NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2013: Players Who Must Impress NFL Teams

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 18, 2013

The NFL Collegiate Bowl will take place on January 19. Photo Courtesy of
The NFL Collegiate Bowl will take place on January 19. Photo Courtesy of

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl has been around since 2006 and is sponsored by the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA selects 100 players from college football to participate in the game. 

These players meet with NFL players and organizations to learn more about the NFL and NFLPA. This game gives some lesser-known players a chance to show off their stuff to NFL scouts and coaches. 

This year there are the usual amount of unknown players, but there are a few who stand out and are looking at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl as a chance to boost their draft value. 

Here are three of those players:

Jordan Rodgers

Yes, Jordan is the little brother of the Green Bay Packers' star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That's right, J-Rodg is A-Rodg's little bro. 

Jordan has a lot to prove at the Collegiate Bowl. He stands at just 6'1'' and is currently being regarded as a seventh-round pick in the coming NFL draft, if someone REALLY wants a quarterback, and most likely undrafted. 

Despite his height, or lack thereof, Rodgers threw for more than 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in his final season at Vanderbilt. 

If Rodgers wants to be selected in the draft, he'll need to impress coaches in the Collegiate Bowl. Rodgers has the skill set to perform well, he'll just have to find some time in the game to really impress NFL organizations. 

Bruce Taylor

Bruce Taylor is a monster linebacker from Virginia Tech. The Hokie stands at 6'2'' and weighs in around 244 pounds. Taylor is a very intelligent defensive player who is a ball hawk and makes a bunch of tackles. 

The big knock on Taylor is his athleticism. With his big frame Taylor doesn't have the best lateral speed and has had issues in man coverage. 

Taylor will have to put on a big show at the Collegiate Bowl to show NFL teams that he can play fast enough to cut it in the big leagues. 

Marcus Cromartie

Cromartie was one of the Wisconsin Badgers' best cornerbacks for the past few seasons, but still hasn't proven that he's more than just the raw athleticism that he brought into Wisconsin. 

Marcus wasn't much for big playmaking ability. He had just one interception during his senior season, coming in a 70-31 rout of Nebraska. 

Cromartie has to show NFL teams that he can make plays and perform well on a big stage. In a game like the Collegiate Bowl, which is light on receiving talent, Cromartie has a huge opportunity to impress teams and improve his draft stock.