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
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.