Originally written on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 12/26/12
The Military Bowl features two teams that don't do much to drive ratings before the game, and with San Jose State having substantially more talent and firepower on the offensive side of the ball, this game could get ugly early. However, for NFL Draft fans and evaluators, this game could be a must watch. With San Jose State having potentially the top junior quarterback in the country, one of the Top 4-5 tight ends in the country, two under-rated linemen, and a Bowling Green productive interior rusher themselves, this game has 4-5 prospects to follow closely in this game, and throughout the draft process.   Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State - #82, 6'5, 245 One of the most naturally talented tight ends in the country, the Senior Bowl invite may be unheralded at the moment, but he has the NFL body, athleticism, and versatility to get drafted early and last in the NFL.  He extends well as an interior blocker and shows better-than-average run blocking vision and positioning on the outside. As a receiver, he shows the ability to separate in-line and in the slot, turns body well to position in the seam, and extends away from his body in traffic and vs. man coverage to be a productive receiver. David Fales, QB, San Jose State - #10, 6’4, 223 (JR) One of (if not) the best junior quarterbacks in the country, Fales deserves a lot of the credit for the San Jose State’s surprising success this year. Based on his skill set and natural talent, even without McIntyre, Fales should have a field day against Bowling Green. With his quick, high release point, ample velocity on the edge, use of his hips to generate downfield throws, and adjustment of his vision/feet for his throws is very impressive. He has adequate timing on deeper throws and impresses on his level throws, but is a bit too risky when he’s under pressure, and his post-snap reads could be improved.   David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State - #76, 6'6, 291 A key reason for Fales’s success this year has been his protection, and leading that charge has been Quessenberry. While our WAC scout feels he’s best at guard at the next level, he’s shown me that he has the body control in the short area with in his initial pass pro set, as well as the ability to extend without losing balance or being overaggressive. He could be a developing tackle or a very stout interior pass protector at the NFL level. Travis Johnson, DE, San Jose State - #43, 6’3, 244 Despite being very productive, Johnson hasn’t been high on most radars this year in the NFL Draft community. However, his strong hands, lower body strength, and tackle finishing ability should make him possibly more than just a late rounder. Johnson possesses the strength to drive his inside shoulder on the edge, and regains his balance well after his initial punch/drive. His body control after contact and strong hands allow him to consistently get separation on the edge. He is a bit slow laterally, and doesn’t showcase the athleticism to be an every down 3-4 outside linebacker, but certainly could get there in the future. Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green - #91, 6’1, 295 The 3-technique (though he plays across the line), think in the lower half interior rusher has been productive this year thanks to his consistent strength and ability to hold at the point of attack along with his quick and active hands on the inside. He drives well on the interior, but most impressively, he positions his body and feet well to maximize angles to the quarterback and attacking off-balance interior linemen well. He transitions laterally fairly well, but lacks the elite athleticism to be a consistent impact rusher at the next level. Others to Watch: DeLeon Eskridge, RB, San Jose State - #2, 5'10, 215 David Tuitupou, DE, San Jose State - #41, 6'5, 260 Jordan Roussos, OT, Bowling Green - #73, 6'4, 303 Dwayne Woods, ILB, Bowling Green - #5, 5'11, 228
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