The 2021 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board has been rolled out during the past week by position, featuring players to watch. Today, we finish things off with specialists:
(*NOTE: We at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl are disappointed for those players whose senior seasons have been disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In respect for those who may still play in 2021, we have altered our preseason Big Board to reflect only those seniors whose schools are actively preparing to play a fall season.)
TWO TO WATCH
John Haggerty, P, Western Kentucky:
One of several Aussie punters on the NFLPA Big Board this year, John Haggerty displayed impressive punting skill last season for the Hilltoppers – his first playing American football. The 25-year-old from Melbourne routinely had touch-to-toe times in the mid 1.3 seconds and demonstrated on numerous occasions the ability to hang the ball up in the air for greater than 4.5 seconds. With 17 punts of 50+ yards, Haggerty certainly has the leg strength to compete in the NFL, but what was more impressive were his 18 punts placed inside the 20-yard line and only two touchbacks.
J.D. Spielman, RS/WR, TCU:
For three consecutive seasons at Nebraska, wide receiver and return specialist J.D. Spielman put up impressive numbers while annually earning all-conference honors. The 5-9, 185-pound speedster was a full-time starter at wide receiver who also received touches from the backfield and in the kicking game in order to get the ball in his dangerous hands. In fact, the dynamic Spielman is one of only three players in Cornhusker history to score a return touchdown in three consecutive seasons. Be sure to keep an eye out for the versatile Spielman with the Horned Frogs in 2020.
2021 NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL BIG BOARD: SPECIALISTS