Neal Driscoll, DLD Writer
There are five bowl games remaining on the docket and then the collegiate season is officially over. Things will get interesting as underclassmen have until January 15th to declare for the NFL draft but in the mean time I wanted to take a look at the five players that have stood out so far in the thirty bowl games that have taken place thus far.
- DeAndre Hopkins-Wide Receiver-Clemson
Superstar Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins went down to injury early on in the Chick-fil-a Bowl but the Clemson Tigers were still able to edge the LSU Tigers led by DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins accounted for 13 receptions, 191 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns in Clemson’s thrilling 25-24 victory over a heavily favored LSU team. The gifted route runner declared for the NFL in which many regard as a very deep class but his performance on New Years’ Eve cemented him as a solid first round selection. Teams with receiver needs such as the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks with selections in the second half of the first round make sense as landing spots for Hopkins.
- Eric Fisher-Offensive Tackle-Central Michigan
It’s hard to rank an offensive linemen or award them with an accolade because their position doesn’t generate eye popping numbers but the play of Eric Fisher has him locked-in as a top twenty selection in April’s draft. He is a superior prospect than former Central Michigan standout Joe Staley, and with the news that Texas A&M standout Jake Matthews likely to return to school for his senior season Fisher could have really helped himself. Fisher operates with disciplined technique and plays with tremendous length which allows him to conquer speed-rushers. Fisher is better in pass protection than he is at run blocking but should get stronger with more time in the gym.