The Senior Bowl may have been missing a few notable stars like Alabama's AJ McCarron, but the annual showcase was still an excellent chance for college seniors to prove their worth to NFL scouts and general managers.
Led by touchdowns receptions from Crockett Gillmore and Kevin Norwood and two field goals from Cody Parkey, the South won this year's game, 20-10.
Following an early Tajh Boyd interception, South quarterback Derek Carr led the team down the field in a five-play, 48-yard drive. The South's defense bottled up the North's offense for the entirety of the quarter, and the South had a 10-0 lead after the first 15 minutes following a 50-yard field goal from Parkey.
The South never trailed in this one and took a 20-0 lead after David Fales hit Norwood on a 24-yard touchdown strike.
Wisconsin's James White would get the North into the end zone with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 20-10, but that was as close as North would get.
Let's take a closer look at the stats from some of the game's notable performers, some highlights at the game and dig through some deeper analysis.
|Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State||7-of-11 for 45 yards, one touchdown|
|Tajh Boyd||QB||Clemson||7-of-16 for 31 yards, one interception|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||QB||Eastern Illinois||6-of-12 for 32 yards|
|David Fales||QB||San Jose State||6-of-7 for 104 yards, one touchdown, one interception|
|James White||RB||Wisconsin||11 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown; five receptions for 15 yards|
|Crockett Gillmore||TE||Colorado State||five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown|
|Kevin Norwood||WR||Alabama||four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown|
|Caraun Reid||DT||Princeton||Two sacks|
|Dee Ford||DE||Auburn||Two sacks, pass deflection|
|Cody Parkey||K||Auburn||2-of-2 on field goals|
Here's Boyd's first-quarter interception:
Here are Derek Carr's highlights, including his first-quarter touchdown pass:
And here is White scoring his one-yard touchdown:
As you might expect, Twitter was an excellent place to get in-depth analysis of this game and the various prospects playing. Let's run down a few of the observations on Saturday.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com thinks first-round prospect Derek Carr has some room to improve his game:
Derek Carr's footwork is inconsistent in the pocket. His overcomes his flaws w/superior arm talent, but better footwork would raise his play— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) January 25, 2014
SiriusXM NFL Radio certainly took notice of Princeton's Caraun Reid, who caught quite a few eyes with his performance on Saturday:
Ian Kenyon of Bleacher Report was very impressed with linebacker Kyle Van Noy:
Kyle Van Noy really stuck out to me when BYU played Wisco. Having himself a good day here too. Impressive LB prospect.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) January 25, 2014
On the other hand, Bleacher Report's Michael Schottey was not impressed at all with Miami's offensive tackle, Seantrel Henderson:
Not sure I’ve seen a player waste so much raw talent with so much apathy as Seantrel Henderson since Big Mike Williams.— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) January 25, 2014
Dane Brugler of CBS Sports doesn't think Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd did himself any favors this week:
Biggest takeaway from the week in Mobile: QB Tajh Boyd is not a sure-thing to be drafted #SeniorBowl— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 25, 2014
And while Dee Ford of Auburn really caught the attention of everyone with an MVP showing in the game, Kenyon doesn't think NFL teams should go crazy when evaluating the performance by dramatically moving him up their boards:
Dee Ford shouldn't be shooting up rounds in the draft due to today. It should, however, force you to go back to his Auburn tape.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) January 25, 2014
Players like Pierre Desir from Lindenwood (one interception) and defensive tackle Aaron Donald also impressed both during the game and throughout the week.
While the biggest stars in this year's NFL draft—Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel and Sammy Watkins, to name a few—weren't eligible to be on display in this game, it was still an excellent chance to get a closer look at some future NFL players.
Few players in this game probably convinced scouts that they are destined for greatness—a few players definitely popped, though few completely dominated—but we certainly know even more now about these senior prospects.