Bowl Watch: Saturday

With the help of draft analyst Chris Steuber, we tell you who the Packers will be watching. There are three bowl games today, including one the Packers will be keeping a close eye on: Boston College vs. USC.

Through the rest of the college bowl season, draft insider Chris Steuber will put a Packers spin on each of the bowl games. That means a heavy emphasis on offensive tackles and cornerbacks.

Saturday's games include three players ranked among Steuber's top 50 senior prospects: USC safety Taylor Mays, USC offensive tackle Charles Brown and USC tight end Anthony McCoy.

"He can play at left tackle or right tackle," Steuber said of Brown in the new Packer Report Magazine feature. "If he's there, he would be a guy to really take a look at. He's very athletic. That's his biggest strength. He has to develop more in his upper body. He's a little slender but he's still developing. Last year, he was more of a mid-round kind of prospect. This year, he really developed over the summer and it really translated. He's a kind of a work in progress."

Little Caesars Bowl

Senior prospects to watch: Ohio — Taylor Price (6-0, 193;'s 24th-ranked senior receiver). Marshall — Cody Slate (6-4, 220; No. 8 tight end).

Steuber's take: The best prospect on the field will be Ohio WR Taylor Price. But as far as CBs and OTs, there isn't a highly touted player at one of those positions, but Ohio CB Thad Turner will get some interest. Turner has good size (5-11, 185) and is athletic, but isn't a physical player. He's likely to be an undrafted free agent.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

Senior prospects to watch: Pitt — Dorin Dickerson (6-2, 220; No. 3 fullback); Nate Byham (6-5, 250; No. 9 tight end); Bill Stull (6-3, 200; No. 12 quarterback). North Carolina — No seniors rated in top 25 of position.

Steuber's take: North Carolina has some really good juniors in the secondary — FS Deunta Williams and CB Kendric Burney. It's unlikely that both declare for the draft, but I do expect Williams to strongly consider leaving school early. UNC OT Kyle Jolly is a decent prospect and a possible late-round pick, but he lacks athleticism and range as a player. For Pittsburgh, OT Jason Pinkston is going to be a great player. He's only a junior and has dealt with injuries during his career, but when he's healthy he's shown a lot of promise as a LT. He will likely stay in school. But Pittsburgh has a solid CB in Aaron Berry; the only downside to Berry is that he's just 5-9, 180, which will hurt him in the draft. He's expected to be a mid- to late-round pick and he could possible fall out of the draft.

Emerald Bowl

Senior prospects to watch: Boston College — Matthew Tennant (6-4, 294; No. 2 center). USC — Taylor Mays (6-3, 235; No. 1 safety); Anthony McCoy (6-5, 255; No. 2 tight end); Charles Brown (6-6, 295; No. 4 offensive tackle); Jeff Byers (6-4, 285; No. 9 guard).

Steuber's take: On Boston College, the entire offensive line is a very, very good unit. The most prominent prospect is center Matt Tennant. Tennant is a durable, intelligent interior presence, who uses his athleticism to his advantage against the opposition. He's quick off the snap, plays with leverage and immediately gets his hands into the defender. He's an outstanding pass blocker and gives the quarterback confidence knowing that the interior is protected. Tennant is surrounded by some good junior lineman, including OTs Anthony Castonzo and Richard Lapham. Castonzo is the more highly regarded tackle. He has a strong frame (6-7, 295) but has to get stronger and develop his run blocking ability. Guard Thomas Claiborne will draw attention from scouts; he's a massive 6-3, 325. He's a mauler in the interior but lacks athleticism. USC also has a strong line and Charles Brown will be the most attractive to the Packers. But center Kris O'Dowd (junior) and guard Jeff Byers will generate interest from scouts. This isn't a typical USC year, but there is talent in the secondary. Obviously, Taylor Mays headlines the secondary, but CB Kevin Thomas is a savvy defender. He doesn't possess great speed, but has excellent size (6-1, 180) and the awareness to succeed. He will be a late-round pick. FS Josh Pinkard is another player to keep an eye on.

To see Chris Steuber's draft rankings, click here.

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