Bowls could help underclassmen
There's a lot of talk about whether Stanford junior QB Andrew Luck will enter the 2011 NFL draft, but how he plays against Virginia Tech in the Discover Orange Bowl will likely have little to do with his decision. Luck has an impressive body of work to fall back on and he has a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick regardless of what scouts see of him against the Hokies.
The buzz surrounding Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, Georgia WR A.J. Green, Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett and Auburn DT Nick Fairley and QB Cam Newton suggests they are all headed to the NFL after their respective bowl games, but beyond that group there are several other top underclassmen whose decisions are still up in the air.
Here's a look at five highly rated underclassmen who could cash in on big performances during bowl season.
Which wide receiver prospects could be in for big days during bowl season? Who is the defensive back who could boost his stock? And which defensive linemen could make the jump to the NFL after productive bowl performances? Todd McShay has the answers for ESPN Insiders.