Forty-one games. Eighty-two teams. And hundreds of NFL draft prospects. College football bowl season is off and running, and NFL scouts are watching closely.
I went through the full bowl schedule and picked out a prospect to watch for the 2019 class from every team. There are several underclassmen who could still return to school for another year -- the deadline to declare is Jan. 14 -- and others are seniors who get one last chance to impress for scouts.
Here's who you should keep an eye on this bowl season, in order of when each game will be played (and dropping the completed games to the bottom):
Monday, Dec. 31
The game: Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Info: Noon ET, ESPN & ESPN app/Annapolis, Maryland
Marquise Copeland, DT, Cincinnati: Copeland is light with short arms, and he gets moved off the ball at times, but he's an above-average hand fighter who has the ability to slip blocks. His low center of gravity makes it tougher to drive him than some players with similar size. Copeland flashes some upside as a pass-rusher thanks to his violent hands and ability to get under blockers as a bull-rusher. Copeland grades out as a rotational defensive tackle unlikely to develop into a starter, and he projects as a Day 3 pick.
Yosuah Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech: The Hokies are hoping to get Nijman back at left tackle after he missed the final two games of the regular season with an injury. He also missed the five games in 2017, so durability is a concern. Nijman needs to clean up his footwork in the run game and in pass protection. He does have an excellent blend of size, length and athletic ability, however, making him an intriguing developmental Day 3 prospect.
The game: Hyundai Sun Bowl
Info: 2 p.m. ET, CBS/El Paso, Texas
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford: Whiteside is a fourth-year junior and team captain who has caught 60 passes for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, he's a natural pass-catcher with the body control and frame to win 50-50 balls downfield and in the red zone. He grades out as a No. 3 wideout with the potential to develop into an effective No. 2. He projects as a Day 2 pick.
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh: Ollison made the most of his opportunity when Pitt lost James Conner to a knee injury in 2015, rushing for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns. He played a reduced role the next two seasons but broke out again in 2018, rushing for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ollison has the size (225 pounds) to carry heavy workload and the power to pick up yards after contact. He's patient with quick feet for his size. He projects as a mid-round pick in the 2019 draft.
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The game: Redbox Bowl
Info: 3 p.m. ET, Fox/Santa Clara, Calif.
LJ Scott, RB, Michigan State: The expectation had been that Scott would redshirt after missing all but four games with an ankle injury this season. Instead he has declared for the draft and is expected to play in this game, giving him one last chance to make an impression. Michigan State's leading rusher in each of the previous three seasons, Scott is a big back with above-average patience and good burst through the hole. He projects as a Day 3 pick.
Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon: The Ducks' Justin Herbert is the top quarterback on our board, but he could still return to school, so we'll go with Jelks, who is more intriguing to us. While Jelks' production and his stock have dropped over the past season, he has an NFL frame, a quick first step and good length. He is versatile enough to rush off the edge or between the tackles, and he could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. A strong finish to his senior season would help steady his stock, and a team could get a steal in the late Day 2, early Day 3 range if he's able to regain the form he showed in 2017.
The game: AutoZone Liberty Bowl