The Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Watch List gives you college football players to watch who could be on the Lions’ radar next Spring.
Saturday, December 21st kicks off the college bowl season with four games:
New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State vs. Washington State – 2:00 p.m. (EST) – ESPN
Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. USC – 3:30 p.m. (EST) – ABC
Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo vs. San Diego State – 5:30 p.m. (EST) – ESPN
New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Lafayette vs. Tulane – 9:00 p.m. (EST) – ESPN
Of the eight teams, USC has the most NFL caliber talent, and in week 12 we highlighted Marqise Lee, WR – (#9), Dion Bailey, LB/S – (#18) and Devon Kennard, LB – (#42).
Here are two more key prospects to look out for on Saturday:
Deone Bucannon (#20), SS – Washington State
The AP First Team All-American senior safety led the Pac-12 Conference with 109 tackles, tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions and added three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Durable, experienced and ultra-productive, Bucannon enters the New Mexico Bowl as the NCAA’s active leader in career solo tackles, tied for second in career interceptions and fifth in career tackles. At 6-1, 200 lbs., Bucannon has excellent size and the striking power to deliver game changing hits on ball carriers. He’s also instinctive, possessing good ball skills as evidenced by his 14 career interceptions. If he tests well at the combine, Bucannon could be an early second day selection.
Khalil Mack (#46), OLB – Buffalo
The Lambert Award winner and Butkus Award finalist has 94 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks on the year. A rare small school prospect with first round caliber talent, Mack finished his career with 28.5 sacks, an NCAA record 75 tackles for loss and 321 tackles. With rare athleticism, speed and motor, Mack has the versatility to excel at OLB in multiple schemes. He has sideline to sideline range with the closing burst to track down track down ball carriers all over the field. A three-down backer, Mack is effective on blitzes and showcases the quick hands and upper body strength to convert speed to power when rushing the passer. He’s also effective in space and possesses the quick feet and agility to cover tight ends deep down the seam. Mack is a prospect with game-changing ability and would be a wise choice if still on the board when the Lions make their pick.