The Senior Bowl is a game in which some of college football's top seniors, hoping to improve their stocks for the draft. The hype in this year's Senior Bowl? Tebow, Tebow, and more Tebow. I will refrain from talking about Tebow for now. Here is who I liked and who I didn't like from the Senior Bowl:
Who I Liked:
Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Graham should be at the top of everyone's list, seeing as he was the game's MVP, and deservedly so. Graham entered the game regarded as an excellent pass-rusher with 29.5 sacks in 46 games. He proved during the game that he can stop the run very well. He had very good penetration and had an impact on nearly every down he played. I was very impressed with Graham's performance and he did a great job of improving his stock.
Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
Gilyard was the Senior Bowl's best receiver. Gilyard had five receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Gilyard displayed impressive speed and good hands. His explsioveness was impressive. Gilyard showed off his skill as a downfield threat and his ability to run after the catch on his way to 20.6 yards per catch. Unfortunately, I do not believe that Gilyard improved his stock much this week. He had a very impressive game and showed off his playmaking abilities, but he dropped a number of catches during practice this week.
Jamar Chaney, ILB, Mississippi State
Chaney had an excellent game on Saturday. He finished with 8 total tackles, very impressive for such limited time on the field. He also displayed good awareness by recovering a fumble during the game, although he then fumbled that ball a few yards later. Chaney improved his stock greatly, displaying his excellent physical tools, such as his very good agility, quickness, and speed.
Sean Weatherspoon, ILB, Missouri
Weatherspoon, Missouri's playmaking outside linebacker, was mentioned plenty of times during Saturday's game despite playing inside linebacker, which isn't his normal position. Throughout the week, Weatherspoon took control of the defense. He established himself as the leader of the team right off the bat. Weatherspoon may be better suited as an inside linebacker, given the fact that he is a sure tackler, but not that great of a pass-rusher. He may have locked himself in the first round with his strong showing this week.
Kao Misi, OLB, Utah
Misi was a very athletic and successful defensive end at Utah in their 4-3 scheme. The biggest question mark for Misi was whether or not he would be able to switch to outside linebacker in a 3-4. He proved that yesterday. Misi ended the Senior Bowl with six tackles and a forced fumble. He may have moved himself into the middle of the second round with his performance on Saturday.
Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan
To start the week, LeFevour's stock was low. He is coming from a weak conference where he put up great stats against sub-par competition. He may be a bit of a stretch for "like", but the quarterbacks in this year's Senior Bowl was very disappointing. While LeFevour's throws were not always accurate, his mobility, which is his best asset, was impressive and he was the best of any of the quarterbacks when it came to leading drives.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon
Blount, as everyone knows, has the character issues (anger management?) resulting from his punch of that Boise State dou- er, player. The deceptively quick Oregon running back played very well. He showed off his downhill running style, which is devastating when combined with his 240 pound frame. My favorite play of the game was Blounts run where he pushed about four defenders five yards into the endzone for a touchdown.
Myron Rolle, DB, Florida State
Rolle had only a decent game, finishing with three tackles, one of which was behind the line of scrimmage. However, I was very impressed with his size at 6'2 and 217 pounds. The Rhodes Scholar also impressed me with the way he handled himself during his interview. He was, obviously, very intelligent and I believe he displayed a genuine passion for the game of football. He showed great character and I would love to have him on my team.
Who I Disliked:
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Oh, Tebow. I could write an entire article on Tebow's Senior Bowl performance, despite the small role he played. Tebow was unimpressive during the week and in the game. I expected him to struggle this week in practice, as he did, but then prove his playmaking ability during the game, which he failed to do. Tebow's stock is plummeting and he did not help it with his failure to drive the ball down the field. Tebow had only one yard per carry and two fumbles. This was a bad showing for Tebow.
Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
McCluster reinforced everything we believed about him when it came to quickness and explosiveness. He showed great speed and moves in the open field, making tacklers miss in small areas and doing a good job returning kicks and running after the catch. However, he fumbled twice and seemed to have trouble running inside during the game. His stock didn't fall too much, but it did get lower, however slightly.
Taylor Mays, S, USC
Yes, he did have an interception. However, that interception was a terrible throw taht went right to him. Luckily for Mays, that interception is overshadowing his horrible missed tackle where he, of course, went for the big hit and the running back bounced off of him and gained an extra five yards. Other than that, Mays was invisible.
Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati
Pike did have a good week in practice, but he did nothing to help his stock during the game on Saturday. He had a few good throws and did rack up 45 yards on just 5 completions. He also showed good moblity and pretty good accuracy on the run on a number of his throws. Unfortunately, he was very inconsistent when it came to accuracy. Pike weighed in at just 217 pounds, which does the opposite of helping the questions of his durability.