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Cotton Bowl: Ohio State vs. Missouri NFL Draft Prospect Watch and Opt-Outs, Who Will Shine?

Here's a breakdown of the 2024 NFL Draft prospects from Ohio State and Missouri who will be active in the 2023 Cotton Bowl, along with their potential draft round projections:


Ohio State NFL Draft Prospects:

  1. TreVeyon Henderson, RB: Possible first-round pick. A dynamic runner with excellent receiving skills.

  2. Emeka Egbuka, WR: Potential first-round pick. Known for his route-running and three-level playmaking ability.

  3. Denzel Burke, CB: First-round potential. Combines length, explosiveness, and ball skills.

  4. Tyleik Williams, DT: Could be a top-five DT in the draft. Notable for his size and versatility.

  5. Michael Hall Jr., DT: High impact player beyond his stats. Known for his block destruction and explosiveness.

  6. Cade Stover, TE: Well-rounded prospect. Strong blocker and reliable receiver.

  7. Other Prospects to Watch: Miyan Williams (RB), Josh Simmons (OT), Donovan Jackson (G), Ty Hamilton (DT), J.T. Tuimoloau (EDGE), Jack Sawyer (EDGE), Tommy Eichenberg (LB), Josh Proctor (S), Lathan Ransom (S).

Missouri NFL Draft Prospects:

  1. Luther Burden, WR (2025 Draft): Likely early first-round pick in 2025. Known for his RAC ability and route running.

  2. Darius Robinson, EDGE: Potential riser with his switch to EDGE. Combines power and explosiveness.

  3. Brady Cook, QB: A wild card in the QB draft group. Notable for his athleticism and improving accuracy.

  4. Kris Abrams-Draine, CB: Skilled in off-man and zone coverage, with playmaking ability at the catch point.

  5. Cody Schrader, RB: Efficient, aggressive runner. Could be a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent.

  6. Other Prospects to Watch: Theo Wease (WR), Javon Foster (OT), Kristian Williams (DT), Nyles Gaddy (EDGE), Daylan Carnell (DB), Jaylon Carlies (S), Harrison Mevis (K).

Notable Absences:

  • Ohio State: Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR), is not playing to prepare for the NFL Draft.

  • Missouri: Ty’Ron Hopper (LB) and Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (CB), are both out due to injury.


This breakdown reflects their status and draft potential leading up to the Cotton Bowl. Draft stock can change based on performance in the bowl game and subsequent pre-draft workouts and interviews.

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