Tony Pauline breaks down the top NFL prospects playing in the Gator Bowl

Mississippi State

Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1stDerek SherrodT794SrHard working tackle with a good upside. Fundamentally sound and shows good footwork off the edge in pass protection. Also effective in motion. Made a huge jump up draft boards with a terrific campaign this season.
2ndPernell McPheeDE904SrOne time highly rated pass rusher coming off a somewhat disappointing campaign. Offers a lot of skills as a 4-3 defensive end.
2-3K.J. WrightOLB344SrAthletic linebacker with great measurables. Three down defender that goes sideline-to-sideline making plays in coverage or against the run. Did not develop as we thought but offers a terrific upside.
5-6Chris WhiteILB504SrTough, run defending linebacker who improved his game this season. Showed skill in coverage and has scouts rethinking the initial belief that he’s just a two down defender.
FAJ.C. BrignoneC705SrUnderrated zone blocking center.
FALeon BerryWR94Sr
FAThomas WebbTE824Sr


Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3rdJunior HemingwayWR214JrBig, powerful receiver that shows game breaking skills.
3rdDarryl StonumWR223JrSolid underneath receiver with reliable hands.
4-5Jonas MoutonOLB84SrAthletic weak side linebacker that shows great skill in pursuit. Needs to brush off his instincts.
5thKevin KogerTE863JrTerrific pass catching tight end that shows himself to be a downfield threat.
6thMark HuygeG724JrTough, strong lineman that can play a variety of positions. Underrated.
6-7Steve SchillingG525SrNasty, small area blocker who displayed a lot of potential early in his career. Back-up at the next level.
7thMike MartinDT683JrTough, hard working nose tackle that gets the most from his ability. Lacks the great upside yet gives an honest days work.
FAMichael WilliamsS404JrSolid safety with a complete game on the sidelines with a head injury.
FAObi EzehILB455SrAthletic linebacker effective against the run and pass. Looked like a top 60 pick as a sophomore but has disappointed since. Seems lost on the field at times.
FAGreg BanksDE925SrSmallish two-gap end who plays with great quickness and intensity.
FAPerry DorresteinT794SrStrong, run blocking tackle that moves opponents off the line. Developmental prospect for the strong side.
FATroy WoolfolkS294Jr
FAJ.T. FloydCB123So
FAMartell WebbTE804SrRelatively athletic tight end used primarily as a blocker. Has an upside and practice squad material.
FAJames RogersCB184Sr
FAAdam PattersonDE994Sr
FAMark MoundrosFB445SrHard charging, lead blocker who can be devastating at the point of attack.  Has fallen off the map recently and used at inside linebacker part of last season.

Tony Pauline breaks down the top NFL prospects playing in the Cotton Bowl


Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
6thQuentin DavieOLB415SrStrong, tough blocker with above average athleticism and speed. Questionable instincts and late reacting.  Did not improve as we thought possible in 2010.
6-7Brian PetersS104JrSolid zone safety constantly around the ball between the numbers.
7thCorbin BryantDT985SrExplosive, one gap penetrator who plays with sensational quickness.
FAAl NetterT754JrSolid pass protecting left tackle who displays footwork and the ability to adjust to defenders.
FAVince BrowneDE944JrThin but fast edge rusher that shows speed up the field.
FANeal DeitersT793SoStrong, small area blocker best on the right side.
FADavid ArnoldS324Jr
FABen BurkettC654Jr
FADoug BartelsG644Jr
FAJosh RooksTE894Sr

Texas Tech

Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
4-5Detron LewisWR174SrReliable pass catcher very effective running after the reception. Plays with balance, body control and a consistent hand catcher who makes the reception away from his frame. Potential 3rd/4th receiver.
5-6Colby WhitlockDT934SrHard working interior player with tremendous quickness and explosion. Lacks the great upside but makes a lot of plays on hustle and smarts.
5-6Taylor PottsQB125SrOne of the better quarterback prospects to come from the Texas Tech program in a long, long time. Has a lot of pizzazz in his game, competently leads the offense and shows both accuracy and speed throwing the ball.
5-6Brian DuncanILB575SrStout run defender who stops ball carriers dead in their tracks. Stays with assignments, effectively uses his hands to keep blockers away and wraps up at the point. More of a two down defender.
5-6Baron BatchRB255SrSmallish, elusive ball carrier also effective catching the ball out of the backfield.
6thCody DavisS163So
FATramain SwindallWR114Jr
FABront BirdOLB204Sr
FALyle LeongWR194Sr
FAFranklin MitchemS265Sr
FAChris OlsonG705SrSmall area lineman that really attacks assignments.

