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.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs. Notre Dame
Noon ET, ESPN
Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame, Defensive Lineman – Tuitt is a mountain of a main and able to play anywhere on the defensive line at 6-6, 312 pounds. Projected to be a first round pick so the Lions would have to jump quickly if they want to add this versatile defensive lineman.
Brandon Coleman, Rutgers, Wide Receiver – A 6-5, 220 pound wide receiver, early projections have him as a third round pick.
Prince Shembo, Notre Dame, Outside Linebacker – If the Lions decide they want to start rushing the passer more from the linebacker positions, Shembo becomes a day three option to consider.
Cincinnati vs. North Carolina
3:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Eric Ebron, North Carolina, Tight End – One of the top tight end prospects in the draft. Developing as a blocker but projects to be able to be used in a variety of formations.
Tre Boston, North Carolina, Safety – A free safety prospect who figures to be available in the area of rounds 5-6.
Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami vs. Louisville
6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
DeVante Parker, Louisville, Wide Receiver – Won’t decide until after the bowl game if he will declare for the draft or return to school. If he declares, Paker is 6-2, 209 pound wide receiver option in the middle rounds.
Hakeem Smith, Louisville, Safety – 6-1, 180 pound strong safety, early projections have him as a day three pick.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan vs. Kansas State
10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, Safety – A four-time all-conference honoree, finished in the top six for Big XII defensive backs in tackles and interceptions. Late day two or early day three draft stock heading into the bowl game.
Jeremy Gallon, Michigan, Wide Receiver – Not the big receiver the Lions need but Gallons has shown he plays bigger than his actual size. Where Patrick Edwards failed with the Lions, Gallon may succeed because of the way he aggressively catches the ball rather than waiting for the ball.