Vontaze Burfict and the Top 2012 NFL Draft Prospects in Week 1 of Bowl Season

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Vontaze Burfict and the Top 2012 NFL Draft Prospects in Week 1 of Bowl Season
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Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict plays in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22.

Some critics complain about the excess of bowl games; this bowl season, there will be 35 games played, with all but two bowl-eligible teams playing in games.

On the contrary, bowl season is great for an NFL Draft scout.

For many of the players on each of the 70 teams participating in bowl games this season, these bowl games will be the final time they wear their respective school’s uniform.

The select few among those players that stand out above the rest of their peers could hear their names called in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Not only will these players be trying to win the games for their teams, but they will be making some of their final big auditions in front of NFL scouts, hoping to impress them enough to be deemed draft worthy.

The first week of bowl season features seven bowls. Those bowls, and the teams that will be playing in them, are:

New Mexico Bowl: Temple vs. Wyoming

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs. Utah State

New Orleans Bowl: San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

St. Petersburg Bowl: Marshall vs. Florida International

Poinsettia Bowl: TCU vs. Louisiana Tech

Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. Boise State

Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. Southern Miss

From those 14 teams, I have identified the 18 best 2012 NFL Draft prospects to watch in the upcoming week.

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