Senior Bowl 2012: Alfonzo Dennard and 5 Guys Who Should Have Stayed Home

Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIJanuary 28, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 25: Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is greeted by Head Coach Bo Pelini on senior day before playing a  game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium November 25, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Iowa 20-7. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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For some players, the Senior Bowl is a forgettable experience.

For these players, they definitely wish they hadn't gone to the Senior Bowl. Each of them hurt his draft stock. In addition, they all could free fall in the draft after their performances.


Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

The weigh-in was not kind to Wilson. Even though he's a strong 203 pounds, he barely stands above 5-foot, 10-inches. He has one of the strongest arms in the class, but his size really hurts him.

While running drills, it's been clear that his height will hurt him in the NFL. He may have all the intangibles, but his height will prevent him from being too high on any draft boards.


Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State

Herron has looked good at the Senior Bowl, and scouts have been impressed with his ability to finish runs. However, without breakaway speed, he won't be going very early in the draft.

Teams would like to use him as a second option, but without great speed, he might not even be an efficient pass-catching option. Herron will get picked, but his speed was exposed this week.


Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

Sanders' lack of bulk was on display this week. He has all the athleticism you could ask from a lineman, but he isn't that big.

Without too much strength, Sanders is not nearly as impressive. He could have climbed to the top of the second round. Instead, it's looking like he might slip down to the end of the third round.

Teams will be looking to develop Sanders rather than use him right away, and that's a result of his poor performance at the Senior Bowl.


Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

There was a lot of doubt surrounding Moore to begin with. Now, after his performance, all the doubts were confirmed.

Moore is small, skinny and has a weak arm. If he would've avoided the Senior Bowl, he could've just shown up at the combine. With a strong combine, Moore could've boosted his draft stock.

At this point, Moore probably won't even be drafted.


Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

Dennard has simply had a rough week. An injury prevented him from finishing the week, but he hurt his stock before that could save him.

He was beat by Marvin McNutt, of Iowa, over the top, as he tried to execute press coverage. Suddenly, people are questioning Dennard's ability to cover at the highest level. With such a bad week, he may have just cost himself being a first-round pick.