Missouri will represent the Big 12 for the last time in this years Independence Bowl while UNC looks to close a dark chapter in their programs history. This game features two good defensive teams and some explosive offensive players highlighted by UNC recceiver Dwight Jones. Jones along with his defensive teammates Quinton Coples and Zach Brown all figure to be drafted high. Brown in particular will have a tough time corralling senior tight end Michael Egnew, the Tigers most notable draft eligible offensive player.

Missouri

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1-2 Michael Egnew TE 82 5Sr Exceptional pass catching tight end that looks more like a big possession receiver on the field. Natural in all aspects catching the ball and very athletic. Rarely used or asked to block.
4th Zaviar Gooden OLB 25 4Jr Fierce, sideline to sideline linebacker that chases the action hard. Shows a lot of skill in his all-around game. Minimal size and struggles handling blocks.
5th Jacquies Smith DE 3 4Sr Relatively athletic college defensive end that occasionally stands up over tackle. Breaks down well, plays with terrific balance yet lacks blinding speed.
5th Jerrell Jackson WR 29 4Sr Smooth, fluid receiver with nice size and strength which he uses to his advantage. Consistently comes away with the difficult reception. Lacks the deep speed and ability to run to the long throw.
6th Austin Wuebbels G 66 5Sr Tough, small area blocker that plays with a nasty attitude. Strong at the point, easily controls defenders once engaged in a block and plays smart football.
6-7 T.J. Moe WR 28 3Jr Smart, competitive pass catcher that sacrifices his body to make the reception. Better than average speed. Not a big target.
6-7 Elvis Fisher T 72 5Sr Underrated pass blocking left tackle that plays with good mechanics, football smarts and competitiveness. Lacks the great upside yet could be a solid reserve lineman at the next level. Missed the entire ’11 season with a knee injury.
7-FA Will Ebner ILB 32 4Sr Hard working run defending, two-down linebacker with several off the field issues.
FA Dan Hoch T 77 4Sr Strong yet immobile tackle only good in a small area. May get consideration at guard due to his inability to move.
FA Terrell Resonno DE 93 5Sr Quick lineman that displays some strength in the middle of the field. Best in a straight line and ineffective in pursuit.
FA Wes Kemp WR 8 4Sr Tough, reliable receiver with minimal upside.
FA Kenji Jackson S 13 4Sr Tough, run defending-straight line safety with marginal ball skills.
FA Dom Hamilton DT 90 4Sr Quick, first step lineman best in a straight line.

North Carolina

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1st Quinton Coples DE 90 4Sr Tremendous athlete that with size, strength and growth potential. Fluid moving about the field. Constantly doubled the by opponents yet gets penetration behind the line of scrimmage. Has a little Julius Peppers in style and substance.
1st Zach Brown OLB 47 4Sr Athletic and explosive three down linebacker that makes plays in coverage or against the run. Fluid, covers a lot of area on the field and fast sideline to sideline. Good head for the ball in the box and works hard to stop ball carriers.
2nd Jonathan Cooper G 64 4Jr Terrific guard prospect with a high upside. Athletic, moves well on his feet and very effective blocking in motion. Needs to improve his strength yet an outstanding prospect for the future.
3rd Dwight Jones WR 83 4Sr Nice sized receiver that plays strong and big. Consistently comes away with the reception in the middle of a crowd, sure handed and wins out in battles. Minimal quickness and speed in his game.
3rd Sylvester Williams DT 02 3Jr Junior college transfer who made a huge impact for the UNC defense this season.
4th Charles Brown CB 12 5Sr Athletic cover corner that keeps the action in front of him. Does a nice job recognizing routes, has a great break to the ball out of his plant and closing speed to the action. Constantly making plays on the ball. Suspended during the 2010 season but returns this fall.
5th Donte Paige-Moss DE N 3Jr Solid college defensive end that is used in a three-point stance or stands up over tackle. Lacks elite athleticism yet has enough skill to play in the NFL.
5th Jordan Nix DT 78 5Sr Quick, explosive interior tackle that fires off the snap, displays a good change of direction and shows a good degree of suddenness in his game. Undersized yet plays with leverage and tough to stop.
5-6 Tydreke Powell DT 91 5Sr Explosive interior first step lineman that struggles getting off blocks. Plays with good lean and fires through the gaps of the offensive line.
6th Cam Holland C 65 5Sr Powerful small area blocker that opens up the middle the field. Lacks agility, struggles to adjust and ineffective in motion.
5-6 Ryan Houston RB 32 5Sr Underrated power runner on the inside that’s been miscast as a fullback. Returns this fall after sitting on the sidelines with suspension last season.
6-7 Erik Highsmith WR 88 3Jr Quick, dependable receiver best running underneath routes. Gets separation and makes the catch with his hands.
7th Kevin Reddick ILB 48 3Jr
FA Devon Ramsay FB 45 5Sr Strong, fundamentally sound lead blocker that does enough to chip opponents from the action. Slows into blocks which affects his ability to finish off defenders. Tore his ACL in early September and out for the season.
FA Matt Merletti S 25 5Sr