The 2013 Senior Bowl features a great deal of top-tier talent, including several potential first-round quarterbacks and plenty of other highly touted prospects.
Beyond the top prospects, there are some other big names in Mobile patrolling the sidelines. Scouts and coaches are observing the proceedings with great interest, with perhaps no more interesting attendee than Philadelphia's Chip Kelly.
There have been players who have made big moves with their performances this week. There have been meetings between prospects and teams. We are finally beginning to get a clearer picture of how the draft will shape up.
Here is the latest buzz surrounding the Senior Bowl.
This is one of the best groups of quarterbacks in Mobile in some time. Since there are no sure-fire first rounders outside of Geno Smith, each of these talented quarterbacks decided to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl to have a chance at landing in the first round.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock sees at least three or four quarterbacks going in the first round, according to NFL.com analyst Gregg Rosenthal. Let's take a look at the quarterbacks to see where they will land.
Zac Dysert, Miami of Ohio
The early reports on Dysert have been largely negative in Mobile. Alex Brown of Optimum Scouting is down on Dysert, tweeting:
Nassib and Glennon clearly top two QBs for north. Zac Dysert really pressed today, disconnected from lower half and inconsistent w/release— Alex Brown (@ABXXV25) January 22, 2013
Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post, though, is high on Dysert, tweeting:
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
Hubbuch continues to report that the Chiefs have shown interest in the controversial quarterback:
Zac Dysert was getting a lot of attention from Chiefs scouts after today's North practice.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 22, 2013
Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
By almost all accounts, Mike Glennon has been among the stars of the Senior Bowl. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com reports that Glennon had an excellent practice Tuesday, tweeting:
Just watched the practice tape. Glennon had a very good practice. Stick throws, touch downfield. Much better than day 1. #SeniorBowl— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 23, 2013
This is hardly a surprise. Glennon will always pass the eyeball test, but my question on Glennon is how he will fair under pressure. Keep an eye on him in live-game situations.
Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Nassib, like Dysert, has been met with some mixed reactions.
ESPN's Todd McShay is not impressed with the Syracuse prospect, tweeting:
Nassib's arm vastly overrated.Short/intermediate throws MPHs but struggles driving ball vertically on tape and see same at Senior Bowl.— Todd McShay (@McShay13) January 23, 2013
Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller, though, is starting to see the light on Nassib. In his Day 3 notes, Miller raves about Nassib, discussing his polish and arm strength.
I've been a huge fan of Nassib throughout this process. He is the only quarterback aside from Geno Smith that has all the tools already.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
By all accounts, Landry Jones has been a mess. Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey summarizes it best, tweeting:
Landry Jones would be my 12th-ranked QB here in Mobile. Yet, there are only six, but I could probably find some better guys in the stands— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) January 23, 2013
E.J. Manuel, Florida State
Manuel has not built much buzz at the Senior Bowl, but he is apparently being looked at by the Carolina Panthers. The Charlotte Observer notes that Manuel is interested in the club and vice versa.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
Tyler Wilson is another quarterback whose performance has not generated much buzz either way. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com still has questions about him, tweeting:
The returns of Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews to their respective schools hurt the draft's stock of offensive tackles, but Oklahoma's Lane Johnson and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher have proven worthy prospects in their own right at the Senior Bowl.
The NFL Network's Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah raved about Johnson on air, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. The duo loved his athleticism, which should be enough to propel him into the top half of the first round.
Eric Fisher, though, has been even more impressive. Michael Schottey of Bleacher Report tweets:
Bears repeating that the best player in Mobile was Eric Fisher (OL Central Michigan)…won't challenge Joeckel, but he's the No. 2 OT. Period.— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) January 24, 2013
The duo has impressed ESPN's Todd McShay, who tweets:
I focused on OL and DL at senior Bowl practices.OT's Eric Fisher (C Mich) and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) were most impressive— Todd McShay (@McShay13) January 22, 2013
Both of these two will go in the upper portion of the first round barring an unforeseen catastrophe.
There is one player who has constantly appearing on scout's radar: Jamar Taylor. The Boise State cornerback has excelled in man coverage, using his unique physicality and instincts to dominate opponents in Mobile.
Both Ian Rapoport and Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com have commented on Taylor's great week. Rapoport tweeted:
Headed back from Mobile tomorrow. Good stuff. Like the group of North team CBs, for instance. Name I hear about? Boise St.'s Jamar Taylor.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2013
Jeremiah was a bit more detailed, tweeting:
Boise CB Jamar Taylor is very physical in press and he has excellent instincts/ball skills. #SeniorBowl— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 23, 2013
Taylor is a prospect firmly on the rise, and he could possibly rise all the way up to the first round.
When the Eagles hired Chip Kelly, we all knew it was only a matter of time before they started the search for their franchise quarterback. That search has officially begun at the Senior Bowl.
The Eagles have already interviewed Ryan Nassib, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and they'll be looking at the rest of the crop as well.
Don't look too far into this news. With Michael Vick almost certainly on the outs, the Eagles will definitely be in the market for a quarterback. Whether their future acquisition will be a possible starter remains to be seen.
Should the Eagles go with Nassib or another quarterback among the group in Mobile, though, then he will be expected to compete with Nick Foles with the starting job.
Keep an eye on these prospects throughout the process. The Eagles will definitely be major players for them.
One of the most interesting prospects in Mobile has to be former Michigan star Denard Robinson. The former quarterback is making the transition to receiver, and everyone wanted to know how he would do.
Unfortunately, Robinson is experiencing some major growing pains in that transition according to Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com.
Robinson is struggling in every phase of the game. He is dropping passes constantly, running poor routes and struggling to get separation. At some points, Robinson was even unsure of where to line up. No other prospect has looked so out of place.
Some team will still draft Robinson as a high-upside flier, but his stock is dropping. Watching one of college football's brightest stars fall so quickly has been difficult, but Robinson still has a few more days to boost his stock.