Commentary

The draft side of early bowl games

Rutgers' Anthony Davis and Fresno's Ryan Mathews should shine this weekend

Updated: December 18, 2009, 3:32 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.Com
Arrelious BennAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesHe's possibly another Marvin Harrison. Possibly.

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I realize the New Mexico Bowl and the St. Petersburg Bowl are a big deal to fans of the teams involved, but in terms of matchups, they don't offer as much; that's because when I point out matchups, I'm talking about guys that we're pretty certain will be playing in the NFL squaring off on the college level.

I'm not seeing it this weekend. But I am seeing some pros, and a couple that could be early picks. In fact, there's a guy who could be landing somewhere between No. 10 and No. 14 on the Big Board that will come out next Wednesday (December 23).

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst