The Insider: Kiper's bowl guide

Bowl season is prime time to hone your scouting skills

Updated: December 20, 2010, 3:39 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images; Denny Medley/US PresswireLuck and Gabbert both might look good in college, but they're headed in opposite NFL directions.

With a job lke mine, I'd be nowhere without guidelines, without standards to help me determine whether a player is a future NFL star or merely a big man on campus. And so with bowl season upon us, I figured I'd share my key rules to help you prepare mental notes ahead of next spring's draft.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst