The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. Bowl scheduling allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2022 Boca Raton Bowl.

Demario Douglas, WR

Douglas has been at Liberty since 2019 and has progressed every season. He has 166 receptions for 2,177 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career. This season, Douglas has hauled in 73 passes for 977 yards and six touchdowns.

At 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Douglas is undersized for an NFL receiver. He will likely be resigned to playing the slot, where he will have to show off his speed and quickness. His size may leave him off of some draft boards this April.

Projected Draft Range: Sixth Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

Durrell Johnson, EDGE

Johnson started his career off in JUCO and was an All-American at that level before transferring to Liberty, where he has played three seasons. He has 111 total tackles, 39 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks at the FBS level. This season, he has 49 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

His height won’t be a problem, as he is 6-foot-4, but he weighs only 235 pounds. He needs to add weight to his frame to hold up against NFL offensive linemen. His pass-rushing can come in spurts, but it also can sometimes disappear, so he needs some consistency.

Projected Draft Range: Sixth Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

Jamal Hines, EDGE

Hines has been at Toledo for five seasons and has been an impact player since his first season. In his career, Hines has 273 total tackles, 46 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks. This season, Hines has tallied 55 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

He won’t have ideal height and weight, but Hines is ok at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. Hines had his production spike in 2021 with 9.5 sacks, but has still been solid in his other seasons at Toledo. He has the potential to be a late-round pick.

Projected Draft Range: Sixth Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

Dallas Gant, LB

Gant started his career at Ohio State, but didn’t see the field consistently and transferred to Toledo for this season. He has 167 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks at the collegiate level. This season for the Rockets, Gant has registered 113 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and five passes defended.

He stands at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, which is solid size for a modern-day linebacker in the NFL. Gant has been solid against the run and is decent in coverage, but hasn’t shown to be a good blitzer. He may have produced for mostly just one season, but he could be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Projected Draft Range: Sixth Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

Other Draft Prospects: EDGE Desjuan Johnson (6th-UFA)

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