Senior Bowl 2014: Full Roster and Players to Watch

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 14:  Josh Huff #1 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball for a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 14, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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With the 2014 East-West Shrine Game in the books, the path to the 2014 NFL draft now turns its attention to the 2014 Senior Bowl.

At this event, the nation's top seniors will hit Mobile, Ala. for an all-star affair that does much every year to help top prospects separate themselves from the rest of the draft class.

The game has a significant impact for a variety of different talents. For some well-known names, it is yet another chance to solidify their status as a top prospect. For small-school players, it is a chance to prove that gaudy statistics and performances against lesser-known competition were the real deal.

Several names have much more to prove than others in the big game, but here is a look at who to watch out for.

 

 

2014 Senior Bowl South Roster
NameSchoolPosition
Derek CarrFresno State QB
Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern IllinoisQB
David FalesSan Jose State QB
Antonio AndrewsWestern Kentucky RB
Jerick McKinnonGeorgia SouthernRB
Lorenzo TaliaferroCoastal Carolina RB
Jay ProschAuburn FB
Mike DavisTexasWR
Ryan Grant,Tulane WR
Cody HoffmanBYU WR
Jordan MatthewsVanderbilt WR
Solomon PattonFlorida WR
Kevin NorwoodAlabamaWR
Jalen SaundersOklahoma WR
Marcel JensenFresno StateTE
Arthur LynchGeorgiaTE
Bryan StorkFlorida State OL
Travis SwansonArkansas OL
Gabe IkardOklahomaOL
Joel Bitonio Nevada OL
Jon HalapioFlorida OL
Gabe JacksonMississippi State OL
Wesley JohnsonVanderbilt OL
Ja'Wuan JamesTennessee OL
Morgan Moses Virginia OL
Billy TurnerNorth Dakota StateOL
Deandre ColemanCalifornia DL
Justin EllisLouisiana TechDL
Daniel McCullersTennesseeDL
Caraun ReidPrincetonDL
Will SuttonArizona State DL
Dee FordAuburn DL
Chris Smith Arkansas DL
Ed StinsonAlabama DL
Brent Urban Virginia DL
Lamin BarrowLSU LB
Christian JonesFlorida State LB
Jeremiah AttaochuGeorgia TechLB
Adrian Hubbard AlabamaLB
Telvin SmithFlorida State LB
Jordan Tripp Montana LB
Kyle Van NoyBYULB
Walt AikensLiberty DB
Aaron ColvinOklahomaDB
Chris Davis Auburn DB
Keith McGill Utah DB
Jaylen WatkinsFloridaDB
Lavelle WestbrooksGeorgia SouthernDB
Terrence BrooksFlorida State DB
Jemea ThomasGeorgia TechDB
Kenny LadlerVanderbilt DB
Craig LostonLSU DB
Marcus HeitKansas State LS
Cody Mandell Alabama P
Cody ParkeyAuburn K
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2014 Senior Bowl North Roster
NameSchoolPosition
Tajh BoydClemson QB
Stephen MorrisMiami QB
Logan ThomasVirginia TechQB
Charles SimsWest VirginiaRB
James WhiteWisconsinRB
Ryan HewittStanford FB
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin WR
Michael CampanaroWake ForestWR
Kain ColterNorthwestern WR
Shaquelle EvansUCLA WR
Robert HerronWyoming WR
Josh HuffOregon WR
Jeff JanisSaginaw Valley St. WR
C.J. FiedorowiczIowa TE
Jacob PedersenWisconsinTE
Tyler LarsenUtah State OL
Weston RichburgColorado State OL
Kadeem EdwardsTennessee St. OL
Brandon Linder Miami OL
Cyril RichardsonBaylor OL
Michael SchofieldMichigan OL
Seantrel HendersonMiami OL
Zack Martin Notre Dame OL
Jack MewhortOhio StateOL
Brandon ThomasClemson OL
Aaron DonaldPittsburgh DL
Ra'Shede HagemanMinnesotaDL
DaQuan JonesPenn State DL
Shamar StephenConnecticutDL
Will ClarkeWest VirginiaDL
James GayleVirginia Tech DL
Taylor Hart Oregon DL
Kareem MartinNorth CarolinaDL
Trent MurphyStanford DL
Chris BorlandWisconsin LB
Jordan ZumwaltUCLALB
Jonathan BrownIllinois LB
Christian KirkseyIowa LB
Michael Sam Missouri LB
Marcus SmithLouisville LB
Pierre DesirLindenwoodDB
Stanley Jean-BaptisteNebraska DB
Nevin LawsonUtah StateDB
Marqueston Huff Wyoming DB
Deone BucannonWashington State DB
Ahmad DixonBaylor DB
Dontae Johnson North Carolina State DB
Dez Southward Wisconsin DB
Jimmie WardNorthern Illinois DB
Chris Boswell Rice K
Tyler Ott Harvard LS
Kirby Van Der KampIowa State P
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Note: Rosters and pertinent info courtesy of SeniorBowl.com. Projected grades courtesy of CBS Sports.

 

Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

The 2014 wide receiver class is one of the deepest in recent memory, so the Senior Bowl serves as an opportunity for some perceived mid-round talents to break free of the logjam.

One such player with this unique chance is Oregon's Josh Huff, who is already seeing expectations rise in the week leading up to the game by names such as Rotoworld's Josh Norris and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler:

Standing at 5'11" and 202 pounds, Huff was one of the main targets in Oregon's high-flying attack this year, as he hauled in 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. Despite the stellar year, the gurus over at CBS Sports have Huff pegged with a fifth- to sixth-round grade.

But given what fans have seen in the past from Huff, there is a chance that he can take the game over on his own and boost his stock in a major way.

 

Chris Davis, CB, Auburn

Fans may have heard about Auburn's Chris Davisthe defensive back who took a kick back 108 yards for a touchdown in this season's infamous Iron Bowl, as the Tigers upset the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The 5'11", 200-pound senior has plenty to prove despite the career-defining moment, especially if he is to boost his stock at another deep position this year.

Davis is stout in man coverage, and as CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes, he is an unheralded prospect who compares to Kareem Jackson of the Houston Texans:

Stout (if somewhat short) frame, physicality and versatile coverage ability make the underrated Davis a potential early-round pick and future starter in the NFL, just as Jackson was from rival Alabama in 2010.

Despite the praise, CBS Sports still has Davis as just a third- or fourth-round pick, behind big names such as Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert and others.

Lining up opposite of guys like Huff, Davis has a big chance to improve his draft outlook in Mobile.

 

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Dec 21, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Southern California Trojans in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr is one of those names who could go anywhere from No. 1 overall to completely out of the first round on draft day.

Carr has a lot of ground to make up, as other top names such as Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles are all more than capable of being selected ahead of him. But Brugler gives Carr plenty of credit for competing in the Senior Bowl at all:

As NFL.com captures, Carr wants to take the opportunity to prove to critics that he is worthy of being in the conversation for the top pick:

After a season in which he threw for 5,082 yards with 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions, Carr simply has to show evaluators that he can play at a similar level against college football's best.

Expect a pretty display of passing from Carr as he enters the game with a chip on his shoulder and countless millions on the line.

 

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