Predicting Breakout Stars of 2013 Senior Bowl

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 21, 2013

Ezekiel Ansah will make a splash at the Senior Bowl.
Ezekiel Ansah will make a splash at the Senior Bowl.George Frey/Getty Images

The 2013 Senior Bowl is upon us, and an analysis of the roster reveals that there will be a bunch of breakout stars that everyone will be talking about when January 26 rolls around. 

These players will be the ones that are consistent in practice and show skills that will translate to the NFL

The games, which can be a bit disorganized, don't show as much as the practices. The players that consistently impress will be on everyone's radar.

Who will be the breakout stars of the 2013 Senior Bowl? Read on to find out.


Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Ezekiel Ansah is an incredibly athletic but incredibly raw defensive end prospect.

He has incredible speed and reminds many evaluators of Jason Pierre-Paul.

But like Pierre-Paul, he has to work on his technique. In practices, we'll learn how far along he is in that aspect.

When he can combine his athleticism with solid technique, Ansah will be unstoppable. The Senior Bowl will be a big test for him.

However, because he's so athletic and already enmeshed in the pre-draft process, look for Ansah to put on a dominating performance in all practices, where his athleticism will stand out above the rest of the pack.


Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)

Zac Dysert doesn't get the level of attention his fellow quarterback prospects do, but he may be just as good.

Despite playing with mediocre talent, Dysert put up solid numbers in 2012, throwing for 3,483 yards, 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Dysert has one of the best arms in this quarterback class and will get a great opportunity to show it off in Mobile, Ala. 

He'll have the chance to play with elite college talent for the first time in his career, and he'll really shine. Expect him to impress a lot of talent evaluators.


Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

Khaseem Greene was a playmaker for the Scarlet Knights last season. He recorded 136 tackles and made plays all over the field.

That sideline-to-sideline ability will be on full display in Mobile. He'll be one of the most athletic linebackers there, and that will gain him a lot of attention from the coaches and scouts.

Greene is not the biggest or strongest, but the NFL is moving toward linebackers who have the speed to match up with running backs. Greene has that and will show it during the Senior Bowl.


Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Markus Wheaton is a fast receiver and is nearly impossible to cover in the open field.

At only 182 pounds, Wheaton needs to prove he can beat the jam at the line of scrimmage. If he does, there aren't many cornerbacks who can keep up with him.

Wheaton needs to show improved strength, but in these practices, he can use his incredible pure speed to blow by defenders.

Look for Wheaton to have a big week in Mobile.