The college bowl system may be watered down but it does provide for a final look at a number of draft-eligible players on a nationals stage. Here is the bowl schedule for today as well as a look at a few players that could be on the Lions’ radar come April.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
BYU vs. San Diego State
8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, DE, BYU – Every year there seems to be a defensive end prospect that shoots up draft boards despite getting a late start in football thanks to freak athleticism NFL teams crave. Ziggy Ansah looks to be that guy in the 2013 draft. He arrived at BYU from Ghana on a track scholarship and started playing football in 2010. Ansah got regular playing time for the first time this year and ended the regular season with 4.5 sacks. He’ll likely get a look from NFL teams looking for a 4-3 defensive end and as a rush end in 3-4 defensive schemes.
Braden Hansen, OG, BYU – The Lions could be in the market for some new blood in the interior of their offensive line and Braden Hansen is one of the best prospects that will be playing in the early bowl games. He mostly played guard at BYU and is likely to be drafted as such, but he did play some center for the Cougars to help solidify their line. Hansen is likely to be a third day draft pick.
Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State – Leon McFadden has a wealth of collegiate experience having played in every game during his four year career at San Diego State. He did a lot more than just play in those four years, he is a three-time first team All-Mountain West Conference performer. McFadden could be a top-100 draft pick when April rolls around with current projections regarding him as a 3rd-4th round prospect.
Riley Stephenson, P, BYU – The Lions shouldn’t be looking to draft a punter but it is an area they need to improve for 2013. BYU’s Riley Stephenson finished with an average of 47.3 yards per punt, second best in the country among qualified punters. He may be worth looking at as an undrafted free agent.