The Quick Lane Bowl today will feature the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The game will be played at Ford Field in Detroit and air on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The Tar Heels have been a hot spot for NFL players in the last 5 years there are roughly 30 players in the NFL from North Carolina and a number of first-round picks even if you don't include long-time NFL star Julius Peppers. Hakeem Nicks, Robert Quinn, Quinton Coples, Jonathan Cooper, Eric Ebron, Sylvester Williams. Others like Giovani Bernard and Da'Norris Searcy are a couple of other guys who are standing out.
That's some serious talent, but this year the talent has dried up. According to NFL.com there are "no teams"attending the game. That's all you need to know about the likelihood any of these guys go early The best prospect for the Tar Heels Norkeithus Otis an outside linebacker and Tim Scott a safety,but both look like Day 3 types. That's a far cry from the talent that just oozed off the defensive side of the ball recently.
For Rutgers their best prospect could be offensive tackle Keith Lumpkins. He has huge size and looks the part. OL Kaleb Johnson could also be drafted. "Tight end" Tyler Kroft, Kroft is not a traditional tight end, but more along the lines of the new wave of player the NFL is using as a slot tight end. He has great height at 6-foot-6, but only weighs 240 pounds. Here's an excellent breakdown of the type of potential Kroft could have at the NFL level. He looks like a Day 3 prospect and offers promise as a receiver, but isn't a great blocker. I think the Giants,if they are looking to improve tight end, will be looking for more out of the blocking position because they have a guy who is already a pretty good receiver.
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl featuring North Carolina State Wolfpack and University of Central Florida Knights
Another game that doesn't feature a wealth of prospects. The best prospect for the Wolfpack is probably punter Will Baumann, but the one who might be drafted first is defensive tackle Thomas Teal. He's a red-shirt senior.
For the Knights it's about wide receiver Breshad Perriman. He has good size and legitimate deep speed. Senior wide receiver Rannell Hall started the season strong and was a favorite of Blake Borltes last year, but didn't have a great year. He's used as a returner and on run plays sometimes so he's a bit versatile and has good athleticism. He might get drafted. On defense outside linebacker Terrance Plummer had 90 tackles, 12.5 for loss. He makes a lot of plays, and plays with good instincts. Plummer is more of an inside linebacker, but lacks a little bit in inside linebacker size for a 43 defense. Safety Clayton Geathers accepted a Senior Bowl invite and is an in in the box safety type.
The best player that is playing today is UCF red-shirt sophomore cornerback Jacoby Glenn. I don't think it's likely he declares, but if he does he has a lot of ability.
Be sure to hang around Big Blue View as we'll try to give you a preview of players to watch in all of the college bowl action.