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.
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan – It takes a certain combination of size and skills to be considered a top offensive tackle prospect and it looks like Eric Fisher has it. He’s big, coordinated and has the attitude necessary to become a dominant offensive lineman, perhaps even an elite left tackle. He’s already a mainstay in first round mock drafts and widely regarded as one of the top five offensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft.
Jahleel Addae, SS, Central Michigan – Jahleel Addae does a little bit over everything in the Central Michigan defensive backfield. He has three games this year of at least ten tackles, totaled two sacks and four interceptions. He was named a second team All-MAC performer in 2012 after being named to the first team following the 2011 season. Addae is most likely to be selected on day three of the draft.
Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky – Unfortunately for fans tuning in to see draft prospects play their last college game, Quanterus Smith will not be in action. He was lost for the season after tearing an ACL on November 17 against Louisiana-Lafayette. He had 12.5 sacks through ten games before going down with the knee injury. At 248 pounds, Smith could get looks from 3-4 and 4-3 teams alike. The Lions have experience with “undersized” defensive ends (Cliff Avril, Willie Young) as well as draft prospects coming off significant knee injuries (Ryan Broyles).