Texas Bowl – Illinois vs. Baylor

  • Texas Bowl/Reliant Stadium/Houston
  • Wednesday/5 p.m. on ESPN


  • Best prospect: #2 ILB Martez Wilson, 6-4, 250 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – Wilson is the man in the middle of the Illini’s much improved defense. He’s made a strong comeback after missing all but the season opener of the ’09 season due to a herniated disc in his neck. He suffered the injury against Missouri in the first game of the year. That earned him another year of eligibility, but he’s petitioned the NFL for a draft recommendation if he came out this season. So far this year, he’s had 105 total tackles, four sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles and four passes broken up. Wilson missed time in his sophomore season as he recovered from being stabbed. He has the size and speed to move outside if needed.Best underclassmen prospect: #5 RB Mikel LeShoure, 5-11 ¾, 230 pounds, 4.53 seconds, Junior – Named to the second-team offense for the Associated Press All-America team, LeShoure had a big season with 1,371 rushing yards, including this season’s highest rushing total in a single game when he got 330 yards against Northwestern. Over the ’10 season he had seven games with 100 rushing yards or more.

    Player that might interest Chiefs: #93 DT Corey Liuget, 6-2½, 300 pounds, 5.12 seconds, Junior – Named to the second-team All-Big 10 Conference defense, Liuget had a breakthrough season in ’10. He had 54 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Over three seasons, the Florida native produced 120 tackles in 35 games, with 23 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and seven passes broken up.


    Best prospect: #59 OT Danny Watkins, 6-3¾, 310 pounds, 5.17 seconds, Senior – An interesting prospect who has handled the left tackle spot for the last two years for the Bears. He was a JUCO All-America in California. Watkins is from Canada and has a limited football background. He’ll be a 26-year old NFL rookie; he used to be a fireman in his native British Columbia and grew up playing hockey. He was named second-team All-Big 12 and he’s headed for the Senior Bowl at the end of January. Watkins age will scare some teams away, but his character, personality and athletic ability will be attractive to a lot of evaluators.

    Best underclassmen prospect: #10 QB Robert Griffin, 6-2, 220 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – A remarkable young man, who combines outstanding athletic skills with smarts as well; Griffin graduated this month with a degree in political science and if he stays at Baylor he plans to enroll in graduate school. This season, he threw for 3,195 yards and 21 TD passes, while also running for 591 yards. More than likely he’ll return for at least one more year in Waco, but he’s the type of player that the NFL wants to get its hands on.

    Player that might interest Chiefs: #98 DT Phil Taylor, 6-3¼, 340 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Massive inside presence on the Bears defense, he’s big and strong; in the weight room the bench presses 455 pounds, squats 655. A transfer from Penn State, he played two seasons for Joe Paterno before moving on to Waco. Taylor was named to the second-team defense in the Big 12 Conference and he’ll play in the Senior Bowl at the end of January, so he’s definitely on the NFL radar.

    Other potential draft choices: #38 P Derek Epperson, 6-2¾, 240 pounds, 5.05 seconds, Senior.

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