This bowl game actually features one of the most intriguing bowl match-ups as it pits LT Taylor Lewan from Michigan against DE Jadaveon Clowney from South Carolina. Clowney is an absolute monster at DE and he’s only a true sophomore. Many people are already projecting him as the #1 pick in next years draft, so how Lewan fares against him will do a lot to potentially help close the gap between he and Joeckel.
77 OT Taylor Lewan 6’7 310 lbs.*
Taylor Lewan currently ranks as our #2 OT in this draft class should he choose to declare. We mocked him to the Bills just a few days ago as an option should the Bills fail to re-sign Andy Levitre. Lewan has elite LT ability and will be able to go into a NFL team and lock down that spot for years to come. He has a nice long frame with long arms that he extends well to keep pass rushers away from him. He has quick feet and good strength to deal with pass rushers who like to use speed or power. He’s not the athlete Luke Joeckel is but he’s much closer than anybody gives him credit for.
16 QB/ATH Denard Robinson 5’11 197 lbs.
Denard Robinson will never be a QB in the NFL, but he’s got explosive ability especially when the ball is in his hands. He may transition to either RB or WR at the next level and at this game we’ll hopefully see him in both roles. He’s quickness in the open field isn’t matched by many and he’s got a special quality about him that makes me think he could be the next evolution on Antwan Randle-El.
12 QB Devin Gardner 6’4 203 lbs*
21 WR Roy Roundtree 6’0 180 lbs
88 DE Craig Roh 6’4 280 lbs
73 DT William Campbell 6’5 308 lbs
25 ILB Kenny Demens 6’1 242 lbs
8 CB JT Floyd 6’0 184 lbs
32 SAF Jordan Kovacs 5’11 202 lbs
36 SAF DJ Swearinger 5’11 210 lbs
THe start of the show for the Gamecocks I enjoy watching DJ Swearinger more than any other player on their team including Clowney. Its normally pretty difficult to scout SAF prospects but Swearinger makes himself known in every game in a big way. He’s a classic SS who can play up in the box or back in coverage. He’s got good range and lateral mobility to move from side to side, and he also has the speed to come off the edge on a blitz. He hits like a freight train and isn’t afraid to punish a WR or TE who runs into his zone.
87 TE Justice Cunningham 6’4 264 lbs
Cunningham isn’t going to be among the top TE’s in this draft for most people. He doesn’t have the stats are the eye popping film that are going to make people drool over him like Fauria or Eifert do. However Cunningham is a complete TE who can block inline or out in the slot and has developed a reputation this year for making big catches in the moment. He has better athleticism than he’s given credit for and he’s done a good job this year developing.
21 RB Marcus Lattimore 6’0 220 lbs*
Marcus Lattimore won’t be playing in this game due to injury but he has already declared himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft and will be a mid to late round selection due to his knee injury.
9 WR Ace Sanders 5’8 176 lbs
31 WR Kenny Miles 5’9 195 lbs
55 OC TJ Johnson 6’5 318 lbs
90 DE Chaz Sutton 6’4 248 lbs*
99 DE Devin Taylor 6’7 267 lbs
2 OLB DeVonte Holloman 6’2 241 lbs
51 OLB Shaq Wilson 5’11 225 lbs
15 CB Jimmy Legree 5’11 190 lbs*
Prediction: South Carolina 20 Michigan 17