As much as we do not want the Eagles season to end, there is a very real possibility that this Sunday, regardless of a win or loss, the 2018 season can come to an end. All beginnings start with an ending – which means that the 2019 off-season would begin early this year! Most importantly, NFL draft scouting.
Perfect timing as we are getting right into the thick of the bowl season. Here are 9 players who had an impressive season, and showed out in his bowl game.
- Tyre Brady WR Marshall | 5 catches 88 yards in Bowl Game
Coming into the season, Brady was looking to improve upon a lowkey breakout season from his junior year; and was on the preseason Bilitnikof watchlist. On a mediocre Herd football team, Brady was a 1,000 yard receiver and reeled in 9 TDs over 71 catches. At 6’3, 206 pounds running a 4.5 40 time, Brady moves well for his size. He has also shown the ability to be a deep threat at Marshall. Pairing him up with Alshon would be like having the Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey combo from Chicago. To top it all off, he’s got high character, a key part to the Eagles’ draft strategy. The below infographic says it all.
Tyre Brady’s bowl game comments, which appeared on https://t.co/SKbgs1ubbH a couple weeks ago, made it to the ESPN broadcast. Kid deserves the recognition, and NFL decision-makers should take notice.
— Chuck McGill (@chuckmcgill) December 21, 2018
- Anthony Johnson WR Buffalo | 5 catches 67 yards in Bowl Game
After a monster junior season tallying nearly 1,400 yards and 14 TDs, Johnson decided to come back for his senior season to prove that the breakout was no fluke. He followed that up with a 1,000-yard 11TD year while missing two games. At 6’2 207 pounds, Johnson has down-the-field speed that allows him to create separation, and his ability to go up and get the ball is elite. Johnson will most likely be a day 2 pick, where the Eagles could use one of their two 2nd rounders and this kid would still be a sleeper pick.
- Khalil Hodge LB Buffalo | 5 tackles in Bowl Game
The last LB named Khalil to come out of Buffalo was a perennial Pro Bowler and traded for 2 first round picks. Hodge is no Mack, but does have an elite nose for the football, totaling 414 tackles in just 3 seasons. Hodge consistently fills holes, sheds blocks and brings down runners while also being able to drop into zone coverage when needed. These skills make him a great fit in a Jim Schwartz defense. With Hicks’ future in Midnight Green uncertain, LB is a need.
- Blace Brown CB Troy | 1 pass deflection
A 6 foot, ball hawking corner with the same genes as Herschel Walker, Brown couldn’t be more of a fit with the Eagles secondary. Before teams stopped throwing his way in 2018, Brown had 11 INTs and 10 pass breakups through two seasons. That sounds like he could play anywhere, however Troy plays a similar style with their corners as the Eagles – an off the line approach. Brown breaks on the ball with speed and isn’t shy when it comes to tackling. He has very fluid hips and uses his body to shield receivers to the side line. If it weren’t for his slim frame Brown would go higher than late day 2 early day 3.
- Michael Dieter LG (OL) Wisconsin
All season, the Wisconsin offensive line has been considered one of, if not the best units in CFB, and Michael Dieter is a big reason why. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 2,000 yards and not to discredit him, but the offensive line is a huge reason why. Dieter, a senior, has played center, tackle and now guard for Wisconsin; showing versatility a trait admired by the Eagles front office and coaching staff. Deiter has been praised for his hands, strength and solid technique which will most likely make him the next Badger OL to find success in the NFL.