The Arizona Cardinals play on Sunday, but for Arizona State Sun Devil fans, today is the day they have been waiting on. The final chapter in the Todd Graham era, whether you enjoyed it or not, it is over.
Meanwhile, they have a load of prospects, and will be taking on a potential top five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. It is all here for your viewing pleasure.
Here are Justin’s prospects to know.
Sun Bowl - Friday 3:00 PM ET, CBS
North Carolina State vs Arizona State
#9 Bradley Chubb DE NCS 6’4” 275
Season Stats: 73 TKL (40 solo) 25 TFL 10 SCK 3 FF 2 PBU 1 kick BLK
Chubb is projected as a top-two defensive prospect in this draft, and there’s a strong probability that he will sit this bowl game out.
#35 Kentavius Street DT NCS 6’2” 287
Season Stats: 36 TKL (15 solo) 5 TFL 2 SCK 1 FF 3 PBU
#1 Jaylen Samuels RB NCS 5’11” 228
Season Stats: 384 YDS 5.5 AVG 11 TD rushing, 69 REC 551 YDS 8.0 AVG 4 TD receiving
Samuels is a multipurpose player who’s been used as at tight end, receiver, and out of the backfield, where I suspect he’ll see most of his snaps at the pro level. Over the last three seasons Samuels has caught 189 passes and scored 44 total touchdowns in 38 games.
#7 Nyheim Hines RB NCS 5’9” 197
Season Stats: 1040 YDS 5.7 AVG 9 TD rushing, 25 REC 124 YDS 5.0 AVG receiving, 14.1 PR AVG 1 PR TD
I’m guessing Hines will be back in school next season, but the junior running back is coming off his first 1000-yard season after already establishing himself as a dangerous return man. He offers versatility and speed at the next level.
#15 Ryan Finley QB NCS 6’4” 210
Season Stats: 288/450 (64%) 3200 YDS 7.1 AVG 16 TD 6 INT 3 rush TD
Finley is a rare, fifth-year junior, who came to the Wolfpack as a graduate transfer from Boise State. He has a year of eligibility remaining due to an injury earlier in his career, and I will be mildly surprised if he’s not back at NC State next season. If he does go pro, he’s probably a mid-Day Three pick.
#7 Kalen Ballage RB ASU 6’3” 230
Season Stats: 657 YDS 4.3 TD 6 TD rushing, 19 REC 81 YDS 4.3 AVG receiving
Draftniks fantasize that Ballage will become a better pro than collegian, but the senior running back has shared the backfield throughout his career, and averaged an anemic 4.4 yards per carry through 46 games. Ballage once scored eight touchdowns in a game against Texas Tech, but that represents more than a quarter of his career total. The guy is an athletic freak, but an enigma, and I’m just not sure how well he’ll transition to the NFL.
#4 Demario Richard RB ASU 5’10” 219
Season Stats: 977 YDS 5.3 AVG 12 TD rushing, 7 REC 65 YDS 9.3 AVG receiving