Capital One Bowl 2013: Players Who Will Impress NFL Scouts with Huge Performance

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2013

Oct 27, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs safety Bacarri Rambo (18) returns an interception at the end of the first half against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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The Capital One Bowl isn't just about bragging rights for the Georgia Bulldogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

It also provides another opportunity for players to prove themselves to NFL scouts before April's NFL draft.

Players will do their best to standout from the competition in Tuesday's game, but only a few individuals will separate themselves in the eyes of those who matter most. Scouts will be searching for big performances, and those aren't always easy to deliver on the big stage.

Let's take a look at three players who will leave a lasting impression.


Alec Ogletree

Ogletree could change his status from a late first-round pick to a mid-first round pick or higher with a huge game.

With 98 tackles, one interception and two sacks this season, Ogletree enjoyed a fantastic year. He was suspended for the first four games of the season, but he racked up double-digit tackles in seven of his nine games.

Ogletree separates himself with his speed. He can close on a ball-carrier in the blink of an eye, making him extremely dangerous to Nebraska's run game.

The Cornhuskers are going to have issues running the ball with Ogletree patrolling the middle of the field. He's a ball-hawk, and he knows that Georgia's defense relies on big games from him.

Look for him to impress once again.


Rex Burkhead

Burkhead isn't exceptional at anything, but he's a solid downhill runner who will find a place on an NFL team next season.

He reminds one of former LSU Tiger Jacob Hester. His size allows him to carve out room between the tackles, but he's not fast enough to break out into the open. Instead, he relies on his low center of gravity and determination to pick up important yards.

Burkhead isn't going to rise above the middle rounds of the draft, but scouts will love his versatility. He does all the little things, and he's a guy that you want in your corner when it comes down to it.

He's not as talented as either Georgia running back, but he's interesting. It may seem like he's not doing much, but often times you look into the box score and see that he had another 100-yard game.

Even though he's a tweener, Burkhead has NFL value.


Bacarri Rambo

Rambo missed four games this season but still managed to collect 67 tackles and intercept three passes.

When he's at his best, Rambo is one of the most vicious tacklers in the nation from his safety position. He's not tall, but he packs enough punch to knock bigger ball-carriers over with one calculated blow.

Look for Georgia's talented safety to turn in a big game versus the Cornhuskers. Taylor Martinez will have to keep his head up when scrambling outside of the pocket, and he will also have to be careful before he attempts a dangerous pass over the middle of the field.

Rambo still won't be the first safety off the board in April's draft, but he's going to turn some heads in this game. He's a talented two-way safety, and he will show everyone how good he can be at Nebraska's expense.