2014 NFL Draft: Bowl prospects 12/27 (Military, Texas, Fight Hunger)

Stephen Brashear

Take a look at the top prospects playing in bowl games on Friday.

For many players, the bowl season is the final chance to show NFL scouts what they have on the field before months of interviews and workouts in shorts. For fans, it's the last chance to take a look at the prospects that will make up the majority of the 2014 NFL Draft.

On Friday, there are three bowl games: The Military, Texas and Fight Hunger Bowls. Here are the prospects that should be paid the most attention:

Military Bowl - Marshall vs. Maryland, 2:30 p.m.

Player Pos. Height Weight Proj. via NFLDraftScout.com
MD Marcus Whitfield OLB 6-2 250 7th-FA
MRSH Gator Hoskins FB 6-2 244 7th-FA

Texas Bowl - Syracuse vs. Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Player Pos. Height Weight Proj. via NFLDraftScout.com
MIN RaShede Hageman DT 6-6 311 1st-2nd
SYR Jay Bromley DT 6-3 285 6th
SYR Jerome Smith* RB 5-11 226 7th-FA
MIN Brock Vereen S 5-11 202 7th-FA

Fight Hunger Bowl - Brigham Young vs. Washington, 9:30 p.m.

Player Pos. Height Weight Proj. via NFLDraftScout.com
UW Austin Seferian-Jenkins* TE 6-6 276 1st-2nd
BYU Kyle Van Noy OLB 6-3 245 1st-2nd
UW Bishop Sankey* RB 5-10 203 2nd
BYU Cody Hoffman WR 6-3 210 5th
BYU Eathyn Manumaleuna DT 6-2 305 5th
UW Sean Parker S 5-10 195 7th
BYU Kaneakua Friel TE 6-4 261 7th
UW Keith Price QB 6-1 202 7th-FA

* Junior
** Draft-eligible sophomore

While Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman is worth watching in the Texas Bowl against Syracuse (and definitely worth reading about too), the game for draft lovers to watch on Friday is absolutely the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

The top two playmakers for the Washington Huskies are tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bishop Sankey, although both are juniors. However, with quarterback Keith Price playing in his last collegiate game and head coach Steve Sarkisian on his way to USC, it wouldn't be at all surprising for both players to forego their senior seasons to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Both players could address needs for the Jaguars, as Marcedes Lewis and Maurice Jones-Drew are both approaching 30 and could be nearing the end of the respective times with the franchise.

Another player that could address a need is pass rushing specialist Kyle Van Noy of BYU, who caught the eye of many with an unbelievable bowl game performance in 2012. In the Poinsettia Bowl, Van Noy finished with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, an interception returned for a touchdown, and a blocked punt.

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