Scout's Eye: Bowl Game Edition, Part I

Tulane wide receiver Terren Encalade scores on a 74-yard reception against Wake Forest this season.Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

NFL franchises falling out of the playoff picture are sure to turn their focus toward rebuilding for next year, and that process begins this weekend. Here's a look at the top prospect in each bowl game, along with some other players worth keeping an eye on...

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State (7-5) vs. Fresno State (11-2)

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC), Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas)

Key Prospect To Watch:

WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State, JR (6-3, 216, 4.52, #1): While Harry is sitting out the bowl game, he is still the top prospect on either team. The human highlight reel has a knack for making the big play and owns a drawer full of evasive open-field moves that he can pull out at any time. A tall, agile receiver, Harry is a big target who's highly competitive and tough to bring down; he serves as a nightmare one-on-one matchup. His route tree consists of various short-to-intermediate routes, but he can also win deep. Harry is a serious contender to be the first wideout chosen.

Other Arizona State Prospects:

DT Renell Wren, rSR (6-5, 297, 4.97, #95)

CB Chase Lucas, rSO (6-0, 178, 4.48, #24)

QB Manny Wilkins, rSR (6-2, 200, 4.67, #5)

Fresno State Prospects:

WR KeeSean Johnson, rSR (6-1, 199, 4.57, #3)

QB Marcus McMaryion, rSR (6-1, 203, 4.67, #6)

CB Anthoula Kelly, rSR (5-9, 185, 4.42, #6)

New Mexico Bowl: Utah State (10-2) vs. North Texas (9-3)

Saturday, 2 p.m. ET (ESPN), Dreamstyle Stadium (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Key Prospect To Watch:

TE Dax Raymond, Utah State, rJR (6-4, 255, 4.78, #87): Blessed with great size and tremendous athleticism, Raymond is an outstanding blocker and also an offensive threat. He presents a tall, wide target, especially in the red zone; the Aggies try to utilize him in space and even line him up outside on occasion. The Utah native missed three weeks to a hand injury this season. He served a two-year LDS Church Mission in Russia and redshirted in 2016 due to a back injury, so he is a bit of an older prospect (graduated HS in 2013; played QB in HS). Raymond has announced his intent to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, where he projects as a Day 3 selection.

Other Utah State Prospects:

RB Darwin Thompson, JR (5-8, 200, 4.45, #5)

OLB Tipa Galeai, JR (6-5, 231, 4.65, #10)

FS Gaje Ferguson, rSR (6-0, 210, 4.55, #23)

North Texas Prospects:

OLB E.J. Ejiya, rSR (6-2, 231, 4.76, #22)

CB Nate Brooks, SR (6-0, 180, 4.53, #9)

WR Jalen Guyton, rJR (6-0, 202, 4.52, #9)

Middle Tennessee (8-5) vs. Appalachian State (10-2)

Saturday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN), Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)

Key Prospect To Watch:

RB Jalin Moore, Appalachian State, SR (5-10, 207, 4.54, #25): The Mountaineers' team captain suffered a broken right ankle back in October but Moore is a name worth noting for the draft season. He received a Senior Bowl invite despite the injury and recently informed that he is recovering well from surgery and has regained some of his flexibility. Moore is known to be a freak athlete who could have posted some of the best measureables at the Combine. However, due to his status, Moore now becomes a valuable mid-to late-round commodity as a player worth "redshirting" in his first pro season in hopes of stashing a future starting running back.

Middle Tennessee Prospects:

QB Brent Stockstill, rSR (6-0, 215, 4.72, #12)

ILB Darius Harris, rSR (6-1, 238, 4.79, #30)

DE Walter Brady, rSR (6-2, 267, 4.83, #56)

SS Jovante Moffatt, SR (6-0, 212, 4.70, #7)

WR Ty Lee, JR (5-9, 178, 4.49, #8)

OG Chandler Brewer, SR (6-5, 320, 5.29, #73)

Other Appalachian State Prospects:

RB Darrynton Evans, JR (5-10, 191, 4.48, #3)

CB Clifton Duck, JR (5-10, 175, 4.50, #4)

OT Victor Johnson, JR (6-5, 296, 5.07, #75)

DT Myquon Stout, SR (6-0, 280, 5.27, #92)

ILB Anthony Flory, SR (6-1, 232, 4.82, #44)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern (9-3) vs. Eastern Michigan (7-5)

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Cramton Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)

Key Prospect To Watch:

QB Tyler Wiegers, Eastern Michigan (6-3, 227, 4.87, #12): The graduate transfer from Iowa made the most of his opportunity during his lone season with the Eagles, which included the school's biggest win in 30 years with their upset victory over Purdue in Week 2. Wiegers demonstrates great composure in the pocket, is accurate and possesses a high football IQ, according to his coaches. He also shows the arm strength to make all the throws. His experience playing in Iowa's pro-style offense, and then running a spread system in 2018, gives him a solid foundation as he transitions to the next level. Look for Wiegers to get a look as an undrafted free agent.

Georgia Southern Prospects:

OG Jeremiah Theus, rSO (6-4, 285, 4.95, #70)

CB Monquavion Brinson, JR (5-10, 180, 4.52, #4)

DE Logan Hunt, SR (6-2, 270, 4.94, #9)

RB Wesley Fields, SR (5-11, 205, 4.72, #21)

K Tyler Bass, JR (5-9, 180, 4.90, #16)

Other Eastern Michigan Prospects:

DE Maxx Crosby, JR (6-4, 247, 4.87, #92)

RB Blake Banham, SR (5-9, 200, 4.48, #20)

SS Brody Hoying, JR (5-11, 203, 4.62, #24)

DE Jeremiah Harris, rSR (6-4, 251, 4.91, #90)

AutoNation Cure Bowl: Tulane (6-6) vs. Louisiana (7-6)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network), Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Key Prospect To Watch:

WR Terren Encalade, Tulane, rSR (6-0, 190, 4.61, #5): A smooth runner, Encalade shows the ability to make plays in traffic, excelling at jump-ball situations, and he can also operate in space. He's elusive in the open field, often making the first defender miss, and he possesses the size to play inside or outside at the next level. The Louisiana native has made 44 career starts during his Green Wave career, amassing 2,142 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns. He played in just two games in 2015 and missed the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury. His absence during spring ball practices remained a mystery and Encalade has struggled with drops at times, making him a late-round consideration.

Other Tulane Prospects:

CB Donnie Lewis, rSR (6-0, 195, 4.56, #1)

C Keyshawn McLeod, rJR (6-3, 305, 5.20, #53)

QB Darius Bradwell, JR (6-0, 230, 4.72, #10)

Louisiana Prospects:

CB Michael Jacquet III, rJR (6-1, 201, 4.52, #11)

WR Ja'Marcus Bradley, JR (6-0, 195, 4.55, #2)

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