Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 1/20/12


Well, another day, another all-star game preview as we take a look at the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl that will take place out in California on Saturday.

The NFLPA game is unique, because not one NFL team or staff member has seen any of the practices so far. The NFLPA determined that it would invite juniors to the game, which goes against NFL rules. In response, the NFL barred teams from attending.

Now, the NFLPA has said that it is taping all the practices and will send out the film. But for most, the game on Saturday will be their first look.

The NFLPA game will air on Saturday at 6 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network.

Most Impressive: Lavasier Tuinei, WR, Oregon

Tuinei is a guy who Oregon fans have been waiting to develop for forever. If you don't believe, just ask one.

He's got fantastic size, strong hands and decent athleticism. He just never was able to put it all together until the end of his college career.

Tuinei has had a strong week of practice in California and did a good job utilizing his size as he went up for passes all week long thanks to some up and down QB play. He is one of the most highly rated prospects in this game.

Most Intriguing: Asa Chapman, DT, Liberty

Chapman is 6'4", 408 lbs. as a DT... Intrigued yet?

I could stop there, but I won't, because there is more to know about this mountain of a man. He's the biggest prospect in this draft by far, but he actually can move some. That's not to say he's gifted athletically, but you can't just run a gap to his left or right and assume he's not going to make the play because he can't get there.

If Chapman can show the ability to collapse the pocket in this game like he has at Liberty, then he could make for a very intriguing prospect like Mike Jasper was last year (OG/DT from Bethel selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round).

Most Unknown: Jared Green, WR, Southern

Many of you reading this probably have no idea who Jared Green is. Honestly, I can't blame you for that. You're talking about a player who has fewer than 50 career receptions.

His dad is a guy who could probably still beat half of the NFL in a foot race. That's right – Jared is the son of Hall of Fame CB Darrell Green, who blazed up football fields for 20 years in the NFL.

In case you were curious, yes, Green's son got his speed, and it's a joy to watch him go deep.

Most To Lose: Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

You're looking at one of the two juniors who were invited to this game and basically prevented NFL scouts from attending. That does put a premium to some degree on his ability to do well in the game.

Is this is a bit unfair to Washington? Yes, but he's a talented lineman who is probably up to the challenge.

Most To Gain: Patrick Witt, QB, Yale

If you don't know who Patrick Witt is, he's the guy who was recruited to play QB at Nebraska and then transferred to Yale because the classes were too easy. Yeah, I don't get it either. (Then again, there isn't much outside of football that people would call me smart about.)

Witt has good size for the position and does a good job delivering accurate throws down the field. He has plenty of arm strength. With more talent around him, it will be interesting to see how he performs.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Novak Djokovic could miss rest of season with elbow injury

Reggie Jackson praises, urges caution with Aaron Judge

Panthers QB Cam Newton shows up to camp in best shape of career

Yankees progressing on deal to acquire Sonny Gray, Yonder Alonso

Report: Derrick Rose was unwilling to accept bench role with Lakers

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Stephen Strasburg expected to make next start for Nats

John Lackey makes history, hits four batters in one game

Report: Suns G Brandon Knight suffers torn ACL

The Cavaliers have one unhappy star and three options

Garrett walks out on media over Whitehead questions

D-Rose landing in Cleveland could be good for Cavs, himself

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

28 MLB trade deadline deal prospects since 2000 who went on to become All-Stars

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker