Senior Bowl 2012 Roster: Melvin Ingram and 4 Players Who Will Steal the Show
With so many 2012 NFL draft implications riding on the Senior Bowl, there will be numerous players who fail, others who remain stagnant and then those who really rise up.
It's the first step for these players in the drafting process, so don't expect everyone to respond equally. Some will improve, others won't, but the good news that the combine and pro days are still to come.
That said, here are four players (two from each squad) that will step up on a big draft/scouting stage.
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Vinny Curry: DE, Marshall
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Despite coming from a non-BCS conference school and being a bit undersized, Marshall's Vinny Curry has everything you want to make a stud NFL pass-rusher.
For one, he collected 11 sacks, 77 tackles, forced seven fumbles and blocked three kicks. So when pass-rushing, Curry has a knack for not only causing fumbles, but he also knocks the rock loose while in the midst of sacking the quarterback.
He has great quickness and goes all out; however, the only concern is how he'll matchup in the pros because it's obviously more difficult than anyone the Conference USA has to offer.
Fortunately for Curry, though, he's not just a sack master. Vinny is a reliable tackler, can read plays well and has solid instincts.
Doug Martin: RB, Boise State
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Let's put it this way, Boise State's Doug Martin simply knows how to find the end zone.
In his final three seasons from 2009-2011, Martin scored 47 total touchdowns and 18 during his senior season. Additionally, he knows how to slam the trenches on the ground while making guys miss in the secondary when needed.
Each of the past two seasons, Martin gained over 1,200 rushing yards and also caught 56 passes for 593 receiving yards.
He may be a tad undersized standing at just 5'9", but he's like a bowling ball in the ground game. Blasting through the line, Martin will be the ideal short-yardage back everywhere on the field.
With development, he can become a more complete and every-down back in the NFL.
Melvin Ingram: DE/OLB, South Carolina
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He may not have the number of tackles a lot of defenders need to get recognition, but South Carolina's Melvin Ingram found other ways to shine.
He did so by being arguably the most versatile player in the 2012 NFL draft. Lining up anywhere from defensive end or tackle along the line as well as outside linebacker, Ingram recorded 19 sacks in his final two seasons.
The 2011 season, though, was an all-encompassing showcase where he also scored three touchdowns and intercepted two passes.
Not to mention he also served on the Gamecocks' hands team to recover onside kicks. How many defensive lineman can say that?
Ingram is simply a playmaker who has a knack for finding the football, and you can't teach that kind of intangible.
Brandon Boykin: CB, Georgia
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Next to Melvin Ingram, one of the more complete and dynamic players in the draft but on a more common scale.
By that, Georgia corner Brandon Boykin is a lockdown cover guy who is also a great kick and punt returner.
In his final three seasons, Boykins picked off nine passes, defended a total of 27, forced two fumbles (both in 2011) and recorded 153 tackles.
As a kickoff returner, Boykin compiled 2,663 yards and scored four touchdowns. He then added punt returner to his status in 2011 and gained 180 yards on just 14 returns with one touchdown.
At first glance, he may appear somewhat undersized; however, Boykin makes up for it with blanket coverage, quickness and great awareness when in zone or man. A complete player across the board, Boykin could become an early second-rounder with a strong showing in the Senior Bowl.
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