2012 NFL Draft: Whose Stock Will Rise, Whose Will Fall After Bowl Games?
Now that the 2011 bowl season has been set, players across the country know just who they'll be facing to make their final impressions on college football.
Some players hope to improve their draft stock as they suit up for their final collegiate games and others simply hope to stay on track with where they're projected to go as of now.
Whether they like it, one game can sway the opinions of many, and it can greatly affect their futures in the NFL.
Here are several players that could potentially rise and fall in the 2012 NFL draft as a result of their respective bowl appearances.
Rise: Justin Blackmon
Projected as a top-10 draft pick, Blackmon is one of best receivers available, and it is hard to imagine his stock falling after Oklahoma State's Fiesta Bowl matchup with Stanford.
If anything, he'll probably make some big catches it what could turn into a shootout between these two top teams.
A great game here could turn some heads, and it's possible that he could bump up a pick or two with a standout performance.
Fall: Alshon Jeffrey
Alshon Jeffrey is talented, but a poor final showing could leave a lasting impression in the eyes of scouts.
South Carolina will take on Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, and Jeffrey will have to work to make his presence felt. The Cornhuskers boast one of the best pass defenses in the nation, and SC hasn't had an easy time throwing the ball.
A good day would work wonders for his draft stock, but it is more likely that he'll fall as a result of this matchup.
Rise: Morris Claiborne
Morris Claiborne will likely be the first cornerback taken in a draft that will be rich at the position. He has both the size and skill to cover in the NFL and he could quickly develop into a lockdown corner.
When LSU takes on Alabama once again, Claiborne will have another chance to show he can perform at a high level in a big game.
However, if he gets beat around, there will be several other defensive backs that could move ahead of him. Although odds are he'll just strengthen his case.
Fall: Trent Richardson
Some analysts have Trent Richardson going as early as the top 10, but if LSU's defense shuts him down in the championship game, he may have to wait a little longer for his name to be called.
He's undoubtedly the best back in the draft, however, any team on the fence is more likely to step back than take a shot with him early unless he wows in the big game.
Richardson will be drafted high, but probably not as soon as many people tend to think.
Rise: Michael Floyd
Michael Floyd is simply an offensive weapon. He has nice hands, quickness and the talent needed to succeed in the NFL.
He has the ability to make an instant impact on whatever team decides to draft him.
If he impresses against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl, there is no reason why he can't improve his draft day worth.
Fall: Andrew Luck
All that Andrew Luck can do is fall. He's been the biggest name in college football and right up there in the NFL as well. So much so that some teams have considered losing to get that No.1 pick to grab him.
If he lays an egg against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl, would any team still be scared to draft him?
Even if he threw seven picks and fumbled four times, there's enough hype surrounding him that he'll still be the first QB taken.
However, if he performs badly, there's a chance he may not go No. 1 overall.
Rise: Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III has a prime opportunity to move up in the draft. His Baylor Bears are taking on the Washington Huskies in the Alamo Bowl, and it's sure to be a high-scoring spectacle.
If he wins the Heisman and leads Baylor to a big win, he's sure to be the second quarterback drafted.
It will be hard for many teams to pass him up because of his poise and all-around skills.