Prospects to watch in the MAACO Bowl

This is a disappointing matchup in so many ways. Obviously everyone is expecting a Boise State blowout, but it also hurts in our ability to evaluate the Broncos’ top draft prospects.

Nov 26, 2010; Reno, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Titus Young (10 catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium. Photo via Newscom

Titus Young is one of the most exciting receivers in college football

* Kellen Moore may be the most well-known name on the field, but the player who will make the biggest name for himself in the NFL is Broncos receiver Titus Young. He’s undersized and probably will never be a true No. 1 receiver at the next level, but he has the athleticism to be an electric slot receiver. We’ve seen a rise in small receivers filling a specialized role in recent years (Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, Percy Harvin, etc) and Young has a chance to join that group.

* Lining up opposite Young will be Austin Pettis. He is built more in the mold of a true No. 1 NFL receiver. However, he lacks the athleticism and speed to be a significant player at the next level. He should be a mid-round pick, but probably isn’t more than a third or fourth option at receiver in the NFL.

* Utah has a pair of top NFL prospects as well. Cornerback Brandon Burton is a fringe 1st-round prospect. He has the size and straight-line speed that will immediately catch the attention of those watching at the combine. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against Boise State’s receivers. He should be able to handle Pettis without any issues. However, he may not have the athleticism and quickness to stick with Young.

* One of the more underrated prospects in this game is Utah center Zane Taylor. He doesn’t have the measurables to be a high pick, but he has a chance to sneak into the late rounds. Given time to develop, he could be a starter down the road.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft Comments Off

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