By Tony Pauline
January 02, 2012

Six bowls take place Monday, headlined by the Fiesta Bowl, featuring Andrew Luck and the Cardinal and Justin Blackmon's Oklahoma State. But there are NFL prospects in each of the day's games. Below, a breakdown of the players to watch, as well as a projection as to where they'll be drafted. (*denotes underclassmen)

A full schedule of the 2011-12 bowl season can be found here.


Case Keenum, QB (No. 7) -- The record-setting NCAA signal-caller is considered just an average NFL prospect by scouts, despite his eye-popping stats. Keenum lacks the physical skills to be an early pick in the draft, but his approach to the game and mental intangibles are a good fit for a west coast offense. 6th Round

Patrick Edwards, WR (No. 83) -- Edwards has been one of the prime beneficiaries of the Cougars air attack. He's an ultra-productive wideout who will be a good fit as a slot receiver and punt returner at the next level. 6th/7th Round

Penn State

Devon Still, DT (No. 71) -- Still comes off a tremendous senior campaign and is watching his draft stock soar. He's a hard-working interior lineman who plays until the whistle blows. He moves toward April's draft as one of the highest-rated defensive tackles available. 1st Round

Jack Crawford, DE (No. 81) -- Crawford is highly thought of in scouting circles, but failed to play up to expectations the past two seasons for a variety of reasons. He possesses the physical skills to be a starting defensive end in the NFL, but Crawford must quickly put together a complete game. 3rd/4th Round

Michigan State

Jerel Worthy, DT (No. 99) -- Worthy is a disruptive playmaker up front and a lineman who easily defeats blocks, then sets up shop in the opponent's backfield. His inconsistencies on the field are a concern to scouts. Worthy plays with poor fundamentals and seems to be going half speed at times. He is expected to enter the draft and possesses the tools to be a big-time NFL player if he applies himself. 1st Round

B.J. Cunningham, WR (No. 3) -- Cunningham was one of the most consistent receivers in the Big Ten this season, constantly coming up big during important moments of games. He's a tall, sure-handed wideout who can be a lethal end zone target. Cunningham lacks the speed to stretch the field, but has the size and skill to develop into a third receiver at the NFL level. 3rd/4th Round

Kirk Cousins, QB (No. 8) -- The senior signal-caller possesses the physical skills necessary to compete for a starting job in the NFL. He's an accurate passer with a live arm, but Cousins' decision-making and untimely interceptions are worrisome. 5th Round


Jarvis Jones, OLB (No. 29) -- The USC transfer lit it up in his first season with the Bulldogs and has scouts believing he's one of the best 3-4 outside linebacker prospects in the nation. Jones has proven to be a dynamic pass-rusher who harasses opponents all four quarters. The red-shirt sophomore will be an early pick if he opts for next April's draft. 1st Round

Cordy Glenn, OL (No. 71) -- Glenn bypassed the 2011 NFL Draft for a chance to display his skills at left tackle this season. It's been a bumpy ride, as his play protecting the blindside has been inconsistent. Scouts still believe Glenn has the makings of a dominant guard in the NFL based on his play the prior two seasons. 2nd Round

Orson Charles, TE (No. 9)* -- Georgia has sent a fair number of productive tight ends into the NFL, and Orson ranks with the best of them. He's a terrific athlete and a natural pass-catcher who creates mismatches in the opponent's secondary. He lacks classic measurables for the position, but will make some offensive coordinator happy in the role of move tight end. 3rd Round


Alfonzo Dennard, CB (No. 15) -- Dennard struggled with injuries during the season, but scouts still love his next-level potential. He's a bump-and-run cornerback who plays a physical game. His ability to consistently shut down opponents in the deep field is uncanny. Dennard offers starting potential for the franchise that selects him next April. 1st Round

Lavonte David, LB (No. 4) -- His 6-foot-1 frame (which tips the scales at 223 pounds) does not meet the eyeball test, but David's play tells a different story. The senior is a fearless defender who throws his body around the field to stop opponents. He plays a smart brand of football and effectively defends the run or covers the pass. David is a perfect fit as a one-gap linebacker and will surprise a lot of people at the next level. 3rd Round

