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Scouting the '10-'11 bowls - pt. 4 (Jan. 1)

I'll update this throughout the day to fill in the final two games, but I wanted to get this out now for the games that are going on now.

(NOTE: Draft stock reflects where players would be drafted were they to come out for this year's draft.  Obviously, there are "risers" who would be late picks this year that could come on for their senior years, but that's not the intent here.  It's just to give you names to look out for over the next few weeks.  Non-eligible prospects won't have a round grade.  Potential first or second round picks regardless of class are in bold.  BCS games are underlined out of disdain for the BCS.)

Sat., Jan. 1st

Northwestern v. Texas Tech: TicketCity Bowl (Dallas, TX), 12:00pm ET, ESPNU

Northwestern: Quentin Davie, OLB (Sr., 6th-7th), Corbin Bryant, DT (Sr., 7th-UD), Al Netter, OT (Jr., 3rd-5th), Vince Browne, DE (Jr., 4th-6th), Ben Burkett, C/G (Jr., 6th-UD), Patrick Ward, OT (Soph.), Rashad Lawrence, WR (Fr.)

Texas Tech: Colby Whitlock, DT (Sr., 5th-7th), Brian Duncan, ILB/OLB (Sr., 6th-UD), Baron Batch, RB (Sr., 6th-UD), Lonnie Edwards, G (Jr., 5th-7th), Cody Davis, SS (RS Soph., 4th-6th), Tre' Porter, CB (Fr.), Jarvis Phillips, CB (Fr.)

3k's Rams pick: Vince Browne, DE - Northwestern

Browne's the perfect kind of late draft pick for a Spagnuolo defense.  A hard working, limited skill set specialist who excels by system and not by situation.  I'd be more than happy to hear us call his name late on day 3.

Florida v. Penn St.: Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL), 1:00pm ET, ABC

Florida: Mike Pouncey, G (Sr., 1st-2nd), Ahmad Black, SS (Sr., 3rd-4th), Marcus Gilbert, OT (Sr., 3rd-5th), Chas Henry, P (Sr., 7th-UD), Carl Johnson, G (Sr., 7th-UD), A.J. Jones, OLB (Sr., 7th-UD), Janoris Jenkins, CB (Jr., 1st-2nd), Jeff Demps, RB/ATH (Jr., 3rd-4th), Deonte Thompson, WR (Jr., 3rd-6th), Jaye Howard, DT (Jr., 4th-6th), Will Hill, FS (Jr., 4th-6th), John Brantley, QB (Jr., 5th-7th), Chris Rainey, WR (Jr., 5th-7th), Sam Robey, C (RS Soph., 4th-6th), Xavier Nixon, OT (Soph.), Jonathan Bostic, ILB (Soph.), Sharrif Floyd, DT (Fr.), Ronald Powell, DE/OLB (Fr.), Jelani Jenkins, OLB (Fr.), Trey Burton, QB/WR/ATH (Fr.), Jordan Reed, QB/TE (Fr.), Andre Debose, WR (Fr.)

Penn St.: Stefen Wisniewski, C/G (Sr., 1st-3rd), Evan Royster, RB (Sr., 3rd-6th), Ollie Ogbu, DT (Sr., 4th-7th), Brett Brackett, TE (Sr., 6th-UD), D'Anton Lynn, CB (Jr., 4th-6th), Devon Still, DT (Jr., 5th-6th), Nathan Stupar, OLB (Jr., 5th-7th), Jack Crawford, DE (Jr., 6th-UD), Michael Mauti, OLB (RS Soph., 3rd-4th), Matthew McGloin, QB (RS Soph., 6th-UD), Gerald Hodges, OLB (Soph.), Khairi Fortt, OLB (Fr.), Robert Bolden, QB (Fr.), Silas Redd, RB (Fr.)

3k's Rams pick: Jeff Demps, RB/ATH - Florida

Demps is the kind of value pick that could spell Steven Jackson well beyond where we draft him.  I expect him to post some ridiculous numbers at the combine; if he does, his stock is going to jump in light of what Jacoby Ford has done with the Raiders.  Don't be fooled, though.  Demps doesn't have anywhere near the kind of receiving ability that Ford does.  Still, out of the backfield alone?  He's an interesting candidate to take 5 or so snaps a game as a rookie and give an all-or-nothing option out of the Rams' backfield.

Alabama v. Michigan St.: Capital One Bowl (Orlando, FL), 1:00pm ET, ESPN

Bama: James Carpenter, OT/G (Sr., 3rd-5th), James McElroy, QB (Sr., 5th-UD), Julio Jones, WR (Jr., 1st), Marcell Dareus, DT/3-4 DE (Jr., 1st-2nd), Mark Ingram, RB (Jr., 1st-3rd), Mark Barron, SS (Jr., 1st-3rd), Courtney Upshaw, ILB (Jr., 2nd-3rd), William Vlachos, C (Jr., 4th-5th), Dont'a Hightower, ILB (RS Soph., 1st-2nd), Robert Lester, FS (RS Soph., 1st-2nd), Barrett Jones, G (RS Soph., 2nd-4th). Tyler Love, OT (RS Soph., 4th-5th), Trent Richardson, RB (Soph.), Dre Kirkpatrick, CB (Soph.), Nico Johnson, OLB (Soph.), C.J. Mosley, OLB (Fr.), DeMarcus Milliner, CB (Fr.)

Mich. St.: Greg Jones, ILB (Sr., 2nd), Chris Rucker, CB (Sr., 3rd-5th), Charlie Gantt, TE (4th-6th), D.J. Young, OT (Sr., 6th-7th), Kirk Cousins, QB (Jr., 4th-6th), Joel Foreman, G (Jr., 4th-6th), Jerel Worthy, DT (RS Soph., 1st-3rd), Johnny Adams, CB (RS Soph., 5th-UD), Chris Norman, OLB (Soph.), Edwin Baker, RB (Soph.), Max Bullough, ILB (Fr.)

3k's Rams pick: Julio Jones, WR - Alabama

This is where it gets tough.  Honestly, I'd like a good half dozen guys from this game.  But for the 2010 draft, Julio makes the most sense to me.  I think he fits the Rams offense better then any top tier WR prospect and does so with a skill set, both physically and otherwise, that instantly improves the 2011 Rams.  I said on Turf Show Radio a couple of weeks back that I didn't want the Rams to take a receiver in the first two rounds next April.  Jones makes me rethink that statement.

Mississippi St. v. Michigan: Progressive Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL), 1:30pm ET, ESPN2

Miss. St.: Derek Sherrod, OT (Sr., 1st-2nd), Pernell McPhee, DE (Sr., 2nd-4th), K.J. Wright, OLB (Sr., 3rd-5th), Chris White, ILB (Sr., 5th-7th), Charles Mitchell, SS (Jr., 5th-7th), Johnthan Banks, CB (Soph.), Fletcher Cox, DT (Soph.), Josh Boyd, DT (Soph.), Nickoe Whitley, FS (Fr.)

Michigan: Steve Schilling, G (Sr., 3rd-4th), Jonas Mouton, OLB (Sr., 5th-7th), David Molk, C (Jr., 4th-5th), Mike Martin, DT (Jr., 5th-7th), Ryan Van Bergen, 3-4 DE (Jr., 6th-7th), Roy Roundtree, WR (RS Soph., 4th-6th),  Denard Robinson, QB/WR/ATH (Soph.), Craig Roh, OLB (Soph.), Taylor Lewan, OT (Fr.)

3k's Rams pick: K.J. Wright, OLB - Mississippi St.

Wright has a very. high ceiling, and with his tangibles, could start on either side of Animal, Jr.  He's tenacious against the run, and is quick enough to cover well in the passing game.  If he somehow slips out of the third, this is a no-brainer.

