2013 NFL Draft

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2013: Stats and Takeaways from College All-Star Game

January 19, 2013; Carson , CA, USA; National quarterback Ryan Higgins (14) of Fordham throws against American during the first half of the NFLPA Collegiate bowl at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2013

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl may not have the name recognition of the East-West Shrine Game or the Senior Bowl, but plenty of prospects showed they need to be on NFL teams' radars come draft time. 

The National team ultimately outshined the American team, scoring a 34-0 blowout victory. 

This game wasn't all that interesting from a competitive standpoint, but these All-Star games are all about seeing how each prospect performs with scouts carefully watching. 

 

Quarterbacks

 

Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

Rodgers was the most recognizable prospect in the game—in case you haven't heard, he's Aaron Rodgers' younger brother. 

Those hoping Rodgers would blow up the game were disappointed. He performed admirably, but he certainly didn't stand out compared to the quarterbacks on the American team. He went 8-of-11 for 87 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. 

None of his drives produced any points as the American team was shut out.

 

Dayne Crist, Kansas

Crist was probably the biggest winner of the Collegiate Bowl. 

The former Notre Dame Irish-turned Kansas Jayhawks quarterback shined and led his team on three touchdown drives. He displayed great accuracy by going 7-of-10 and even ran in a touchdown to go with one passing touchdown. 

 

Jeff Tuel, Washington State

Tuel put up big numbers in Mike Leach's air-raid offense, but he showed that he could be an interesting prospect in the NFL as well. 

He went a perfect 8-of-8 and tossed a touchdown pass for good measure. He may not have the strongest arm, but he showed the kind of accuracy and touch that will make him a good project player at the next level.

 

Running Backs

 

Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech

There weren't too many running backs who stood out in this game, but Smith put up the best numbers of anyone at the position. 

The former Yellow Jackets back compiled 40 yards on eight carries but was unable to find the end zone, although that can be attributed to a lack of opportunities from playing on the American team. 

 

Wide Receivers

 

Myles White, Louisiana Tech

The ultra-productive receiver from Louisiana Tech showed that he wasn't just a product of his college system. He was one of the more explosive playmakers in this game. 

He reeled in six receptions for 46 yards and showed some wiggle and acceleration on a 21-yard run. 

White showed off his good hands and definitely improved his stock.

 

Jamal-Rashad Patterson, Stanford

Patterson was one of the most impressive prospects with little name recognition in this game. 

The 6'3" receiver caught 16 passes for the Cardinal this season. He caught eight in this game alone for 80 yards and displayed the hands and body control that will catch the notice of scouts. 

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