Marcel Jones, OL (No. 78) -- Jones looked dominant early in his Cornhusker career and had NFL scouts salivating before he was slowed with a back injury in 2010. He turned in a successful campaign at right tackle this season and stayed healthy most of the year. Jones is a sleeper of sorts possessing the size, skill and athleticism to start in the NFL if he continues to improve his game. 4th/5th Round

South Carolina

Alshon Jeffery, WR (No. 1)* -- The junior is a big, dominant receiver who seems to make highlight-reel plays every weekend. He offers the quarterback an enticing target and beats down opponents to come away with the football. Scouts are concerned Jeffery may be a little too big, tipping the scales in excess of 230 pounds, and does not possess the quickness necessary to be effective in the NFL. The junior is expected to opt for the draft and his workouts in the lead-up to April will be critical. 1st Round

Devin Taylor, DE-OLB (No. 98)* -- Taylor was expected to deliver a dominant season coming off his tremendous sophomore campaign, but it was not to be. The junior disappeared for stretches during the year and more times than not was a non-factor in games. He's a difference-maker at the top of his game and a defender opponents struggle to stop. Taylor is still an intriguing talent and has stated he will return to the Gamecocks and try and get back on track. 1st Round

Melvin Ingram, DE-OLB (No. 6) -- Ingram was a one-man wrecking crew this season, sacking quarterbacks, intercepting passes and scoring touchdowns. He has the uncanny ability to make big plays that alter the momentum of games in his team's favor. Ingram will be used at a variety of defensive positions at the next level and has the ability to produce as a rookie. 2nd Round

Ohio State

DeVier Posey, WR (No. 8) -- Posey missed most of the 2011 campaign as a result of his part in Tattoogate. Upon his return he flashed the athleticism and big-play skills that have NFL scouts intrigued. Posey has major potential, but an undeveloped game which was stunted by his time on the sidelines this season. He possesses the skills to be a productive starter if brought along slowly by the team that selects him in the draft. 3rd Round

John Simon, DE (No. 54)* -- The junior is an intense defender who makes plays all over the field. He's constantly in the backfield harassing opposing signal-callers and also productively defends the run. Simon lacks the classic size NFL teams look for in a defensive end, but his game is similar to former Ohio State star Mike Vrabel. 2nd/3rd Round

Mike Adams, T (No. 74) -- Adams was another Buckeye who spent significant time on the sidelines last season due to Tattoogate. He's a terrific pass-blocking left tackle and handles defenders that comes his way. Adams also shows a lot of inconsistency on the field, which has suppressed his draft stock. He possesses the potential to grow into an NFL starter if allowed to fully develop. 4th Round


Jelani Jenkins, OLB (No. 3)* -- Jenkins is a speedy, athletic linebacker who makes plays sideline to sideline. He's outstanding in pursuit, displays top skills in coverage and is constantly around the ball. Just a red-shirt sophomore, Jenkins is developing into a fine weakside linebacker for the NFL. 4th Round

Chris Rainey, RB-RS (No. 1) -- Rainey is the consummate all-purpose player and a multi-threat ball-handler. He led Florida in rushing, receiving and punt returns last season. Rainey is small (5-8, 178 pounds) but fast, elusive and very quick. He'll do well at the next level as a third down running back, slot receiver and return specialist. 4th Round

Jeff Demps, RB (No. 28) -- Demps is another versatile skill player who has been effective carrying the ball or catching it for the Gators. He's a speedster who can score any time the ball is in his hands. Demps projects as a third-down back at the next level. 5th Round


LaMichael James, RB-RS (No. 21)* -- James has been incredibly productive for the Ducks as a ball-carrier, pass-catcher and return specialist the past three years. The junior has rushed in excess of 1,500 yards every season since his freshman campaign, averaged more than 10 yards per reception during that time and often altered the momentum of games returning punts. He has Reggie Bush-type skills and will be a solid situational skill player at the next level. 2nd/3rd Round

Josh Kaddu, OLB (No. 56) -- The explosive senior defender has built a lot of momentum this season and is moving up draft boards. He consistently makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and at the same time displays the athleticism and instincts necessary to cover tight ends or running backs down the field. Kaddu also possesses a specials teams mentality, which only adds to his value. The athletic defender is expected to turn in some smashing workouts prior to the draft. 3rd Round

