2012 NFL Mock Draft: 5 Players Who Lost Stock in Senior Bowl

Wes StueveContributor IIIJanuary 29, 2012

2012 NFL Mock Draft: 5 Players Who Lost Stock in Senior Bowl

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    When it comes to the Senior Bowl, people usually talk about which prospects helped their stocks, not the players that hurt their stocks.

    But nonetheless, it happens.

    Whether it was a bad weigh-in, a poor game performance, an injury or a bad interview, multiple players see their stocks tumble after a week in Mobile.

    For some of these players, the price will be a few draft spots—not a huge deal. For others, the price will be multiple rounds—a much bigger deal.

    These players won't be discussed as much, but they deserve as much attention as those who saw their stocks soar.

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

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    Before heading to Mobile, Alfonzo Dennard was widely seen as a first-round pick. Sure, the Nebraska cornerback had some issues, but he was solid and thought of as someone who would become a good player.

    A week later, Dennard is injured and was abused while healthy. Dennard looked slow and struggled to keep up with even some of the less-explosive wideouts.

    Dennard was projected to be drafted in the 20s, but he's in the second round now.

Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

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    By most accounts, Zebrie Sanders was sitting just outside the first round with the chance to move up. Sanders not only failed to move up, but he actually moved down.

    Now, in fairness, some of this isn't Sanders' fault. He spent all week playing out of position at right tackle, and he probably wasn't comfortable.

    However, Sanders struggled with speed and power rushers alike and was greatly outperformed by Mike Adams. 

    Sanders will probably still be selected in the second round, but he could fall to the third.

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

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    Melvin Ingram was one of the more intriguing prospects at the Senior Bowl. The 6'2", 275-pounder has played defensive end, defensive tackle and even linebacker.

    Ingram's stock first began to tumble when he weighed in with just 30.5" arms. A pass-rusher can survive being short if he has long arms, but dinosaur arms like these are costly.

    Ingram's game performance didn't help him any, either. He didn't look overly fast or explosive and failed to make an impact in any aspect of the game.

Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

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    For whatever reason, many felt that Kellen Moore was a second- or third-round prospect. I never saw it, but now no one does.

    Moore weighed in at a minuscule 6'0", 190 pounds and did not look like an athlete. The Boise State quarterback displayed terrible arm strength and mechanics all week. He didn't even look accurate.

    A good week could have made a team fall in love with Moore's intelligence and college production. A week like this one, however, may have caused Moore to fall out of the draft.

Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

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    A tight end that is basically a wide receiver, Michael Egnew relies on his athleticism. Unfortunately for Egnew, he didn't look all that athletic in Mobile.

    The 251-pounder has decent straight-line speed, but he didn't look explosive and failed to make an impact in the game or during the practices. 

    Egnew has been projected in the second or third round, but a receiving tight end that struggles to get open will not be drafted nearly that early. In fact, Egnew could fall to the fifth round.

Full 1st-Round Projections

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    1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

    3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

    4. Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

    6. Washington Redskins: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

    7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

    8. Carolina Panthers: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

    9. Miami Dolphins: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

    10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

    11. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

    12. Kansas City Chiefs: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

    13. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

    14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

    15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

    16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

    17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

    18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

    19. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

    20. Tennessee Titans: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

    21. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

    22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

    23. Detroit Lions: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

    24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

    25. Denver Broncos: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

    26. Houston Texans: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

    27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans): Mark Barron, S, Alabama

    28. Green Bay Packers: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

    29. Baltimore Ravens: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

    30. San Francisco 49ers: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

    31. New York Giants: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

    32. New England Patriots: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin