability in short spaces while Dixon has proven to be a reliable inside-outside pass catcher. Expect both to find NFL roles.
Pimpleton is an excellent return man with speed who should be a late round draft pick. His electric long speed and explosion are some of the best in the draft. This all-star game should be a showcase of his skills.
Some college veterans who may not be high end athletes but hard workers with good acumen to play special teams and receivers. Mack, Johnson, Sutton, Sanders, and Young fall into this category.
Ezzard and Washington intrigue as small school players who haven’t put it all together yet. It could be a coming out party for them.
Chase Allen, Iowa State
Austin Allen, Nebraska
Josh Babicz, North Dakota State
Zaire Mitchell-Paden, Florida Atlantic
Curtis Hodges, Arizona State
Trae Barry, Boston College
Both Allens have good two-way ability and could be drafted late. Chase is a good in-line blocker with soft hands as needed on 3rd down and in the red zone. Austin is a bit more dynamic as an athlete and has sneaky upside if he gets a chance in the NFL.
Barry is the most intriguing of the rest. The Jacksonville State transfer has massive size and length but never quite put it all together. He had a dominating game against Clemson this year and flashed NFL potential.
Obinna Eze, TCU
Ryan Van Demark, UConn
Aron Johnson, South Dakota State
Jahmir Johnson, Texas A&M
Andrew Rupcich, Culver-Stockton
Jalen McKenzie, Southern Cal
Sage Doxtater, New Mexico State
This is another solid group. Eze is a Draft Countdown favorite with long arms and a dominating season this year. He has a nasty streak but good feet to pass block. A late rounder with upside.
Van Denmark and Jahmir Johnson both flashed NFL ability this season. Van Denmark has good size and athleticism but struggled with little talent around him. Johnson made mental errors but had some good games against good competition.
Aron Johnson may be the highest drafted of the group. He had an incredible season and rarely let a pass rusher get past him. Look for the coaching to help develop his hand placement and technique. Sky is the limit.
Josh Sills, Oklahoma State
Cade Mays, Tennessee
Aaron Frost, Nevada
Eric Wilson, Penn State
Marcus McKethan, North Carolina
Josh Rivas, Kansas State
Chasen Hines, LSU
Mike Caliendo, Western Michigan
Greg Long, Purdue
There are some intriguing Guards in this group with varying profiles.
Sills is a lunchpail type who has excelled at Oklahoma State with his run blocking. He could be a tough reserve in the NFL in a power run scheme especially.
Mays has the most upside as a former 5* recruit who was a disappointment at Tennessee. He played OT for his career, but may be better served as a guard. Elite athleticism and explosion could be on display this week and put him into draftable position. He got called up to the Senior Bowl though, so he is unlikely to participate.
Frost is the last intriguing player of the bunch who has good footwork and pulling ability. He has mirror technique and is a solid pass protector. The practices will be key for him to make a name for himself.
Doug Kramer, Illinois
Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke
Orlando Umana, Mississippi
This Center class isn’t great, but Kramer and Wohlabaugh have a shot to get drafted.
Kramer was who forced Kendrick Green to move over to Guard last season and brought the punch this year. Though Kramer isn’t a top athlete at the position, he is punishing in the run game. Mental mistakes are his issue, but if those are cleaned up, this could be a future NFL starter.
Wohlabaugh doesn’t have many glaring holes in his game, but isn’t flashy. He shows good hand placement and consistency. Never blowing anyone off the line or holding defenders for too long, he is an intriguing undrafted option whose stock could rise this week.
Jayden Peevy, Texas A&M
Tre Williams, Arkansas
Tariqious Tisdale, Ole Miss
Roderick Perry II, Illinois
Akial Byers, Missouri
Curtis Brooks, Cincinnati
Jonathan Ford, Miami
The Defensive Line is a bit underwhelming, but there should be a few late round selections on the roster.
Peevy had a good year for A&M and is excellent with his hand usage to swim through offensive linemen. He has some pass rush ability but is smart in playing his gap assignment. He may not be flashy, but should be a reserve who won’t kill you if he has to play due to injury.
Williams and Tisdale are also intriguing players who are fairly stout and difficult to blow off the line. They could improve their stock this week and get mentioned in the late round category.
Sam Williams, Ole Miss
Arron Mosby, Fresno State
Zach McCloud, Miami
Zach Van Valkenburg, Iowa
Jordan Jackson, Air Force
Benton Whitley, Holy Cross
Damarcus Mitchell, Purdue
Eric Johnson, Missouri State
James Houston, Jackson State
Chauncey Manac, Louisiana-Lafayette
Daniel Hardy, Montana State
Clarence Hicks, UTSA
This is where the NFLPA roster shines. They have put together an excellent EDGE group who has some Day 2 potential.
Williams was one of the best pass rushers in the SEC this season with consistent pressure off the edge with great footwork and tenacity. His rip move beat future NFL Offensive Tackles and even showcased a nice inside spin move. Though he may be a high end athlete, there is a lot to like as a potential 3-4 outside linebacker who can get after the QB. He should be one of the best players in this game.
Mosby is another player who impressed throughout the season. He is good enough to set the edge, even against faster RBs, but he developed as a pass rusher. Playing with a low pad level and using linemen’s pads to drive them back. He is another great addition who could be selected early on Day 3.
McCloud and Van Valkenburg are two others to watch with good athletic profiles who just haven’t put it all together yet. As support players on their own teams, this is an opportunity to shine.
James Skalski, Clemson
Bumper Pool, Arkansas
Grant Morgan, Arkansas
Cameron Goode, California
Ferrod Gardner, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kyron Johnson, Kansas
Dashaun White, Oklahoma
Josh Ross, Michigan
The LB group is another solid one with Day 3 players throughout and some decent potential for risers throughout the week.
Skalski was the backbone of the Clemson defense (as seen when he was injured in their bowl game). A 2-down thumper in the middle, he should be a step up in talent from many of the offensive players he will be going against. Good tackling technique and reading ability will go far in the practices and game.
Pool, Morgan, and Goode are all good players who have flashed NFL potential through the season. Ranging from athletic types (like Pool) who can cover TEs and RBs while being able to close quickly to more 2-down players (like Morgan) who can play special teams as well.
Leonard Johnson, Duke
Samuel Womack, Toledo
Zyon Gilbert, Florida Atlantic
Anthony Blue, Newberry
Julius Faulk, Delta State
CJ Holmes, Jackson State
Tre Swilling, Georgia Tech
Qwuantrezz Knight, UCLA
Josh Blackwell, Duke
Kekaula Kaniho, Boise State
DaRon Bland, Fresno State
The corner group has a few intriguing names but likely late picks and undrafted players for most of the position.
Johnson is a good press corner who has had some good highlights and lowlights. He has late round potential as a #4 CB with growth potential.
Womack and Gilbert had good careers at smaller schools and have the athletic ability to rise in the draft process in be selected. This week could give an opportunity to flash those skills and make some big plays in 1-on-1s.
Blue might be the most intriguing due to his athletic potential and coming from small school Newberry. He has some great highlights and film at a small level. Competing with some of these WRs could do wonders for his stock and get him into a camp.
Markquese Bell, Florida A&M
Greg Eisworth, Iowa State
Quentin Lake, UCLA
D’Anthony Bell, West Florida
JT Woods, Baylor
Raheem Layne, Indiana
This Safety group is to die for! A ton of great players with good profiles and experience. From small school athletes to big school producers, we should see numerous safeties drafted from the NFLPA game.
Both of the Bells are very athletic small school players who have massive upside as later round picks. Markquese specifically flies all over the field and could make a name for himself early in this week.
Eisworth and Lake are two players I like a ton and deserve Early Day 3 consideration. Both are in the box safeties with Lake being a punishing hitter while Eisworth flashes good tackling technique.
Nick Sciba, Wake Forest
James McCourt, Illinois
Zach Harding, Army
Blake Hayes, Illinois
LS Antonio Ortiz, TCU
Not much to write home about on special teams. Hayes and Sciba are most likely to get picked up into a camp.