Today's Bowl Games Draft Watch (Posted on 12/29/12 at 12:15 pm)
if you're watching, here's some to look out for-
PINSTRIPE BOWL: Syracuse (7-5) versus West Virginia (7-5); 3:15 PM ET; ESPN
Syracuse is led by QB Ryan Nassib (#12, 6-2, 230) one of the fastest risers in the 2013 draft class. Indeed, Nassib, a classic pocket passer with a thick lower body and strong arm, has gone from a draft afterthought at the start of the season to a legitimate second-day prospect heading into the bowls as he completed 64% of his pass attempts this fall for over 3,400 yards and 23 TDs against 9 picks this fall. And Syracuse could have a second second-day pick if athletic junior LT Justin Pugh (#67, 6-5, 295) opts to enter this year's draft.
--we're in no QB market but with Payton's relationship to Syracuse HC Marrone could be influential. That is, get the coach to coach inside skinny. Not seeing anyone projecting Nassib that high. If he happend to be around later and had a big sell from Marrone I could imagine such as just a BPA/value move. Daniel is UFA, the cap is extra tight, and they might see higher upside potential. I'd love to see Payton develop someone a little further than Daniel. If nothing else the idea of turning that investment into draft picks. Talkin bout sumpin like Schaub as Vicks backup, Cassel under Brady, or Flynn under Rodgers
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL: Navy (8-4) versus Arizona State (7-5); 4 PM ET; ESPN2
If there is a reason to watch to watch this game from a draft perspective it would Arizona State's underclasmen. Indeed, the Sun Devils best prospect by far is junior DT Will Sutton (#90, 6-2, 270), an undersized, but super quick interior defender who had 10.5 sacks this fall despite missing three games with an injury. Sutton is just part of an explosive ASU defensive front which also includes tweener DEs Carl Bradford (#52, 6-0, 240), a sophomore who also had 10.5 sacks this fall, and junior Junior Onyeali (#5, 5-11, 233), another odd-sized guy who has struggled with injuries and some off-field stuff, but is a terrifc player when healthy.
ALAMO BOWL: Texas (8-4) versus Oregon State (9-3); 6:45 PM ET; ESPN
first-round potential for the 2013 draft in DE Alex Okafor (#80, 6-4, 260) and FS Kenny Vaccaro (#4, 6-0, 215). Okafor lacks the quick-twitch explosion of some top DE prospects, but is solid all-around defender with a relentless motor, while Vaccaro is a big hitter with good range in coverage.
CB Jordan Poyer (#14, 5-11, 190) for Oregon St has 2nd-3rd day potential
--IF Harper was let go and nobody brought in Vaccaro could be a 1st Rder to watch. Prolly later than the Saints draft spot tho
BUFFALO WILD WINGS: Texas Christian (7-5) versus Michigan State (6-6); 10:15 PM ET; ESPN
DE William Gholston (#2, 6-6, 275) is the big name in this game