Carson York, G (No. 77) -- York has been a stalwart on the Ducks' offensive line the past three seasons and the junior is highly thought of in scouting circles. He's a fundamentally sound lineman who opens holes for the running game, holds the point in pass protection and shows skill blocking in motion. Possessing a nice degree of upside to his game, York offers starting potential. 3rd Round

Dion Jordan, DE (No. 96)* -- Jordan moved from tight end to defensive end prior to his sophomore season in 2010 and his game took off at the new position this year. He displays natural pass-rush skills and a lot of athleticism. Jordan's upside potential has scouts excited and the junior is seriously considering entering next April's draft. 4th Round


Montee Ball, RB (No. 28)* -- Ball looked phenomenal in 2011 and has NFL scouts talking. He's a 210-pound ball-carrier with the shiftiness and elusiveness of a scat-back. Ball runs hard on the inside and effectively catches the pass out of the backfield. He'll be a situational ball-handler upon entering the NFL with the potential to develop into a feature runner. 2nd Round

Peter Konz, C (No. 66) -- The Big Ten is loaded with highly rated centers, but scouts grade Konz as the best of them all. The junior is a powerful blocker who moves well on his feet and annihilates the opposition at every level. He's dominant, tough and has the skills to be an immediate starter. 2nd Round

Nick Toon, WR (No. 1) -- The Badger senior is smooth, graceful and very dependable, just like his dad, former NFL star Al Toon. He plays a smart brand of football and competes for the reception, consistently coming away with the tough grab. Toon is not fleet of foot, but a potential second receiver. 2ndRound

Antonio Fenelus, CB (No. 26) -- The Badgers have consistently placed quality defensive backs into the NFL and Fenelus will keep the tradition moving forward. He's a solid man-to-man cornerback with the speed necessary to stay with opponents anywhere on the field. He'll do well in nickel and dime packages at the next level. 4th Round


Andrew Luck, QB (No.12)* -- Luck has been the premier quarterback prospect in the nation since September 2010. He'll be the best signal-caller drafted into the NFL since Peyton Manning. Luck possesses the physical skills, football intellect and leadership ability to guide a professional franchise for a decade. He will be the top pick in the 2012 draft and an immediate starter for the lucky teams that selects him. 1st Round

Jonathan Martin, T (No. 55)* -- The junior has done a tremendous job protecting Luck's blindside the past three years. He's athletic, strong and comes with a lot of upside, but needs to polish his game. Martin is expected to enter the draft and will be the second or third tackle off the board. 1st Round

David DeCastro, G (No. 52) -- DeCastro is another Stanford junior likely to opt for the NFL draft. He's universally graded by scouts as the top draft-eligible guard in the nation. DeCastro offers a great combination of power, smarts and nastiness. He's also very effective blocking in motion. 1st Round

Coby Fleener, TE (No. 82) -- Fleener is one of the most reliable weapons for quarterback Andrew Luck and a terrific pass-catching tight end. He has the speed necessary to get down the field and creates mismatches in the secondary. Blocking is not Fleener's strong suit, and the senior projects as a move tight end in the NFL. 3rd Round

Oklahoma State

Justin Blackmon, WR (No. 81)* -- The dynamic play-maker presently ranks as the top receiver prospect in the nation and projects as a top-10 pick. Blackmon spurned the 2011 draft and returned to OSU, improving as a player on the field and person off it. He offers better potential than former teammate Dez Bryant and is compared by several NFL scouts to Terrell Owens. 1st Round

Brandon Weeden, QB (No. 3) -- The 27-year-old Weeden has built a buzz around himself in scouting circles after a tremendous senior campaign. He's a vertical passer who displays a good degree of accuracy on throws. Weeden has marched to the head of the senior class of signal-callers and improved his draft stock by two full rounds this year. 2nd Round

Levy Adcock, T (No .73) -- Adcock is another OSU senior reaping the rewards of a terrific season. The senior was not ranked by scouts coming into the season, but his play improved almost weekly in 2011. He's a massive blocker with the skills to compete for playing time at right tackle in the NFL. 3rd/4th Round

Markelle Martin, S (No. 10) -- Scouts gave Martin high grades entering the season and the senior safety offers exceptional size and speed. He flashes skill on the field, but has also shown a lot of inconsistency. Martin is expected to contribute as a special teams player at the next as well as on defense. 3rd/4th Round

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