NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: Risers and Fallers

There are seven rounds in the NFL Draft, which are composed of only about 224 picks. That means 224 men are about to have their lives completely change. On January 18th, 2014, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was held in front of more than 140 NFL scouts. About 100 men battled for 60 minutes to show their best play. In the meantime, these are some of the men who stood out.


J.C. Copeland FB LSU: J.C. Copeland is an absolute monster. Listed at 270 pounds and 6’1”, J.C. Copeland is almost impossible to stop. Copeland had two touchdown runs for one yard each, but that isn’t the only thing that stood out about Copeland. The kid can block. With his 270-pound body, he demolished a few players. has Copeland ranked as the second-best fullback in the draft; expect him to be the first taken in May. Evaluation: Rising


James Franklin QB Missouri: James Franklin was a player I was looking forward to seeing play. One of Franklin’s first throws was a WR screen; Franklin threw it a few yards in front of the wide receiver on the ground. Franklin completed 5-of-9 with one interception. Evaluation: Falling


Roy Finch RB Oklahoma: Roy Finch was perhaps the best running back in this game. He had 58 rushing yards averaging 4.8 yards-per-carry. Finch not only led his team in rushing yards, but he had the most all-purpose yards in the whole game with 122. Finch is only 5’7”, but his speed and elusiveness will help him move up draft boards. Evaluation: Rising


Kenneth Acker CB SMU: Kenneth Acker tied for the most solo tackles in the game with six. The American team often threw Acker’s way and he was often right there with the wide receiver. Acker is a player to watch for not only in May, but also for a few years to come. Evaluation: Rising


Other Players Rising:

Stephon Robertson ILB James Madison University

Khyri Thornton DT Southern Mississippi

Jared Wheeler OG Miami

Isaiah Burse WR Fresno State

Asante Cleveland TE Miami


Other Players Falling:

Howard Jones DE Shepherd

Vincenzo D’amato K California

Kasim Edebali DE Boston College