Armed Forces Bowl Veterans - 2012 NFL Draft Prospects

A total of nine players that have competed in at least one Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are listed as possible draft picks for this week’s National Football League draft.  Topping the list of potential selections are Case Keenum of Houston and Brigham Young offensive tackle Matt Reynolds.  Keenum, college football’s all-time passing leader, played in the 2008 and 2009 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls against Air Force.  Keenum threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and ran for two TDs as the Cougars defeated the Falcons 34-28 in the first of two post-season meetings between the two schools in 2008.  Air Force intercepted Keenum six times in the 2009 contest as the Falcons prevailed 47-20 as the Houston quarterback passed for 222 yards and a 10-yard scoring streak to another 2012 potential draftee Patrick Edwards.    Reynolds had one of the best plays during bowl season in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl against Tulsa as he delivered a hit with his helmet off as quarterback Riley Nelson scrambled away from pressure.  That hit allowed Nelson to find Cody Hoffman in the end zone with 12 seconds to go before halftime to close the Cougars' deficit to 14-10.  BYU rallied in the final seconds of the game to defeat Tulsa 24-21 on a two-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to Hoffman.  Here is a list of potential 2012 NFL draft picks with BHAFB experience.  Bryce Beall, who was the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl MVP, led Houston to a 34-28 win over Air Force as he rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown along with catching four passes for 92 yards.

Brigham Young (2011 BHAFB)
Hebron “Loni” Fangupo, DT 6'1", 323
Matt Reynolds, T, 6'4", 302

Houston (2008 and 2009 BHAFB)
Bryce Beall, RB, 5'11", 224
Patrick Edwards, WR, 5'9", 172
Case Keenum, QB, 6'0", 208

SMU (2010 BHAFB)
Kelvin Beachum, T, 6'2", 303
Taylor Thompson, TE, 6'6", 259

Tulsa (2011 BHAFB)
Curnelius Arnick, ILB 6'0" 230
G. J. Kinne, QB, 6'1", 234

Led by the 12 Cal Bears, players from 10 of the 12 schools that have participated in the first eight Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have had players drafted in the past eight NFL Drafts.  Only Air Force and Army have not had players drafted as the military academy players must face years of service in the armed forces following their graduation.  However, 2007 BHAFB participant Chad Hall of Air Force is now playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.  A total of 45 former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants have been drafted into the NFL, including eight from Utah (2006 BHAFB game), six from Cincinnati (2004), five from Boise State (2003), four from TCU (2003), three each from Houston (2005, 2008 and 2009) and Kansas (2005), two from Marshall (2004) and one each from Tulsa (2006) and SMU (2011).  Three former Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl participants were NFL first-rounders, including Kansas defensive back Aqib Talib (2008 draft), and Cal center Alex Mack (2009) and defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (2010).  Nine former BHAFB participants were selected in the second-round followed by three in the third-round, six in the fourth-round, seven each in the fifth- and sixth-round, and 10 in the seventh-round.  The 2012 NFL draft will undoubtedly include additional former BHAFB players from several years, including both 2010 and 2011.

Player, School, BHAFB game, Position, Height, Weight, Drafted (team/round/pick/year)

• Daryn Colledge, Boise State, 2003, T, 6-4, 300, Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 2006
• Gerald Alexander, Boise State, 2003, DB, 6-0, 210, Detroit Lions / 2nd / 61st pick / 2007
• Legedu Naanee, Boise State, 2003, WR, 6-2, 225, San Diego Chargers / 5th / 172nd pick / 2007
• Korey Hall, Boise State, 2003, LB, 6-1, 230, Green Bay Packers / 6th / 192nd pick / 2007
• Derek Schouman, Boise State, 2003, TE-FB, 6-2, 247, Buffalo Bills / 7th / 222nd pick / 2007
• Bo Schobel, TCU, 2003, DE, 6-5, 268, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 103rd pick / 2004
• Anthony Alabi, TCU, 2003, T, 6-5, 315, Miami Dolphins / 5th / 162nd pick / 2005
• Michael Toudouze, TCU, 2003, G, 6-6, 302, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 162nd pick / 2006
• Herbert Taylor, TCU, 2003, T, 6-4, 282, Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 196th pick / 2007
• Trent Cole, Cincinnati, 2004, DE-LB, 6-3, 270, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 146th pick / 2005
• Tyjuan Hagler, Cincinnati, 2004, LB, 6-0, 236, Indianapolis Colts / 5th / 173rd pick / 2005
• Daven Holly, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 186, San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 215th pick / 2005
• John Bowie, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-11, 186, Oakland Raiders / 4th / 110th pick / 2007
• Brent Celek, Cincinnati, 2004, TE, 6-4, 261, Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 162nd pick / 2007
• Haruki Nakamura, Cincinnati, 2004, DB, 5-10, 190, Baltimore Ravens / 6th / 206th pick / 2008
• Jonathan Goddard, Marshall, 2004, DE, 6-0, 242, Detroit Lions / 6th / 206th pick / 2005
• Ahmad Bradshaw, Marshall, 2004, RB, 5-11, 195, New York Giants / 7th / 250th pick / 2007
• Kevin Kolb, Houston, 2005, QB, 6-3, 218, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 36th pick / 2007
• Donnie Avery, Houston, 2005, WR, 5-11, 186, St. Louis Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 2008
• Sebastian Vollmer, Houston, 2008, T, 6-8, 315, New England Patriots / 2nd / 58th pick / 2009
• Aqib Talib, Kansas, 2005, DB, 6-2, 202, Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 20th pick / 2008
• Anthony Collins, Kansas, 2005, T, 6-6, 308, Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 112th pick / 2008
• Derek Fine, Kansas, 2005, TE, 6-2, 250, Buffalo Bills / 4th / 132nd pick / 2008
• Chris Chamberlain, Tulsa, 2006, DB, 6-2, 226, St. Louis Rams / 7th / 228th pick / 2008
• Eric Weddle, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-11, 203, San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 37th pick / 2007
• Paul Soliai, Utah, 2006, DT, 6-4, 344, Miami Dolphins / 4th / 108th pick / 2007
• Sean Smith, Utah, 2006, DB, 6-2, 215, Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 61st pick / 2009
• Brice McCain, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-9, 185, Houston Texans / 6th / 188th pick / 2009
• Freddie Brown, Utah, 2006, WR, 6-4, 215, Cincinnati Bengals 7th / 252nd / 2009
• Zane Beadles, Utah, 2006, G, 6-4, 310, Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 2010
• Stevenson Sylvester, Utah, 2006, LB, 6-2, 225, Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 166th pick / 2010
• R. J. Stanford, Utah, 2006, DB, 5-10, 183, Carolina Panthers / 7th / 223th pick / 2010
• DeSean Jackson, Cal, 2007, WR, 6-0, 178, Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 49th pick / 2008
• Craig Stevens, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 255, Tennessee Titans / 3rd / 85th pick / 2008
• Thomas DeCoud, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-1, 196, Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 98th pick / 2008
• Lavelle Hawkins, Cal, 2007, WR, 5-11, 187, Tennessee Titans / 4th / 126th pick / 2008
• Justin Forsett, Cal, 2007, RB, 5-8, 190, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 233rd pick / 2008
• Alex Mack, Cal, 2007, C, 6-4, 312, Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 2009
• Zack Follett, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-2, 231, Detroit Lions / 7th / 235th pick / 2009
• Cameron Morrah, Cal, 2007, TE, 6-3, 244, Seattle Seahawks / 7th / 248th pick / 2009
• Tyson Alualu, Cal, 2007, DT, 6-3, 295, Jacksonville Jaguars / 1st / 10th pick / 2010
• Syd'Quan Thompson, Cal, 2007, DB, 5-9, 182, Denver Broncos / 7th / 225th pick / 2010
• Chris Conte, Cal, 2007, DB, 6-2, 197, Chicago Bears / 3rd / 93rd pick / 2011
• Mike Mohamed, Cal, 2007, LB, 6-3, 239, Denver Broncos / 6th / 189th pick / 2011
• Aldrick Robinson, SMU, 2010, WR, 5-10, 184, Washington Redskins / 6th / 178th pick / 2011