Senior Bowl 2014 Roster: Breaking Down Most Intriguing Players

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 Senior Bowl 2014 Roster: Breaking Down Most Intriguing Players
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The Senior Bowl 2014 takes place Saturday afternoon and features a number of players who are going to have a big impact as professionals.

The Senior Bowl is a showcase. For some of these players, it can mean the difference between fighting for a roster spot or a cushy life as a first-round pick.

With so much talent on both the North and South rosters, we'll break down some of the most intriguing players in Saturday's game. 

North Roster

2014 Senior Bowl: North Roster
Name Position 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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Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska 

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B/R's own Matt Bowen, who knows a thing or two about the secondary, raved about Jean-Baptiste:

At 6'2", 215 lbs, the Nebraska product has the length/power to jam, reroute and impact wide receivers on the release from a press-man alignment.

Does he need to be coached up when playing from an off-man position? Sure. I could see that on the field when looking at his technique, eye placement and footwork at the top of the route stem.

But given the matchups NFL offenses can create outside the numbers to run inside breaking routes, finding a cornerback with size who can challenge receivers at the line of scrimmage is key. As one NFC scout told me on Jean-Baptiste, “Hard to miss that body, and he moves well for his size.”

Everybody's looking for the next Richard Sherman. Jean-Baptiste has the size and length to duplicate Sherman's skill-set. 

His size and speed will give him an excellent chance to enter the first round. In fact, it wouldn't be that surprising to see a team like the Seattle Seahawks to go after him. If Jean-Baptiste can shut down opposing receivers in Saturday's game, then he could find himself with a big payday.

 

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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If Aaron Donald was 6'3", he could be the No. 1 overall pick.

Instead, he's a shade under 6'1". That's a problem if you're a defensive tackle.

But Donald didn't let that stop him in college. He had a ridiculous 28.5 tackles for loss this past season and won multiple awards, such as the Chuck Bednarik award and Outland Trophy. 

Matt Miller of B/R raved about Donald's skill-set:

Donald's only real knock is his height, but during the week of practices against the best senior offensive linemen in the nation, he excelled at every stop. Donald used his lower center of gravity to fire off the ball and make himself a tiny target for the hands of interior blockers. And with his outstanding first-step quickness added onto his small target area, he was able to consistently get into the backfield and make plays.

For his part, Donald doesn't think his height will be an issue, as he told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:

I got leverage, I got the quickness, I got the power. I can hold 600 pounds on a double team, I can shed blocks. I can do everything the others can do. I just come with a plus because I got the leverage. It is what it is. I can't get no taller, but I can just keep playing hard and getting better.

Most NFL teams crave the perfect measurables, but if you ask me, I want to see consistent production. If you can't have height, you need quickness. That's what Donald has.

A big game with a few blow-ups in the backfield could do wonders for those who doubt Donald. I think he will. 

 

South Roster

2014 Senior Bowl: South Roster
Player Position 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

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Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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Adam Caplan of ESPN believes that Derek Carr is the "cleanest" quarterback in the draft:

Carr, who threw for 5,082 yards, 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions this year, has a real chance to be drafted in the first round.

B/R's own Matt Miller was quite impressed with Carr, saying:

The most talented player at the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl, Fresno State's quarterback was dominant throughout the week. He may have been helped by the poor talent level of the other quarterbacks in Mobile, but Carr took advantage and went to work.

The most impressive aspects of his week were shown both on and off the field. His velocity and accuracy were at the highest of levels. Even during a very cold and windy Tuesday practice, the California kid was able to excel in the elements.

Carr is going to have to fend off critics who think he's just a system quarterback. But with a big performance in Saturday's game, he can do that and rocket up the draft boards into the first round.

 

Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

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Every team wants a dynamic pass-rusher, and that's exactly what Kyle Van Noy is.

Not only is he a strong pass-rusher, but as Peter Schrager of Fox Sports notes, he's also quite a smart player:

Van Noy had 17 tackles for lost last season and is a consistent and disruptive presence.  

In all likelihood, Van Noy will be a first-round pick. He's a perfect fit as an outside 'backer in a traditional 3-4 scheme, and he could find a home on a team like the New York Jets.

If he has a big game, then Van Noy could potentially sky-rocket to the Top 10.  

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