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Talent Watch: Hawaii Bowl

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I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. I am sorry for the delay, Christmas has me playing catchup with these bowl games. The Hawaii Bowl featured two very good defenses battling it out. It was surprisingly a very good game, considering the contestants were Southern Mississippi and Nevada. For Southern Miss, there was Cordarro Law. For Nevada, there was James-Michael Johnson.

Southern Mississippi

Cordarro Law DE/OLB: Cordarro Law is more than just a great name; He is a very bad man on the field. At the start of the day, I didn't really think Law was going to be very effected. The first play of the game, he was pancaked by a tackle. It wasn't until the second half, when he started making his presence felt. He was spinning off of blocks, and shooting gaps, to make big plays behind the line of scrimmage. Law is very quick and athletic, but can get tangled up at the line a lot. He is a very good raw talent, that should be looked at for us to maybe groom. He finished the day with 2 sacks, and 5 or 6 tackles for a loss. His stats for the year are: 64 tackles, 22 for a loss, 9.5 sacks, 4 passes broken up, 5 QB hurries, 4 forced fumbles. The GGM Round Prediction: 4-5

Nevada

James-Michael Johnson ILB: Usually I am very cautious about guys with three 1st names, but this guy is going to be a very good ILBer at the next level. He has the magical three things the Jets need desperately in an ILBer. He has the speed, he has the range, and he has the ability to cover whoever comes out of the backfield. James is a sleeper, and we can get another look at him during the Senior Bowl. Johnson had North of 8 tackles, and 1 for a loss. His stats for the year are: 101 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 3 passes broken up, 3 QB hurries, and 1 forced fumble. The GGM Round Prediction: 3-4