Would You Rather: Prospect Games To Watch Instead Of Bowls (Part 2)

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This was definitely easier to do last week, but that doesn't mean I won't go for it again.

Bowl games are fun. They're zany, explosive, curious and critically live. They are unfolding before our very eyes, and the possibility for magic and drama at every turn is why we love football. And, in that live football will expire shortly as we turn in to 2020, it is important to watch live football when you can.

But c'mon. North Carolina versus Temple? Michigan State against Wake Forest?

If you like rough offenses, injury-plagued rosters and the oddest juxtaposition of offenses in the history of football (triple-option Air Force vs. Air Raid Washington State), then Friday is certainly for you.

But it's not for me. I have got too many good players to watch and too many great film cut-ups to share.

Last week, I gave you eight cut-ups to watch instead of the bowl games. This week, there are more good games to watch and your second serving is on its way.

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman: North Carolina vs. Temple (12:00 p.m. ET Friday)

Alabama OT Jedrick Wills vs. Auburn

I'm not joking when I say drop everything you're doing tomorrow and load up Alabama’s offensive line against Auburn. This is a special, special performance.

Jedrick Wills is the total package at offensive tackle, and in a class with a few total packages, it's going to be a tough fight for OT1. But I caught this film out of the corner of my eye when I was watching the Auburn defensive line. If the rest of Wills' film is like this, he is going to be pushing for OVR1, let alone OT1.

If you’re keen to check out Wills’ performance, focus on his lower half — it doesn't get much better than that.

Ohio State EDGE Chase Young vs. Wisconsin

Chase Young had four sacks against Wisconsin this year. Unfortunately, it wasn't this Wisconsin — it was Week-9, regular-season Wisconsin. While that was likely Young's best film of the year, his second game against Wisconsin is nothing to sniff at.

You can see the extra attention given to Young throughout the course of this game. Wisconsin was not going to get dominated by him again. 

Young tries so many different things across the course of the game — his toolbox has expanded from last year to this year — to break double-teams or work off of chips or slide protection. Eventually, he starts making his impact plays, as the Ohio State defense tightens up with him, and powers the Buckeyes to a win.

He is the true OVR1.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest (3:20 p.m. ET Friday)

Iowa EDGE A.J. Epenesa vs. Nebraska

Do you remember this game? You might. A.J. Epenesa was having a slower start to the season before the conference schedule settled him in to a five-game stretch of 9.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He helped push Iowa back into the top 25 and to a nine-win season. That surge to (probably) end his college career was capped off with the best game I can remember watching him play: four TFLs, two sacks and an astounding 14 total tackles against the Nebraska offense in a nail-biter.

Even without a really sexy season that many expected as he stepped into a full-time starting role, Epenesa was still fourth in the Big Ten in sacks and forced fumbles. He essentially mirrored last year's production despite a huge increase in attention from opposing offense. Epenesa doesn't win quick off the snap, which can make it tough for his production to flash in the box score, but he has unbelievable physical traits in the trenches. I'm still very bullish on his pro future.

Washington QB Jacob Eason vs. Oregon

Jacob Eason declared Thursday, and while I hesitate to categorize any of his film as "the best we've seen from a quarterback all year," the best game of Eason's by far this season was against Oregon, where he markedly out-dueled Ducks QB, Justin Herbert, despite eventually losing out in the box score.

Eason is far from my favorite quarterback prospect in this class. He is as project-y as they come. But the Oregon film illustrates the shining positive a team can attempt to suss out from an incomplete product: great arm strength, escapability in the pocket, willingness to attack man and zone coverage with velocity and placement and poise under pressure. This is the film you point to and say, "What went right here, and how do we get it back?"

Written By:

Benjamin Solak

Director of Special Projects

Director of Special Projects and Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Locked On NFL Draft Podcast. The 3-Wide Raven.

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