Color the Orange Bowl 'green' with future NFL draft picks

Clemson-Ohio State match-up rated as bowl season's best for NFL-ready talent

Football - Sammy Watkins

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Football - Sammy Watkins

There are sure to be plenty of NFL scouts on hand when Clemson faces Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

The Jan. 3 matchup in Miami has been tabbed as the bowl season's richest display of NFL-ready talent by Yahoo Sports.

"They instead should call this the Green Bowl, as in the future earnings of all the talent that will be in Miami this night," wrote Yahoo's editors.

Clemson's Sammy Watkins is tabbed as a likely top-10 pick, and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier as possible first-rounders.

Both quarterbacks, Tajh Boyd and Braxton Miller, are well-regarded. Other likely high draft picks include Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, and Buckeyes offensive tackle Jack Mewhort.

The Rose Bowl between Stanford (DE Trent Murphy, OG David Yankey, LB Shayne Skov) and Michigan State (CB Darqueze Dennard, DE Shilique Calhoun) is ranked second in NFL-ready talent, followed by the BCS championship game between Auburn (CB Chris Davis, P Steven Clark), PK Cody Parkey) and Florida State (DT Timmy Jernigan, WR Kelvin Benjamin, CB Lamarcus Joyner, S Terrence Brooks, LBs Christian Jones and Telvin Smith).

The Sugar Bowl between Alabama (LB C.J. Mosley, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, QB A.J. McCarron) and Oklahoma (DB Aaron Colvin, C Gabe Ikard, WRs Jalen Saunders and FB Trey Millard) is ranked fourth, with the Capital One Bowl between South Carolina (DE Jadeveon Clowney, DT Kelcy Quarles, CB Victor Hampton , QB Connor Shaw) and Wisconsin (LB Chris Borland, WR Jared Abbrederis) ranked fifth.

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