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Peach Bowl: Penn State vs. Ole Miss NFL Draft Prospects, Opt-Outs & Opt-Ins

Overview


The upcoming Peach Bowl featuring Penn State and Ole Miss is notable for minimal player opt-outs, a trend contrasting with other non-playoff bowl games. This can be attributed to various factors, including the cultural influence of coaches, draft prospect status, and transfer portal activity.


Key Factors Influencing Player Participation

James Franklin and Lane Kiffin's Cultural Influence:

  • Both coaches have fostered a competitive spirit, influencing players to participate in bowl games.


Limited Top Draft Prospects on Ole Miss:

  • Lane Kiffin notes the absence of top draft prospects on his team, potentially reducing opt-outs.


Transfer Portal Activity:

  • Kiffin's active engagement contrasts with Penn State Head Coach James Franklin's roster stability.

Full Roster Participation for Penn State:

  • Despite having early-round draft prospects, Penn State expects full roster availability.


Official Opt-Outs

  • Penn State: DE Chop Robinson (Junior) - Expected first-round pick.

  • Ole Miss: DE Cedric Johnson (Senior) - Notable 2023 performance.

Players with Undecided Status

  • OT Olu Fashanu (Senior, Penn State): Top-10 draft pick, status for Peach Bowl uncertain.

  • CB Kalen King (Junior, Penn State): Challenging season, draft decision pending.

  • CB Johnny Dixon (Senior, Penn State): Accepted Senior Bowl invitation, Peach Bowl status undecided.


Future NFL Draft Stock Analysis with Eligible Years

Ole Miss:

  • Jaxson Dart (QB): Eligible 2024/2025. Strengths in mobility and arm strength; needs consistency in deep throws.

  • Quinshon Judkins (RB): Eligible 2025. Excel in break tackle ability and agility; needs improvement in pass catching.


Penn State:

  • Nicholas Singleton (RB): Eligible 2025. Known for speed and vision; requires better pass protection skills.

  • Drew Allar (QB): Eligible potentially 2025 or later. Strong in ball security; needs to improve in deep ball accuracy.


Peach Bowl Draft Prospects, Opt Outs

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