Early New Year’s Day Bowl Prospects-Part 2

In the four early New Year’s Day bowl games there are a lot of NFL prospects that should be of interest to the Chiefs come April’s 2011 NFL Draft.

We covered the best seniors in the draft class, and those underclassmen who appear to be headed to the pros.

Here are a few other players that are not first-second round picks, but are players that on paper appear to fill potential holes in the Chiefs roster.

OUTBACK BOWL/Noon on ABC

Florida – #76 OT Marcus Gilbert, 6-5, 320 pounds, 5.23 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Gilbert has played at both left and right tackle during his time with the Gators, but most of that time has been on the right side. On either side, this is a talented young man, who could also move inside to play guard. He has quick feet and uses them both in pass protection and in the running game. He can pull and trap and he’s got the quickness to get to the second level. Versatile, durable and Gilbert has all the other intangibles. He is the son of a retired Secret Service agent.

CAPITAL ONE BOWL/Noon on ESPN

Michigan State – #29 CB Chris Rucker, 6-1 ½, 200 pounds, 4.55 seconds, Senior – A second-team All-Big 10 selection has tough duty as he will spend most of the game going head-to-head with Alabama WR Julio Jones. This season he had 61 total tackles and two interceptions. Over his career with the Spartans he’s played in 41 games with 33 starts. There have been maturity issues with Rucker, as he was suspended from last year’s bowl trip because of his involvement in an on-campus fight. He was suspended this year after his arrest for driving under the influence – he spent eight days in jail with that one.

Alabama – #77 OT James Carpenter, 6-4 ½, 300 pounds, 5.36 seconds, Senior – A product of the Jayhawk Conference, Carpenter has been a two-year starter for the Tide after winning JUCO All-America honors at Coffeyeville C.C. When Alabama lost Andre Smith two years ago, head coach Nick Saban reached into the junior college ranks to replace him. Carpenter is not as talented a player as Smith and his NFL position maybe at guard. His lack of foot speed can hurt him at times, but he’s shown he’s quick enough to trap on the inside. In many ways he’s still a raw talent. He was a first-team All-SEC selection and he’s going to play in the Senior Bowl.

Alabama – #12 QB Greg McElroy, 6-2, 225 pounds, 4.96 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – When it comes to the intangibles NFL teams seek at quarterback, McElroy is a first-round prospect. When it comes to overall athletic ability he drops a round or two. And then there are his mechanics, where he has a hitch in his throwing motion, not unlike Tim Tebow did at Florida. He’s unlikely to come into the NFL and start immediately, but McElroy has enough tools to be a developmental player who eventually produces. The Texas native has thrown for 5,471 yards and 38 touchdowns during his ‘Bama career.

GATOR BOWL/12:30 p.m. on ESPN2

Mississippi State – #90 DE Pernell McPhee, 6-2 ¾, 285 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Senior – A first-team member of the All-SEC offense, McPhee has struggled a bit during his senior season, finishing with just a pair of sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. The Florida native started his college career at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi where he earned All-America recognition. He became an immediate starter at MSU and last year in his first season, he h ad five sacks.

Mississippi State – #50 ILB Chris White, 6-2 ¾, 245 pounds, 4.8 seconds, Senior – Selected for the second-team All-SEC defense, White finished with 105 total tackles, along with 15.5 tackles for loss and six sacks of the quarterback. He began his college career on the JUCO level at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In the ’09 season he joined MSU as an outside linebacker, but then moved inside for the ’10 season where he was the team’s leading tackler.


One Response to “Early New Year’s Day Bowl Prospects-Part 2”

  • January 1, 2011  - el cid says:

    May all be good kids but I heard the draft will be deep in WRs? Do we need OTs?




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