There were many players who impressed and a few who didn't and a few who showed us what we thought they were and nothing more and nothing less. This is a look at the game this Saturday as well as the week of practice leading up to the biggest game alot of these young men will have played in their career.
Who's Stock is up?
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The highest-ranked prospect at the Senior Bowl showed us all why with a great performance all week. Quinton Coples repeatedly beat his opponents with speed and power. Coples also anchored against the run very well and held outside contain like a pro. He was able to beat Zebrie Sanders and Cordy Glenn in the one on one pass-rush drills. They are both considered 1st round picks, and at 6 foot 5 281 lbs he has ideal size and speed. Look for Coples to be a top 10 pick in this years draft.
Joe Adams, WR/KR, Arkansas
Adams had a fumble early but came back strong in the game and caught eight balls for 133 yards. All week in practice and the game he broke tackle after tackle. He proved why he is such a dynamic return man. And looks to project as a slot WR at the next level. Look for Adams to hear his name called on the second day of this years draft.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Juron Criner is someone I was high on before the senior bowl but he has proved why I felt so highly about him. Criner was able to beat good corners all week including potential first rounder Janoris Jenkins. Criner runs good routes, has good hands and amazing body control. Criner also made a few highlight reel catches over the week proving he has the concentration to hall in those tough ones. He might have risen to the second round but is a sure fire bet to be off the board by the end of the third round. With a good 40 time at the combine his stock could rise even higher being that his speed is the only question he really needs to answer.
Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
Reyes had a very good week in one on one drills. He showed a surprising burst and a great bull rush. He did not rack up great numbers in his college career but did himself alot of good this week. Reyes looks like a second day selection as a 4-3 DT or a 3-4 DE.
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Alot of so called experts were worried Adams stock was gonna take a huge dip going up against the south's potent pass rushers, but instead he cemented himself as a top 15 pick. He dominated Quinton Coples and Courtney Upshaw. He showed he can handle a speed rush aswell as has the strength to stuff a bull rush. Look for him to be in the first half of this years draft.
Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
I caught alot of heat when I put him at the tail end of the first round in my first mock draft, but he has shown everyone he is a force to be reckoned with. He showed up bigger than pass-rushers like Melvin Ingram and Courtney Upshaw. Curry was in the backfield all day even getting a strip-sack aswell as his pressure forcing an interception. Watch out for Curry late on day one or very early day two of this years draft.
Doug Martin, Courtney Upshaw, Melvin Ingram, Marvin Jones, Cordy Glenn, Isaih Pead
Who's Stock Is Down?
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
First off he caught a rough deal having to see Coples, Upshaw and Ingram all week. But the ideas of him being a left tackle are over. At this point he is not ready to see a teams number one pass rusher week in week out. He did slightly better later in the week and showed he wants to compete and get better but his stock has fallen from mid first round to late first and maybe a second day pick, seeing as he seems limited to right tackle at this point.
Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
At 6 foot 3 226 lbs he has great size but he did not show the ability to use it. His route running was awful at best. He was unable to get separation and seemed to lack a real competitive instinct. He will need a great combine to even sniff a chance at being selected on day two.
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
Polk looked sluggish hitting the hole and running in the open field. He was unable to pick up blitzers and his route running leaves alot to be desired. His speed will be called into question after this week and will need to answer the bell at the combine if he doesn't want to slip out of the second round.
DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
Posey had multiple chances to seize the moment but instead killed his draft stock. He dropped multiple passes one of which would have been a touchdown. He also quit on a route resulting in a Kirk Cousins interception in the redzone. He is gonna end up as as a late pick on day 3 unless he has a monster combine.
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Fuller honestly didn't hurt his stock too much because there were already questions about his hands and work ethic. He dropped easy passes time after time in practice and then again in the game. Dropping a potential touchdown in the first half. He does not run his routes with much conviction and he seems to be a guy with all the skills but not much want to in him. It is sad because he has the talent to do well but seems Fuller is his own weakness.
Now someone I wanted to say something about is Kellen Moore. This guy seems to have all the intangibles you would want in a QB. Now his arm is not elite and does not get the zip on it that you would like to see, but he is deadly accurate and throws with great anticipation. If a few WR's could learn to catch the ball he easily has 1 or 2 TD passes and maybe the MVP of the game. He will be somebody's back up for the next 10 years and be dang good at it. But if he could get in the right system, maybe a true west coast system he could start in this league. Maybe never make a pro bowl but he would not be the reason you lose games!