The Senior Bowl may not have been the most exciting or fundamentally sound game, but it did provide us with some players who helped and hurt their stock. When it comes to evaluating the players, the game itself isn't nearly as important as the actual practices that happened during the week. Some standouts in practice didn't get the ball thrown to them in the game, or didn't get a chance to kick a field goal, return a kick, etc.
Here are some of the offensive players that had a notable game performance. Earlier today, Nick provided a recap of defensive players:
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson - After a bad week at practice, throwing the ball very erratically, Boyd had a bad game as well. He may have a strong arm, but he is far too inaccurate to be a good quarterback in the NFL. I know some have wanted to see the 49ers draft Boyd, but Jim Harbaugh will see too many red flags in his game and not enough upside. Boyd went 7-16 with an interception.
WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama - Norwood was named the South Team's Most Outstanding Player. He had a good game that showcased his reliable hands and good route running. He had a good week of practice that culminated with tallying 4 receptions for 54 yards, and a touchdown in the Senior Bowl. His stock went up a bit this week. But with a deep class this year at wide receiver it remains to be seen where he will be drafted. Norwood had a bigger game than Jordan Matthews, as well as a better week of practice.
C Weston Richburg, Colorado State - Coming into the game, Arkansas center Travis Swanson was the highest regarded, but Richburg made his presence known in the game. Richburg has a tough task going up against one of the best defensive lineman in the nation, Aaron Donald. He handled himself well and showed he can compete with the best. His stock surely rose this week.
QB David Fales, San Jose State - A week after San Jose State receiver Chandler Jones made his presence known at the Shrine Game, his quarterback David Fales did the same in the Senior Bowl. Fales did throw an interception, but was perfect otherwise, going 6-7 on the day with a touchdown to Kevin Norwood. Fales appears to be a round three selection and should get a shot to be backup quarterback as a rookie at least.
QB Derek Carr, Fresno State - Carr showed poise in the game, good athleticism, and accuracy. He looked the most NFL ready out of all the quarterbacks in the game, getting rid of the ball quickly, and going through reads decisively. There's going to be a hell of a battle in regards to the first quarterback coming off the board, and Carr is still in the mix to be the first.
RB James White, Wisconsin - White was the best running back on the field that day, rushing for 62 yards and a score on 11 carries. White showed he may be able to run between the tackles in the pros, bulking up a bit more should help. He flashed break-tackling ability and good agility, although he isn't a "burner" at the position. A big plus White has on his scouting report is he can catch the ball out of the backfield. If he improves his pass protection, I could see him becoming a player in the Danny Woodhead mold. White had five receptions at the Senior Bowl, which was the most of any player.
Nick and I highlighted some other prospects this week for the Senior Bowl: a mid-week report, stock report, and a game thread. Also, check out Senior Bowl and NFL Draft coverage from Dan Kadar and SB Nation.