Scouting The New Orleans Bowl
By David Seigerman
As part of Football.com's coverage of all 35 bowl games, we will provide a draft prospect-primer, so you know whom to watch during every postseason game.
For fans of Tulane, the 2013 New Orleans Bowl is not just the end of a season. It's the end of an era.
The Green Wave have called the Superdome home since the building opened in 1975. They move home to an on-campus facility in 2014, but not before one last dance against their neighbors from up I-10.
Ryan Grant, WR
The 6-foot-1, 191-pound wideout will be the best prospect on the field, and is probably the best prospect Conference USA has to offer. He's been a productive receiver with reliable hands, and with an average bowl game, he'll post his second-straight 1,000-yard season. Grant catches his share of touchdowns (21 in his career), but he hasn't been dynamic after the catch as much as scouts would like to see. He'll get another chance to impress scouts at the Senior Bowl, but in a particularly deep draft class for wide receivers, he's likely an early Day Three pick.
Cairo Santos, K
The NFL doesn't look for much in the physical proportions of its placekickers. Matt Prater's only 5-10, 195, and yet you'd never notice in line at the deli a guy who just booted a record 64-yard field goal. Still, Santos might just be too large a leap of faith. He's listed at 5-8, 160 (presumably, that's in pads and after lunch). The only part of his body the NFL can't doubt is his leg. Santos was the Lou Groza Award winner after a perfect 2012 season (21-for-21 FG attempts), and had another strong season this year, hitting a couple of game-winning field goals as well as a 56-yarder. He's been great on kickoffs, with 44 of 58 resulting touchbacks. He may be the best kicker available in the draft, but he's a late-rounder if someone is willing to overlook his size.
Chris Davenport, DT
Davenport is going to get a long look from scouts, only because he's impossible not to notice. He's 6-4, 338 and has the makings of a natural nose tackle. His mobility is a question, and he'll be more of a factor against the run than the pass in the pros. Still, he saw plenty of playing time during his three seasons at LSU and started 11 games (eight at tackle, three at defensive end) in his only season at Tulane.
Justin Anderson, ILB
If there's a draftable prospect on the Ragin' Cajuns roster, Anderson would be it. He led ULL with 123 total tackles, nearly twice the next guy on the list. He's a classic playmaker, with 10 TFL, three forced fumbles, a couple of fumble recoveries and an interception. The question is whether he has the speed or size to play inside at the next level; at 6-2, 232, NFL scouts will wonder how much bulk he'll be able to add and maintain.