Monday NFL Draft watch notes

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

A look at pro prospects to follow in the Music City, Alamo and Holiday bowls.

Music City Bowl, 3:15 p.m., ESPN

Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech linebacker/defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu could be in for a big game today. Ole Miss freshman All-American offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil won't play, and that could allow Attaochu to get into the backfield. For teams looking to add a Leo-type of player, Attaochu will be near the top of boards.

Yellow Jackets cornerback Jemea Thomas is a solid late-round prospect because he's a sure tackler. He should latch on as a depth corner and special teams contributor.

Ole Miss, loaded with superstar freshmen like Tunsil, is a team to keep in an eye on in the future. For now, they're light on NFL prospects.

Alamo Bowl, 6:45 p.m., ESPN

Oregon vs. Texas

No one changed the face of the 2014 NFL Draft than Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. A presumptive top-five pick, Mariota admirably decided to return for another season at Oregon. The result was Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater being locked into the No. 1 quarterback spot and others being elevated. The Colin Kaepernick comparisons for Mariota make sense. He's a stellar athlete, capable of uncorking deep throws with a flick of the wrist.

Mariota's top target is senior Josh Huff, a Senior Bowl attendee and late-round prospect. While he didn't have the season many expected, De'Anthony Thomas remains a multi-purpose weapon. He needs a good game to salvage his draft placement after missing four games this season. Most expect Thomas to go pro.

Oregon's top prospect on defense is cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. There was a report the junior was headed back to school, but shortly after he said he hasn't made a decision on what he'll do. Defensive lineman Taylor Hart, another Senior Bowl invite, is a consistent, versatile player up front.

After a slow start to his season, Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat really came on to finish the season. He's at his best when Texas moves him around, particularly when he can stand up and blitz the A-gap.

Texas junior cornerback Quandre Diggs is going to have a difficult decision to make after the season. Diggs played in the nickel at a high level this season and has 10 pass breakups coming into this game. Here's the current word on Diggs:

It would be easy to see Diggs change his tune with a good game against a vaunted offense like Oregon's. Don't forget, Diggs played well against Texas Tech star tight end Jace Amaro (more on him later). Fellow corner Carrington Byndom, a senior, is a solid Day 3 prospect. Wide receiver Mike Davis should come off the board on the third day of the draft as well.

Holiday Bowl, 10:15 p.m., ESPN

Arizona State vs. Texas Tech

This game is headlined by Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, a junior who has gone back and forth on his draft decision. As a pass catcher, Amaro is pro ready. He has 98 receptions for 1,240 yards this season and is often used split off from the line of scrimmage. Because of that, there are some questions about his blocking. That shouldn't be held against him, though. One thing to watch with Amaro is his foot quickness, especially with the ball in his hands. He might not be able to create separation like North Carolina's Eric Ebron can.

The Red Raiders' Kerry Hyder is one of many defensive tackles in next year's draft who may be under 300 pounds, but still effective. He has 11.5 tackles for loss this season and 60 tackles.

Arizona State's Will Sutton made his name last season as a sub-300 guy, but notably bulked up for this season. Some have been down on his play, but he remains a likely top 64 player. Sutton wins and loses with his handwork. When he's off, he can be put on the ground. But when Sutton fires off the line and dips between blockers, he can be disruptive.

Sun Devils linebacker Carl Bradford hasn't addressed whether or not he'll go pro, but he was impressive this season with 18 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Wide receiver Jaelen Strong hasn't indicated if he's leaning go pro either. Tight end Chris Coyle is a draftable player and quarterback Taylor Kelly is a player to keep in mind for 2015.

More from SB Nation NFL

Black Monday: Shanahan, Frazier among first NFL coaches fired

AFC playoff schedule and bracket | NFC playoff schedule and bracket

2014 NFL mock draft: Offseason planning begins for 20 teams

Pro Bowl: AFC rosters | NFC rosters | Snubs

Death of a football player: Helmet-to-helmet hit killed Derek Sheely

In This Article

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.