Each year I’ve done a “stock is rising” and a “stock is falling” post for the Senior Bowl. I figured why not let the tradition continue, even though I think this Draft Class is going to be worse than what we’ve gotten accustomed too. Especially compared to last year.
Sure this is a completely loaded draft at running back, wide receiver and defensive end. But to say that it is weak at quarterback, and other positions, is about as kindly as you can put it. The Senior Bowl put the depth of the quarterbacks in this Draft Class on full-display and well, let’s just say they aren’t going to be talked about in this post.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, The U
Dorsett only weighed in at 5’9″ 183 lbs, but he established himself as one of the most explosive players a the Senior Bowl. He didn’t play in the game, but he dominated all week in practice. If he put up some solid measurables at the Combine, he will continue to rise up team’s draft boards.
Tyler Varga, RB/FB, Yale
Varga had himself one helluva week and game. So much so that he earned himself an invite to the Combine. He lined up as a fullback for most of the game but made great use of his touches as a running back. He showed some great wiggle and ability to catch the football when he was asked, and on top of that he was tough to bring down. As a blocker he was very solid and I would think that he has earned himself a spot in the draft, even though fullback is a dying breed.
David Johnson, RB, UNI
He’s a guy that I hadn’t heard hardly anything about going into this week but he showed that he’s very versatile. He’s a bigger back that has some great wiggle and burst. His touchdown during the game was a microcosm of his great week.
David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
Absolutely a beast. I knew he was good when he ran all over Michigan, but he has continued to get better each and every week. During the Senior Bowl he was a load to bring down and showed a supreme ability to break tackles. He’s going to end up being a steal come draft day.
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
Very raw as a football player since he was mostly a point guard at Miami on their basketball team, but he showed some phenomenal ball and cover skills. He will need to be coached up and molded, but he showed he has a great base of skills to build on.
This is the type of interception that you can’t teach.
Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
Davis is a load at 321 lbs and is very effective at the point of attack. He dominated his competition all week and it’s tough to find dominant defensive tackles. Mike Mayock seems to think he could sneak into the end of the first round and if he has a good week at the Combine, it would not surprise me.
Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn
Marshall was a cornerback at Georgia before he got kicked out of school and he went to Auburn to be a quarterback. It was decided he doesn’t have much of a future as an NFL quarterback, but he’s athletic enough that he moved to corner. He showed some rust, but he also showed some great potential. He ran with receivers pretty well and didn’t get beat in coverage that often. He will have to learn to look back at the football, but I think that can be fixed.
Kevin White, CB, TCU
White is a smaller corner (5’9″ 180 lbs) but he showed he’s an extremely versatile player. He’ll be able to play either on the outside or in the nickel in the NFL and on top of a good week in practice, he added an interception in the game.
Honorable Mention: Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn; Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson; Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke; Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart (D-3)
Some guys aren’t on this list because their stock is already quite high. It’s pretty hard to say Ameer Abdullah’s stock is rising when he’s already such a highly regarded player.
Check out the players that hurt their stock here.