As the Bowl Games have begun, there are plenty of players opting to play that will help their stock. The early games showcased an explosive offensive output that is increasing the stocks of many skill position players. Since Bowl Games have so many variables (coaching changes, players opting out, motivation, etc) we will focus on who is helping themselves through these games.
Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU
It is unknown at the time of publication if Allgeier will declare for the draft, but either way he has improve his stock in the eyes of the NFL. BYU’s offense ran through him as Allgeier totaled 192 yards and 3 TDs rushing against UAB. He even flashed some pass catching potential in this game with his 2 receptions (1 a difficult catch). Allgeier is big bodied and can run defenders over, but he has good short area quickness to avoid tackles and stay on his feet. With good contact balance when he takes a hit, Allgeier is an ideal modern RB. Look for Day 2 potential if Allgeier declares as a potential starter in the NFL.
Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
Likely helped bring the victory to Coastal Carolina in the Bowl Game over Northern Illinois with smooth routes and good soft hands. Playing both in-line and in the slot, Likely was a match-up nightmare for NIU. He has enough size to box out corners and safeties to make plays, but fast enough that Linebackers couldn’t keep up. If Likely keeps this up into the Senior Bowl, he can move his way into the Top 3 TEs and potentially be a 2nd-3rd round pick.
Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky
Jerreth Sterns, WR, Western Kentucky
Zappe broke Joe Burrow’s yardage and TD record for a single season in this game. He had transferred to WKU with Sterns from Houston Baptist following Offensive Coordinator Zach Kittley. With Kittley moving onto Texas Tech, Zappe was essentially in control of the offense for the Bowl Game and lit it up. 422 yards and 6 TDs was an eye popping stat line against Appalachian State. Though his arm isn’t the strongest, Zappe will be a Day 3 pick and be a solid back-up in the NFL.
Sterns isn’t as highly touted and is fringe draftable, but the small shifty WR amassed over 1900 yards receiving this season. He was Zappe’s primary target once again catching 13 passes for 184 yards and 3 TDs. Sterns has solid speed and good quickness to get open on short passes and deep ones. He should have a shot to be a late round pick tot try and develop.
Arron Mosby, EDGE, Fresno State
The lone defender on this list from Week 1 of Bowl season is an underrated EDGE player I continue to tout. Mosby had 6 sacks this season including 1 against UTEP in the Bowl game to help seal the victory. Though Fresno State’s defense didn’t play great, Mosby was able to set the edge and get some pressure with good hand usage and a hot motor. He is likely an undrafted player with upside due to his knowledge of the game and technique.