The Senior Bowl is a wrap. A week of practices and the game Saturday provided NFL teams a good chance to evaluate many good prospects up close and personal. The North won the game 34-13. While it wasn't a nail-biter game, there was still a lot to take a way from it, with some prospects draft stocks increasing, for the time being at least.
QB Blake Sims, Alabama: Was just 2-of-6 passing on the day, with a couple questionable throws. What he did do well is show his scrambling ability. On a couple plays he was running around like Russell Wilson, giving the defenders a hard time chasing him down.
QB Garret Grayson, Colorado State: Overall, Grayson had a good day. He showed he can move well in the pocket, and has good speed scrambling we he needs to use his legs. Throwing the ball, Grayson was 8-15 for 118 yards, making some highly accurate throws. He also forced a couple balls that under no circumstance should have been thrown. Grayson looked the best out of any quarterback on the day.
RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska: Despite being 5'9", Abdullah can run between the tackles, shedding defenders and running with a quick and steady burst. He's not just a change of pace back. Abdullah was the Senior Bowl MVP, rushing for 73 yards and leading the team in receiving with 40 yards.
RB David Cobb, Minnesota: Cobb also had a nice day toting the rock. Rushing for 77 yards and a score. He would be great in a zone blocking scheme, as Cobb has great vision and patience to go along with his speed and power.
RB David Johnson, Northern Iowa: Johnson had the best run of the game, juking defenders in route to a 19 yard touchdown run. On nearly every carry Johnson had he appeared to be a handful for the opposing defense, he's strong, fast, and can make defenders miss.
FB Jalston Fowler, Alabama: Fowler is a great run blocker, pass blocker, capable runner and pass catcher. He can be used as an H-back and become a swiss-army knife in the NFL. All those abilities were on display throughout the week. Charles Davis compared Fowler to Tom Rathman. That's high praise..
WR Jamison Crowder, Duke: Crowder had the best week of practices out of any receiver, but the game itself was a downer, only catching one pass. The same can be said about any other receiver during the game, and the mediocre play of the quarterbacks had a big part in the lack of production by wideouts.
OG Laken Tomlinson, Duke: Tomlinson's stock increased a lot this week, after he held his own in practice against standout player such as Washington's Danny Shelton.
DT Carl Davis, Iowa: Named the Most Outstanding Practice Player Of The Week, Davis is now being talked up as a first round selection, according to Mike Mayock. Davis is strictly a run stuffer at this point in his career, but a real good one that can clog holes for 4-3 team or a 3-4.
DE Nate Orchard, Utah: Orchard had five tackles on the day, providing a consistent pass rush. On the year Orchard had 18.5 sacks. Coming into the week, there were doubts about his size, he did his best to show scouts they don't know what they're talking about, because he brings it each and every down.
DL Danny Shelton, Washington: To me Shelton is a for sure top ten pick in the draft and was a headache for lineman in practice and during the game. At 6'2" and nearly 340 pounds, Shelton is a clog on the line, but also has exceptional power to pressure the quarterback. Guys with Shelton's build and strength are rare, and any team who drafts him will have an immediate improvement to their d-line year one.
LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson: Anthony was the most outstanding player in practice at his position throughout the week. He looks capable of covering tight ends effectively, and fly's around the field laterally at a high level, limiting gains on short passes or runs. Some players are born to be linebackers, born to be aggressive, Anthony fits this mold.
CB Kevin White, TCU: Undersized at 5'9", White doesn't get the love he should to this point for his shut-down coverage capabilities. He had a tremendous week of practices, which translated into a great game Saturday, where he hauled in an interception. White could be drafted at the tail end of round one if teams don't discriminate against height!
CB Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio): Rollins will be a name that should continue to rise throughout the draft process. Rollins had an interception in the game, on a play in which he was running deep right with the wide receiver, almost running the route for the wideout. He has great ball-skills and good awareness to go along with his strength at the position. Rollins stands 6' and 179 lbs.
CB Nick Marshall, Auburn: The former Auburn quarterback played well in the game, with a game high 5 tackles (others had 5 as well). Marshall was a willing tackler and not timid in coverage. While he was burnt a few times deep, for such a raw prospect at the position, his development in such a short amount of time is promising for an NFL team who may want to develop him further.
Do you like any of the names mentioned above? Who did you enjoy hearing about/watching this week? Next up on the docket for our draft coverage is a mock draft, player rankings, and scouting reports. I'm looking forward to talking to the Niners Nation community throughout the draft process!