Over a hundred players arrived for the beginning of Senior Bowl practices earlier in the week.
This pre-draft exercise always tends to help a certain amount of players every year by giving them the opportunity to shine against elite competition.
While some prospects floundered at the pressure, See: Locker, Jake, many also took full advantage of the chance.
The following eight did more to improve their draft stock than any other participants.
Has easily improved his stock more than any other player during the Senior Bowl.
He has convinced the skeptics that he isn’t “injury prone” but rather the victim of a couple freak accidents that could have sidelined anybody.
Spent more time playing under center -like most NFL offenses run- than the quarterbacks he is fighting with for a high draft spot.
Is viewed as an ideal fit for a West Coast Offense, plus when you couple his solid fundamentals and footwork with a quick release he appears to have less bust potential than many in his quarterback class.
He is viewed by Mel Kiper as a third to fifth round draft pick but if he can follow his MVP winning performance in the Senior Bowl with a good combine, it is possible that he’ll be off the board by the middle of the second round.
Locker has done little to help his case during Senior Bowl week which is inspiring teams to use a later pick on Ponder rather than risk a first round pick in such a stacked defensive line draft for a player far from NFL ready.
Grabbed the “Defensive Player of the Year” award at the Senior Bowl and deservedly so.
Everybody already knew he could wreak havoc in the backfield (accounting for 27.5 sacks and 39 Tackles for a loss his final two seasons at A&M) but what has taken most scouts off guard is his newfound ability to drop back into coverage.
If he had come out as a junior it is unlikely he would have gone higher than the second round but has now cemented his status as a top-10 talent with potential to claw into the top five.
Slightly undersized, but it will be hard to pass him up once the “Big Three” of Fairley, Bowers and Peterson have all been taken.
Came out of nowhere to become one of the most talked about players of the week, grabbing more headlines than Mcelroy, Dalton and Ponder during practices.
Has a bazooka for an arm, a common trait for converted baseball players.
Made a name for himself by joining current New York Jet and former Missouri QB Brad Smith as the only other collegiate quarterback to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000.
A decent Senior Bowl showing was tarnished by an intercepted pass that should have been caught by the receiver, even though it was thrown a little too high.
Which is also the first time in a month the phrase “a little too high” has been used to describe something besides Charlie Sheen.
Impressed more scouts on game day than anybody not named Christian Ponder.
Did a phenomenal job chasing down an under thrown pass for a 48 yard reception, however cynics will point out that he should have been able to catch it clean rather than bobble it.
While still considered to be on a slightly lower level than A.J. Green and Julio Jones, his route running and improved hands convinced many he could develop into the number one receiver on a lot of teams.
Has been constantly described with two words, “Catches Everything”.
Yeah okay, he had a drop in the game but it must be acknowledged that it took him getting absolutely clobbered as he was crossing through the middle for the ball to dislodge itself.
Brown is technically sound and an above average route runner.
He has won scouts adoration with his grittiness, he fights for the close balls and has the tendency to win out almost every time.
While his short (5-11) stature and concrete-shoes speed can be discouraging, Wes Welker has proven those aren’t always the best barometers to measure a receiver.
About as close to a “sure thing” as it gets in the NFL draft.
The big question mark with Kerrigan is if whether he can be efficient as an outside linebacker in the 3-4.
If he is, it would mean he won’t be starting every play with his hand on the ground-which is his preference-and he will have to occasionally drop into coverage, which he isn’t accustomed to.
However he displays a bizarro Albert Haynesworth mentality with a willingness to play any position.
Drawing heavy praise-and that is an understatement, I challenge you to find a Titus Young article that doesn’t mention comparisons to DeSean Jackson.
Has explosive playmaking abilities are becoming increasingly more desirable following the NFL success of Percy Harvin, Jeremy Maclin and the aforementioned DeSean Jackson.
However with the good comes the bad, he was suspended for 10 games in 2008 for an undisclosed off-field issue that worries teams about possible character issues.
If he can put up a 40 yard dash time of around 4.2 seconds, like he claims he can, it’s plausible for him to bust out of the second to third round window he’s been given and seduce a team into spending a first rounder.
Comes from a great football lineage (his father was a pro-bowl tight end) and is nearly impossible to block one on one.
Doesn’t matter to him what position he’s at as long as he can help his team. But like Kerrigan, he has an affinity for starting the play with his hand on the ground.
Plays with a non- stop relentless effort and refuses to quit on any play.
New England was known to be very fond of taking him at the number seventeen spot but it’s starting to appear that Jordan being around that long is a pipe dream.