Scouting the Houston Bowl for NFL talent

The Houston Bowl offers a good story yet minimal talent for the next level. Colorado was a program beset with major off-the-field problems eight months ago yet came together to claim the north division of the Big 12. And after being the doormat of the WAC the past three seasons UTEP earned a bowl appearance under first year head coach Mike Price.


Brandon Dabdoub/DT/98/5Sr: Straight line defender that quickly gets off the snap with a good first step.  Struggles moving laterally and easily held up the point.  Undrafted free agent who will struggle to make a two deep next year but will get a look.

Joel Klatt/QB/14/3Jr: Fleet footed quarterback that must learn to become a passer rather than a thrower.  Needs to improve almost every aspect of his passing game.

Joe Klopfenstein/TE/89/3Jr: Solid pass catching tight end with potential for the next level.

Matt McChesney/DT/60/5Sr: Hard working lineman that keeps coming and displays quickness to his game.  Lacks balance and adjustment as well as the ability to get off blocks but work ethic and passion for the game will endear him to a coach.

Bobby Purify/RB/42/5Sr: Oft-injured running back with good ball carrying instincts.  Patient with adequate speed but durability questions will prevent him from being selected in April's draft.

Derek Stemrich/G/52/5Sr: Solid position blocker that turns defenders off the ball then seals them from the play.  Neither quick nor dominant in any aspect of his game.

Quinn Sypniewski/TE/45/5Sr: One time promising tight end whose career has been severely hampered with injury.

Sam Wilder/T/74/5Sr: Strong pass protector with the ability to block in motion.  Marginal run blocker whose game lacks overall explosion.


Jonas Crafts/TE/83/5Sr: Solid position blocker that works hard in all aspects of the game.  Not dominant at the point of attack, possesses marginal pass catching skills as well as upside for the next level.

Howard Jackson/RB/4/4Sr: Patient ball carrier also a solid receiver out of the backfield.  Weaves through the traffic yet not special in any aspect and must make his mark on special teams to find a spot in the NFL.

Robert Rodriguez/ILB/43/5Sr: Solid two down defender best against the run.  Marginal upside and unlikely to be drafted yet could find a home in a backup role.

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