NFL Draft 2013: Most Intriguing Players at Senior Bowl
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Every player at the Senior Bowl is looking to garner some attention, but a few draft hopefuls will be particularly interesting to watch.
A lot of the guys in Mobile, AL have a chance to improve their draft stocks if they do their jobs well. The most special athletes, however, have a chance to soar up draft boards and send the scouts home salivating.
If these guys show enough polish to go along with their skill at the Senior Bowl, they'll hear their names called sooner rather than later at the NFL draft.
If you haven't been properly introduced, meet Margus Hunt, the most fearsome athlete in the country.
According to Dave Richard of CBS Sports, Hunt measured in at 6'8" 1/4, 277 pounds at the Senior Bowl weigh-in. Of all the ridiculously athletic edge rushers playing the sport now, the Estonian defensive end may be the most freakish of all. CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman put him atop his Freak List even before the season.
The defensive end only began playing football when he arrived at Southern Methodist, where he originally planned to train in track and field. In 2006, he was the first junior athlete to win golds in both discus and shot put at the World Junior Championships, and he competed in both events on top of football during his time at SMU.
But while track was to be his focus, Hunt has also dominated the defensive line while still learning the nuances of the game. In that regard, he is like a stronger version of Jason Pierre-Paul, with the size and speed combination to play the line in either the 3-4 or the 4-3.
Hunt's athleticism has already made him a late first-round prospect. If he shows some nice instincts as well, his stock will rise even higher.
More than ever, NFL teams need guys who can defend both the run and the pass. That bodes well for Bacarri Rambo.
Though the Georgia safety has been known to go for the big hit more often than necessary, he has shown the strength and technique to be a sure tackler in the defensive backfield.
Rambo could get by on his speed alone if he wanted to, so that physicality to his game is encouraging. Combine that with his improving ball hawking instincts, and Rambo has all the necessary traits of a dynamic NFL safety.
Now all he needs to do is show the scouts he has the head to be consistent in coverage and to make the right tackle rather than the big one. That intelligence factor is the difference in Rambo being a mid-round pick and sneaking up as high as the second.
Even with the proliferation of running quarterbacks in the NFL, Denard Robinson is not enough of a passer to cut it at the next level.
That's why the Michigan product is lining up in Mobile at wide receiver and punt returner. Robinson is hoping to make it solely on athletic ability, moving to a skill position where his speed will be more impactful.
We certainly have ample evidence that Robinson can run. In his four years at Michigan, he amassed 4,495 rushing yards and burned innumerable defenders, giving scouts reason to think he could become an explosive weapon at his new position.
If Robinson can run some solid routes and show a general acumen in receiver play, he can assure himself a place in one of the first three rounds of the draft.
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