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2014 NFL Draft: QBs Connor Shaw, James Franklin headline NFLPA Bowl

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Connor Shaw and Bruce Ellington linked up for three touchdowns in South Carolina's Capital One Bowl win.  (USATSI)
Connor Shaw (elevated) threw 24 touchdowns for Cocks this past season. (USATSI)

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While the regular season and traditional bowl games of the college football season are over, fans (and scouts) get a few more opportunities to see some of their favorite players on the field each January in a series of senior all-star games.

One such event quickly growing in popularity is the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at StubHub Center at the campus of California State University-Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.

The NFLPA game features 110 draft-eligible players from universities ranging from traditional powerhouses like LSU, Ohio State and UCLA to small schools like Ashland, Central Methodist and Shepherd.

The most recognizable names come at quarterback with South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Missouri's James Franklin headlining an interesting collection of talent at the game's most critical position. Each possesses the dual-threat capabilities so en vogue in today's NFL. Shaw, coming off an MVP performance in South Carolina's bowl victory against Wisconsin, is particularly intriguing as he's instinctive, tough and showed significant improvement as a passer in 2013. While certainly not at the level of the three quarterbacks Dane Brugler and I project as potential top-five picks in our current mock drafts, Shaw is a personal favorite who I see as one of the better "second-tier" passers and a prospect who could still be on the board on Day Three.

The initial NFLPA Game kicked off with a fair amount of controversy. The Players Association elected to invite a few underclassmen, a decision which meant that NFL scouts could not attend the practices or the game. While scouts couldn't attend, I was allowed access and was impressed with a couple of prospects -- including guard Brandon Washington and tight end Andrew Szczerba -- now members of the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.

NFL scouts will be allowed to attend this year's practices and the game (which will begin at 6 p.m. ET). Expect there to be plenty of buzz around this year's contest as the rosters contain numerous prospects ranked by NFLDraftScout.com as draftable prospects.The full rosters, which will be led by former NFL head coaches Dennis Green and Dick Vermeil, are posted below.

The American Team, coached by Dennis Green includes:

FIRST

LAST

POS

SCHOOL

Kenny

Guiton

QB

Ohio State

Garrett

Gilbert

QB

SMU

Caleb

Herring

QB

UNLV

James

Franklin

QB

Missouri

Franklyn

Quiteh

RB

Bloomsburg

Tim

Cornett

RB

UNLV

Kiero

Small

RB

Arkansas

Chad

Young

FB

San Diego State

Eric

Ward

WR

Texas Tech

Greg

Hardin

WR

North Dakota

Gerald

Ford

WR

Valdosta State

Chris

Gant

WR

Hawaii

Tony

Washington

WR

Appalachian State

Corey

Washington

WR

Newberry

Alex

Neutz

WR

Buffalo

Brian

Wozniak

TE

Wisconsin

Terrence

Miller

TE

Arizona

Chris

Coyle

TE

Arizona State

Brent

Qvale

OT

Nebraska

Cornelius

Lucas

OT

Kansas State

Erie (Jr.)

Ladson

OT

Delaware

Kevin

Danser

OT

Stanford

Trey

Hopkins

OG

Texas

Karim

Barton

OG

Morgan State

Ryan

McGrath

OG

Ohio

Brian

Clarke

OG

Bloomsburg

Matt

Paradis

OC

Boise State

Kasim

Edebali

DE

Boston College

Donnie

Owens

DE

Winston-Salem

Nate

Askew

DE

Texas A&M

Jake

Metz

DE

Shippensburg

Lawrence

Virgil

DT

Valdosta State

Seali'l

Epenesa

DT

UCLA

Jimmy

Staten

DT

Middle Tennessee State

Ricky

Tjong-A-Tjoe

DT

Boise State

Chris

Young

LB

Arizona State

Brandon

Watts

LB

Georgia Tech

Jeremiah

George

LB

Iowa State

Mike

Marry

LB

Mississippi

Andrew

Wilson

LB

Missouri

Kevin

Pierre-Louis

LB

Boston College

Avery

Williamson

LB

Kentucky

Charles (III)

Sawyer

DC

Mississippi

Brandon

Dixon

DC

NW Missouri State

Brian

Dixon

DC

NW Missouri State

Ciante

Evans

DC

Nebraska

Jabari

Price

DC

North Carolina

Nick

Williams

DC

North Alabama

Jerry

Gates

DB

Bowling Green

Sammy

Seamster

DB

Middle Tennessee State

Nat

Berhe

DB

San Diego State

CJ

Barnett

DC

Ohio State

Vincenzo

D'Amato

K

California

Tyler

Campbell

P

Mississippi

Chris

Maikranz

LS

Lamar

The National Team, coached by Dick Vermeil includes:

FIRST

LAST

POS

SCHOOL

Connor

Shaw

QB

South Carolina

Dustin

Vaughan

QB

West Texas A&M

Kolton

Browning

QB

Louisiana-Monroe

James

Sims

RB

Kansas

Julius “Trey”

Watts

RB

Tulsa

Anthony

Wilkerson

RB

Stanford

Ray (Jr.)

Agnew

FB

Southern Illinois

Isaiah

Burse

WR

Fresno State

Je'Ron

Hamm

WR

Louisiana-Monroe

Kadron

Boone

WR

LSU

Albert (II)

Wilson

WR

Georgia State

Darryl

Surgent

WR

Louisiana-Lafayette

Eric

Thomas

WR

Troy

Martin (Jr.)

Bayless

WR

Central Methodist

J.C.

Copeland

TE

LSU

Asa

Watson

TE

North Carolina State

Asante

Cleveland

TE

Miami

Kenarious

Gates

OT

Georgia

Josh

Wells

OT

James Madison

Will

Simmons

OT

East Carolina

Jared

Biard

OT

Colorado State

Jonotthan

Harrison

OG

Florida

Dallas

Lee

OG

Georgia

D.J.

Morrell

OG

Old Dominion

Jared

Wheeler

OG

Miami

Josh

Allen

OC

Louisiana-Monroe

David

Gilbert

DE

Miami

Rakim

Cox

DE

Villanova

Howard

Jones

DE

Shepherd

Denico

Autry

DE

Mississippi State

Johnnie

Farms

DT

Memphis

Chris

Davenport

DT

Tulane

Khyri

Thornton

DT

Southern Miss

Jamie

Meder

DT

Ashland

Deontae

Skinner

LB

Mississippi State

Keenan

Graham

LB

UCLA

Brad

Daly

LB

Montana State

Lamin

Barrow

LB

LSU

Stephon

Robertson

LB

James Madison

Jesse

Joseph

LB

Connecticut

Shaun

Lewis

LB

Oklahoma State

Marquis

Spruill

LB

Syracuse

Tyree

Mills

DC

Southern Utah

Kendall

James

DC

Maine

Jordan

Love

DC

Towson

Kenneth

Acker

DC

SMU

Jimmy

Legree

DC

South Carolina

T.J. (III)

Lee

DC

Eastern Washington

Lonnie

Ballentine

DB

Memphis

Kavon "Mark"

Joyce

DB

Southern Florida

AJ

Highsmith

DB

Miami

Abdul

Smith

DB

Temple

Cairo

Santos

K

Tulane

Tom

Hornsey

P

Memphis

Trevor

Gillette

LS

Rice

*players are subject to change

 
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