Senior Bowl 2014 Roster: Top Players Worth Following in Mobile

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Senior Bowl 2014 Roster: Top Players Worth Following in Mobile
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A handful of the top 2014 NFL draft prospects will take the field in Mobile, Ala. this weekend, site of the 2014 Senior Bowl.

While several elite non-senior prospects, including South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel will be nowhere to be found, the pre-draft showcase will allow not only coaches and scouts, but also fans to catch a glimpse of the future of the sport.

Here we'll run down the rosters for both the North and South and highlight a trio of stars worth following on Saturday afternoon.

 

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014

Start Time: 4 p.m. ET

Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.

Watch: NFL Network

Live Stream: NFL.com

 

Senior Bowl Rosters

North Roster
Name Pos. School Height Weight
Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin 6' 7/8" 189
Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin 5'11 3/8" 245
Chris Boswell K Rice 6'2" 183
Tajh Boyd QB Clemson 6' 3/4" 222
Jonathan Brown LB Illinois 6' 1/2" 224
Deone Bucannon SS Washington State 6' 7/8" 216
Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest 5'9 3/8" 191
Will Clarke DE West Virginia 6'6 1/8" 271
Kain Colter WR Northwestern 5' 10 3/4" 199
Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood 6'1 1/8" 195
Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor 5' 11 1/2" 205
Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 6' 7/8" 288
Kadeem Edwards G Tennessee State 6'4 1/8" 309
Shaq Evans WR UCLA 6' 3/4" 210
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa 6'5 5/8" 262
David Fluellen RB Toledo 5'11 1/4" 226
James Gayle DE Virginia Tech 6'3 5/8" 255
Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota 6'6" 318
Seantrel Henderson OT Miami (Fla.) 6'6 7/8" 331
Robert Herron WR Wyoming 5'8 7/8" 193
Ryan Hewitt FB Stanford 6'4" 246
Gator Hoskins TE Marshall 6'1 1/8" 244
Josh Huff WR Oregon 5'11" 210
Marqueston Huff FS Wyoming 5'11" 198
Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley State 6'2 1/4" 212
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska 6'2 3/8" 215
Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State 6'2" 199
DaQuan Jones DT Penn State 6'3 1/2" 323
Christian Kirksey LB Iowa 6'1 3/4" 234
Tyler Larsen C Utah State 6'3 1/2" 317
Nevin Lawson CB Utah State 5'9 7/8" 184
Isaiah Lewis SS Michigan State 5'10" 205
Brandon Linder G Miami (Fla.) 6'5 3/8" 316
Kareem Martin DE North Carolina 6'5 7/8" 272
Zack Martin OT Notre Dame 6'4 1/8" 305
Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State 6'5 5/8" 306
Stephen Morris QB Miami 6'1 3/4" 208
Trent Murphy DE Stanford 6'5 3/8" 252
Tyler Ott LS Harvard 6'2 3/4" 252
Jake Pedersen TE Wisconsin 6'3 1/8" 242
Cyril Richardson G Baylor 6'4 1/2" 343
Weston Richburg C Colorado State 6'3 1/2" 300
Michael Sam OLB Missouri 6'1 5/8" 260
Michael Schofield G Michigan 6'6 5/8" 303
Charles Sims RB West Virginia 5'11 7/8" 214
Marcus Smith OLB Louisville 6'3 1/2" 258
Dez Southward CB Wisconsin 6' 1/8" 206
Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut 6'4 5/8" 308
Brandon Thomas OT Clemson 6'3 1/2" 316
Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech 6'5 3/4" 250
Kirby Van Der Kamp P Iowa State 6'3 3/4" 202
Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois 5' 10 3/8" 191
James White RB Wisconsin 5'9 3/4" 206
Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA 6'4" 231

