The first day of bowl action on December 16 includes a Raycom Media Camellia Bowl matchup between Middle Tennessee and Arkansas State, two teams likely to send a few players to the NFL.
COMPARE: JaVon Rolland-Jones vs. Mike McCray | Richie James vs. Anthony Miller
Here's a look at the top 10 NFL Draft prospects to keep an eye on during the game. (* = class of 2019 players)
|1||JaVon Rolland-Jones||OLB||Arkansas State|
|2||Justice Hanson*||QB||Arkansas State|
|3||Richie James* (Inj.)||C||Middle Tennessee|
|4||Justin Clifton*||FS||Arkansas State|
|5||Blake Mack||TE||Arkansas State|
|6||Canon Rooker||K||Middle Tennessee|
|7||Javonte Moffatt*||FS||Middle Tennessee|
|8||Brent Stockstill*||QB||Middle Tennessee|
|9||Dee Liner||DT||Arkansas State|
|10||Walter Brady||DE||Middle Tennessee|
Arkansas State prospects
The biggest draft prospect in the Camellia Bowl is by far Arkansas State linebacker JaVon Rolland-Jones who's currently projected in the 4th or 5th round by NFL Draft Scout. He finished the season with 51 total tackles, 13.5 sacks and more than 20 tackles for a loss.
Quarterback Justice Hanson (a junior) is already getting looks for next season, and tight end Blake Mack (46 catches, 609 yards, 7 TDs) could be a free agent pickup in the 2018 Draft.
Middle Tennessee prospects
Middle Tennessee's top prospect heading into the season, Richie James, played in just 5 games this season due to injury, but is still likely to be a late-round pick next season, unless he decides to leave early.
The Blue Raiders' top prospect this season is kicker Canon Rooker, and Javonte Moffatt is a rising 2019 safety who led the Blue Raiders in tackles this season. Quarterback Brent Stockstill will also gain some attention next season.
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