As college football fans prepare for bowl games, some of the top NFL prospects will have to watch the excitement from home.
Some big name players will be in limbo as far as their draft stock until either the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine, here is a list of some of the best prospects you should not anticipate to see again this year:
Star Lotulelei, the defensive tackle out of Utah, is projected to be drafted in the top five and may even gain from not having to play a better team in a bowl game. His stock could rise from only having to participate in the Combine and nothing else, but don’t let that take away from his size and talent as a lineman.
John Hankins, defensive tackle for Ohio State, is a great lineman, who I believe can match the capability of Lotulelei. He has proven to be a strong tackle who, like Lotulelei, can control the offensive line and running game of an offense.
Tyler Wilson is living his nightmare. The Arkansas quarterback will not appear in a bowl game that could help him move his stock up from this mediocre season. Wilson may be passed by other players and quarterbacks who shine in their bowl game.
Wide Receivers Keenan Allen from California and Justin Hunter from Tennessee, are two electrifying players who will miss their chance to showcase why the skill positions in the draft are not as weak as people think.
North Carolina will not appear in a bowl game, meaning players like Sylvester Williams, Johnathan Cooper, and Giovani Bernard will all miss their shot to showcase their abilities.
Same goes for bowl-banned Ohio State, along with Hankins, linebacker John Simon will miss out on his chance to play, and also loses a chance to improve his draft stock.