The Poinsettia Bowl offers a terrific match-up between a Cal team loaded with NFL talent and a Utah squad with a tremendous amount of underrated next level prospects.  The game offers prospects who will be filtered throughout the draft from both the senior and underclassmen ranks.

Cal

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

1-2

Jahvid Best

RB

4

3Jr

Amazingly elusive ball carrier that creates his own yardage, making several defenders miss over the course of a single run. Fast, quick and turns it on in a single step. Dynamite receiver out of the backfield. Plays bigger than his listed size and has the makings of a feature runner. Concussions the past month are a major concern. Will enter the draft if he receives a first round grade.

1-2

Tyson Aluala

DT

44

4Sr

Hard working defender who plays with a non-stop motor. Smart, focused on by opponents and plays with great explosion. Loved in the scouting community. Offers potential as a conventional tackle or two-gap end.

2nd

Cameron Jordan

DE

97

3Jr

Great junior prospect that can play in a conventional line up or as a two-gap end. Athletic, fluid moving about the field and defeats blocks getting to the play. Possesses great upside. Likely to stay in school for another season as his game did not progress in 2009.

2-3

Syd’Quan Thompson

CB

5

5Sr

Strong, aggressive cornerback with solid ball skills. Best in press coverage. Lacks top end speed and will be downgraded as a result. Pre-draft forty times are critical.

3-4

Darian Hagan

CB

26

4Jr

Physical, bump and run cover who lacks the long speed. Offers an upside and one to really keep an eye on.

FA

Chet Teofilo

G

58

6Sr

Strong, small area blocker who makes effective use of angles and technique. A little stiff and not effective in motion.  Fell off the chart this season.

6-7

Verran Tucker

WR

86

4Sr

Solid pass catcher that’s flying under the radar screen. Potential fifth wide out on the NFL level.  Could surprise in April.

FA

Brett Johnson

S

25

5Sr

Potential zone safety who plays the run tough.

FA

Mike Tepper

T

79

6Sr

One time highly rated prospect returning from injury.

FA

Nyan Boateng

WR

8

5Sr

FA

Marcus Ezeff

S

29

5Sr

Utah

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

Comments

2-3

Kao Misi

DE

41

4Sr

Underrated prospect expected to blow it up at pre-draft workouts. Nicely fits in as a traditional end in a 4-3 alignment.

3rd

Robert Johnson

S

17

4Sr

Terrific all-around safety hitting his stride. Physical against the run but also displays excellent ball skills. Great range in centerfield and fluid making plays sideline-to-sideline. Swiftly moving up draft boards.

4-5

Zane Beadles

G

68

5Sr

College tackle best inside at guard. Strong and stout at the point but only good in a small area.

7th

Sylvester Stevenson

OLB

10

4Sr

Average prospect not as good as his reputation. Relatively athletic but does not make enough plays on the field and displays poor instincts.

7-FA

David Reed

WR

16

4Sr

Receiver prospect on the rise. Sure handed and reliable. Forty times during pre-draft workouts are critical.

FA

R.J. Stanford

CB

21

5Sr

Unheralded prospect gaining momentum in scouting circles. Great athlete with terrific speed yet needs a lot of work on his ball skills.

FA

Michael Wright

ILB

20

4Sr

Solid college defender with limited athleticism and upside for the next level.

FA

Matt Asiata

RB

4

5Sr

Tough, interior runner whose season was cut short with injury.