Saturday’s Senior Bowl (3 p.m. CT, NFL Network) at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. will be the culmination of a week-long opportunity for college football’s top four-year players to make their cases on why they should be selected in the 2014 NFL draft.
Most of the impressions that NFL scouts, coaches and executives will take away from the week have already been developed through practice sessions and interviews.
Still, the game will serve a corroboratory function on Saturday. Teams will evaluate whether the qualities that players showed in practice sessions translate to game action.
Earlier this week, before the fully-padded practice sessions took place, we took a look at the top five players invited to the game and five other players with the biggest chances to rise up draft boards.
Some of those evaluations were not supported by the practices. North Dakota State offensive lineman Billy Turner, for example, looked anything but a left tackle, and he was consistently beaten by outside speed-rushers this week. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, meanwhile, made serious cases this week in practice for a top-five spot.
Still, many other prospects proved their worth against top competition or made names for themselves. In the following slideshow, we'll take a look at 10 such players who have made it clear this week that they are worth watching closely in Saturday’s game.