BCS Bowl Games 2012: Ranking the BCS Bowls by 2012 NFL Draft Talent
The college football bowl schedule has been released, and there is a reason majority of the teams are where they are. Most teams with more NFL talent on the roster succeed more because they have better overall talent.
Nearly every team participating in a BCS bowl has at least one NFL player in most big boards projected to go in the early rounds.
Here are the rankings for each bowl game based on the NFL talent each team has.
BCS Sugar Bowl
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Many fans aren't very happy with this bowl matchup, as many believe neither team is deserving of a BCS bowl. This bowl game doesn't feature many NFL draft prospects, and that's why they are ranked last.
Virginia Tech does have a couple of top prospects in cornerback Jayron Hosley and running back David Wilson.
Hosley is a top 10 cornerback prospect, and Wilson should be one of the first few running backs taken off the board.
Other than those couple of players, you won't be seeing many of these players on Sundays. It should still make for a great game with players like Denard Robinson and Logan Thomas.
BCS Orange Bowl
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This is another game that doesn't feature many top NFL prospects, but it does have one great one in Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson. He is expected to go in the first round next year and is easily a top two prospect at the position.
Other prospects include West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin who is a solid tackler and is fantastic at getting after the quarterback.
Clemson also has a solid defensive end in Andre Branch who is athletic for his size and has a great combination of speed and power.
This game will have quite a few under-the-radar players who can play.
BCS Rose Bowl
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As many points as these teams score, you'd think there would be a lot more draft prospects than there really are.
The best NFL player in this game is Wisconsin center Peter Konz who will be the first center taken in the draft.
Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon is a Top 10 wide receiver as he is a physical receiver with very strong hands and is great after the catch.
Oregon has a great cornerback in Cliff Harris who will likely go in the second of third round. He is a ball hawk and has intercepted some of the best college quarterbacks, including Andrew Luck four times.
You also can't forget about LaMichael James, but there are questions about his size and whether he can be an every down back. Montee Ball is also moving up the draft board with his ridiculous performances this season.
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You know this game had to be ranked high because it features the top overall player in quarterback Andrew Luck. He will go No. 1 overall in next year's draft, as he has all of the tools to help some lucky team and change their franchise around for the next 10 years.
Stanford also has two physical and dominant offensive linemen in David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin. Both have solid football IQ, great size and don't let anybody get by them in pass protection.
Also, how can you forget about Oklahoma State's wide receiver Justin Blackmon? The guy is an absolute beast who will become a No. 1 receiver for whichever team drafts him. He is physical, has strong hands and is hard to bring down after the catch.
Watch out for Oklahoma State free safety Markelle Martin who covers a ton of ground with his speed and has great ball skills. He is also very smart and a hard hitter.
This game has a lot of solid NFL draft prospects including two of the Top 10 picks.
BCS National Championship
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There's a reason these are the top two teams in the country, and that's because there are tons of players that will be playing in the NFL.
Where do you start?
How about LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne who will be one of the first players drafted. Has great ball skills and can be a force in run support and blitzing. He's already receiving comparisons to former cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson is arguably the most NFL-ready player in this year's draft. They say you no longer need to draft a running back in the first round, but you can make an exception for him. He is tough, has great field vision, can run inside or outside and breaks tackles with ease. This kid is an absolute beast.
Other players you will see in the NFL are Courtney Upshaw, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont'a Hightower, Rueben Randle, Robert Lester, Mark Barron and Josh Chapma. And that's just to name a few.
These two teams will have more players than any other combination of two teams on any NFL draft board.
This game is a scout's dream.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com