Senior Bowl 2013: Players Whose Stock Will Rise in Mobile
With all 32 NFL teams watching, there's a ton on the line for college football players looking to make a big splash in the NFL draft at the 2013 Senior Bowl.
Draft stocks consistently rise and fall as the draft approaches, but these three players can certainly help their chances of being drafted earlier with solid showings on Saturday.
Let's meet them.
Draft projections via CBS Sports
Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
RedHawks QB Zac Dysert might be overshadowed by Mike Glennon and Ryan Nassib, but his outstanding season should not be forgotten.
Dysert threw for nearly 3,500 yards to go with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, adding 265 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
His monster game against Akron—when he threw for 516 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards—immediately tells you what this kid is capable of.
The New York Post's Bart Hubbuch tweets his admiration for the QB:
Dark horse among the QBs in this draft: Miami of Ohio’s Zac Dysert has looked very good here at the Senior Bowl. Throws well on the run.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 22, 2013
A strong showing for the 6'3", 224-pound QB will do wonders for his draft stock come the end of April.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
At 5'9", Marquise Goodwin is extremely undersized, which is part of the reason why he's not projected to be drafted until the fifth or sixth round.
Goodwin's numbers (26 receptions, 340 yards and three touchdowns) from this season aren't going to jump off the page at you, but his athleticism will, as RosterWatch tweets:
Very clear just from warmups that Marquise Goodwin has professional athletic experience -technique miles ahead of everyone else. #Longhorns— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) January 22, 2013
Goodwin was also a big part of the Longhorns' rushing and kick return game, as he scored three rushing TDs and averaged just over 25 yards per return on kickoffs.
With plenty of NFL teams utilizing athletic players in multiple ways, especially on offense, Goodwin will really help himself out by putting on a show for the scouts in Mobile on Saturday.
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Landry Jones isn't projected to be drafted until the third or fourth round, but that could all change after a strong performance in the Senior Bowl.
The 6'4", 221-pound QB had a fantastic season, throwing for 4,267 yards, 30 TDs and just 11 interceptions while posting a 144.6 passer rating.
Jones' talents were on display against rival Oklahoma State, when he passed for 500 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-48 overtime win for the Sooners.
According to ESPN's Mel Kiper, Landry has taken a step back and is projected to be a third- to fifth-round pick, but it wasn't long ago that we were talking about Jones being a sure-fire first-rounder.
He's got all the tools to be an NFL quarterback, and once he proves it in the 2013 Senior Bowl, Jones' draft stock should be on the rise.
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