Wisconsin v. TCU: Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO (Pasadena, CA), 5:00pm ET, ESPN

Wisconsin: Gabe Carimi, OT (Sr., 1st), Lance Kendricks, TE (Sr., 3rd-4th), John Moffitt, G (Sr., 3rd-5th), Scott Tolzien, QB (Sr., 7th-UD), Jay Valai, SS (Sr., 7th-UD), J.J. Watt, DT/DE (Sr., 1st-2nd), Kevin Zeitler, G (Jr., 4th-6th), John Clay, RB (Jr., 4th-7th), Nick Toon, WR (Jr., 5th-7th), Peter Konz, C/G (RS Soph., 1st-2nd), Ricky Wagner, OT (RS Soph., 1st-3rd), Montee Ball, RB (Soph.), Jordan Kohout, DT (Fr.), James White, RB (Fr.), Tyler Dippel, DT/DE (Fr.)

TCU: Marcus Cannon, OT/G (Sr., 2nd-3rd), Wayne Daniels, DE/OLB (Sr., 4th-5th), Jake Kirkpatrick, C (Sr., 4th-6th), Andy Dalton, QB (Sr., 4th-6th), Tejay Johnson, FS (Sr., 5th-7th), Jeremy Kerley, WR (Sr., 5th-7th), Jason Teague, CB (Sr., 7th-UD), Tank Carder, OLB (Jr., 2nd-3rd), Greg McCoy, CB (Jr., 6th-UD), Ed Wesley, RB (RS Soph., 5th-7th), Tanner Brock, ILB (Soph.), Stansly Maponga, DE (Fr.)

3k's Rams pick: Tank Carder, OLB - TCU

Carder reminds me of Laurinaitis.  A lot.  And pairing the two together at the second level would be an impressive duo to anchor the Rams' defense for the next few years, if not beyond.

Connecticut v. Oklahoma: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, AZ), 8:30pm ET, ESPN

UConn: Lawrence Wilson, OLB (Sr., 3rd-5th), Zach Hurd, G (Sr., 5th-7th), Greg Lloyd, DE/OLB (Sr., 7th-UD), Scott Lutrus, ILB (Sr., 7th-UD), Jordan Todman, RB (Jr., 1st-3rd), Mike Ryan, OT (Jr., 2nd-4th), Kendall Reyes, DT (Jr., 4th-6th), Moe Petrus, C (Jr., 4th-7th), Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB (RS Soph., 3rd-4th), Ryan Griffin, TE (RS Soph., 5th-6th), Shamar Stephen, DT (Fr.)

OU: Jeremy Beal, DE/3-4 OLB (Sr., 1st-2nd), Quinton Carter, FS (Sr., 2nd), DeMarco Murray, RB (Sr., 2nd-4th), Adrian Taylor*, DT (Sr., 6th-UD), Travis Lewis, OLB (Jr., 2nd-3rd), Ryan Broyles, WR (Jr., 2nd-4th), Frank Alexander, DE (Jr., 3rd-4th), Stephen Good, G (Jr., 3rd-5th), Jarvis Jones, OT (Jr., 4th-6th), Landry Jones, QB (RS Soph., 2nd-3rd), Ben Habern, C (RS Soph., 3rd-4th), Ronnell Lewis, OLB (Soph.), Jamarkus McFarland, DT (Soph.), Kenny Stills, WR (Fr.), Tom Wort, ILB (Fr.), Tony Jefferson, SS (Fr.)

* - Taylor has been out since mid-November after tearing his Achilles.

3k's Rams pick: Jordan Todman, RB - Connecticut

Todman would be a wonderful complement to Action Jackson.  With a near elite short burst acceleration and great top end speed, Todman enters the NFL as a poor man's Jamaal Charles.  The biggest difference is that Charles' experience at Texas prepared him to face NFL-caliber linemen and linebackers.  The same can't be said for Todman who faces Big East talent that just doesn't matchup.  Still, it's rare to find a back of his size and speed with the vision and patience he's displayed since taking full starting duties over in 2009.  If there's a reason to watch this game tonight as a Rams fan, Todman's it.