Bowl Watch: Sunday

Two first-round prospects take center stage in the Music City Bowl on Sunday — explosive Clemson running back C.J. Spiller and Kentucky Trevard Lindley.

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.

Sunday's game includes three players ranked among Steuber's top 50 senior prospects: Clemson running back C.J. Spiller (No. 6), Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp (No. 31) and Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley (No. 46).

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Senior prospects to watch: Clemson — C.J. Spiller (5-11, 195;'s No. 1 running back); Ricky Sapp (6-4, 240; No. 4 defensive end); Thomas Austin (6-3, 315; No. 7 guard); Kavell Conner (6-1, 225; No. 8 outside linebacker); Jacoby Ford (5-10, 185; No. 9 wide receiver). Kentucky — Trevard Lindley (6-0, 175; No. 3 cornerback); Micah Johnson (6-2, 255; No. 4 middle linebacker).

Noteworthy: Spiller is one of five players in ACC history to compile 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards, and he ranks first in the nation among active players with seven career touchdowns on kickoff returns — including four this year. Sapp, a 4-3 defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker prospect whose junior season ended with a torn ACL, tallied 15 tackles for losses and five sacks this year.

Steuber's take: "The big guy in this game is C.J. Spiller. He's one of the most dynamic threats in the country as far as his ability on offense and special teams. He can do it as a receiver and a runner. He's just a very explosive player. Probably a top-15, top-20 draft pick. He really improved his stock this year. He showcased his ability more on special teams and showed he could handle the load after sharing it with James Davis for three seasons. Trevard Lindley is an interesting case. He could have been a late first-rounder last year if he had entered the draft. He had some injury problems this season (high ankle sprain), and he hasn't had the season that people were expecting (one interception). The biggest concern is the durability. He's very small, he's very lean. He doesn't have the size to really go up against the top big guys in the league, like Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. He has a lot of talent and he's very fast, but he has to get more muscle tone."

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

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