‘The Panel’ set to launch on FOX Sports South

ATLANTA — NFL veterans Tim Couch, Dorsey Levens,  Ovie Mughelli and Takeo Spikes will sit down with some of the nation’s top collegiate football stars and test their preparedness for the upcoming NFL Draft, in The Panel, debuting on Fox Sports South at 10 p.m. EST on Monday, March 18.

Elite NFL prospects will answer tough questions from the panel and listen closely as the current and former professional players offer advice on finding success both on and off the field, at the highest level of the game.

Prospects appearing on The Panel include Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel, North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard, California wide receiver Keenan Allen, North Carolina State defensive back David Amerson, and South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger.

Monday, March 18 (10 p.m. ET) — E.J. Manuel, Florida State Quarterback

Manuel, only the second quarterback in college football history to lead his team to four bowl victories, is Scout.com’s 11th-rated quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft class. Manuel was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl for his stellar performance.

Tuesday, March 19 (10 p.m. ET) — Giovani Bernard, North Carolina Running Back
Bernard, the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards for a running back in 2012, is Scout.com’s fourth-ranked back in the class of 2013.

Wednesday, March 20 (10 p.m. ET) — Keenan Allen, California Wide Receiver
Allen, an early entry in the 2013 NFL Draft, is Cal’s all-time leader in receptions. He enters the draft as Scout.com’s third-rated wide receiver in the class of 2013.

Thursday, March 21 (10 p.m. ET) — David Amerson, N.C. State Defensive Back
Amerson, who set an ACC record with 13 interceptions as a sophomore during the 2011 season, is Scout.com’s 14th-rated cornerback entering the 2013 NFL Draft.

Friday, March 22 (10 p.m. ET) — D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina Safety
Swearinger, the Gamecocks defensive captain in 2012, recorded 80 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass break-ups last season. He is Scout.com’s fifth-rated safety in the class of 2013.

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