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An NFL draft-centric New Year’s Day viewing guide for Chiefs fans

Wide receiver Amari Cooper and Alabama play Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. in the Sugar Bowl.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper and Alabama play Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. in the Sugar Bowl. The Associated Press

There are five significant bowl games Thursday, so if you’re a Chiefs fan who has the day off and plans to partake, here are a few players who I’ll be keeping an eye on for draft purposes — in order.

Outback Bowl: No. 19 Auburn vs. No. 18 Wisconsin

Time: 11 a.m. on ESPN2

Auburn’s offense: WR Sammie Coates, 6-2, 201, No. 18; C Reese Dismukes, 6-3, 299, No. 50

Auburn’s defense: DT Gabe Wright, 6-2, 284, No. 90

Wisconsin’s offense: RT Rob Havenstein, 6-8, 338, No. 78; RB Melvin Gordon, 6-0, 207, No. 25

Wisconsin’s defense: DT Warren Herring, 6-2, 294, No. 45

Cotton Bowl: No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Baylor

Time: 11:30 a.m. on ESPN

Michigan State’s offense: LT Jack Conklin, 6-3, 303, No. 74; WR Tony Lippett, 6-3, 190, No. 14; RB Jeremy Langford, 6-0, 205, No. 33

Michigan State’s defense: CB Trae Waynes, 6-1, 183, No. 15; DE Shilique Calhoun, 6-4, 257, No. 89, FS Kurtis Drummond, 6-1, 200, No. 27; ILB Taiwan Jones, 6-3, 252, No. 34

Baylor’s offense: WR Antwan Goodley, 5-10, 225, No. 5; WR Levi Norwood, 6-1, 195, No. 42; QB Bryce Petty, 6-3, 230, No. 14

Baylor’s defense: None

Citrus Bowl: No. 16 Missouri vs. No. 25 Minnesota

Time: Noon on ABC

Mizzou’s offense: C Evan Boehm, 6-3, 300, #77; LT Mitch Morse, 6-5, 305, No. 65; RB Marcus Murphy, 5-9, 195, No. 6

Mizzou’s defense: DE Shane Ray, 6-3, 245, No. 56; DE Markus Golden, 6-3, 260, No. 33

Minnesota’s offense: TE Maxx Williams, 6-4, 250, #88; RB David Cobb, 5-11, 229, No. 27

Minnesota’s defense: None

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 FSU

Time: 4 p.m. on ESPN

Oregon’s offense: C Hroniss Grasu, 6-3, 297, No. 55; LT Jake Fisher, 6-6, 299, No. 64; QB Marcus Mariota, 6-4, 215, No. 8

Oregon’s defense: DE Arik Armstead, 6-7, 296, No. 9; DE DeForest Buckner, 6-6, 286, No. 44; OLB Derrick Malone, Jr., 6-2, 220, No. 22

Florida State’s offense: C Cam Erving, 6-5, 308, LG Josue Matias, 6-6, 325, No. 70; RG Tre’ Jackson, 6-4, 330, No. 79; WR Rashad Greene, 6-0, 180, No. 80; TE Nick O’Leary, 6-3, 235, No. 35, QB Jameis Winston, 6-4, 232, No. 5

Florida State’s defense: CB P.J. Williams, 6-0, 196, No. 26; DT Eddie Goldman, 6-3, 320, No. 90; DE Mario Edwards, Jr., 6-3, 294, No. 15

Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State

Time: 7:30 p.m. on ESPN

’Bama’s offense: WR Amari Cooper, 6-1, 200, No. 9; LG Arie Kouandijo, 6-5, 315, No. 70; RB T.J. Yeldon, 6-2, 222, No. 4

’Bama’s defense: S Landon Collins, 6-0, 222, No. 26; ILB Trey DePriest, 6-1, 250, No. 33

Ohio State’s offense: WR Devin Smith, 6-1, 199, No. 9

Ohio State’s defense: ILB Curtis Grant, 6-3, 238, No. 14; DT Michael Bennett, 6-2, 288, No. 63; CB Doran Grant, 5-11, 193, No. 12

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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