This year's Foster Farms Bowl pits Purdue and Arizona in a battle of two schematic opposites on the offensive side of the ball. The Boilermakers prefer to be balanced in a traditional manner. The Wildcats just want Kahlil Tate to dominate. But which players are showcasing their skills for the 2018 NFL Draft?
COMPARE: Purdue vs. Arizona
Here are the Top NFL Draft Prospects in the Foster Farms Bowl.
Jace Whittaker, CB — Arizona
At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds he has enough length to play corner in the NFL and he's shown good ball skills, getting his hands on passes regularly and picking off his share, too. He still needs to get stronger but could return for his senior year to give him time to do just that.
Whittaker has had weeks where he graded as one of the elite corners in the country, however, despite the lack of ideal size and speed.
Nick Wilson, RB — Arizona
Wilson shared time with freshman star J.J. Taylor this season and has had some injuries kick him to the sideline but there's wiggle in his game and he's a better receiver than his numbers suggest.
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, DB — Arizona
Always around the ball, Flannigan-Fowles has the size to play safety and may have enough speed and agility to play corner for a team that values that kind of size (6-2, 205).
Ja'Whaun Bentley, LB — Purdue
A big outside linebacker who may fit in the middle of the 3-4 defense as a run-plugging tackling machine.
Jacob Thieneman, S/LB — Purdue
Thienman is small for a linebacker — listed at 210 pounds — but fits the mold of a rover type somewhere closer to the line of scrimmage than the traditional strong safety, a growing position in the NFL.
Markus Bailey, LB — Purdue
Bailey led the Boilermakers with seven sacks this season, his second full season at Purdue after injuring his knee and being allotted a medical redshirt for 2015. He's draft-eligible but may return to school for at least another year.[divider]