Wednesday's Poinsettia Bowl will feature an interesting matchup between BYU and Wyoming. On the surface, it might not seem like these two programs are brimming with NFL talent, but there will be some future pro players trying to catch the eyes of talent evaluators.
BYU has had decent success in the NFL Draft in recent history. There are currently six former Cougars playing on Sundays including Ezekial Ansah and Dennis Pitta. Surprisingly, the only NFL Draft prospects in the Poinsettia Bowl are coming from Wyoming, with BYU getting left off most draft boards.
Let's take a look:
Wyoming NFL Draft Prospects
Brian Hill, RB
The running back position may not be the same as it used to be in the NFL, but Hill is a can't miss prospect. Most draft analysts believe the Wyoming tailback will get his named called late in the third round and CBS pegs Hill as the No. 10 RB in the 2017 class. This dude runs like an old-school grinder but has breakaway speed in the open field. At 6-foot-1 and 219 pounds, he can be a nightmare for opposing defenses. As a junior at Wyoming, Hill rushed for 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns. Check out these highlights from one game against Nevada this season.
Jacob Hollister, TE
Hollister is on the fringe of getting drafted with most analysts placing him on the cusp of the 7th round. The Wyoming tight end had a productive outing in 2016 with 500 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. At 6-foot-4 and 239 pounds, Hollister certainly has the ideal size for NFL Draft evaluators. In a league dominated by quicker, pass-catching tight ends, Hollister might have a good enough skill set to come off the board instead of signing as a rookie free agent. Here's a cool feature Wyoming Athletics put together that includes a few highlights.
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