2013 Senior Bowl Results: Winners and Losers Among NFL Draft Prospects

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2013

2013 Senior Bowl Results: Winners and Losers Among NFL Draft Prospects

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    The 2013 Senior Bowl is a great opportunity for many NFL hopefuls to make names for themselves and improve their draft stocks.

    In some instances, though, the Senior Bowl can do the exact opposite if a particular prospect doesn't fare so well.

    Let's take a look at the winners and losers of this year's game in regard to either soaring or declining draft stock.

E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State: Winner

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    Manuel's name hasn't really come up as one of the top quarterbacks in this year's class, but the Senior Bowl provided a boost toward garnering that distinction.

    The Florida State product displayed some impressive accuracy with his throws, completing 7-of-10 passes for 76 yards and a 20-yard touchdown strike. Manuel did throw a pick, but his decision-making under center was pretty sound. 

    Manuel's athleticism is well known, and he flashed a bit of it in scoring on a two-yard run. It would have been nice to see a bit more out of Manuel and his legs, but it was a solid showing for him overall. 

Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse: Loser

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    Nassib was thought to have a good shot at a first-round selection thanks to former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone getting the Buffalo Bills job, but this game certainly didn't help make that dream reality. 

    The Syracuse product didn't do much to dispel his accuracy issues after completing just 4-of-10 passes for 44 yards and an interception. Nassib failed to get his team into the end zone and didn't show any deep-ball skills.

    Nassib also coughed up the ball following a sack but was fortunate to have a teammate scoop it up.

Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Winner

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    We already knew Franklin was a great athlete before Mobile, but this game really confirmed that notion. 

    Franklin carried the ball five times for 41 yards, and his longest run of 20 yards resulted in a touchdown. The young back gained solid yardage in each attempt, averaging 8.2 yards per carry, and he flashed the skills of both an inside and outside runner.

    Further showing off his versatility, Franklin returned a kick for 28 yards and proved he is certainly explosive enough to be a returner at the next level, if nothing else.

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Loser

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    Jones was part of a big program in college, but that hasn't helped him rise to the top of quarterback charts for the NFL draft. The Senior Bowl didn't help him out, either.

    Jones looked inaccurate and out of touch in the game, completing just 3-of-10 passes for 16 yards and no scores.

    The only positive for Jones was that he didn't get picked in his 10 pass attempts, but he did get shown the turf by opposing defenders on multiple occasions. 

Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon: Winner

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    One of the top backs being looked at in this year's class, Barner didn't get many attempts to run the ball, as he had just three carries for 13 yards without reaching the end zone.

    A small sample size, to be sure, but Barner did average a respectable 4.3 yards per carry.

    Barner actually did most of his damage through the air, catching seven passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

    The signs that he can be an all-around back in the NFL are there.

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford: Winner

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    Fresh off a great year with Stanford, Taylor made some more waves with an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl.

    Taylor carried the ball nine times, compiling 52 yards for an average of 5.8 yards per carry. He also flashed his breakaway skills on a 20-yard gain that scorched the opposing defense. 

    The Cardinal back caught two passes out of the backfield for eight yards, proving he's a reliable option in that facet of the game as well.

Michael Williams, TE, Alabama: Winner

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    One of the lesser known tight ends in the draft class, Williams might have turned some heads after his showing at the Senior Bowl.

    Williams caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, all the while flashing his incredible athleticism with catches of 19 and 20 yards.

    More importantly, Williams was an active blocker in this game and should have no problem translating that skill to the NFL.

Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio): Winner

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    Dysert had a rough start to the bowl, and it looked like his participation might have been a mistake, but the former Miami (Ohio) signal-caller turned it around late in the game.

    Dysert displayed some impressive accuracy, completing 10-of-16 passes for 94 yards and a late touchdown pass to Barner.

    The one blemish on his record was an interception, but in his case, the positives outweighed the negatives. 

Mike Glennon, QB, NC State: Loser

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    While Glennon didn't have a bad game, his performance probably didn't turn many heads.

    Glennon completed 8-of-16 passes for 82 yards but failed to get into the end zone. 

    When compared to some of the other quarterbacks in Mobile, Glennon didn't meet some of the higher standards set. His arm strength was there but his accuracy was lacking, and it's clear he needs some work with his decision-making.

    For one of the more highly touted quarterback prospects in this year's draft, things could have gone better.