Saturday Bowl Primer

With another full slate of bowl games being played today, the National Football Post highlights some of the top prospects and breaks down which players are worth a look as we hit the home stretch toward draft season.

International Bowl
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN 2

Prospects worth keeping an eye on:

FS Nate Allen: South Florida (6-1, 206)
A good athlete who showcases a nose for the football and looks natural in both the run and pass game. Is one of the “safer” safety prospects in this year’s draft.

DE/OLB George Selvie: South Florida (6-4, 245)
Displays an explosive first step, but is more of a one-trick pony at this stage. Looks best suited to play as a 3-4 rush linebacker at the next level.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul: South Florida (6-6, 265)
Possesses a wingspan that goes on for days and has a really intriguing athletic skill set for his size. Might possess more pure upside than any other prospect in this year’s draft.

Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. EST, FOX

Prospects worth keeping an eye on:

OT Russell Okung: Oklahoma State (6-5, 302)
A smooth, coordinated lineman with great range off the edge and the ability to mirror in space. Looks like the draft’s top senior offensive tackle prospect.

RB/WR Dexter McCluster: Mississippi (5-7, 168)
A game breaker who will find a way to enhance an NFL offense. However, size looks to be his biggest obstacle at the next level.

OG/OT John Jerry: Mississippi (6-5, 350)
A massive offensive lineman who can consistently get a push in the run game and drive defenders off the ball. Has the versatility to play both right tackle and guard at the next level and is an ideal power run scheme type lineman.

PapaJohns.com Bowl
Connecticut vs. South Carolina
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. EST, ESPN

Prospects worth keeping an eye on:

WR Marcus Easley: Connecticut (6-2, 216)
An intriguing size/speed athlete who gets into his routes quickly and possesses good balance out of his breaks. Does a nice job creating space for himself off the line and setting up corners down the field. Is one of the nation’s top senior wide out prospects.

OLB Eric Norwood: South Carolina (6-0, 252)
Is a bit short for the position but plays with natural leverage and can consistently get after the passer off the edge. Looks like an ideal 3-4 rush linebacker at the next level.

Liberty Bowl
East Carolina vs. Arkansas
Saturday, 5:30 p.m. EST, ESPN

Prospects worth keeping an eye on:

QB Ryan Mallett: Arkansas (6-6, 238)
He’s only a redshirt sophomore, but possesses one of the best physical skill sets in all of football — college or pros — and might be able to pass both Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford as the nation’s top quarterback prospect if he were to declare early.

OG Mitch Petrus: Arkansas (6-3, 315)
A gifted athlete for his size who showcases good range when asked to reach a defender at the second level and is a really violent cut blocker. Looks like an ideal zone blocking type guard.

DT Malcolm Sheppard: Arkansas (6-2, 290)
An explosive, penetrating type tackle inside who lacks ideal girth, but has the ability to make an NFL roster as a one-gap lineman.

DE C.J. Wilson: East Carolina (6-3, 278)
Isn’t real explosive off the edge and is at his best as a push/pull threat. However, he doesn’t look sudden enough when asked to disengage to be a real productive pass rusher in the NFL.

Alamo Bowl
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
Saturday, 9:00 p.m. EST, ESPN

Prospects worth keeping an eye on:

OG Brandon Carter: Texas Tech (6-6, 344)
A massive offensive guard prospect who possesses great size, but is a limited athlete and will struggle to stay with NFL-caliber linemen at the next level.

DE Brandon Sharpe: Texas Tech (6-3, 254)
A productive pass rusher who showcases some suddenness when asked to slip blocks off the edge. Isn’t real explosive, but finds a way to get after the passer.

ILB Greg Jones: Michigan State (6-1, 224)
Plays bigger than his frame would indicate and can really track the football sideline-to-sideline. However, he might need to make the move to OLB in the NFL.

C Joel Nitchman: Michigan State (6-3, 296)
An underrated center prospect who isn’t overly athletic or physical, but just finds a way to get the job done.

WR Blair White: Michigan State (6-2, 200)
A deceiving athlete who showcases the ability to stride his way down the field, find soft spots underneath and adjust to the throw. Could end up developing into a starting caliber possession-type wide out at the next level.

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Upcoming Games

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Pittsburgh +3.5 -110

Minnesota -3.5 -110

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Seattle -6.5 -110

Houston +6.5 -110

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Jacksonville +9.5 -110

Tennessee -9.5 -110

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Las Vegas +10 -110

Kansas City -10 -110

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Dallas -5 -110

Washington +5 -110

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New Orleans -6.5 -110

NY Jets +6.5 -110

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Atlanta +2.5 -110

Carolina -2.5 -110

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Baltimore -1 -110

Cleveland +1 -110

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NY Giants +7.5 -110

LA Chargers -7.5 -110

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Detroit +8.5 -110

Denver -8.5 -110

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San Francisco +2.5 -110

Cincinnati -2.5 -110

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Buffalo +3.5 -110

Tampa Bay -3.5 -110

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Chicago +11 -110

Green Bay -11 -110

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LA Rams +2.5 -110

Arizona -2.5 -110

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Kansas City -3 -110

LA Chargers +3 -110

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