The bowl season is getting to the meat of the schedule, which means these bowl previews will start coming in one at a time as the length of the prospects to know grows.
This is one of the most loaded non “big” bowl games of the season, so get ready to enjoy.
Camping World Bowl - Thursday 5:15 PM ET
Virginia Tech vs Oklahoma State
#49 Tremaine Edmunds LB VT 6’5” 250
Season Stats: 102 TKL (55 solo) 14 TFL 5.5 SCK 3 FF 2 PBU
Edmunds is only a junior, but he’s starting to show up in first round mock drafts, and debates about the 2018 class’s top linebacker. Edmunds tall frame and speed make him an attractive prospect regardless of scheme, and a raise the possibility of increased usage as an edge rusher.
#31 Brandon Facyson CB VT 6’2” 197
Season Stats: 16 TKL (11 solo) 2 TFL 5 PBU
Facyson looked like a future star when he picked off five passes as a freshman back in 2013, but he hasn’t recorded a single interception since then. As a result, he’s seen his star fade, and is now considered a mid-to-late round prospect. He’ll have a chance to ignite his draft stock at the Shrine Game next month, and will appeal to scouts looking for length at cornerback.
#57 Wyatt Teller G VT 6’5” 315
Teller moved from the defensive side of the ball during his redshirt season, and has essentially been a full-time starter on the offensive line since midway through his freshman season. Teller is noted for his strength, and I expect him to test very well during the pre-draft process.
#5 Cam Phillips WR VT 6’ 202
Season Stats: 71 REC 964 YDS 13.6 AVG 7 TD
Phillips is coming off back-to-back 70-catch, 900-yard seasons, and will join Facyson at the Shrine Game next month.
#2 Mason Rudolph QB OSU 6’5” 230
Season Stats: 297/457 (65.0%) 4553 YDS 10.0 YPA 35 TD 9 INT 10 rush TD
Two summers ago I thought Rudolph would emerge as a first round prospect, but despite the gaudy statistics, he hasn’t progressed much since his sophomore year. This isn’t meant to knock the guy, but rather to acknowledge that he has fallen behind Baker Mayfield as the top senior quarterback, and now looks more like a mid-to-late Day Two pick. Rudolph doesn’t have the arm you’d expect from a guy his size, and he has a tendency to hang trust throws deep, forcing his receivers to fight back to the ball rather than leading them down the field. Rudolph has value, and will probably stick around the NFL for quite a while, but I’m not sure he ever emerges as an uncontested starter.
#28 James Washington WR OSU 6’ 205
Season Stats: 69 REC 1423 YDS 20.6 AVG 12 TD 1 rush TD
Washington has a funky, high-cut build, with a thick upper body. He’s similar in that regard to former Alabama receiver ArDarius Stewart. But Washington has been far more prolific, racking up three consecutive 1000-yard, 10-TD seasons, establishing new career highs in receiving yardage each year. He doesn’t look fast, but he’s consistently beating Big 12 corners by a couple of steps, and he has averaged 19.7 yards per catch on 221 total receptions. I’ll be surprised if he does not become a successful number two receiver at the NFL level.
#60 Zachary Crabtree OT OSU 6’7” 310
Crabtree is a three-and-a half-year starter at right tackle for the Cowboys, and another Shrine Game invitee. He should be a mid-to-late round pick.