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.
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman
Marshall vs. Maryland
2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
The only draft prospect of note that Detroit Lions fans could have been interested in seeing in this year’s Military Bowl won’t even be playing. Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle had his season end in mid-September due to a shoulder injury.
Syracuse vs. Minnesota
6 p.m. ET, ESPN
RaShede Hageman, Minnesota, Defensive Tackle – The Lions already have a solid group of defensive tackles but they have taken advantage of a deep rotation in the past. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Hagemen end up a first round draft pick so he could be an intriguing option for the Lions if he is still available when they pick in round two.
Like Maryland’s McDougle, Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn was also lost for the season. Lyn is a three-year starter and is likely to get a look late in the draft as the NFL continues trending towards bigger corners.
Fight Hunger Bowl
BYU vs. Washington
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington, Tight End – If the Lions decide to go in a different direction from Brandon Pettigrew, Seferian-Jenkins could be high on their list. He’s big at 6-6, 266 pounds and a good receiver. Likely to be picked in the first two rounds.
Kyle Van Noy, BYU, Outside Linebacker – After a dominating bowl performance a year ago, Van Noy opted to return to school. His draft stock may have taken a slight hit in the process but he may still be a first round pick with a likely second round floor. Van Noy is known for being an instinctual player adept at rushing the passer or dropping into coverage.
Cody Hoffman, BYU, Wide Receiver – Likely a day three option for a team like the Lions who could use a big receiver.
Sean Parker, Washington, Safety – Physical and instinctive, Sean Parker could give the Lions depth at safety with some big upside for the future considering Parker’s modest early draft projections. The name will be familiar to Michigan football fans who pay follow recruiting as Parker was once thought to be a heavy Michigan lean before committing to the Huskies.