The Senior Bowl is just a small portion of the evaluation process but provides an abundance of information heading into the Draft. The event reveals numerous questions such as; whether a player is coachable, overrated, or overlooked. In an era where building through the draft is more the norm than the exception, it is imperative that NFL scouts due their due diligence in finding the best players for their team.
With the Senior Bowl now over, I have identified five players that shined during yesterday’s game, while increasing their draft stock.
1. Ezekial Ansah- The guy played like an absolute beast! His high motor was running on all cylinders as he made plays all over the field. He showed great pass-rush moves while also excelling against the run. His ability to read and react was impressive to see, considering he started the 2012 season as a backup for BYU. A player quickly rising up draft-boards, “Ziggy” is doing everything he can, to prove to scouts, he is worthy of a first-round pick.
2. David Quesenberry- The local product from San Jose State, is making a case to be a first day selection. He showed great strength to hold up against top competition, and should solidify himself as a late second-round pick with a strong showing at the combine.
3. Jordan Poyer- The kid was physical. He played the pass very well while forcing a couple turnovers including a deflected interception and fumble recovery. He also increased his value in the return game, as he was fielding punts and showed some explosiveness in that area. Poyer out-played CB Desmond Trufant (Washington) during Senior Bowl practices and in my opinion supplanted Trufant as the best corner there.
4. Kawaan Short- Along with “Ziggy,” they disrupted play after play. Short had a strong showing in yesterday’s game, with his ability to rush the passer while holding the point of attack. Short had a couple tackles at or near the line of scrimmage, which “wowed” the scouts. He should be a mid to late first-round pick if all goes well.
5. Eric Fisher- With all the buzz surrounding Ansah, Short, Poyer, and Quesenberry, no one stood out more than Central Michigan’s tackle Eric Fisher. Throughout Senior Bowl practice, Fisher surprisingly held his own, during one on one drills, against top competition. With Texas’ Alex Okafor lined up across from him, Fisher manhandled him like a rag doll, something you don’t see very often. With Fisher having a strong Senior Bowl showing, he could easily be a top 10-15 pick, as tackles are at a premium in the NFL.