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2014 NFL Draft: Senior Bowl Defensive Recap

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Recapping the defensive standouts from the 2014 Senior Bowl.

CB Pierre Desir intercepts a pass in the endzone.
CB Pierre Desir intercepts a pass in the endzone.
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The mostly defensive 2014 Senior Bowl ended in a 20-10 victory for the South team. These types of all-star games tend to favor the defense despite the "no blitzing" rule. It's tough to build necessary cohesiveness between offenses rotating three quarterbacks over the course of only three real practices.

Today we'll look at some of the defensive prospects that stood out in the game. Tomorrow will take a look at the offense.

This year, OLB/DE Dee Ford of Auburn became the first defensive player to win the Senior Bowl MVP since Michigan's Brandon Graham did it in 2010. Ford, who had an impressive two-sack performance against Florida State in the national championship game, was able to duplicate his performance again on Saturday. With another solid showing at the combine next month, Ford could work his way into the first round.

In recent years small school corners have made a name for themselves in the Senior Bowl. This year was no different with the showing of Pierre Desir from Lindenwood. Desir was only thrown at twice on Saturday and he recorded two tackles and an interception. Desir has impressed for two straight weeks now (he also showed well at the Shrine Game the previous week) and when paired with his size (6-1, 195lbs) an 4.4 speed, Desir is flying up draft boards.

Former Auburn corner Chris Davis will always be remembered for his 100-yard touchdown return against Alabama that ultimately led to Auburn's SEC championship. Now Davis is hoping scouts take a look at his cornerback film just as much as they do his special teams film. Davis, while small in stature (5-10, 200lbs) is a physical mid-round prospect with great speed and obvious play-making ability on special teams. He also recorded an interception in Saturday's game.

Trevor and I highlighted some other prospects making a name for themselves during our coverage of the Senior Bowl: a mid-week reportstock report, and game thread. And don't forget to check out Senior Bowl coverage from Dan Kadar and SB Nation.

Next up for these prospects is the NFL combine in February.