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.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
12 p.m. ET, ESPN
Melvin White, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette – When Detroit Lions rookie Bill Bentley moved on from the Louisiana-Lafayette secondary it was up to Melvin White to help fill the void. Bentley was regarded as a more instinctual corner but White possesses size that is rare in a corner. Standing over 6’1″ tall and weighing 191 pounds, White is a draftable player that has a chance to work his way up the boards if he tests out well during the draft process.
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Washington vs. Boise State
3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington – The Trufant name should be familiar to football fans. Desmond is the younger brother of Marcus Trufant, the 11th overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2003 NFL draft, and Isaiah Trufant of the New York Jets. With a good combination of size, athleticism and an NFL skill set, Desmond Trufant could be an option for the Lions in the 2nd round.
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State – It has become common for Boise State to send players to the NFL and Jamar Taylor is the best of their bunch for 2013. The 5’11”, 196 pound corner was a first-team All-Mountain West performer in 2012 and is projected to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th round. Taylor intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl.