No bowl? No problem for top prospects

Updated: December 9, 2011, 11:26 PM ET
By Steve Muench

Bowl season is closing in and it seems like every team in the FBS gets a bid these days.

However, plenty of NFL prospects play for teams that are on the outside looking in. Underclassmen will have a little extra time to decide whether to enter the draft or return to school, while seniors can immediately turn their attention to the arduous pre-draft evaluation process.

Here are five such prospects from across the country and how they project to the next level. And note that USC junior OT Mat Kalil isn't included because it has been reported Kalil will return for his senior season. Should he enter the draft, though, he'll be the top offensive lineman on the board and a likely top-three pick.