The college bowl system may be watered down but it does provide for a final look at a number of players ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft. Here is the bowl schedule for today, as well as a look at a few players to watch who could be on the Detroit Lions’ radar come May.
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
6 p.m. ET, ESPN
Aaron Donald, Pitt, Defensive Tackle – Until the Lions officially make a coaching change the chance they draft a defensive lineman can’t be discounted. Aaron Donald is undersized at 6-0, 285 but he explosive and can get after the quarterback. Probably a day two pick.
Devin Street, Pitt, Wide Receiver – The early read on the 2014 draft class is that it is deep at wide receiver. If the Lions miss out on getting the guy they need to play opposite Calvin Johnson in the first three rounds, Street could become an option.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tyler Larsen, Utah State, Center – A possible replacement for Dominic Raiola and sure to be a hit with Lions fans who constantly complained about Raiola undersized. Larsen is 6-4, 312 and projected to be a third or fourth round pick.
Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois, Safety – Quarterback Jordan Lynch gets all the headlines but safety Jimmie Ward is the team’s best 2014 draft prospect – could be an early day three pick.
Nevin Lawson, Utah State, Cornerback – A late round option at corner, decent size at 5-10, 186.