BCS Bowl Games 2012-13: Players Who Will Boost Their Draft Stock with Big Games
BCS bowl games provide the type of stage that can send a draft prospect's stock through the roof.
Vince Young played out of his mind in the 2006 Rose Bowl. He was always a highly-touted prospect, but his 467 all-purpose yards against USC helped make him the third overall selection in the 2006 NFL draft.
There are a few players in position to make a better name for themselves this BCS bowl season as well.
Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
Taylor is the best running back in the draft, in my opinion. He has a low center of gravity, runs with good pad level and has powerful legs. These traits helped him to rush for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
He is also a capable receiver, as his 38 receptions during the 2012 season would indicate.
He doesn't have blazing speed, so he doesn't jump out at many people, but this kid can play. He's always seemed to be a bit overshadowed with the Cardinal.
In 2011 it was because of Andrew Luck, and this season it seems to be because of his team's solid defense.
In the Rose Bowl, Taylor is going to have a huge game for the nation to see. As a senior heading into the NFL draft in April, he is going to put a significant stamp on his collegiate career.
Expect at least 120 yards and two touchdowns from Taylor against a Wisconsin team that features its own high-profile back in Montee Ball. Taylor's numbers will be better than Ball's, and his team will win.
That will speak to those watching and evaluating the two backs' performances in such a big game.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
It is very unlikely that Lynch would forgo his senior season at Northern Illinois, but the way he'll perform against Florida State will place him firmly in the minds of general managers for the 2014 NFL draft.
Lynch is the most physical running quarterback I've seen, and that includes Tim Tebow.
He has good speed and a powerful frame to take contact. It is doubtful he would get the opportunity to play conventional quarterback in the NFL, but he looks like one of the best Wildcat prospects ever.
There is even some credence to the thought that he could be a running back or H-back in the NFL.
I would personally love to see him get a shot at playing QB in a system made for him, but that is a major long shot. Before he does anything on Sundays, he'll have to first show that he can be effective against a top-notch college defense.
That's exactly what he'll see in the Orange Bowl against the Seminoles.
I'm not predicting an upset here, but I am saying Lynch will give a great account of himself. When this game is done, there will be no questioning whether he can play in the NFL—no matter what position he's drafted to fill.
Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
The book on Eifert, per Todd McShay of ESPN, is that he doesn't possess great speed, but he has tremendous ball skills.
I would have to agree with that assessment, but the latter quality will help create a memorable BCS National Championship Game performance for the Irish tight end. At 6'6", 250 pounds, Eifert is much bigger than any defender Alabama could possibly throw at him—with the exception of Adrian Hubbard.
Eifert will use his body to gain an advantage in most of his matchups, and he figures to be a popular target for Everett Golson. The Irish don't have a wide receiver that can consistently beat Bama's coverage, so Eifert should get his share of targets.
After Eifert shines against an athletic defense like Bama's, he could move into the middle of the first round on several big boards.
For the game, I'm still picking Bama to win, but Eifert will be seen in an even better light when the game is over.
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