New Era Scouting’s David Syvertsen breaks down who we’re watching in each bowl game. Up this week, Marshall versus Florida International.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

#4 T.Y. Hilton – WR – 5’10/184

Top tier return specialist that shows promise as a wide receiver.  Can
use his speed/agility all over the field, making him a guy that can
run himself open on any given play.  Won’t ever be a physical player,
but he needs to add something to his wiry frame.  He can get tossed
around with ease by a defensive back that can press at the line of
scrimmage.  His main asset however is in the return game where he can
use his vision and ability to squeeze through a crease and explode in
the open field.  Mid to late rounder that will raise some eyebrows
after his 40 yard dash.

MARSHALL

#99 Vinny Curry – DE – 6’3/263

This is a guy I zeroed in on all season after a 2010 campaign that saw
him lead the nation in tackles for all defensive linemen (94).  Giants
fans can see how impressive that is in a year where Jason Pierre-Paul
is leading NFL defensive linemen in tackles.  Highly decorated player
that earned the 2011 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year
award.  Disruptive force that can get in to the opposing backfield as
good as anyone.  He lives back there and can make things happen week
in/week out despite a heavy dose of attention from opposing offensive
lines.  Long arms and strong hands can get him away from blocks
quickly.  Would like to see more explosion off the edge and better
double moves, but his game right now is good enough for the next
level.  There is always room for a talented hustler like Curry, no
matter what is on the current roster.  A day 2 pick here.

#31 Omar Brown – S – 5’11 – 195

The other 1st Team All Conference USA defender playing for Marshall
tonight.  Brown is an undersized safety that plays with instincts and
a explosive first step.  Very good at diagnosing plays from the snap
and is a guy that is constantly found in the middle of the action.
Team captain that has gotten better every year of his career.  A true
leader on the field that saves his best performances for the biggest
games.  May not have the bulk and physicality to start at safety but
he is a role player that can carve himself a niche in specific
defensive packages.  Late round type that will make a roster
eventually, similar to Charlie Peprah.