Scouting the Cotton Bowl: Western Michigan vs Wisconsin

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The mid-west comes to Texas as unbeaten Western Michigan, champs of the MAC take on Wisconsin, loser of the Big Ten title game.  There are a number of good prospects in this game that will be filtered throughout the draft’s seven rounds.

Cotton Bowl Prospects

Rnd

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

1-2

3.99

Wisconsin

Ryan Ramczyk

T

65

3Jr

2nd

3.98

Western Michigan

Corey Davis

WR

84

4Sr

3rd

3.64

Wisconsin

Troy Fumagalli

TE

81

4Jr

3rd

3.63

Wisconsin

Corey Clement

RB

6

4Sr

3rd

3.62

Wisconsin

Vincent Biegel

OLB

47

5Sr

3-4

3.59

Western Michigan

Taylor Moton

T

72

5Sr

4-5

3.48

Wisconsin

T.J. Watt

OLB

42

4Jr

5-6

3.39

Wisconsin

Chikwe Obasih

DE

34

4Jr

7th

3.30

Wisconsin

Micahel Deiter

G

63

3So

7th

3.27

Wisconsin

Dare Ogunbowale

RB

23

5Sr

7th-FA

3.26

Western Michigan

Keion Adams

OLB

1

4Sr

7th-FA

3.25

Western Michigan

Chukwuma Okorafor

T

77

3Jr

FA

3.20

Wisconsin

Beau Benzschawel

T

66

3So

FA

3.18

Western Michigan

Donnie Ernsberger

TE

85

3Jr

FA

3.00

Wisconsin

Sojourn Shelton

CB

8

4Sr

FA

3.00

Western Michigan

Michael Henry Jr

WR

83

4Sr

FA

2.99

Wisconsin

Robert Wheelwright

WR

15

4Sr

FA

2.74

Western Michigan

Zach Terrell

QB

11

5Sr

FA

2.70

Wisconsin

Bart Houston

QB

13

5Sr

 

Ryan Ramczyk has a big decision to make after this contest and it may take some time.  Ramczyk has been playing with a labrum injury in his hip and as I reported on December 27th he’ll only consider entering the draft if doctors assure he’ll be ready for NFL camp this summer.  Wisconsin is putting on the full court press to make sure he returns, promising insurance policies with protect from loss of value and other goodies.  Troy Fumagalli is a large target at tight end that’s efficient as both a blocker and pass catcher.  He creates mismatches and comes away with a lot of tough grabs.  I grade Fumagalli as a third round prospect but have been told the junior intends on returning to Wisconsin for his senior season.  The Badgers have a pair of legitimate next level ball carriers in Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale.  Clement is more the feature runner but has struggled with injuries throughout his college career.  Ogunbowale nicely projects as a this down back.  Linebacker T.J. Watt is a prospect that’s all over boards.  He’s a forceful defender who plays with a nasty disposition.  I’ve been told like Ramczyk the school is pulling out all the stops to ensure Watt returns in 2017.

WMU has three prospects to concentrate on.  Corey Davis was highly rated coming into the season and has not disappointed scouts.  He’s a well sized pass catcher who wins out for contested passes and shows a nice degree of consistency in his game.  Though not a true vertical threat, Davis finds ways to sneak it downfield on occasion. I fawned over Taylor Moton earlier this summer and the big blocker has shown continual improvement in his game.  He’s a mauler in every sense, overwhelming defenders with power and sheer strength.  Moton is scheduled to participate in the Senior Bowl which will afford him the opportunity to improve his stock.  Finally keep an eye on Keion Adams, a pesky pass rusher who displays excellent speed and quickness.  An undersized college defensive end who projects to linebacker on Sunday’s, he’ll pose a challenge for the highly rated Ryan Ramczyk.