The 2013 Senior Bowl has come and gone, but a number of prospects have drastically shaken up their draft stock in the process.
While no player truly dominated in the Mobile, Ala., All-Star event, there were certainly some youngsters that boosted themselves up in the eyes of fans, scouts, coaches and GMs.
Let’s take a look at these players that stepped up and created a buzz in the latest Senior Bowl.
E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
In the short time Manuel was in the game, he certainly made an impact.
Did Manuel do enough to prove himself a legit QB in the draft?
The Seminoles star completed 7-of-10 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, although he did throw a pick. Manuel also showed off a glimpse of his running ability, carrying four times for 10 yards and a score.
Considering most of the other quarterbacks in the game didn’t live up to expectations, Manuel’s outing was relatively impressive. It shows the young man is a quick learner and able to adapt to new situations and offenses on the fly.
Don’t think that NFL teams will forget that come late April.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ansah led the South in tackles (7 total, 3.5 for a loss) and sacks (1.5), while also forcing a fumble and breaking up a pass.
That’s an extremely productive performance considering his limited snaps, and you can be positive that scouts took notice.
Prior to the Senior Bowl, this young man was widely considered a project going into the draft. Now he looks to have a real shot to go in the top half of the first round.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
No other player on the North was able to rack up yards on the ground like the UCLA standout.
Franklin finished with 41 yards and a touchdown on five carries, including a 20-yard gain that proved this LA native isn’t someone to be ignored on the big boards.
It wasn’t easy to find space against the South standout defenders, but Franklin managed to carve up the D and improve his draft stock in the process.