Senior Bowl 2014: Prospects Who Failed to Impress in All-Star Game

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

North quarterback Tajh Boyd (10), of Clemson, slides in front of the would be tackle from South line backer Telvin Smith (22), of Florida State, during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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For some, the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., was an excellent proving ground for their draft stock heading into February's combine. For others, it was an event that will likely lead to them losing some money come May, when every prospect finds out where they'll be drafted. 

The game itself turned out to be a pretty lopsided contest. The South team looked much better throughout the game as it defeated the North, 20-10. 

Unlike regular-season football, this game is much more about individual performances than what any team does, though. Scouts will want to take note of who struggled against other top-level competition when the pressure of a game atmosphere was on.

Here's a look at a few prospects who will need to hope that their game film and combine are enough to make scouts forget their week in Mobile.

Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami (Fla.)

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 25:  Dee Ford #30 of the South squad works against Seantrel Henderson #76 of the North squad during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama.  The South defeated the North 20-10.  (Photo b
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At 6'7", 331 pounds, Seantrel Henderson is a mountain of a man, who looks the part of a franchise right tackle. However, the weigh-ins proved to be about the only redeeming part of the Senior Bowl for the offensive lineman. He didn't look like he belonged on the same field as the edge-rushers he came up against in Mobile. 

After admitting to NFL teams that he was suspended while at Miami for marijuana use, per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Henderson needed a big showing this week to prove he's worth the risk to NFL teams. 

That simply didn't happen. 

Henderson was routinely burned and made Kyle Van Noy look like a superstar on a sack. 

But even more concerning might be his general apathy; even at 331 pounds, aggression is a necessary trait for a tackle. Henderson didn't show that.

A move to guard may be in order for the former Hurricane, and that means serious damage to his draft stock. 

Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad quarterback Tajh Boyd of Clemson (10) throws against the South squad during the first half of a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the bigger stars in terms of college achievements at the Senior Bowl was Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Unfortunately, his play in the all-star game didn't match his regular-season play, which saw him accrue 3,851 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. 

Boyd had a disappointing week of practice and certainly didn't earn a reputation as a "gamer" with his performance in the actual game. The former Tiger threw an interception on the first drive and struggled to even get some passes beyond the line of scrimmage. 

Boyd would finish the day with just 31 yards on 7-of-16 passing with the interception. A performance as poor as the one Boyd had isn't something that scouts will likely overlook. According to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, he may not even be drafted. 

There was a time that Boyd seemed like he could be a first-round selection. Those days are now long gone and this Senior Bowl only served to confirm his sliding draft stock. 

Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad defensive end Dee Ford of Auburn (30) sacks North squad quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (3) during the first half of a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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Logan Thomas is one of the draft's most intriguing physical prospects. At 6'6", 250 pounds, he's a monstrous quarterback and has the arm strength to make a coaching staff believe they can transform him into a Pro Bowl-caliber player. 

However, he didn't do much to show that the process of turning him into a star will be an easy one. He was a complete statue in the pocket and took five sacks. To further illustrate just how bad that is, he attempted just five passes in the game. 

Generally, you want your quarterback to have more pass attempts to sacks in a game, especially if you're thinking of drafting that player based on his physical gifts. 

Thomas may have the frame and arm strength that scouts love, but he showed that he's a long-term project at best by getting obliterated by the pass rush in Mobile.