Texas vs.The Nation Bowl Preview

Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber previews Saturday's Texas vs. The Nation Bowl, pointing out the players from the Nation squad you should keep an eye on during the game. And be sure to check back Saturday morning for his review of the Texas squad.

Texas vs. The Nation
Saturday, February 2, 2008
4:00 p.m. (ET) on CSTV

The Nation Team Head Coach: Buddy Ryan

This Saturday is the Texas vs. The Nation game, and it’s the last bowl game for senior prospects to participate in before the NFL Scouting Combine. This game primarily features prospects who will be drafted between rounds 3–7 or who will be added to NFL rosters as undrafted free agents in early May.

Today’s focus will be on the Nation’s squad and some players to keep an eye on this Saturday. Check back Saturday morning for my review of the Texas squad.

Players to Watch:

LB Ronnie McCullough, Bethune-Cookman – McCullough is a former South Florida transfer who has emerged as an intriguing linebacker prospect at Bethune-Cookman. He has good size, speed and athleticism. McCullough can play inside or outside and is a tremendous tackler. He’ll be around the ball a lot on Saturday.

WR/RT Darrell Blackman, NC State – He may not have elite speed, but Blackman is a dangerous threat in the return game. He’s improved his receiving skills a lot and is still developing, but his true calling at the next level will be on special teams. Look for Blackman to break off a big return this weekend.

Rutgers DT Eric Foster takes a knee as he watches the action on the field.
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

DT Eric Foster, Rutgers – Foster is an impressive interior lineman who’s undersized, but versatile and productive. Despite his size, Foster gets in the backfield, applies pressure on the quarterback and makes plays. He plays with a high motor and will probably move to DE at the next level.

WR Bruce Hocker, Duquesne – Hocker is a tremendously gifted athlete who possesses great size and athleticism. He has to be more consistent catching the ball, but he has the ability to leap over defenders and make tough acrobatic receptions. He displays toughness catching the ball in traffic, but has to improve his vertical speed. Hocker is a threat in the redzone and gives a quarterback confidence throwing the ball up for grabs.

TE Tyson DeVree, Colorado – DeVree is a quality red zone option who has sure hands. He’s a good blocker and uses his frame to shield defenders. He has good agility and moves well laterally in the flat to provide his QB with an open target.

FS Corey Lynch, Appalachian State – Lynch is a ballhawk in the secondary who’s recorded 24 career interceptions with the Mountaineers. He’s a bit undersized, but he has excellent range and a nose for the ball. He’s a solid tackler and positions himself well to make plays. Expect Lynch to be around the ball often and create a turnover or two on Saturday.

OLB Vince Redd, Liberty – A former Virginia transfer, Redd has the physical attributes to be an effective outside linebacker at the next level. He combines great size, good speed and excellent range that go along with his instinctive nature. He’s a rangy player who is constantly looking to make a play.

P Michael Dragosavich, North Dakota State – Dragosavic is a strong-legged punter who drives the ball very well and gets great hangtime. He fared well in the Senior Bowl and will get more exposure this weekend in hopes of elevating his draft stock.

For more information on some of this year’s top prospects, click here to view Scout.com’s exclusive coverage of the 2008 Senior Bowl.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

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