Top 5 NFL Draft Prospects in the Fiesta Bowl

By Tyler Brett

Top 5 NFL Draft Prospects in the Fiesta Bowl

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When the Arizona Wildcats and Boise State Broncos square off in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl on December 31, it will be more than just fans tuning in. NFL scouts will have their eyes on a number of talented prospects in this game, looking for players who have what it takes to make an impact at the next level. Here are the top five NFL draft prospects to watch in the Fiesta Bowl.

5. Terris Jones-Grigsby, RB Arizona

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5. Terris Jones-Grigsby, RB Arizona

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The senior running back played a complementary role in the Arizona backfield this season, but he’s still shown enough to make it onto NFL scouts’ radars heading into the draft process. The 5-foot-7, 195-pound back is a shifty player that operates well in space and accumulated 528 yards rushing on 107 attempts as well as 147 yards receiving on 11 receptions while scoring three touchdowns. He's an intriguing prospect despite limited touches.

4. Tra'Mayne Bondurant, S Arizona

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4. Tra'Mayne Bondurant, S Arizona

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Bondurant was a playmaker in the Arizona secondary with a nose for the endzone. He finished 2014 with two interceptions and four forced fumbles with two defensive touchdowns while adding 69 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack. His ability to create turnovers and turn them into points will be a very appealing aspect of his game for NFL scouts to evaluate.

3. Jared Tevis, S Arizona

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3. Jared Tevis, S Arizona

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Tevis was a dynamic force of nature for the Arizona defense in 2014, finishing second on the team with 119 tackles to go along with nine tackles for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He has the athleticism to play the pass deep, the strength to come up in support of the run and the playmaking to get after the quarterback on the blitz. That utility will go a long way in securing a spot in the NFL.

2. Austin Hill, WR Arizona

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2. Austin Hill, WR Arizona

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In 2012, Hill was one of the best receivers in the nation with 81 receptions for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. He spent 2014 coming back from a knee injury that cost him all of 2013 and was a solid veteran leader in a loaded Arizona receiving corps, posting 45 catches for 605 yards and four touchdowns. As he continues to return to form, Hill could become an impact player at the next level with his playmaking ability.

1. Jay Ajayi, RB Boise State

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1. Jay Ajayi, RB Boise State

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The junior tailback built some considerable buzz among scouts with a strong finish to the 2014 regular season and has already declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. He finished the year No. 9 in the nation, averaging 129.9 yards rushing per game, racking up 1,689 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns. He’s a physical runner between the tackles with excellent agility and quickness to make defenders miss and will be among the top running backs available.

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