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.
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
8 p.m. ET, FOX
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M – Regarded by some as the top tackle prospect of 2013, Luke Joeckel has already been showing up as the Lions’ first round pick in some mock drafts.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M – Like Joeckel, Damontre Moore is another player popping up in early mock drafts as the Lions’ pick. He may be the first defensive end taken in 2013 and figures to be in the top-two at the very least.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma – If the Lions decide to look for a tackle at the top of round two it could be Lane Johnson. He has played both tackle positions in his Oklahoma career and has the ideal build for an NFL tackle.
Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M – Porter draws some comparisons to former teammate and current Denver Broncos star Von Miller. He could be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme which could push his stock higher than his current round 2-3 projection.
Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma – Jefferson has received his evaluation from the draft advisory board but hasn’t announced whether he’s heading to the NFL or staying at Oklahoma. If he does leave school he could be a round 2-3 draft pick and one of the top five safeties selected.
Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma – The Lions drafted three players from Oklahoma in last year’s draft, including a wide receiver. Could they do it again? Kenny Stills hasn’t yet declared for the draft but may do so and could be a third round pick.
Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma – The Lions have talked a lot about getting bigger on defense so Demontre Hurst may not fit their profile. He is likely to be a late-round pick.
Dustin Harris, CB, Texas A&M – Harris is considered a fringe-draftable player but a good showing against the Sooners could help his stock.