Talent Watch: Armed Forces Bowl

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 30: Riley Nelson #13 of the Brigham Young Cougars throws against the Brigham Young Cougars during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Armed Forces Bowl wasn't the most exciting bowl to watch, but it had two players worth watching. The BYU Cougars had NFL hopeful, Matt Reynolds at left tackle. For the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, there was safety Dexter McCoil.

BYU

Matt Reynolds OT: Matt Reynolds had an up and down game. His strong suit is pass blocking. He was beat very few times, and showed great awareness for handing pass rushers off, and picking up his guy. He was pushed back, pretty badly on one play, but luckily for him, the QB got rid of it before he could be sacked. Reynolds also had the effort play of the day. After going low on a block (losing his helmet in the process) he got up and made the block of the game, to help his scrambling QB. Reynolds did struggle quite a bit in the running game. Players were able to come off his blocks too easily. Matt also missed a few blocks on runs to his side. This is a problem, especially since the hope is we go back to the ground and pound in 2012. The GGM Round Prediction: 4-5

Tulsa

Dexter McCoil S: I was really impressed with the Junior safety from Tulsa. I really hope he declares for the draft. Dexter was all over the field in this game. Unlike most of the safeties I have scouted so far, McCoil was sent into coverage predominantly. I saw why right away. The guy is a ball hawking safety that has great range, and hands. If it wasn't for an iffy offsides penalty, he would have had 3 INTs. In the open field, he wraps up ball carriers pretty well. I didn't see any missed tackles. Dexter finished the game with 10 tackles, 2 INTs, and 1 pass defended. His stats for the year are: 84 tackles, 3 for a loss, 6 INTs, and 7 passes broken up. The GGM Round Prediction: 3-4

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