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Chick-Fil-A-Bowl, Duke vs. Texas A&M: NFL Draft prospects

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Texas A&M has strong offensive line prospects that may be 1st round targets for our New York Giants.

Mike Evans is a legitimate target for the Giants in round 1.
Mike Evans is a legitimate target for the Giants in round 1.
Mike Zarrilli

The headliner is, and always will be, Johnny Manziel, aka "Johnny Football." But there is more. There is so much more to watch during Tuesday night's Chick-Fil-A-Bowl between Texas A&M and Duke.

Manziel is a fiesty character who knows how to play the game at an exceptional level, but his supporting cast has a lot to do with it.

Jake Matthews is his blindside protector and the consensus top offensive lineman in the draft, and it really isn't close. He's virtually a lock to go top five due to his perfect technique and aggressiveness. He's not a passive tackle who lets pass rushers into his body and redirecting them, oh no, he goes out and looks to hit somebody. The New York Giants will not likely be able to nab him, but like the lottery slogan goes: "hey, you never know."

The other Texas A&M tackle, however, Cedric Ogbuehi, is getting almost no press but he is also a first-ound prospect. He has extraordinary athleticism that translates well and is a nasty, nasty space blocker. Watch for him to punish defenders all day.

Finally, the other really big player to watch is, well, a really big player. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound wide receiver Mike Evans is a monstrous target. He's hovering around the top 10 because he's an Alshon Jeffery clone. He's got a wide catch radius and vacuum type hands. Tremendous body control and leaping ability, he's exactly the type of prospect who could help Eli Manning bounce back.

Duke does not have many prospects and the best one to look out for is cornerback Ross Cockrell, a 6-foot, 190 -pound playmaker who has three INTs and 12 passes defended on the season after nabbing five INTs and 18 passes defensed in 2012.

Game Details

Teams: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Duke Blue Devils

Game Time: Tuesday, Dec. 31st 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN