There isn’t much that will boost an NFL prospect’s stock more than dominating a BCS bowl game this year.
And naturally, on college football’s best teams will be many of its most talented players. Here they are, the names to watch out for when the nation’s most prestigious bowls begin play.
4. Dion Jordan (DE/OLB, Oregon)
When I say that Dion Jordan is a big deal, I mean he stands at a whopping 6’7”, 241 pounds. A man that size who is a versatile-enough athlete to play rush linebacker?
Have fun blocking that.
The Ducks defensive end’s ability to disrupt an offense will be on full display against Collin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats in the Fiesta Bowl.
3. Bjoern Werner (DE/OLB, Florida State)
Werner is what one would call a sack artist.
The Seminoles’ pass-rushing fiend compiled 13 sacks on the season, including 3.5 in their 37-26 upset victory over No. 4-ranked Florida. The Gators are definitely more talented than the Florida State’s Orange Bowl opponent, Northern Illinois.
Werner is guaranteed to wreck havoc against the Mid-American Conference foe.
2. Dee Milliner (CB, Alabama)
Surprise, surprise—the Crimson Tide have produced yet another defensive prospect who’s a first-round lock.
Milliner is the No. 1 cornerback in the class of 2013. He has two interceptions on the season, and he would have more if quarterbacks weren’t terrified to throw in his direction.
He’s phenomenal in coverage, is gifted with great size at 6’1” and 199 pounds and uses that size to lay the wood. See for yourself, now and in the national championship.
1. Manti Te’o (LB, Notre Dame)
Will Te'o go top five in the draft?
The world is lucky enough to be able to watch Manti Te’o on the grandest stage of them all. He has imposed his will on opposing offenses all season long, so much so that many believed he deserved the Heisman Trophy.
He won’t hear his name called first overall, because linebackers just aren’t drafted that high. But he’s arguably the most talented player in the entire class.
If the Fighting Irish shock Alabama, it’ll be on No. 5’s back.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.