Three former Montana State football players appeared in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and all three had a great time.
Offensive lineman Lewis Kidd and wide receiver Lance McCutcheon helped the National Team to a 25-24 win in the NFL Draft-eligible Senior All-Star Showcase Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. . Their MSU teammate, Daniel Hardy, played defensive end and linebacker for Team USA.
McCutcheon led the national team with 49 receiving yards. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Bozeman receiver made three catches, including one for 31 yards.
Kidd started the game at left tackle, the position he played in 2021 for the Bobcats after mostly lining up at guard his first three seasons. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Minnesota native was beaten a few times but generally blocked well, both on passing and running plays.
NFLPA Bowl director of player personnel Dane Vandernat told 406mtsports.com earlier this week that Kidd is most likely to crack a pro roster at guard.
Hardy was involved in at least two tackles, both in the first half. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Oregonian initially lined up in a technical three at the D end, but mostly got up against linebacker “Sam,” often returning to coverage on passing plays. Hardy played linebacker for MSU in 2019 and moved to D-end in 2021.
All three Bobcats were on the field at the same time midway through the third quarter.
The odds of Hardy, Kidd or McCutcheon being selected in the April draft aren’t high, according to Vandernat, but he thinks Hardy has a chance, likely at linebacker. All three could get some sort of opportunity in the NFL, Vandernat said.
Saturday’s performances in front of professional scouts, coaches and reception staff could help the Bobcats trio achieve their post-college football goals.