The Grandaddy of non-BCS Bowl games, the Cotton Bowl, is a yearly head to head match up of some of the best teams from the SEC West and the Big 12. Kansas State which probably should have made a BCS Bowl and Arkansas, who would have made a BCS Bowl if not for the 2 teams per conference limit, are this years participants in a rare non-BCS match up of two top ten teams. Arkansas brings the SEC’s best offense led by Tyler Wilson and senior receivers Jarius Wright and Joe Adams along with an underrated defense led by defensive end Jake Bequette. Kansas State is led predominantly by its strong underclassmen but has one of the most opportunistic defensive backs in the nation in Nigel Malone. Malones 7 interceptions helped lead the Wildcats to a +13 in turnover margin. This game should feature plenty of highlight plays on both sides of the ball and should continue the trend of exciting offensive games that we’ve seen so far this bowl season.

Kansas State

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
3-4Arthur BrownOLB44Jr
7-FATysyn HartmanS25SrTall aggressive safety only effective playing downhill in a straight line.
FARaphael GuidryDT944Sr
FAManase FoketiG734SrAdequate college tackle we projects to guard. Plays with solid fundamentals, makes good use of angles and works hard yet lacks the footwork and a agility to protect the quarterbacks blind side.
FAClyde AufnerT754SrNice sized right tackle prospect that struggled with injury last year.
FADavid GarrettCB274SrFeisty, small defensive back with solid cover skills and toughness against the run. Potential dime back at the next level.
FAEmmanual LamurS235SrDisciplined safety effective against the pass and run. Average speed for the next level yet could be used in a zone system.

Arkansas

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rdJarius WrightWR44SrExplosive cornerback that shows a great burst to the ball and solid cover skills.
3rdAlvin BaileyG673SoExplosive, strong blocker also effective in motion. Has good size as well as a large upside.
3rdChris GraggTE804Jr
3-4Joe AdamsWR34SrQuick, elusive slot receiver that can also help out as a return specialist.
4thTyler WilsonQB83Jr
4thTravis SwansonC643SoLarge, strong blocker on the pivot that stands out in pass protection or blocking for the run. Fundamentally sound. Has a nice upside.
4thKnile DavisRBN3JrFast, explosive ball carrier with good size. Quick to top speed, gets a lot of momentum going and rarely brought down by the first defender. More of a straight-line runner and really loses momentum when he must change direction. Struggles with his balance and body control trying to get through the cutback lanes.
4-5Jake BequetteDE915SrIntense, competitive defensive lineman that plays hard until the whistle blows. Quick off the snap and shows solid open field speed yet lacks bulk and easily controlled at the point by blocks.
5thCobi HamiltonWR113JrOutstanding pass catcher that shows the ability to stretch the field vertically. Quick off the snap, runs solid routes and reliable catching the ball. Consistently shows the ability to beat defenders down the field. Has an upside and potentially a star the making.
6thGreg ChildsWR854SrNice sized pass catcher with a solid game. Fundamentally sound, uses his frame as an advantage and flashes the ability to get downfield.
5-6Broderick GreenRB295SrLarge, college running back projected to fullback by a number of teams. Rarely brought down by the first defender, picks up the difficult short yardage yet also displays solid quickness and footwork for a big or ball carrier.
7thJerry FranklinILB345SrStrong, run defending linebacker who runs hot and cold. Flashes good athleticism, the ability to defeat blocks and make plays on the ball yet often looks very ordinary.
7thTramain ThomasS54SrAdequate run defending safety with no single outstanding aspect in his game.
FAGrant CookG725SrNice sized blocker that gets the most from his ability. Has a thick build, shows good overall body strength and works hard until whistle blows. Primarily used as a backup last season.
FAIsaac MadisonCB65SrQuick, hard-working cornerback best facing the action. Dime back/special teams player at the next level.
FAJerico NelsonS314SrTerrific safety with a complete game that will move to linebacker this season. Explosive against the run, good open field tackler and shows the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays against the pass. Underrated and has and upside.