Two college players to watch Saturday

1) Fresno State QB Derek Carr (vs. USC in the Las Vegas Bowl, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): The younger brother of ex-Texan bust David Carr has thrown for an astonishing 4,866 yards and 48 touchdowns (to just seven interceptions) in 12 games. As a third-year starter for the Bulldogs, Carr has received a closer look this fall from NFL folks. "Good arm, accurate, quick release, but he's not in a pro offense," one AFC general manager said. "He's at a lower level of competition, and he needs to develop better awareness, anticipation and pocket presence. He can help himself in the bowl game and Senior Bowl." An NFC personnel executive added, "I like him, but he's not a first-round talent. His athletic ability and arm strength ... he's just not dynamic." Still, with the 2014 quarterback class shaping up to be a little less stout than anticipated, there's an opening for players like Carr to boost their stock. And after spending the last two seasons in the Mountain West, showing up big against a school like USC would be an awfully good place to start that effort.

2) Buffalo LB Khalil Mack (vs. San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): On the season, Mack has 94 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. And he posted 2.5 sacks and a pick-six against Ohio State, so the numbers can't be chalked up solely to underwhelming competition. "He's one of the top pass rushers in the draft," an AFC college scouting director said. "He played his best games against the biggest opponents, and can be an (outside linebacker) in a 3-4 or a Sam (linebacker) in a 4-3. ... He's proven (what kind of player) he is." The college director compared Mack to Von Miller from a size/speed standpoint, even if he is a tick below what the Broncos star was as a prospect. The senior is a sure-fire first-rounder, and with a strong spring, he could wind up in the top 10.
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