The 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl was the last chance.
It was the players' last chance to show the scouts (and, as a matter of fact, the NFL head coaches in attendance) what they could do on the field. Sure, the NFL Scouting Combine is coming up, but as far as game-speed situations go, it was the seniors' last opportunity to shine on the gridiron before the NFL draft takes place on April 28.
The Senior Bowl is always an interesting event. Each player usually only gets to play for a fraction of the game in order for more prospects to get a chance to play too. The Senior Bowl is also the collegiate players' first chance to be coached by NFL coaches and to play on a field marked with NFL-standard hash marks.
These slight adjustments that the players have to make are a good way to gauge how they will adapt to life in the NFL. After going through all of these adjustments, the players then get a chance to do what they do best: get onto the field and compete. Only then is it time for the coaches and scouts to assess these players' performances.
Some players showed that all of their hype was warranted; others got themselves onto the draft radar. However, still others showed a lack of composure and an inability to make plays when they needed to the most. This will likely put them on the other side of the benefit of the doubt-- and cost them a few million bucks, too.
This slideshow lists and gives analysis on the top 10 players, in order, whose stock has risen considerably after their Senior Bowl performance last Saturday.