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South Roster
Player Pos. School Height Weight
Walt Aikens CB Liberty 6' 5/8" 205
Antonio Andrews RB Western Kentucky 5'10 1/8" 225
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech 6'3 1/4" 252
Lamin Barrow ILB LSU 6'1 1/4" 229
Joel Bitonio OG Nevada 6'4" 307
Terrence Brooks FS Florida State 5'11" 197
Derek Carr QB Fresno State 6'2 1/8" 215
Deandre Coleman DT California 6'5" 315
Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma 5'11 3/8" 186
Chris Davis CB Auburn 5'9 3/4" 201
Mike Davis WR Texas 6' 1/4" 193
Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech 6'1 7/8" 342
David Fales QB San Jose State 6'1 3/8" 220
Dee Ford DE Auburn 6'2 1/8" 243
Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois 6'2 1/4" 219
Ryan Grant WR Tulane 6' 1/4" 197
Jon Halapio G Florida 6'3 1/2" 320
Cody Hoffman WR Brigham Young 6'3 7/8" 218
Adrian Hubbard OLB Alabama 6'5 7/8" 255
Gabe Ikard C Oklahoma 6'3 1/4" 302
Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State 6'3 3/8" 339
Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee 6'6 1/8" 315
Marcel Jensen TE Florida State 6'5 3/8" 264
Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt 6'5 1/4" 290
Christian Jones OLB Florida State 6'3 3/8" 234
Kenny Ladler FS Vanderbilt 6' 1/8" 200
Craig Loston SS LSU 6' 3/8" 214
Arthur Lynch TE Georgia 6'4 1/2" 258
Cody Mandell P Alabama 6'2 1/4" 216
Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 6'2 5/8" 209
Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee 6'6 7/8" 348
Keith McGill CB Utah 6'3" 214
Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern 5'9" 209
Morgan Moses OT Virginia 6'6 1/8" 325
Aaron Murray QB Georgia 6' 3/8" 201
Kevin Norwood WR Alabama 6'2" 197
Cody Parkey K Auburn 6' 1/4" 189
Solomon Patton WR Florida 5'8 1/2" 179
Jay Prosch FB Auburn 6' 3/4" 256
Caraun Reid DT Princeton 6'2 1/8" 301
Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma 5'8 3/4" 164
Chris Smith DE Arkansas 6'1 1/8" 266
Telvin Smith LB Florida State 6'2 7/8" 218
Ed Stinson DE Alabama 6'3 1/8" 292
Bryan Stork C Florida State 6'3 1/2" 306
Will Sutton DT Arizona State 6' 3/4" 315
Travis Swanson C Arkansas 6'5" 310
Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina 6' 3/8" 210
Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech 5'9 1/2" 190
Jordie Tripp OLB Montana 6'2 3/4" 237
Billy Turner OT North Dakota State 6'5" 316
Brent Urban DE Virginia 6'6 3/4" 298
Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young 6'3 1/4" 244
Jaylen Watkins CB Florida 5'11 3/8" 194
Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern 5'11 3/8" 195
Marcus Woodside-Heit LS Kansas State 6'2 5/8" 252

SeniorBowl.com

 

Dee Ford, DE, Auburn, South

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Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford, who was named Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman during Senior Bowl practice, is one of the top defensive ends who will be available this coming spring. 

Ford isn't going to wow you with his height and weight (6'2", 240 pounds), but his elite pass-rushing skills, versatility as an end or a linebacker and overall instincts make him a coveted prospect. He ranked 12th in the nation with 10.5 sacks last season and finished the year with 14.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. 

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and Senior Bowl coach Gus Bradley had high praise for Ford during the week of practice leading up to Saturday's game, per NFL.com's Chase Goodbread:

Dee is exciting. I really like his personality. I like his spirit. He loves the game. He showcases that on the practice field. Any time a guy can come off the edge and show his ability to rush, it really stands out. For us in our scheme, the Leo spot, that's what we have it designed for -- guys like that.

Bradley isn't the only one gushing over Ford's abilities, though. Scouts seem to love him too, per Goodbread: "Said one scout of Ford: 'I haven't seen anyone block him all week.'"

But despite the attention he's garnered with his practice play, Ford isn't the least bit surprised about where he stands ahead of the 2014 NFL draft, per BuffaloBills.com

"Any time I get success, I think about all the work I put into it. Y'all have seen me grow from that little guy in 2009 to now. This is what I expected to do at this level, on this stage. It's what I expected."

After recording two sacks on Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in the BCS National Championship Game, Ford will look to pick up where he left off in the 2014 Senior Bowl this weekend. 

 

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh, North

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There's no shortage of talent to watch for on the defensive side of the ball. For the North squad, Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald stands out as a player worth following in Mobile, Ala. 

Although he's a bit undersized at 6-foot, 288 pounds, the run-stuffing, pass-rushing monster has caught the attention of NFL scouts and coaches thanks to his lightning-quick hands and feet and relentless motor. 

Vaughn McClure, who covers the Atlanta Falcons for ESPN.com, reports that a "respected" group of scouts named Donald the Most Outstanding Overall Practice Player and says "Donald's motor is as impressive as any defensive tackle you'll see."

Atlanta Falcons head coach and Senior Bowl coach Mike Smith breaks down how Donald is able to overcome is lack of size, per Goodbread:

Donald is a very quick, athletic defensive tackle. He plays with great leverage and great hands. It's a low-man-wins mentality when you're playing offensive and defensive line. He does a great job playing with his hands inside the frame of the body.

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is also high on Donald, who recorded a shade under 30 sacks during his time with the Panthers, per McClure"He's extremely hard to block. He's very quick. He's an intelligent kid; uses his hands well. He's a playmaker." 

 

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois, South

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If you didn't watch a ton of FCS football in 2013, you'll want to pay close attention to South quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this weekend. The reigning Walter Payton Award winner (essentially the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy) is coming off a stellar performance in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18., in which he completed 9 of 14 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. 

The Eastern Illinois signal-caller is rated as the sixth-best quarterback available in 2014, according to ESPN's insider rankings, and is coming off a season in which he threw for 5,050 yards and 53 touchdowns. 

At 6'2", 219 pounds, Garoppolo has the size and build to develop into a successful quarterback at the next level. And once you factor in his durability, poise, mobility, accuracy and arm strength, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better prospect under center. 

His lack of exposure has kept him under the radar thus far, but NFL scouts are certainly aware of his potential.

 

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