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2024 Hula Bowl Game Preview


(Blake Watson / RB / Memphis)


College football scouting has four distinct stages – the regular season, the postseason all-star game circuit (Hula, Shrine, and Senior Bowls), the NFL Scouting Combine, and the pro day circuit. This Saturday (January 13), the second leg of this journey begins at 12 noon EST in Orlando, Florida at the Hula Bowl, SNS provides a breakdown of some of the best prospects in Orlando this week and provides a complete roster with the official measurements taken on Monday, January 8th.

 

NOTE - College All-Star game participant rules have been changed for this off season. Previously, only players who had graduated or been removed from high school for a minimum of four years were eligible to play in a postseason all-star game. However, starting this January, any player who left high school at least three years ago and notified the NFL of their draft eligibility are eligible to participate in the all-star game circuit. This should allow more of the top prospects to play in the all-star games but unfortunately, this increases the chance that some quality prospects that would otherwise get an opportunity, fall through the cracks.

 

 

PROSPECTS to WATCH

Spencer Sanders / QB / Ole Miss

Sanders considered entering the 2023 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State but decided to transfer to Oxford, Mississippi instead, losing out in the competition with Jaxson Dart and playing sparingly in his one season at Ole Miss. Sanders has plenty of experience in the Big 12 with multiple seasons of starting experience and Saturday provides him with the opportunity to demonstrate his ability. The 2024 QB class could be one of the best since the legendary class of 1983 (Elway and Marino), which may make getting drafted a challenge with a year of rust sitting on the bench. Sanders has the tools to overcome this and compete for a roster spot next summer.

 

Blake Watson / RB / Memphis

The next in line of difference making skill position players to be drafted out of Memphis in recent seasons (Tony Pollard, Antonio Gibson, Calvin Austin) is the ultra-quick and explosive Watson. He lacks some desired size and power but is tough and willing to do the dirty work in the inside running game. He’s a dangerous receiver in space with reliable hands and creates mismatches against LBs and Safeties in man coverage. He has demonstrated some ball security issues but his dynamic ability with the ball in his hands will win over some NFL executives this week in Orlando.

 

Jalon Calhoun / WR / Duke

Calhoun has plenty of ACC starting experience and nearly entered last year’s draft, where he earned a draftable grade from SNS. Calhoun is very quick and agile with the explosive speed to take any catch the distance. He is tough and willing to take a hit to make the catch. He is also an NFL-caliber punt returner. Although he lacks some desired size, and can have difficulty with being jammed at the LOS, he’s a clutch, go-to WR who runs reliable routes and can work out lined up wide or in the slot. Calhoun should be a day 3 pick in next April’s NFL Draft.

 

Isaac Rex / TE / BYU

Rex fits the profile of the modern-era NFL TE offering quality size, athleticism, and soft hands to be used as a reliable weapon over the middle of the field. Rex has enough speed to beat most LBs in coverage and although he doesn’t get much movement blocking in the run game, he gives good effort and competes aggressively. The 2024 TE class will be nowhere as deep or talented as last year’s class but there are several talented prospects that should make NFL rosters next summer. Rex is a prospect to keep an eye on.

 

Jack Freeman / IOL / Houston

Freeman is an extremely experienced and productive college center with the technical chops, leadership, and football IQ to become a long-term NFL starter. Unfortunately, Freeman’s measurements this week in Orlando will cause concern for some NFL personnel. Specifically, Freeman’s arms measured under 32 inches (31.7) and his wingspan is less than ideal (78.3 inches). Freeman has a ton of good tape but some teams will not even consider drafting him due to size concerns. Regardless, Freeman looks like a potential starting center for any team that doesn’t get too tied to prototypical measurements for an IOL.

 

Ron Stone / Edge / Washington State

One of the quickest pass rushers off the edge available in April, Stone lacks some desired size and mass but has the speed and bend to threaten a QB from out wide. Stone, the son of former NFL player Ron Sr., can be neutralized when ran at and is not especially sturdy in run defense, but he is fast, quick, and explosive. Expect Stone to be a late round selection in April.

 

Tre’Mon Morris-Brash / Edge / UCF

Perhaps the most over looked prospect in Orlando this week is the combo Edge / OLB for UCF. Brash has a huge wingspan that he uses to disrupt passing lanes and knock down passes at the LOS. He exhibits quick twitch at the snap and has one of the fastest first steps of any pass rusher in this draft. Brash should be a mid-round draft selection in April.

 

Ryan Cooper / CB / Oregon State

One of the best slot CBs in this draft class, Cooper fits the profile of a physical slot CB whose size and length disrupts smaller receivers going across the middle of the field. Cooper has very good ball skills and is a reliable open field tackler. Cooper could go as early as day 2 of the draft in April.

 

Akeem Dent / S / Florida State

Dent fits the mold of the modern-day Free Safety with prototypical athleticism and range to handle single high duties and the strength and physicality to drop down into the box and support against the run. Dent looks like a long-term NFL starting safety and he should be drafted on day 2 or 3 in April.


