The Senior Bowl is seen as a huge chance at boosting resumes for NFL draft prospects, and a handful of stars helped their stock immensely on Jan. 25 with big games.
While some players turned in less than stellar performances during the South's 20-10 victory over the North on Saturday, others were able to excel on the big stage in the collegiate All-Star game.
There is still plenty left to be done for any true future NFL star as the NFL Scouting Combine still lies ahead, and plenty of workouts will be done in the mean time. But some players incredibly helped their stock with huge outings in the Senior Bowl.
Here is a look at the statistics from each team highlighting the top players from the Senior Bowl.
|2014 Senior Bowl: Stat Leaders|
Note: Check ESPN.com for full stats from the Senior Bowl
There wasn't a single player on either team in the Senior Bowl more dominant than Dee Ford.
The Auburn defensive end easily took care of his competition and was a huge key in the South's 20-10 win. He finished with two sacks and a batted down pass, wreaking havoc on North quarterbacks all game long.
Ford's incredible performance resulted in him winning the MVP award for the event.
B/R's own Matt Miller noted that it wasn't just during the game. Everyone has seen Ford break out for a big string of performances in Mobile, Ala.:
Fox Sports' Joel Klatt concurred, saying that Ford was the best player in the entire field:
Ford has evolved into one of the top defensive ends/outside linebackers in the country in 2013, and his skyrocketing up draft boards looks set to continue after a big Senior Bowl.
Derek Carr came into the Senior Bowl as the quarterback to watch, and while he showcased plenty of flaws, he also showed glimpses of greatness.
Carr led the South to a touchdown on the team's first offensive possession, going a perfect 3-of-3, including a 17-yard touchdown to Crockett Gillmore to put the South up 7-0 early.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks came off impressed with Carr's ability on the opening drive:
Nice drive by Derek Carr. The bubble screens are lay ups, but nice read & reaction on the TD pass. Worked through progression to find TE— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) January 25, 2014
He had a couple of lapses in his next few drives and didn't put up big yardage, as he finished 7-of-11 for 45 yards along with the first-quarter touchdown. David Fales later came in for the South and turned in a 104-yard performance.
Carr may not have finished as the team leader in passing yards, but he certainly left his mark on the game with early effectiveness.
We already knew that Carr was arguably the best senior quarterback in the class, but he didn't give his doubters much of a case against him in the Senior Bowl.
This year's Senior Bowl revolved a little more on defense and there weren't as many big plays. With that said, Kevin Norwood still turned in an impressive performance.
Norwood caught four passes for 53 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter that put the South up 20-0.
While teammate Dee Ford won the game's MVP honors, Norwood wasn't far off as he took home the South's most outstanding player award, per The Crimson White:
Norwood could have easily been overlooked amid a couple of star receivers on the South squad, such as Jordan Matthews and Gillmore, but the Alabama product stood out and proved to be a big performer for the winning team on Jan. 25.
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