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Cotton & Orange Bowl Preview

Friday, January 03, 2014


Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State, 8:00 on Fox



Discussed in the video:


- Missouri’s pass rush, featuring senior DE Michael Sam and DL Kony Ealy. Discussed Sam’s leverage and dip/rip move on the edge. I would not be surprised to see Ealy as a top-15 selection thanks to ability to win on the outside or inside.


- Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert has a tough assignment, facing massive Missouri receivers on the edge. The Cowboys’ aggressive defense has elevated his game this season, however.


- Prediction: Missouri.



Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State, 8:30 on ESPN



Discussed in the video:


- I am still a fan of Clemson QB Tajh Boyd. He moves a lot in the pocket, sometimes it is necessary other times not, but he will be looking for Sammy Watkins early and often.


- Ohio State will be without redshirt junior CB Bradley Roby, but they have used LB Ryan Shazier effectively as a blitzer in the last few months. Keeping Boyd on the move is critical.


- Ohio State junior QB Braxton Miller is still considering his NFL decision. I am shocked by this, but it seems like he wants to leave and is receiving advice to stay. I do not see him more than a third- to fifth-round pick.


- Prediction: Ohio State, with Carlos Hyde being a huge factor.



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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