The bowl-game heroics of players like C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, and Quentin Johnston are well-known, but how about some of the prospects currently projected to come off the board a little later in the draft? Below, find ten of this year’s most outstanding bowl game performances by draftable prospects currently trying to work their way up the board on the second or third days (one per position).
Stetson Bennett (QB – Georgia)
Bennett’s clutch final drive to seal a comeback victory against the Buckeyes and advance to the championship game against Texas Christian was just part of his impressive 398-yard passing performance, with four total touchdowns (including one on the ground.) He’s currently in the third-day mix despite his diminutive frame.
Frank Gore Jr. (RB – Southern Mississippi)
The son of an NFL legend, Gore set an NCAA bowl record with 329 yards in the Golden Eagles’ victory over Rice, averaging an eye-popping 15.7 yards per carry and throwing a touchdown as well. The third-year sophomore still has plenty of college eligibility remaining but may wish to cash in on his massive game.
A.T. Perry (WR – Wake Forest)
Perry was on a roll heading into the game, with eighteen receptions and four touchdowns in the two games preceding the Gasparilla Bowl. He continued to impress against Missouri, posting eleven catches on seventeen targets for 116 yards to continue pushing his way into the second-day conversation.
Sam Laporta (TE – Iowa)
LaPorta may not be the biggest tight end, but he has a polished, well-rounded game and is currently in the mix to be one of the top eight or so tight ends off the board on draft day; his five catches for 56 yards in his final game indeed helped. He currently projects as an early third-day selection.