Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Preview

Boise State v. Hawaii - Tuesday December 24th, 8:00 EST - ESPN

Mele Kalikimaka everyone! It’s Hawaii Bowl time! We get Sheratons, Hawaii, football, amphibious mammals, and Idahoans...what's not to love? Honestly, if the Hawaii Bowl was a stuffed animal, you would totally buy it while waiting in line at Walgreens. This annual event is the most meaningful football game played in the Aloha State each year. From a draft perspective, this game is mostly about WRs and DEs. We got Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton for the Beavers, and Matt Miller and DeMarcus Lawrence for the Broncos. Of the four, Lawrence is the most freakish. It will be interesting to see what he can do against better competition.

Beaver Offense v. Boise Defense

OSU’s WR #7 Brandin Cooks (5’10” 186” JR) is pretty much a best statistical receiver in the country this year. Everyone knows he’s going to get the ball, but no one can stop it- not even Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. While Boise has decent corners, in Bryan Douglas and Donte Deayon, they can’t match up with Cooks. He will still get open. Boise’s best bet to stop the OSU passing attack is to get pressure on Sean Mannion. DE DeMarcus Lawrence (6’3” 245lb JR) is monster at times (19.5 TFL!). He’ll blow by offensive linemen and get after the quarterback. But there are times when he gets frustrated, and takes himself out of plays. When he’s at his best, he’s a poor man’s Jadeaveon Clowney. Boise can also get pressure up the middle with their big ass DT #43 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe (6’3” 300lb SR). Ricky TAT could get drafted based on size and potential. He’s from the Netherlands, so he clearly hasn’t played too much football, and should continue to improve.

Boise Offense v. Beaver Defense

Boise’s #1 threat is RB Jay Ajayi (6’0” 210lb rSO). He’s got NFL potential, but has had some ball security issues. He’s got quick burst, and can score from anywhere. Maybe a 2015 prospect, but more likely a 2016 draftee. Boise’s best receiver is #2 Matt Miller (6’3” 222 JR). Miller is a big mother who uses his body to bully small corners. He had a slow start to the year, but has since warmed up. He doesn’t have the speed to be elite in the NFL, but can definitely make a roster. He will match up against OSU CBs Rashaad Reynolds and Steven Nelson, both of whom should make the league. Both are physical corners, and aren’t going to back down from the bigger Miller. Scouts will want to see Miller use his strength to beat the press, and speed to separate against good corners. If he can do that, he could put himself atop the WR list for the 2015 draft. The Beaver’s best player on defense is DE Scott Crichton (6’3” 265 JR). Crichton is a relentless pass rusher. When he’s 1-on-1 with a OT, look out! He’s got speed to the outside, and a great inside spin move. He caused a lot of problem for Marcus Mariota in the Civil War. The Broncos will have to double team Crichton if they want to keep him off of Grant Hedrick.

2014 Draft Projections:

2nd Round: Brandin Woods

3rd Round: Scott Crichton

5th Round: Rashaad Reynolds

6th Round: Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe

2015 Draft Projections:

1st Round: DeMarcus Lawrence

3rd Round: Matt Miller

4th Round: Steven Nelson

7th Round: Sean Mannion, Jay Ajayi