Georgia vs. Nebraska: Future NFL Studs to Watch in Capital One Bowl Matchup

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2013

Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman John Jenkins (6) reacts after a sack against Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (10) during the second quarter in the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit:  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NFL draft scouts will have to wait for another day to see outstanding defensive tackle prospect John Jenkins wreak havoc on an opposing offense. 

The massive Georgia Bulldog is ineligible for Tuesday's Capital One Bowl clash with Nebraska (1 p.m. ET, ABC), according to DawgNation's David Ching. But scouts won't be leaving Orlando any earlier than expected, as a handful of other top NFL draft prospects are set to suit up in the New Year's Day afternoon showdown.

Here's a trio of future NFL studs that you should watch for in Tuesday's Capital One Bowl matchup between No. 7 Georgia and No. 16 Nebraska. 


Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB

Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree is the Bulldogs' leading tackler this season (98 total) and one of the top defensive players in college football, but he might not even be the first Georgia defender taken in next April's 2013 NFL draft. 

Ogletree has been overshadowed this season by fellow Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who is seen by many as one of the two best linebackers available this year, along with Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. 

As for Ogletree, he's arguably the third best talent out there at the position. At 6'3" and 240 pounds, the quick, athletic junior is a tremendous tackler and phenomenal in run defense.

Although there are question marks surrounding his durability, there's no doubt that Ogletree will soon be starring on Sundays.


Daimion Stafford, Nebraska, S

Nebraska senior Daimion Stafford isn't the most complete safety in college football, but he's one of the top safeties when it comes to being physical and shutting down the run. Stafford is fearless when challenging in run defense, and shows next-level potential in that area (just watch this hit earlier this season).

The 6-foot, 205-pound Stafford leads the Cornhuskers with four interceptions this season, and is the team's second-leading tackler with 89 total in 13 games. 

Look for Stafford to take center stage for Nebraska's defense, as the Cornhuskers attempt to slow Georgia's potent rushing attack. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground for Georgia this season.

Keep an eye on No. 3 for Nebraska on defense Tuesday, as much of the Cornhuskers' defensive success will hinge on his impact.


Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB

Jarvis Jones' game isn't perfect, but it's awfully close. The Bulldogs star and SEC Defensive Player of the Year is an exceptional linebacker with very few weaknesses.

Coming into Tuesday's battle with Nebraska, Jones leads Georgia in sacks (12.5) and also boasts a team-leading 22.5 tackles for a loss and seven forced fumbles. Jones' remarkable play is a huge reason why the Bulldogs rank 16th in scoring defense coming into the New Year's Day bowl matchup.

He'll need to perform well defensively for Georgia against Nebraska, though, as the Cornhuskers possess a Top 10 rushing attack led by running back Ameer Abdullah and explosive quarterback Taylor Martinez. 

It's doubtful that Jones will dominate the way he did against Florida back in October (13 tackles, three sacks), but the high energy he consistently plays with will certainly be on display for those watching in Orlando and around the country.


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