NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2013: Roster, Top Prospects for College All-Star Game

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2013

Oct.13, 2012; Boise,ID, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs running back Robbie Rouse (8) runs around the right end during first half action at Bronco Stadium verses the Boise State Broncos.   Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
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The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is not loaded with stars, but it is full of players ready to go all out in the hopes of impressing scouts and punching their ticket to the NFL.

The 2013 contest will be held on Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET in Carson, Calif. and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will coach the teams. Check out the rosters here

Here are some of the game's top prospects. 


Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State

Rouse is a 5'7", 190-pound back. He has good quickness, but it is not elite. And while he is small for an NFL back, he is solid and has a nice low center of gravity. He is tough to tackle.

The big question is how much abuse in the NFL this young man can take.

He is coming off an outstanding career at Fresno State. This past season he rushed for 1,490 yards at 5.3 per carry and added another 435 yards on 63 catches. That receiving ability will be as valuable to Rouse as much as his running ability, as teams will likely be looking at him as a third-down back. 


Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vanderbilt

Jordan Rodgers is the younger, and shorter, brother of reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. 

He's not that much shorter at 6'1", but his height will certainly limit his draft chances. As it is now, he is likely looking at a seventh-round selection of going undrafted.

This pass season he threw for 2,539 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 59.9 percent of his passes. 



Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

Anyone who saw Texas take down Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl knows about Goodwin. In that game, he flashed his blazing speed while carrying for a 64-yard touchdown and pulling in four catches for 68 yards. 

Goodwin is one of the fastest players in this class, and he was actually a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team. 

He doesn't have the production that typically grabs a scout's eye, but speed like his is hard to ignore. 


Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech

Taylor is not an elite athlete, but he certainly has the size at 6'2" and 244 pounds. 

He is also an intelligent and instinctive player. He knows how to diagnose plays and is solid in middle-zone coverage. He doesn't have the speed to match up in man coverage, but he has a nose for the ball and will use that to make his share of tackles. 

He is also a high-motor player who appears to be extremely coachable. 


Ray Ray Armstrong, S, Miami (FL)

After being dismissed from Miami prior to the season, and then being denied eligibility by the NCAA and the NAIA, Armstrong was forced to sit out this past season, and now he needs a good showing here to remind scouts who he is. 

At 6’4" and 215 pounds with good speed, Armstrong has the goods to make it in the NFL. However, he needs serious work on his technique and football acumen. 


Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah

Sorensen's draft stock took a hit with an inconsistent senior season, but he has a lot of natural talent. 

He has a strong arm, solid athleticism and good size at 6'5", 230 pounds. However, he struggled with his accuracy and ball placement. He also does not display a good feel for pressure, and he struggled mightily in the face of a pass rush. 

His upside means he isn't likely to go undrafted, but he needs a strong showing to relegated to anything but the late rounds.