Week 2 of Bowl Games has come and gone. Though some were canceled, plenty of players showed up to improve their NFL Draft stocks. The theme of heavy offense continues in these Bowl Games and likely will for the rest of Bowl season. 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.
Spencer Burford, OT, UTSA
The LT had a tough match-up with San Diego State EDGE rusher Cameron Thomas in the Frisco Bowl. But, Burford was fantastic and absolutely stonewalled Thomas, negating his pass rush. It helped the Roadrunner offense be productive throughout the game.
Burford and Thomas may meet again at this year’s Senior Bowl, but if it was anything like this Bowl Game, Burford will impress. His size and strength are NFL caliber, and he has improved throughout the season on reading defenders and adjusting his feet and hands accordingly. Look for him to be a solid Day 3 pick.
Blaze Alldredge, LB, Missouri
Alldredge was the best player on Missouri’s defense when defending Army’s unique rushing attack. He played disciplined with good wrap-up ability and clearly had been studying the Triple Option type offense run by the Black Knights. Though he isn’t a high-end prospect, Alldredge has shown special teams prowess and a nose for the football. He should make a camp and compete for a practice squad spot.
Jack Sorenson, WR, Miami (OH)
Sorenson has been the top WR for the RedHawks this year and was the focus in the Bowl Game against North Texas. He is a smooth athlete with solid hands who can also play some special teams.
North Texas didn’t have much of an answer for Sorensonson as he caught 7 catches for 116 yards. He is likely a late draft pick or priority UDFA, but could make some NFL noise with an opportunity.
Dion Novil, DL, North Texas
Novil isn’t a big draft name, but he had a great Bowl Game. Good penetration from inside and the EDGE led to 1.5 sacks and increasing pressure. He even made a few plays against the run behind the line of scrimmage. Impressive get off for his size, Novil should be a camp body who is starting to gain interest.