2014 NFL Draft Bowl Game Preview: AdvoCare Bowl – Boston College vs. Arizona

Andre WilliamsThis game features two of the top RB prospects and the team statistics reflect that. Both teams finished in the top 20 in rushing yards per game. Arizona however has shown a stronger defense, particularly in their upset of Oregon late in the season, although they followed up with giving up 58 points to Arizona St. Boston College ended the season strong winning 4 of their last 5, with their only loss being a 3 point game at Syracuse.

The two teams shared one common opponent in USC, both teams lost but Boston College’s was a bit of a blowout while Arizona was able to keep it close. I’d expect Arizona’s stronger defense to give them the edge in this one, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Andre Williams is able to put this team on his back and keep them in the game.

Andre Williams, RB, Boston College, #44 – Williams arguably had the best season of anyone in college football this year, topping the 2,000 yard mark. He is a larger back at approximately 225 lbs, but he has the speed to make the big play. He looks like a Day 2 prospect for the NFL but games like this against strong defenses will go a long way in improving his stock. He also has not caught a pass this season, making it difficult to imagine a team making him their feature back. I expect Williams to drop further in the draft that most expect, perhaps to Day 3.

Alex Amidon, WR, Boston College, #83 – Amidon is another major weapon for the Eagles and he needs 97 yards to hit the 1,000 yard mark for the second straight season. He is a smaller WR and lacks the elite size or speed to be much of a deep threat. What he lacks in skill he makes up with in hard work and technique. His route running ability is impressive, as is his downfield blocking. I’m not sure how many big plays or yards Williams owes to Amidon’s blocking, but I’m sure it’s significant. He’ll likely test terrible at the Combine, but his tape is impressive enough he will be a Day 3 selection and become a passing threat in the short game.

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona, #25 – Rumors are Carey is likely to come out (although not as much of a certainty as some will think). He represents the complete opposite of Williams, a smaller, faster back with impressive receiving ability. Carey has not been held under 130 total yards in any game this season. He’s over 1,700 yards this season and went over 1,900 yards season. He is the definition of consistency. While he has had back to back seasons with 300 careers in college, Carey will undoubtedly face questions of durability due to his size. I expect him to be a Day 2 selection and possibly first RB off the board.

Marquise Flowers, S, Arizona, #2 – The former LB shifted back to the safety for this season and has looked like a LB playing safety. He doesn’t look strong in his ability to play the deep ball and won’t be able to be relied on in the NFL for that. However, his skills set puts him in the interesting position of being the answer to the hybrid WR/TE that’s been growing. He has the size/speed and tackling ability to match up well in the passing game, although his instincts and ability to get off blocks will hurt him in the running game. He is expected to be a Day 3 pick and will be limited in how an NFL can use him.

Other Players to Watch
Chase Rettig, QB, Boston College, #11
Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College, #24

Justin Washington, DE, Arizona, #43
Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona, #5