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Draft Quack: Serving Cheez-its in the Quick Lane Edition

Which prospects will step up and shine on Boxing Day?

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Boston College at #25 Boise State 1:30 PM ESPN

ServPro First Responder Bowl

Location: Cotton Bowl (home of the Red River Rivalry aka the former Red River Shootout) Dallas, TX

- The Eagles and Broncos travel to the Metroplex to take in what is a mesmerizing sight in October called the Texas State Fair (if you haven’t been, go, it’s awesome and they will fry literally any type of food imaginable). BC comes in with a 7-5 record that was good enough to finish fourth in the ACC Atlantic. Boise State lost in heart rending fashion at home during the MWC title game to Fresno State. At least the weather will provide a welcome respite for both of these teams from not so sunny locales.

Boston College prospects to watch

1. Zach Allen 6’5 285 EDGE Senior

- The focal point of the Golden Eagles pass rush after a very good junior season being Harold Landry’s running mate. Had a monstrous junior season with 100 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. Production has dropped off a bit in 2018 tackles wise due to being the focus of opposing offensive lines but still a talented prospect. Posted 61 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and six sacks. Football IQ and work ethic are major pluses. Run defense is a plus as well. He has accepted his Senior Bowl invite.

2. A.J. Dillon 6’0 245 RB Sophomore

- Dillon is one of the more intriguing running backs in a loaded 2020/21 class. He had a monster freshman season last year rushing for 1,589 yards on 300 carries and 14 touchdowns. Has had a injury plagued sophomore season dealing with an ankle injury that just won’t go away. Despite the injury, he still has had a 1,100 yard and 10 touchdown season. Playing status is unknown as of press time. A name to keep an eye on for the 2019 season.

3. Chris Lindstrom 6’4 305 OG Senior #75

- Lindstrom is one of the more underrated guards in the class. The technical aspects of his play are very solid. Footwork is nearly always on point with setting them well against oncoming defenders and going out to the second level. I saw him get rarely beaten in pass defense. Doesn’t lose ground at all. Athletic enough to consistently pull on screen plays without it looking messy. Fires off the ball very well. Locks down his assignment. He has accepted his Senior Bowl invite.

Games Watched: BC OL vs Miami BC O vs Clemson

4. Will Harris 6’2 210 S Senior

- Harris was deployed seemingly everywhere as a blitzer off the edge, center field, and sometimes at corner in certain sets. He seems more like a in the box type of safety due to a lack of athleticism. Can get there to make the play sometimes but has problems identifying the ball. Gets lost in the wash a ton. Had a solid junior season but has dropped off slightly as a senior. Has accepted his invites to BOTH the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl. Wears 8.

Games Watched: BC D vs Clemson, BC vs Wake Forest 2018

Boise State prospects to watch

1. Brett Rypien 6’2 203 QB Senior

- Rypien is a four year starter that has improved upon his numbers every year minus one. The one major thing I noticed about him is that he has a lightning quick release. Very good in the short and intermediate areas. Doesn’t dilly dally and knows where he’s going with the ball in an instant. Footwork is a plus even when the pocket gets messy. Not the most athletic in the world but has just enough to scramble around. Arm talent is a plus, albeit barely enough to make all the throws. Frame is a bit of a question as he looks smaller than the listed measurements. 2018 stats: 301/447 (67%), 3,705 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He has an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

Games Watched: 2018 vs Oklahoma State , 2018 vs Colorado State

2. Alexander Mattison 5’11 211 RB Junior

- Probably the most underrated back that hardly anyone talks about. Has immense production as junior with 302 carries for 1,415 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s a workhorse type of back that Boise State rides heavily. Excellent vision and instincts. An in the box runner that can bounce it to the outside with regularity. Does catch the ball out of the backfield but doesn’t do it a lot. Has not made a decision about the draft as of press time.

Cal vs. TCU 9 PM / 6 PM ESPN

Cheez-it Bowl

Location: Chase Field (home of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks), Phoenix, AZ

- In what is to surely be relentless hours long ad for that lovable snarky wheel of cheese, the Golden Bears and Horned Frogs meet in a baseball stadium. Cal finished with a 7-5 record, good for fifth in the Pac-12 North. TCU finished at 6-6, good for an unusually disappointing fifth in the Big 12. Both of these teams struggled mightily on offense and had trouble even crossing the 50 at times. TCU has at least shown that they can score multiple times in the past. Will either or both of these teams score more points than Paul Goldschmidt had homers (33) in 2018?

Cal prospect to watch

1. Patrick Laird 5’11 200 RB RS Senior

- Laird is Cal’s leading rusher and fourth leading receiver in terms of yards but first in receptions. He is the go to weapon for a massively struggling Cal offense. Is a throwback type of back. Athleticism is not ideal. Football IQ is a plus. Transitioned to receiver as a sophomore but transitioned back to running back full time as a junior. Will struggle at the next level due to a severe lack of athleticism if he’s drafted at all.

TCU prospect to watch

1. Ben Banogu 6’4 249 EDGE Senior

- Banogu transferred to TCU as a freshman and hasn’t looked back since. He’s an edge rusher with very long limbs and an arsenal of pass rush moves. Technically not the most proficient but his athleticism will get him in the door. It’s up to him to develop further. Quick twitch athlete with a ton of burst at the point of attack. Consistent production over the past two years. Posted a career line of 151 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, and 19 sacks. Has accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

Games watched: 2018 vs Texas, 2018 vs Oklahoma

2. Lucas Niang 6’7 328 OT Junior

- A massive mountain at 6’7 328 that is an extremely underrated athlete. He can flat out move for a guy his size. Footwork is a major plus in both pass and run blocking. Actively seeks out targets on the second level. Football IQ is a plus. Anchors down well in pass rush situations. Right tackle by trade but I’m interested to see if he can play left some. Doesn’t get beat often. Hasn’t decided on the draft as of press time.

Games watched: TCU OL vs Texas 2018 (77)