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Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Watch List: Bowl Edition

Oct 5, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Donte Moncrief (12) catches a touchdown pass ahead of Auburn Tigers defensive back Ryan White (19) at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Watch List gives you college football players to watch who could be on the Lions’ radar next spring.
The college bowl season continues with four games today:

Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Navy – 11:45 a.m. (EST) – ESPN

Music City Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss – 3:15 p.m. (EST) – ESPN

Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Texas – 6:45 p.m. (EST) – ESPN

Holiday Bowl: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech – 9:15 p.m. (EST) – ESPN

We’ve previously highlighted Mike Davis (#1), WR – Texas, Jace Amaro (#22), TE – Texas Tech, Eric Ward (#18), WR – Texas Tech, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (#14), CB – Oregon and Taylor Hart (#66), DE – Oregon.

Here are two additional prospects to watch for in tomorrow’s bowl games:

Donte Moncrief (#12), WR – Ole Miss

At the end of the 2013 regular season, Moncrief ranks second in Ole Miss history with eight 100-yard receiving games, third with 19 touchdown catches and 150 career receptions, and fourth with 2,258 receiving yards . Moncrief started 2013 slowly, came on strong and finished the season with 53 receptions for 825 yards and five touchdowns. Possessing excellent size (6-3, 226 lbs.), Moncrief appears to have adequate speed (sub 4.5) to stretch defenses vertically. He exhibits reliable hands and excellent body control for a big man, with the ability to adjust and catch off-target passes. Moncrief uses his size to effectively beat press man, and though he lacks elite run after catch ability, he has the strength to power through tackles and gain yards after contact. A junior, Moncrief should be a day two selection if he decides to leave school early.

Carl Bradford (#52), OLB/DE – Arizona State

A highly rated fullback coming out of high school, Bradford made the transition to defense in 2011, seeing action at linebacker, defensive end and on special teams. In 2012, Bradford enjoyed a breakout season with 80 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss (tied for fourth best in FBS) and 11.5 sacks (tied for fifth best in FBS). Bradford continued to play at a high level this season with a respectable 55 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and eight and a half sacks. Highly instinctive, Bradford locates the ball quickly and showcases nice short area explosion when closing on ball carriers. Though he lacks elite physical attributes, Bradford consistently plays with a high motor from snap to whistle and simply makes plays on sheer effort. A “jack of all trades, master of none” type player, Bradford lacks the size and strength to be a three-down player with his hand in the dirt or the speed to play OLB in a 43 front. Though his best fit is probably in a 3-4 defense, a player with his motor, versatility and pass rush ability could find a home in nearly every scheme.  Bradford is likely a day two selection.

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  • brucekennedy

    What is taking so long!? I just saw where Washington fired Shanahan, why wasn’t Schwartz fired as soon as the clock hit 00:00 in the Minnesota game? Why are the Fords making the fans suffer?

  • calvinfan33

    Is Moncrief the type of receiver the Lions are looking for?

  • Ackerman

    brucekennedy, I agree, but am glad the Ford’s finally came to the right conclusion regardless. Time for the franchise to move on.

  • Ackerman

    calvinfan33 – very good question. There’s no doubt the Lions will be taking a wide receiver, probably in the first two rounds. The question is: what type of receiver are they looking for? From what I’ve seen of Moncrief, he probably has enough speed to play the X receiver and the versatility to work underneath routes from the slot. Though they could use someone a little more dynamic, Moncrief would be a strong second day consolation prize should they decide to go in another direction on day one.

  • calvinfan33

    @Ackerman – thanks for the response. Good call on Bradford, he’s a beast.