2009 Senior Bowl Winners and Losers
Well, the 2009 Senior Bowl has come and gone, as we saw the South topple the North 35-18 last night. Many prospects had a ton of pressure on them during the game, as well as the practices.
Some responded to this pressure in heroic fashion, as their draft stock rose. Others, unfortunately, did not.
Let's look at some of the key risers and fallers after analyzing the practices as well as yesterday's game:
Pat White, QB, West Virginia- This is an obvious one. Pat White had a fantastic week. He was the only QB on both sides to shine in practice, and was named the game's MVP. He had a fantastic week using both his arm and his legs to impress the scouts in attendance. He is probably not a QB in the NFL, but he definitely improved his draft status regardless of his position and is one to keep an eye on on draft day.
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College- Raji had an extremely dominating week. He tore apart offensive lineman in one-on-one drills, showing a fantastic burst of speed for someone his size. Although he was not as dominating during the game, he had a good enough week to cement himself as a top 15 pick in the draft.
Brian Cushing, LB, USC- Anybody doubting Cushing's first round draft status was silenced this week. He was very solid all week, as were the other USC linebackers. I personally like him more than Rey Maualuga.
Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma- Iglesias displayed excellent route-running skills and fantastic hands this week. He shined in practice drills and had a pretty solid game as well. The only knock on him is his breakaway speed.
Jeremiah Johnson, RB, Oregon- He may be a small back, but the Oregon RB ran like a monster this week. He did a great job eluding tacklers as well as catching the football. He ran for 22 yards on three carries and caught two passes for 29 yards.
Andre Brown, RB, NC State- Brown came out of nowhere this week to wow the many scouts in attendance. He had a great game yesterday, rushing for 26 yards and a touchdown on ten carries, and catching two balls for 39 yards.
Honourable Mentions: Louis Delmas (FS, Western Michigan), Michael Oher (OT, Mississippi), Brandon Pettigrew (TE, Oklahoma State), Brian Robiskie (WR, Ohio State), Brandon Gibson (WR, Washington State).
Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech- The Texas Tech QB looked awful all week throwing the football, as he was unable to put any zip on the ball. He showed poor mechanics, had trouble taking the ball from center and was very inaccurate.
Herman Johnson, OG, LSU- Johnson just had a bad week. He showed terrible footwork and was beat many times by speed rushers in 1 on 1 drills. He didn't do much in the game either.
William Moore, S, Missouri- Moore was once a lock for the first round, but after Senior Bowl week, there are many doubters to that. He was very overaggressive and did not shine at the practices. He looks like more of a late first to early second round pick.
Fili Moala, DT, USC- Once thought to be the best DT in the draft, Moala had a poor week. He was not as dominating as one would have thought, and that definitely hurt his draft stock.
Not-so-honorable Mentions- William Beatty (OT, UConn), Cullen Harper (QB, Clemson), Jonathan Luigis (C, Arkansas)
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