 

Hula Bowl Roster & Official Measurements

 



PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

QB

Carter Bradley

South Alabama

6025

221

9.6

31.6

77.7


Ben Bryant

Northwestern

6036

213

10

31.6

76


Davius Richard

North Carolina Central

6021

221

9.4

31.4

76.4


Spencer Sanders

Ole Miss

6007

211

9.4

30.5

75.3


John Rhys Plumlee

UCF

6000

199

9.2

30.2

74.1


Jack Plummer

Louisville

6041

220

9.6

32.2

78.7




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

RB

Deshaun Fenwick

Oregon State

6010

218

9.5

30

75.3


Emani Bailey

TCU

5074

202

10

29.5

70.4


George Holani

Boise State

5102

203

9.5

29.3

72.4


Blake Watson

Memphis

5095

187

8.6

29.4

71.2


Jabari Small

Tennessee

5090

205

8.4

29.2

72.2


Austin Jones

USC

5094

211

8.3

28.7

71.4


Tyrone Tracy

Purdue

5110

208

8.6

31.3

77


Michael Wiley

Arizona

5103

209

9.1

30.1

74.4




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

WR

Jalen Coker

Holy Cross

6007

218

9.7

32.4

77.5


Hayden Hatten

Idaho

6010

209

9.2

30.6

74.6


Xavier Johnson

Ohio State

6010

204

9.3

32.3

77.7


David White

Western Carolina

6025

195

9.3

31.4

75.2


Devin Carter

West Virginia

6030

212

9.1

32.1

79.4


Tayvion Robinson

Kentucky

5102

196

9.2

31.3

75.6


Joshua Cephus

UTSA

6022

185

9.1

31.7

74.3



Ty James

Mercer

6001

193

8.7

31.2

77.5


Jeshaun Jones

Maryland

6011

186

8.6

31

76.1


Dayton Wade

Ole Miss

5091

174

9.4

29.4

73.2


Ahmarean Brown

South Carolina

5074

160

835

28.6

69.7


Jalon Calhoun

Duke

5094

189

9.2

31.2

75.5


Tejhaun Palmer

UAB

6015

210

9.4

33

78


Casey Washington

Illinois

6006

196

9.5

31.3

75.6




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

TE

Brenden Bates

Kentucky

6040

243

9

32.3

78.6


Cam Grandy

Illinois State

6042

255

9.2

32.1

78.7


Trey Knox

South Carolina

6060

251

9.2

33.3

82.7


David Martin-Robinson

Temple

6033

246

10.1

32.4

78.2


Jacob Warren

Tennessee

6060

251

9.2

33.3

82.7


Mason Pline

Furman

6061

255

10

32.4

78.5


Isaac Rex

BYU

6051

244

9.7

31.4

77.6




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

OT

Frank Crum

Wyoming

6077

313

10.3

33.7

82.4


Lorenzo Thompson

Rhode Island

6053

293

9.5

32.6

79.3


Travis Glover

Georgia State

6060

338

9.5

34.4

84.5


Cameron Wire

Tulane

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA


X'Zauvea Gadlin

Liberty

6031

328

10.2

32.7

80.3


Michael Jerrell

Findlay

6046

309

9.5

33.6

81.5


Mike Edwards

Campbell

6052

366

10.4

35.7

87.2




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

IOL

Jack Freeman

Houston

6023

296

9.3

31.7

78.3


Doug Nester

West Virginia

6062

310

9.7

32.4

81.2


Nick Gargiulo

South Carolina

6051

317

10

33.7

81.6


Nouredin Nouili

Nebraska

6033

321

10.3

33

80.5


Duke Clemens

UCLA

6027

285

9.3

31.6

79


Michael Furtney

Wisconsin

6050

310

9.5

32.4

80.1


Gunner Britton

Auburn

6063

302

9.5

33.7

82.4



Brady Latham

Arkansas

6050

307

9.1

32.1

77.7


Matthew Jones

Ohio State

6034

313

8.6

32.5

81


Clark Barrington

Baylor

6064

307

9.2

32.3

79.2


Jacob Johanning

Furman

6020

288

10

31.4

76


Jarrett Kingston

USC

6034

306

9.6

32.1

79.4


Dalton Tucker

Marshall

6054

315

9.3

33.7

84


Bryan Hudson

Louisville

6043

297

9.7

32.6

80.6




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

EDGE

Richard Jibunor

Troy

6020

229

9.7

33.4

82.1


Solomon Byrd

USC

6027

251

9.5

33

81.6


Andre Carter

Indiana

6032

273

10

32.2

81.3


Ovie Oghoufo

LSU

6026

241

9.5

33

81.4


Ron Stone

Washington State

6025

247

9.5

32.2

78.6


Taylor Upshaw

Arizona

6032

254

8.5

32.6

79.3


Eric Watts

UCONN

6054

273

9.6

35.6

85.6



Anthony Goodlow

Oklahoma State

6042

278

9.2

34.6

82


Tre'Mon Morris-Brash

UCF

6023

256

8.4

32.3

80.4


AJ Simon

Albany

6011

265

9.7

31.7

78.6


Rintaro Yamada

Waseda

6051

243

9.4

32.6

79.1


John McCartan

Oregon State

6052

253

9.5

32

78.4




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

IDL

James Ester

Northern Illinois

6025

293

9.4

33

78.6


Hale Motu'apuaka

Utah State

6010

302

10

31.6

76.5


Jerquavion Mahone

Temple

6026

297

9.4

32.5

81.3


Popo Aumavae

Oregon

6031

302

10.1

33.1

77.6


Khristian Boyd

Northern Iowa

6024

324

9.4

31.2

76.3



Jack Daly

FIU

6035

318

10.2

32.4

80


Casey Rogers

Oregon

6037

288

9

32.2

79.2


Jowon Briggs

Cincinnati

6013

312

9.5

31.5

79.4


MJ Ale

Washington

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA


Judge Culpepper

Toledo

6041

288

9.2

31

75.5




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

LB

Levelle Bailey

Fresno State

6016

226

9.7

31.5

75.5


Jackson Mitchell

UCONN

6013

227

9.3

30.3

75.5


Winston Reid

Weber State

5113

233

9.6

31.7

77.6


Tyren Dupree

Liberty

6011

221

9.2

32.6

80


Jason Johnson

UCF

6005

230

8.6

31.1

75.5


Isaiah Stalbird

South Dakota State

5113

207

9.1

31.1

77.5



Darius Muasau

UCLA

5116

232

9.4

31.1

75.6


Eli Neal

Marshall

5115

222

9.6

31.3

76.1


Maema Njongmeta

Wisconsin

5116

238

9.5

32.1

78.3


Omar Speights

LSU

6001

229

9.3

30.5

75.3


Sean Rae Trotter

Kwansei Gakuin

6020

221

9.1

31.6

76.5




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

CB

Joshua Heyward

Benedict

6001

196

9

31.1

75.5


Storm Duck

Louisville

6000

201

9.3

31.5

77.1


Elijah Jones

Boston College

6014

181

9

30.7

76.6


Reddy Steward

Troy

5105

176

7.7

29.6

73.2


Mikey Victor

Alabama State

6026

211

9.3

33.5

80.3


Rayshad Williams

Texas Tech

6017

213

9.2

32.1

78.6


Jaden Davis

Miami, Fl

5093

184

8.7

29.6

72.1


Gabe Jeudy-Lally

Tennessee

6010

186

9.1

31.2

76.4


Carlton Johnson

Fresno State

5106

170

8

30.1

73.3


Decorian Patterson

UCF

5113

188

8.5

31.4

77.1


Zamari Walton

Ole Miss

6007

186

9.6

31.1

73.2


AJ Woods

Pittsburgh

5100

188

8.5

29.4

72.4


Ja'Quan Sheppard

Maryland

6014

195

9.1

31

75.4


Ryan Cooper

Oregon State

5112

181

8.6

30.2

72.1


Josh DeBerry

Texas A&M

5110

173

8.6

29.4

72.1




PROSPECT

SCHOOL

Height

Weight

Hand

Arm

Wingspan

S

Lawrence Johnson

SE Missouri State

5113

196

8.6

31.2

78


PJ Jules

Southern Illinois

5114

205

9.2

30.6

77.1


Patrick McMorris

California

5117

212

9.4

31.6

77.2


Demani Richardson

Texas A&M

6004

214

9.4

30.7

77.2


Jalyn Phillips

Clemson

6006

204

9.1

32

77.4


Daijahn Anthony

Ole Miss

5116

190

8.6

32.4

75.2


Akeem Dent

Florida State

5116

191

9

30.4

74.5



Jaylen Key

Alabama

6006

204

9.5

32.7

78.4


Shawn Preston

Mississippi State

5114

195

8.4

31.1

77.4


Al Walcott

Arkansas

6006

196

8.3

30.2

73.6


Thomas Harper

Notre Dame

5102

191

8.6

29.3

71.5


Sanoussi Kane

Purdue

5113

204

9.1

31.4

77


Tyler Owens

Texas Tech

6023

207

9.3

33.1

80.2



Specialist

Alex McNulty-Romaguera (K)

Buffalo


Harrison Mevis (K)

Missouri


Spencer Shrader (K)

Notre Dame


Peter Bowden (LS)

Wisconsin


Marco Ortiz (LS)

Nebraska


Randen Plattner (LS)

Kansas State


Austin McNamara (P)

Texas Tech


Ryan Rekhow (P)

BYU


Ryan Sanborn (P)

Texas Tech


Brayden Narveson (K)

North Carolina State


(Ryan Cooper / DB / Oregon State)


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