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NFL Draft 2013: Bowl Watch Notes and Open Thread

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We examine draft prospects playing in tonight's Bowl.

Junior Arkansas State RB David Oku could be the best prospect in this game but is unlikely to declare for the draft.
Junior Arkansas State RB David Oku could be the best prospect in this game but is unlikely to declare for the draft.

The Bowl could be one of the more exciting bowl games to watch. No, not because of the guaranteed hundreds of Danica Patrick commercials. This game features two prolific scoring offenses in 11-2 Kent State and 9-3 Arkansas State. While these two programs aren’t exactly NFL farm systems, there are a few prospects worth noting. Give me a follow on Twitter @BigSwinginNick and follow my fellow draft coverage guru Trevor Woods @Woods49ers and we'll be happy to discuss the upcoming draft.

The best prospect in this game is tackle Brian Winters. Winters has tremendous size standing 6-6 and weighing around 320-330lbs. (There are conflicting reports on exactly how much Winters weights but it goes without saying, he’s massive.) He projects as a guard or right tackle at the next level. Scouts love his ‘mean streak’ and mauler-like abilities in the trenches.

Winters plays left tackle at Kent State, but lacks the lateral foot quickness to stay with premier pass rushers, hence the likelihood he ends up at guard or right tackle. He has strong hands and shows quickness off the snap. It’s likely the big road-grader will be a mid round pick and could provide nice depth at multiple positions along the line.

Juniors to watch include running back/kick returner Dri Archer and OLB/DE Roosevelt Nix. Neither is expected to declare but could be worth keeping an eye. Archer is an explosive kick returner but is similar to both Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James. Nix is a very good pass rusher but at only 5-11 he’s extremely undersized. If either declares, they’re likely looking at being late round picks.

Arkansas State wide receivers Josh Jarboe and Taylor Stockemer have NFL size and possess average speed. Jarboe, 6-2 215lbs, had a solid 2011 season, but fell off considerably in 2012 posting 47 receptions for 546 yards and four touchdowns. If he’s drafted it won’t be until round six or seven barring solid post-season workouts. Stockemer, 6-3, 210lbs has very dependable hands and could find himself as s solid fifth wide reliever at the next level. Stockemer tallied an unimpressive 29 receptions for 467 yards and three touchdowns. His hands could be the reason he ends up getting drafted in the seventh round.

ASU junior Running Back David Oku has not declared and isn't expected to. However, Oku was highly recruited out of high school and originally signed with Tennessee. He transfered to ASU a solid junior campaign after not seeing the field much at Tennessee. Oku could improve his draft stock tremendously if he returns for his senior season. At 5-10 190lbs he has great size and speed. If he does leave early, it's likely he won't be drafted until the final round if at all.