Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.
Few college football awards do a better job of recognizing truly deserving talent than the Pac-12's Morris Trophy, which asks the conference's offensive linemen who is the top defensive lineman and vice-versa. With prior winners a virtual Who's Who among Pro Bowlers (and even Hall of Famers), the award is a strong indicator of future success in the NFL.
Teams with franchise quarterbacks are fighting for playoff seeding. Those without are desperate to find one, leaving more fortunate clubs in position to take advantage of the unique strengths of the 2015 class, including a deep crop of edge rushers, wide receivers and offensive linemen.