Bowl Watch: Monday

The Independence Bowl pitting Texas A&M and Georgia is lacking in elite senior draft prospects. Aggies center Kevin Matthews is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and a cousin of Packers rookie star Clay Matthews III.

Through the rest of the college bowl season, Scout.com 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.

Monday's game includes no players ranked among Steuber's top 50 senior prospects.

Independence Bowl

TV: ESPN, 5 p.m. (Eastern). Senior prospects to watch: Georgia — Geno Atkins (6-1, 270; Scout.com's No. 11 senior defensive tackle), Jeff Owens (6-3, 298; No. 15 defensive tackle). Texas A&M — Matthew Featherston (6-2, 235; No. 19 middle linebacker).

Noteworthy: These traditional powers have precious few standout senior prospects. Atkins, a second-team all-SEC pick, had only two sacks but a team-high 27 quarterback hits. Owens will be of interest as a 4-3 tackle and 3-4 end. Georgia's Joe Cox (56.1 percent, 22 TDs, 14 INTs), the 24th-ranked senior quarterback, might get a look as an undrafted free agent. The Aggies have three senior starters on their offensive line: tackles Michael Shumard and Lee Grimes and center Kevin Matthews. Matthews is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews — the uncle to Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III.

Steuber's take: Georgia, they don't have a lot of good prospects this year. This is probably a down year for Georgia. They don't have, like last year, they had (Matthew) Stafford, they had (Knowshon) Moreno — they had good guys on that team. This year, it's really slim pickings. Atkins and Owens are fourth- through sixth-round prospects. Georgia's best prospects are juniors: outside linebacker Rennie Curran and strong safety Reshad Jones. They're unlikely to enter the draft. A&M is an OK school as far as prosects go, but there's not a lot of top prospects in this game at all. Matthews is solid but will likely be an undrafted free agent. Their best prospects are juniors: outside linebacker Von Miller and quarterback Jerrod Johnson.


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


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