2010 NFL Draft: Senior Bowl Studs

John LorgeSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2010

The 2010 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., has wrapped up, ending with a somewhat surprise beatdown on the talented South team at the hands of Brandon Graham and the North.

NFL teams and scouts aren't overly concerned with who wins, however; the game is more about showcasing individual talent on the way to the pros.

Some players had really impressive weeks, some didn't live up to the hype, and others never gave you a reason to remember their name.  Here are the studs from the 2010 Senior Bowl.


Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

The most impressive player on either team this week was Graham, and he capped it with an MVP performance in the game.

Exploding off the line with a low, powerful base, Graham has an endless amount of moves and remains in control to play the run and pass equally efficiently.

Graham didn't just earn a first-round grade with his performance; he is one of the top 20 prospects in the draft and is now on the radar of 4-3 teams, and well as those looking for an edge rusher in the 3-4.

Taylor Mays, S, USC

Sure it was only one play, but on his interception Saturday, Mays showed scouts exactly what they wanted to see. 

Not only did Mays make the right read, but he was there early and reached behind himself, catching the ball with his hands, and finishing the play off with a nice return.

When it comes time to draft, it is going to be hard for teams to lean towards Earl Thomas. Thomas is listed at 5'10" over Mays, who broke the 6'3" mark in his SR Bowl measurement.

Mays' stock has already hit rock bottom; he improved it by coming to Mobile, practicing hard, giving great interviews, and performing in the game. The combine will only help him when he stands amongst his peers.

Other Studs

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho: Best week of practice of all the line prospects; a few poor plays in the game at RG, but great on the left side.

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee: Playing nose, Williams was a disruptive force in both the run and pass games.

Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati: Some bad drops during the week were overshadowed by this gamer's performance on Saturday.

Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State: Although he wasn't special in the game, his size/speed combo was on display in practice and he improved his stock by a round or two.

LaGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon: Still has many issues, but he gets the job done with the ball in his hand.

Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss: Speed, quickness, and skills. If your team needs them, McCluster has them; his size is only an advantage.

Jeff Byers, C, USC: The sixth year SR solidified himself as the second-best center prospect in the draft; he is smart and experienced, not to mention talented and versatile.

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri: His loud mouth was backed by his play, he has the size to play inside or outside, and the talent to play three downs.

Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State: Wasn't amazing in the game, but did enough during the week to earn high praise.

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State: The top corner in the game showed he could press, close, and cover deep in practice. Game rules limited him on Saturday, but the talent is there.