Much to the dismay of my lovely girlfriend, I watched the Senior Bowl yesterday. Let's take a look at the players who helped themselves and who hurt themselves in the game.
Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati: Of course his stock is up, he was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl. Pead had one good punt return and another electrifying one on which he almost scored. He showed a burst and elusiveness with the ball in his hands in the open field. Defenders will not want to try to tackle him one on one. He looked like a larger and slightly slower version of Darren Sproles.
Carson Wiggs, K, Purdue: Mostly, kickers don't get drafted. But Carson Wiggs has a huge leg, especially on kickoffs. He missed an easy 37 yarder but young kickers do that. Wiggs showed he can boot it from almost anywhere on the field - it looks like his range is around 55-57 yards, and that's pretty good for an NFL kicker.
Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut: For all the noise that was spouted about the elite defensive line of the South, Kendall Reyes was dominant for the North. He had two sacks and pushed around the offensive line of the South all day. Reyes looks like a future stud and may have pushed his stock as high as the 2nd round.
Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington: Ta'amu was unblockable all day. He ragdolled Ben Jones and Will Blackmon, two of the supposedly best offensive linemen in the SEC. Ta'amu was completely dominant and his play led to two sacks and two interceptions.
Bobbby Wagner, LB, Utah State: He has some hops. Wagner made a great leaping interception and had another excellent breakup of a pass from Ryan Lindley intended for Juron Criner in the end zone. Wagner looks like a really good athlete who excels at finding the ballcarrier. He has to work on making tackles in space, but I think he's pushed himself into the early third or even late second round.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona: He was dominant all game. Criner owned any North corner who lined up across from him. He let two touchdowns get through his hands, unfortunately, but it's easy to see that Criner has the skills to get open in the league. He could be a late first-rounder. Criner reminds me a lot of Chad Johnson (NOT Ochocinco).
Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State: Ballard looks like he could excel in a zone blocking scheme, like Houston's. He gets downhill quickly and is very tough to bring down. Both Ballard and Terrance Ganaway looked like bowling balls out there, but Ballard showed a better burst and looks like he has sneaky speed.
Mike Adams, T, Ohio State: Adams did a good job against Coples, Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram, stoning them on multiple occasions. He looks like the left tackle everyone expected. He should be a first round pick, due to his size. I think he proved during the game that he could handle both the speed rush of Ingram, the bull rush of Upshaw and the long arms of Coples. He's going to be a good one.
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: As he showed on tape, Coples put forth inconsistent effort. He was dominant for a couple of drives, including one where he ragdolled Kelechi Osemele and Ladarius Green. On three plays, he tipped a pass and got two sacks. But the rest of the game, he was invisible or being beaten by Mike Adams, except when he made an inredibly stupid play to hit Kellen Moore when he had already given himself up, earning himself a personal foul and the ire of both the coaches and North offensive line. Coples has elite first round ability but third day effort, and everyone knows it. He'll still be drafted high in the first due to his talent.
All the quarterbacks: We didn't really expect to see dominating performances from any of the guys in the Senior Bowl, and we didn't get any. Nick Foles was the best of the bunch, but it looks like we'll see all these guys drafted second-day or lower, and generally where they would be expected to be drafted before the game.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: Jenkins got beaten a couple of times, once by Marvin Jones for a touchdown and another time by DeVier Posey, but mostly he played well. He has the physical tools to be a first-round corner and he learned from his mistakes quickly. He appears to be a very coachable player.
Kelechi Osemele, T/G, Iowa St.: At this point I should just cross out the T and leave G. Osemele gets beaten on speed rushes far too easily. It's clear that he won't be able to handle the better and faster defensive ends in the league on a speed rush. He's a grabber and can't stay in front of quick players. He's going to have to be a guard.
Ben Jones, C, Georgia: Woooof. Jones got pushed around all day by the unheralded North defensive line. Kendall Reyes and Alameda Ta'amu kicked his butt and pushed him into the backfield all day. He doesn't look like he should even be drafted at this point.
Cordy Glenn, T/G, Georgia: Vinny Curry, surprisingly, was kicking his butt all day. Glenn may have fallen out of the first round as a tackle. I think he will be a much better guard in the league - he can't play left tackle or else his QB will get killed. He might be able to play RT, though.
Billy Winn, DE, Boise State: Completely invisible on tape and in the game. He didn't play much, and when he did, he didn't really do anything. Too bad. Maybe the coaches didn't think he was good enough.
DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State: What in the world happened to this guy? He dominated the Big 10 his junior year, but it looks like he completely fell off the face of the earth. He had one nice catch in the first half where he owned Janoris Jenkins on a post, and he beat Janoris Jenkins again on a post - but dropped the easy touchdown from Kellen Moore. Moore looked skyward in frustration and looked like he wanted Posey's head on a platter. Posey just doesn't seem to be able to focus and seems rusty and to not care about football anymore.
Make sure to tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree, or have anything to add! Whose stock do YOU think is rising or falling?
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