Senior Bowl 2014: Roster, Top Prospects for College All-Star Game

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Senior Bowl 2014: Roster, Top Prospects for College All-Star Game
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Unless you are a fan of the Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos, it is time to start looking toward the 2014 NFL draft. Fortunately, some of the best prospects will be on display at this year's Senior Bowl.

This All-Star showcase gives NFL teams and scouts a chance to see top players in a game against elite competition. Of course, it also presents an opportunity to see how these young men practice and prepare for games throughout the week.    

Those prospects that do well can often jump from relative obscurity to a first- or second-round pick with a strong showing.

Here is a full look at the rosters for each team as well as the top players who will be selected early in the NFL draft in May.

Senior Bowl—South Roster
Name School Position
Derek Carr Fresno State QB
Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois QB
David Fales San Jose State QB
Antonio Andrews Western Kentucky RB
Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern RB
Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Carolina RB
Jay Prosch Auburn FB
Mike Davis Texas WR
Ryan Grant, Tulane WR
Cody Hoffman BYU WR
Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt WR
Solomon Patton Florida WR
Kevin Norwood Alabama WR
Jalen Saunders Oklahoma WR
Marcel Jensen Fresno State TE
Arthur Lynch Georgia TE
Bryan Stork Florida State OL
Travis Swanson Arkansas OL
Gabe Ikard Oklahoma OL
Joel Bitonio Nevada OL
Jon Halapio Florida OL
Gabe Jackson Mississippi State OL
Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt OL
Ja'Wuan James Tennessee OL
Morgan Moses Virginia OL
Billy Turner North Dakota State OL
Deandre Coleman California DL
Justin Ellis Louisiana Tech DL
Daniel McCullers Tennessee DL
Caraun Reid Princeton DL
Will Sutton Arizona State DL
Dee Ford Auburn DL
Chris Smith Arkansas DL
Ed Stinson Alabama DL
Brent Urban Virginia DL
Lamin Barrow LSU LB
Christian Jones Florida State LB
Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech LB
Adrian Hubbard Alabama LB
Telvin Smith Florida State LB
Jordan Tripp Montana LB
Kyle Van Noy BYU LB
Walt Aikens Liberty DB
Aaron Colvin Oklahoma DB
Chris Davis Auburn DB
Keith McGill Utah DB
Jaylen Watkins Florida DB
Lavelle Westbrooks Georgia Southern DB
Terrence Brooks Florida State DB
Jemea Thomas Georgia Tech DB
Kenny Ladler Vanderbilt DB
Craig Loston LSU DB
Marcus Heit Kansas State LS
Cody Mandell Alabama P
Cody Parkey Auburn K

via SeniorBowl.com

Senior Bowl—North Roster
Name School Position
Tajh Boyd Clemson QB
Stephen Morris Miami QB
Logan Thomas Virginia Tech QB
Charles Sims West Virginia RB
James White Wisconsin RB
Ryan Hewitt Stanford FB
Jared Abbrederis , Wisconsin WR
Michael Campanaro Wake Forest WR
Kain Colter Northwestern WR
Shaquelle Evans UCLA WR
Robert Herron Wyoming WR
Josh Huff Oregon WR
Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley St. WR
C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa TE
Jacob Pedersen Wisconsin TE
Tyler Larsen Utah State OL
Weston Richburg Colorado State OL
Kadeem Edwards Tennessee St. OL
Brandon Linder Miami OL
Cyril Richardson Baylor OL
Michael Schofield Michigan OL
Seantrel Henderson Miami OL
Zack Martin Notre Dame OL
Jack Mewhort Ohio State OL
Brandon Thomas Clemson OL
Aaron Donald Pittsburgh DL
Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota DL
DaQuan Jones Penn State DL
Shamar Stephen Connecticut DL
Will Clarke West Virginia DL
James Gayle Virginia Tech DL
Taylor Hart Oregon DL
Kareem Martin North Carolina DL
Trent Murphy Stanford DL
Chris Borland Wisconsin LB
Jordan Zumwalt UCLA LB
Jonathan Brown Illinois LB
Christian Kirksey Iowa LB
Michael Sam Missouri LB
Marcus Smith Louisville LB
Pierre Desir Lindenwood DB
Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska DB
Nevin Lawson Utah State DB
Marqueston Huff Wyoming DB
Deone Bucannon Washington State DB
Ahmad Dixon Baylor DB
Dontae Johnson North Carolina State DB
Dez Southward Wisconsin DB
Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois DB
Chris Boswell Rice K
Tyler Ott Harvard LS
Kirby Van Der Kamp Iowa State P

via SeniorBowl.com

 

Top Prospects

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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During the regular season, Derek Carr was the most productive quarterback in college football. However, the question remains whether he can get it done in the NFL.

The Fresno State quarterback led all of FBS with 5,082 passing yards and 50 touchdowns, yet this was mostly against inferior competition. He also struggled in the bowl game against USC.

Additionally, Carr has to show he can play in a pro-style offense after running the spread offense the past couple of years. According to Mark Inabinett of AL.com, Carr has made proving himself in this area a goal for the week:

Number one is just show that I can play under center, to show that I've been doing that since I was 3 and that I've only been in the shotgun for two years. Of course, that has to be in everybody's head and rightfully so. I would think the same thing.

Still, there is little denying Carr's pure talent as a passer. Andrew Garda of FootballGuys.com gave his assessment:

The brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr has the ability to be a star in the NFL, but this week will help show if he can get to that point. 

 

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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There is often a big divide between college stars and legitimate NFL prospects. Aaron Donald was as dominant as they come this year, sweeping the award shows while being named the best defensive player in the country by virtually any measure. 

He finished with 11 sacks as an interior lineman, something that is not easy to do. Whenever he did not bring the quarterback down, he was almost always in the backfield disrupting the offensive play.

However, there are some that believe a lack of size will keep him out of the first round. According to CBS Sports, he is the fourth-best defensive tackle available and a likely second-round pick.

This might change based on his recent play at Senior Bowl practices. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller discussed Donald's impressive performance on Day 1:

Donald might not be able to clog the middle of the field like a prototypical 3-4 tackle, but he can get through an offensive line with ease. This will help him be successful as a professional, regardless of what he weighs. 

 

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Over the past two seasons, Jordan Matthews has torn apart SEC defenses to the tune of 2,800 receiving yards for 15 touchdowns on 206 catches. He has solid size at 6'3" and good enough hands to be a reliable target for any quarterback in the NFL.

However, he has one more skill that has been on display so far at the Senior Bowl: work ethic.

According to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Matthews asked for game tape of all the opposing quarterbacks to help him prepare for the contest. This is not a common practice for an All-Star game at any level, but it just goes to show that he is willing to put the extra time in to prepare.

Meanwhile, Miller also caught him doing extra work on the field:

Matthews is a tremendous talent who will get far on his athletic abilities alone. Adding in this work ethic and the fact that he is a student of the game shows that he is worth a first-round pick.

 

Kyle Van Noy, DE, BYU

Cathleen Allison/Associated Press

In the age of specialization, Kyle Van Noy is a rare outside linebacker that can truly do it all. After finishing with 13 sacks in his junior season, the BYU product spent this year perfecting his ability in coverage.

This skill was on full display at Senior Bowl practices and he drew rave reviews. Scott Bischoff of New Era Scouting and Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting were two of many who liked what they saw in this area:

Van Noy has the size and quickness to be a force off the edge against both the pass and run, but his ability to stay on the field for all three downs is what truly separates him.

If he can continue to impress scouts and have a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, it would not be surprising to see him sneak into the first round at the NFL draft.

 

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