One of the best rivalries in the 1990’s in any sport was FSU-Florida. Two teams with superior talent and innovative head coaches played yearly, and even met for the National Championship in a bowl game once. Bobby Bowden is now out of coaching and Steve Spurrier has been gone from Florida for some time, but this years Chick-fil-A game in Atlanta is the next best thing to a reunion. Steve Spurrier, after 5 long years, finally has the Gamecocks on the cusp of respectability once again. Jimbo Fisher, in his first year at FSU, has the Seminoles poised to return to national prominence as well. Usually SEC-ACC games see the SEC teams heavily favored but in this game Spurrier and company will have their work cut out for them. This year’s Chick-fil-A  Bowl should be among the most competitive games on the field and the most fun to watch at home.

3 Keys From the Scouts

1. Can FSU stop Marcus Lattimore? South Carolina will be playing without starting offensive lineman Garrett Chisolm. Even so the Gamecocks will need to establish Marcus Lattimore early and use him to wear down a pretty good FSU defense. Lattimore is a game changing runner, even as a freshman. Consistent yardage from Lattimore will not only open up opportunities for Alshon Jeffrey and company but it will set a physical tone. As a general rule SEC teams usually beat out of conference teams in physical games.

2. FSU needs to hit the big play in the passing game. 33 times this season FSU has gained more than 20 yards on a play. South Carolina’s run defense is stingy and yardage is likely to be scarce on the ground. The Seminoles will need to make big plays in the passing game and put the pressure on South Carolina’s offense to keep pace with them. If this game becomes a grind it out/field position battle where the team with the fewest mistakes wins, South Carolina will probably emerge victorious as they don’t make mistakes often when they are in control. If they start to push offensively then they get sloppy and FSU can capitalize.

3. Which offensive line will set the tone? Both defenses are among the national leaders in sacks and tackles for loss. Both offenses depend on deep passing plays as a staple of their offense.  South Carolina will be playing a new starting 5. Florida State is battle tested. The difference is that the Gamecocks will be the best defensive line FSU has played all year. USC has played several teams with defensive lines as good, or better, than the Seminoles.

Bold Prediction: Steve Spurrier began motivating his team the day the Bowl invitation was accepted by claiming the Gamecocks need to learn to win in Atlanta if they ever want to accomplish their goals. Florida State is looking to serve notice that they are back. Closing this season out with 2 victories over SEC teams, and finishing with 10 wins, would send a clear message that Jimbo Fisher has the team headed in the right direction. Unfortunately USC is not Florida. In fact hey might be better than Virginia Tech. South Carolina 34 FSU 24.

South Carolina

Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3rdDevin TaylorDE983SoDeveloping defensive lineman that has shown the ability to dominate games. Offers terrific size, growth potential and just scratching the surface of his abilities.
4thCliff MatthewsDE835SrFluid defensive end who moves well on his feet and makes plays in every direction of the field. Athletic and explosive. Poor man’s version of John Abraham.
5thJarriel KingT765SrSolid prospect at left tackle. Possesses good lateral range and pass blocking feet.
5thChris CulliverS175SrVersatile defensive back that can play safety or corner. Physical and very tough.
5-6Jason BarnesWR44Jr
6thLadi AjiboyeDT915SrExplosive interior lineman who plays with great quickness. Possible three technique lineman.
6thTori GurleyWR813So
6-7Weslye SaundersTE884SrTight end/offensive tackle. May be seeking another year of eligibility after sitting on the sidelines this season.
FAStephen GarciaQB54Jr
FAQuintin RichardsonG724Jr
FAPatrick DiMarcoFB474Sr

Florida State

Round Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2ndRodney HudsonG625SrTerrific zone blocking prospect that been very productive at FSU.
4thChristian PonderQB75SrSmart, tough passer struggling with a number of injuries and watching his draft stock decline.
4-5Taiwan EasterlingWR84JrGame breaking receiver that plays with great suddenness.
4-5Nigel BradhamOLB133JrSteady linebacker that’s flashed in the past. Considering entering the draft.
5thMarkus WhiteDE984SrExplosive defensive tackle who knifes between blockers on the inside or immediately alters his angle of attack to make plays down the line. Never developed the way we thought possible.
6thJermaine ThomasRB383JrSmall, elusive ball carrier that creates his own yardage. Situational runner at the next level.
FARyan McMahonC285Sr

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