Rose Bowl – Wisconsin vs. TCU

  • Rose Bowl by Vizio/Rose Bowl/Pasadena, CA
  • Saturday/4 p.m. on ESPN

Wisconsin

Best prospect: #68 OT Gabe Carimi, 6-6 ½, 327 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – The most honored offensive linemen in the 2010 season, as he was named the Outland Trophy winner and the Big-Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. Carimi replaced Joe Thomas at left tackle and has now started 48 games for the Badgers, including 32 in a row. This year, Wisconsin is 12th in the country in rushing and have given up just 12 sacks. He missed three games in ’08 with an MCL sprain, but otherwise has been on the field. Carimi is considered one of the best pass blocking tackles to come out of college football in some time.

Best underclassmen prospect: #99 DE J.J. Watt, 6-6 ¼, 292 pounds, 4.87 seconds, Redshirt-Junior/Transfer – A second-team AP All-America and winner of the Ronnie Lott Trophy as the most impactful defensive player, Watt had a big season with 59 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception, 10 quarterback hurries and he blocked three kicks. Watt began his college career at Central Michigan as a tight end. Left after the ’07 season and moved to Madison, where he sat out the ’08 season and moved to defense.

Player that might interest Chiefs (not named J.J. Watt): #74 G John Moffitt, 6-4, 323 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – He was selected to the first-team AP All-America offense, as well as the first-team All-Big 10 offense. Moffitt worked at left guard next to LT Gabe Carimi and this duo posed a remarkable wall for opposing defenses. A versatile player, who in ’08 started 13 games at center, after opening six games in ’07 at left guard; he’s bounced back and forth between the positions throughout his career.

Other potential draft choices: #84 TE Lance Kendricks, 6-2 ¾, 242 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #16 QB Scott Tolzien, 6-1 ½, 208 pounds, 4.86 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

TCU

Best prospect: #61 OT Marcus Cannon, 6-5 ¼, 350 pounds, 5.34 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – He was selected to the first-team offense on the All-Mountain West squad. A three-year starter for the Horned Frogs, Cannon was talented enough to get playing time in his freshman season. Most of his time has been spent at right tackle and that appears to be his ticket to the NFL. Good at pass protection and is a good drive blocker in the running game.

Best underclassmen prospect: #43 OLB Tank Carder, 6-1 ½, 237 pounds, 4.62 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – It was an honor filled season for Carder, who earned second-team AP All-America honors, was named Mountain West Conference first-team defense and the defensive player of the year. He had 54 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, a fumble recovery and five passes broken up. TCU finished the season’s No. 1 ranked defense.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #14 QB Andy Dalton, 6-1 ¾, 220 pounds, 4.94 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Selected to the first-team All-Mountain West offense and picked for the second year in a row as the Mountain West’s offensive player of the year, Dalton has had a remarkable reign of success at TCU. He’s directed the offense in 41 victories and the team’s record has been 43-8. This season, he threw for 2,638 yards with 26 TDs and six INTs. Over his career, he has thrown for 10,045 yards. Smart, with outstanding leadership qualities. His lack of height is one of the few things on the negative side of his ledger.

Other potential draft choices: #76 C Jake Kirkpatrick, 6-2 ½, 305 pounds, 5.14 seconds, Redshirt-Senior; #3 FS Tejay Johnson, 6-0, 212 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Senior; #96 OLB Wayne Daniels, 6-2, 250 pounds, 4.79 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

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