NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Loyko
NEPatriotsDraft.com will be following the top draft eligible prospects in every bowl game this year. The first one on the docket for me is the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, which features the San Diego Aztecs vs. Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns. Here are the top prospects to watch.
Louisiana-Lafayette’s Top Prospect
#89 LaDarius Green, TE , 6’6″ 236
Green is one of the most underrated prospects in the country. Green possesses exceptional height with long arms, but not much bulk. Above average athleticism for a tight end. His quickness and agility allow him to get open against both DBs and LBs. Very good burst off the line. His route running is not refined or polished, as he uses his speed and size to get open. Green’s long arms allow for a giant catching radius.
He is utilized in the red zone on jump balls. His hands are average, but have improved each year. With the NFL evolving to multiple tight end sets, Green is an attractive prospect. His blocking is certainly below average and will most likely be used split out or off the line of scrimmage in the NFL. He reminds me of Martellus Bennett of the Dallas Cowboys.
Others to watch: WR Javone Lawson
San Diego State’s Top Prospect
#14 Ryan Lindley, QB, 6’4″ 230
Lindley is one of the second-third tier QB prospects for this years draft. Lindley has good size and strength for a QB prospect. His arm strength is certainly above average, but his accuracy is inconsistent. The biggest question mark surrounding Lindley is if he can handle a strong pass rush. He has a tendency to get happy feet and fall away from a pass rush.
This is a huge game for Lindley who will need to showcase his attributes on National TV. Lindley is definitely a draftable QB, but he is pretty raw and unpolished as a pocket QB.
Others to watch: OG Nick Embernate, LB Miles Burris