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1. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB Oregon)—Valero Alamo (Dec. 30), vs. Texas
More and more, colleges are asking their corners to play man coverage, and even press coverage—much to the delight of NFL scouts, as those are far more the norm on Sunday afternoons. As such, prospects like Ekpre-Olomu have been able to showcase the skills that will eventually serve them well in the pros.
In this one, watch how Ekpre-Olomu performs if he's unable to jam his receiver effectively. It happens, but what sets great corners apart is the ability to stick with their man and not resort to the type of grabbing and tugging that gets called more frequently at the next level.
2. Darqueze Dennard (CB Michigan State)—Rose (Jan. 1), vs. Stanford
Another press corner, Dennard has long arms and great athleticism that could help him excel in any NFL scheme. Against Stanford, he'll be asked to be a feature in the run defense as well—something he has no trouble doing.
Scouts I talk to want to see more big-play ability from Dennard, however. He's good enough to consistently pick off errant passes and jar loose balls, but they just want to see more of it. If he picks up some game-changing plays against Stanford, it could be enough to turn the tide in the Spartans' favor, and solidify Dennard as a top corner.
3. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (S Alabama)—Allstate Sugar (Jan. 2), vs. Oklahoma
A big part of Alabama's success on defense is the football IQ of "Ha Ha" in the secondary. There is, literally, no better friend to a 3-4 defensive coach than a safety who can still make plays even when the rush doesn't get there. For Clinton-Dix, a career in the NFL would be possible even if he weren't a phenomenal athlete.
Oh, but wait. He is.
Against Oklahoma, watch him fly up the field after dropping back at the snap. We call this "click-and-close" ability. His change of direction is so powerful that he can lay vicious hits on ball-carriers, even after dropping back to defend the pass off the snap.
Other Top Prospects to Watch for: Bradley Roby (CB Ohio State)—Orange; Justin Gilbert (CB Oklahoma State)—Cotton; Lamarcus Joyner (S/CB Florida State)—BCS Championship; Kyle Fuller (CB Virginia Tech)—Sun.
Not in a Bowl: Jason Verrett (CB TCU).
Michael Schottey is an NFL National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. Find more of his stuff at The Go Route and follow him on Twitter.