South Carolina makes its annual January trip to the state of Florida for the post season while this will be the first time in a number of year Wisconsin won’t lose the Rose Bowl. After all that sarcasm there are a bunch of great NFL prospects playing in this contest. Tony Pauline breaks them down.
Jadeveon Clowney/DL/South Carolina: Clowney was unable to meet the unreasonable expectations put on him in 2013, but so what? He had more to lose playing this year then he had to gain. Yet even with opponents double and triple teaming the defensive menace, and in many instances and in many instances tripping Clowney, the dominant lineman was a continual disruptive force. The only reason he won’t be the first pick of the draft is Clowney does not play quarterback but rest assured; he’ll be our number one rated player come May. 1st Round
Corey Robinson/T/South Carolina: Entering the season we looked forward to watching Robinson on the field and his early play wowed us. The former defensive lineman seemed a natural at left tackle and progressed weekly. He hit a bump in the road down the stretch of the season yet has all the skills to be a dominant tackle in the NFL. Word is he’ll stay at South Carolina for his senior season, which is his best option. If Robinson elevates his game as a senior he stands to be a top 15 pick in the 2015 draft. 1st/2nd Round
Melvin Gordon/RB/Wisconsin: The red-shirt sophomore took full advantage of the opportunity when he saw significant playing time this season and now ranks as one of the better ball carrying prospects in the nation. Gordon brings a mouth watering combination of size, speed and power as well as a great amount of upside. He runs through opponents, makes them miss in the open field and can run to daylight once through the seam. He needs a little more polish in his game and will benefit from another season on the college field. 2nd Round
Jared Abbrederis/WR/Wisconsin: In the category of “good football players” Abbrederis ranks with any receiver in this draft. He’s as reliable as they come and plays both smart and tough. The senior runs terrific routes, has sneaky speed and catches everything thrown his way. What he lacks are classic size/speed numbers which will push him down draft boards. Regardless, he’s a legitimate NFL receiver that should produce quickly at the next level. 3rd Round
Kelcy Quarles/DL/South Carolina: When you play next to Jadeveon Clowney its easy to get overlooked yet on film its easy to see Quarles’ ability. He’s a quick, athletic defensive lineman who makes plays laterally as easy as he does up the field. Quarles can line-up at the three technique and even as a two gap end. The junior has already declared for the draft an comes with a large amount of upside. 3rd Round