NFL Draft: Winners & Losers from the Senior Bowl
The 2013 Senior Bowl is in the books, and there was no shortage of noteworthy performances. The South triumphed over the North 21-16, but the score is irrelevant for NFL decision-makers. The real value from this game comes from on-the-field scouting of some of college's best football players.
Ezekiel Ansah (DE, BYU)—Ansah was dominant throughout the entire game, disrupting plays against the run and pass. Ansah elevated his stock the most in this game and may have pushed himself into the top 10.
Kawann Short (DT, Purdue)—Short worked in tandem with Ansah on a number of defensive fronts and wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks. In a deep defensive line class, Short displayed power and consistency that will make him a first-round pick.
Johnathan Franklin (RB, UCLA)—With limited carries for running backs at the Senior Bowl, Franklin showcased the greatest blend of speed and vision. This UCLA star flashed talent similar to Isaiah Pead from the 2012 Senior Bowl.
Marquise Goodwin (Texas)—Goodwin is an NCAA track star and was the most impressive receiver from this game. With good hands and elite speed, look for Goodwin to come off the board in the second to third round.
Larry Warford (G, Kentucky)—With Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper declining invitations to the Senior Bowl, Warford took the opportunity to boost his stock. His nasty demeanor in the run game has him vying to be the third offensive guard selected in April.
Montori Hughes (DT, Tennessee-Martin)—Hughes is a name that has been circling the draft community for some time. He deserves greater recognition. He was a wrecking ball up front and proved to be an elite DT prospect.
Mike Gillislee (RB, Florida)—Gillislee was the most complete back in today's game, displaying speed, vision and power. Gillislee's performance earned him the most carries and therefore the most tape to review for NFL squads.
Ryan Nassib (QB, Syracuse)—Most of the quarterbacks struggled in today's game but Nassib's performance was particularly uninspiring. Nassib finished 4/10 for 44 yards and an interception.
Landry Jones (QB, Oklahoma)—Jones received praise earlier this week but fell apart when the pressure was on. With only three completions for 16 yards, Jones struggled to settle in the pocket and deliver the ball accurately.
Zac Dysert (QB, Miami (OH))—Dysert started the game off 1/7 and looked awful in the pocket. While he finished with 10 completions, all but one were check down routes.
Jordan Pugh (LT, Syracuse)—A late addition to the North roster, Pugh struggled all day against edge pass-rushers. At this point Pugh has quite a bit of work to do to convince NFL teams he's a starting left tackle.
Denard Robinson (WR, Michigan)—The former Michigan standout quarterback is attempting to convert to an NFL wide receiver but struggled today. With only two catches, Robinson failed to display the necessary route-running and separation skills for an NFL receiver.
Margus Hunt (DE, SMU)—Hunt is a massive individual who received decent hype coming into the week. However, he failed to keep containment on several plays and may see his draft stock slide in the coming weeks.
Mike Glennon (QB, NC State)—Glennon was the most frustrating player to watch in today's game because of his inconsistency. At times he can use his arm strength to deliver perfect passes in tight windows. However, most of his game was dominated by inaccuracy and breakdown in fundamentals.
EJ Manuel (QB, FSU)—Manuel had the best game of all the quarterbacks with one passing and rushing touchdown. Manuel is not an opening-day starter for any organization but there are tools to develop, similar to Colin Kaepernick.
Sio Moore (LB, Connecticut)—Moore is not a household name but he flashed great anticipation and explosion today. Do not be surprised if you hear Moore's name in conversations to be drafted in the top 100.
Kevin Reddick (LB, UNC)—Reddick is another player beginning to develop momentum as the Senior Bowl week concludes. With impressive vision and an ability to diagnose plays quickly, he will make a solid addition to any NFL roster.
Michael Buchanan (DE, Illinois)—Buchanan made a bone-crushing sack early in the game and continued to display a quick first step off the edge. A great 4-3 edge rusher, the question for Buchanan will be whether he possesses the ability to play in space as a 3-4 OLB at the next level.
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