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Five Players Who Raised Their NFL Draft Stock During College Bowl Games

January 9, 2019
So, now the fun begins -- it's draft season. The college bowl games are finished, and it's time for some all-star games -- such as the East-West Shrine Game (Jan. 19) and Senior Bowl (Jan. 26) -- and the NFL Scouting Combine (Feb. 26-March 4).

Here are some players who helped and hurt their NFL Draft stock during the college bowl season. 

Five Players To Keep An Eye On

1. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

Two interceptions, including a pick-six, against Michigan will open some eyes. I loved his skill set before, but now he could hear his name called in the first round.

2. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

In a weak quarterback class, Lock may have "locked" himself in as one of the top passers selected this year. He threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns during Missouri's loss to Oklahoma State. His arm strength is NFL ready.

3. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

A junior out of Baltimore, Butler put on a show against Washington State with nine grabs for 192 yards, including a highlight-reel, one-handed grab that had the internet buzzing. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, Butler has a chance to be a top-20 pick with a solid combine. 

4. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Standing 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Jones has the size NFL team covet at quarterback. With his 423-yard, five-touchdown performance against Temple -- he also had a rushing touchdown -- Jones has a shot at being the first quarterback taken in the upcoming draft and a sure-fire top-10 selection.

5. Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Ferrell is going to light up the combine, and you heard his name called enough during the national championship game that after the combine he will fly up draft boards. Ferrell held his own even against Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams. Ferrell is now undoubtedly a top-10 pick.

Who Didn't Pass The Initial Tests?

1. Ed Oliver, EDGE, Houston

Oliver did not play in his team's bowl game against Army. So, how could he hurt himself? Well, players like Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen and Ferrell were having huge games and putting more outstanding play on tape for evaluator. Oliver could be passed over by them on draft day, something two months ago we probably couldn't imagine.

2. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo

I thought he needed a big game to get some traction going heading into the offseason. Five catches for 67 yards against Troy didn't do much for me. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Florida Athletics