NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
As part of our 2012 NFL Draft coverage, we’ll be scouting all 35 FBS bowl games – you can find most games here at NEPatriotsDraft.com, but there will also be some games at BuffaloBillsDraft.com, NYJetsDraft.com, and MiamiDolphinsDraft.com as well.
You can expect a primer of the prospects we’ll be watching in the days leading up to each bowl, as well as a Film Room breakdown of how the 2012 NFL Draft prospects performed.
My first game of the bowl season is the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl.
Top Prospect: #99, Vinny Curry, DE (6’5” 263)
Has nice size and average speed (sub 4.8) for his position. Mostly uses a bull rush to get the QB, but has some nice moves. Has been a stellar college contributor (12 sack in ’10, 11 in ’11) against not so stellar competition. Has the skills to convert to outside linebacker, but would be best suited as a 4-3 DE. Played some 3-technique at Marshall, but likely wouldn’t have the strength to do so at NFL level. Late first round prospect. Only average vs. the run at the college level, would have to work on that to be a three down player at the NFL level.
Top Prospect: #4 T.Y. Hilton, WR (5’10” – 183)
Hilton is small, but very fast. He could be one of the fastest receivers in this year’s class. He has a Percy Harvin-like versatility as a receiver, return man and can run the ball. He was a four year starter at FIU. Can line up outside but is used mostly in the slot and can burn by defenders in either position. Has above average hands and route running. His ability to run after the catch is his strongest asset. Likely a third round prospect.