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Chicago Bears NFL Draft Prospect Watch: New Year’s Day Bowl Games

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Nov 29, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Craig Loston (6) jumps onto the pile as Arkansas Razorbacks running back Alex Collins (3) is tackled from behind by LSU Tigers defensive end Jermauria Rasco (behind) at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Craig Loston (6) jumps onto the pile as Arkansas Razorbacks running back Alex Collins (3) is tackled from behind by LSU Tigers defensive end Jermauria Rasco (behind) at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports /

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. LSU (Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET)

Iowa

ILB James Morris

Morris is a prototype Big Ten inside linebacker, meaning he doesn’t have the best measurables or isn’t the biggest guy, but he just has a nose for the football.  He projects as another mid-round prospect who could provide added depth to a Bears defense that will need an infusion of youth.

LSU

SS Craig Lost0n

Loston fits a Phil Emery pick; a prospect with good measurables, top speed and experience against top competition.  Loston is listed as the #4 safety prospect, projecting to go somewhere around Round 3.

Other to watch: DT Ego Ferguson (Round 2) and DT Anthony Johnson (Round 3).

Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina (Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET)

Wisconsin

ILB Chris Borland

It’s easy to find the 5’11” linebacker on the field.  Just look for the ball and he’ll be nearby.  He’s another Big Ten type of linebacker with more substance than style.  He’s drawn comparisons to Zach Thomas and could be a 2nd or 3rd round pick if teams can overlook his size.

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Vincent Smith (2) reacts on the field after he was tackled by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (not pictured) and forced a fumble during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Vincent Smith (2) reacts on the field after he was tackled by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (not pictured) and forced a fumble during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

South Carolina

DE Jadaveon Clowney

There are a few prospects to watch in this game for the Bears.  Obviously Clowney is the big name who made a name for himself in the Outback Bowl a year ago, but his stock has slipped and any more slippage could help him drop to the Bears.

Others to watch: DT Kelcy Quarles (Round 2-3) and cornerback Victor Hampton (Round 3)