Senior Bowl 2012 Roster: Underrated Players with Much to Prove

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Senior Bowl 2012 Roster: Underrated Players with Much to Prove
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Just putting up great numbers in their senior seasons hasn't been enough for these stars. Despite being stellar players, they still have more to prove. 

Fortunately, Saturday's Senior Bowl is giving these underrated stars the chance to show everyone what they're capable of.

 

Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

Despite a marvelous season at Wisconsin, Wilson was not a Heisman finalist and is projected by NFL Draft Scout to be a fifth- or sixth-round pick. But looking at his stats as a senior, it's hard to imagine that Wilson could have done a lot better. 

 

Completion Percentage   Yards   Touchdowns   Interceptions   Rating
72.8 3,175 33 4 191.8

 

He isn't bad on his legs either, rushing for 338 yards and six touchdowns. With Montee Ball on the team, Wilson was far from a touchdown vulture. 

What works against Wilson is that he's not a big man, standing under six feet tall. Also, this was not a banner year in the Big Ten in terms of defenses. 

There is a lot for Wilson to prove, going against the nation's best defenders, notably those from the SEC who are lining up on the other side of the ball. He needs to prove that when the competition is tough, his size is not going to be an issue. If he can manage that, Wilson will at least move up solidly into the fifth round, if not better. 

 

Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

If Foles didn't play on such a dismal Arizona team, his numbers would look a lot better. As it is, they're not bad. 

 

Completion Percentage   Yards   Touchdowns   Interceptions   Rating
69.1 4,334 28 14 145.6

 

Still, despite the fact that he put up good numbers on a bad team, Foles is projected by NFL Draft Scout as a second-round pick and the fourth best quarterback in the draft. 

When Foles takes the field today, he needs to prove that he's No. 3. That might not seem like much of a distinction, but it's actually quite important. The No. 3 quarterback has a chance of sneaking into the first round. The No. 4 quarterback will be nothing better than a second-rounder. That is a huge financial difference. 

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The numbers are there, as is the size. Foles just needs to prove that his numbers didn't just come from being on a bad team that had to pass a lot, or against weak Pac-12 defenses.

 

Gerell Robinson, WR, Arizona State

Robinson has the same stuff to prove that Foles does. He isn't a quarterback, but spent most of the season going against defensive backs that aren't particularly strong. Still, Robinson did everything he could. 

 

Receptions   Yards   YPC     Touchdowns 
77 1,397 18.1 7

 

At 6'3", 223 pounds, Robinson has the size needed to be a matchup nightmare for NFL defensive backs. The speed isn't phenomenal, but the 18.1 yards per catch with 77 receptions is nothing short of a phenomenal average. 

A good game from Robinson will have him vaulting up the boards. NFL Draft Scout has Robinson going in the late rounds. Still, the NFL is becoming more pass heavy, and Robinson has tremendous skills. That is something that will easily change with a solid performance. 

 

North Team

Player

College

Pos 

Mike Adams

Ohio State

OL

Tony Bergstrom

Utah

OL

Mike Brewster

Ohio State

OL

Audie Cole

North Carolina State  

LB

Kirk Cousins

Michigan State

QB

Jack Crawford

Penn State

DL

Vinny Curry

Marshall

DL

Lavonte David

Nebraska

LB

Alfonzo Dennard

Nebraska

DB

Michael Egnew

Missouri

TE

Brady Ewing

Wisconsin

OH

Jamell Fleming

Oklahoma

DB

Donnie Fletcher

Boston College

DB

Garth Gerhart

Arizona State

OL

TJ Graham

North Carolina State

WR

Daniel Herron

Ohio State

OH

Emil Igwenagu

Massachusetts

TE

George Iloka

Boise State

DB

Asa Jackson

Cal Poly

DB

Cameron Johnson

Virginia

DL

James-Michael Johnson

Nevada

LB

Leonard Johnson

Iowa State

DB

Marvin Jones

California

WR

Senio Kelemete

Washington

OL

Brian Linthicium

Michigan State

TE

Anthony Lynn

Penn State

DB

Doug Martin

Boise State

OH

Mike Martin

Michigan

DL

Shea McClellin

Boise State

DL

Marvin McNutt

Iowa

WR

Kellen Moore

Boise State

QB

Kelechi Osemele

Iowa State

OL

Isaiah Pead

Cincinnati

OH

Chris Polk

Washington

OH

DeVier Posey

Ohio State

WR

Brian Quick

AppalachianState

WR

Kendall Reyes

Connecticut

DL

Gerell Robinson

Arizona State

WR

Trenton Robinson

Michigan State

DB

Mitchell Schwartz

California

OL

Harrison Smith

Notre Dame

DB

Alameda Ta’amu

Washington

DL

Johnnie Troutman

Penn State

OL

Bobby Wagner

Utah State

LB

Russell Wilson

Wisconsin

QB

Billy Winn

Boise State

DL

Derek Wolfe

Cincinnati

DL

Kevin Zeitler

Wisconsin

OL

South Team 

Player

College

Pos

Emmanuel Acho

Texas

LB

Joe Adams

Arkansas

WR

Antonio Allen

South Carolina

DB

Jeff Allen

Illinois

OL

Vick Ballard

Mississippi State

OH

Dwight Bentley

La-Lafayette

DB

Jake Bequette

Arkansas

DL

Will Blackwell

LSU

OL

Philip Blake

Baylor

OL

Jarrett Boykin

Virginia Tech

WR

Nigel Bradham

Florida State

OLB

Andre Branch

Clemson

DL

James Brown

Troy

OL

Zach Brown

North Carolina

LB

Quinton Coples

North Carolina

DL

Juron Criner

Arizona

WR

Chad Diehl

Clemson

OH

Patrick Edwards

Houston

WR

Nick Foles

Arizona

QB

Jeff Fuller

Texas A&M

WR

Terrance Ganaway

Baylor

OH

Cordy Glenn

Georgia

OL

Cyrus Gray

Texas A&M

OH

Ladarius Green

La-Lafayette

TE

Casey Hayward

Vanderbilt

DB

Jaye Howard

Florida

DL

Melvin Ingram

South Carolina

DL

Janoris Jenkins

North Alabama

DB

Tony Jerod-Eddie

Texas A&M

DL

Ben Jones

Georgia

OL

Dwight Jones

North Carolina

WR

Ryan Lindley

San Diego State

QB

Markelle Martin

Oklahoma State

DB

Marquis Maze

Alabama

WR

Matt McCants

UAB

OL

DeQuan Menzie

Alabama

DB

Deangelo Peterson

LSU

TE

Tydreke Powell

North Carolina

DL

Chris Rainey

Florida

OH

Kheeston Randall

Texas

DL

Keenan Robinson

Texas

OLB

Zebrie Sanders

Florida State

OL

Brad Smelley

Alabama

TE

Sean Spence

Miami-Fl

LB

Ryan Steed

Furman

DB

Brandon Taylor

LSU

DB

Brandon Thompson

Clemson

DL

Courtney Upshaw

Alabama

DL

William Vlachos

Alabama

OL

Brandon Weeden

Oklahoma State

QB

 

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