NYJD Staff Writer: Matt Deem
We take a look today at the 2012 NFL Draft prospects that played in the Outback Bowl – held between Georgia and Michigan State.
Kirk Cousins QB Senior Michigan State
Kirk had a slow start to the game getting down 16-0 before coming on strong late when he threw a 7 yard touchdown pass to WR Keith Nichol in the middle of the endzone which took the lead 20-19 with 8 minutes left. Kirk has an above average arm and made several good throws in the 4th quarter but thing I love about Kirk is his leadership and never say die mentality, which came alive once again when they once again fell behind by 7 and he led them right back down the field to an eventual tying score with 20 seconds left. He has the experience and the intangibles that can allow him to succeed in the NFL. He will most likely be a 3rd or 4th round selection and start out as a backup, but I feel Kirk can eventually become a successful starter in he gets into the right system.
Jerel Worthy DT Senior Michigan State
Worthy is a monster of a man, weighing in at 6’1 310lbs and has superb strength. He routinely pushes centers and guards into the backfield and did so most of the game against Georgia. But for every great play there are two plays where he can’t be found. He makes 4-5 big splash plays a game, but his motor has been questioned by many which might make him drop in the draft. He should be a late 1st rounder but could slip into the 2nd round.
William Gholston DE Sophomore Michigan State
Gholston is a stud at 6’7 280lbs and is really athletic. I have watched him throughout the season and his stand out play is already causing teams to add a TE to chip him on his side. Gholston had a big game Monday with 7 tackles and 2 sacks. He has already perfected the swim and bull rush technique and only a sophomore has sky high potential. Look for William to have a huge junior year and he has a chance to be a mid first round pick in the 2013 draft.
B.J. Cunningham WR Senior Michigan State
BJ is a really polished senior WR and at 6’2 215lbs and really uses his body well to shield defenders. He had a huge season with over 1,300 yards and 12 TD’s. He had good hands and decent speed which could make him a solid #2 WR in the NFL and most likely a mid round selection in this year’s draft.
Andy Murray QB Sophomore Georgia
Murray is everything you look for in a quarterback, big, tall with a rocket arm. He can make every throw in the book and is only a sophomore. He led Georgia to 10 wins this year after a 0-2 start and passed for over 3,000 yards and 35 TD’s. Andy has a really nice deep ball and throws a great 15-20 yard out route with great accuracy. He made a play after play Monday and never gave up when Michigan State clearly had all the momentum late in the game. Murray has a chance to be the 2nd quarterback selected if he decides to come out next year, only behind Barkley.
Jarvis Jones LB Redshirt Sophomore Georgia
Jones is a pass rushing machine; he blows up fullbacks and has the speed to get around big left tackles in route to the quarterback with ease. At 6’3 241 lbs he has the frame that can hold an extra 10-15 lbs. and not lose any speed. Jones tallied 13.5 sacks this year and although he didn’t get a sack Monday he put a lot of pressure on Cousins though out the game. He has already decided to come back next season and if he follows up this year with another one just as stellar he will be a definite 1st round pick in 2013.
Brandon Boykin CB Senior Georgia
Boykin was the player of the game in my eyes on Monday, he really put his stamp on the game early when he made the tackle in the endzone on Michigan States’s Keshawn Martin for a safety and followed that up with an amazing 92 yard punt return for a touchdown. But he didn’t stop there, he also plays a few snaps on offense and he even caught a 13 yard pass for the go ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter. Brandon has great speed and can cover anyone in the SEC, which will certainly help him in his transition to the NFL. I had Brandon lower on my board before watching this game but his pure talent that he showed and the ability to change a game forced me push him up to an early 2nd round pick, especially once he runs at the combine.
Cordy Glenn OT Senior Georgia
Cordy is a giant human being weighing in at 6’5 350 lbs. and looks the part of a starting tackle in the NFL. He really held his own this game going against the big and fast Spartan D-line. Many have Glenn going somewhere between the mid first and early second round this year, but he will have to show up big at his pro day and combine to show that his footwork will translate onto the next level.