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2015 Senior Bowl Preview: Offense

Who are the offensive prospects to keep an eye on this week?


1. Shane Carden  6'2 218 QB East Carolina

- Carden was the record setting QB for the high powered East Carolina offense that shared the AAC title (the AAC consists of the former Big East schools that broke away for football). He doesn't possess the ideal physical measurements for a quarterback but he gets the job done. One could say that he's a gamer. There are questions about him being a system fit because of the ECU offense is an offshoot program from the Mike Leach school of Air Raid. He can go a long way in answering those questions this week. *side note* ECU WR Justin Hardy also deserves a mention here.

2. Devin Smith 6'1 198 WR Ohio State

- Smith was the big play threat for the national champion Buckeyes. He has the speed and agility to blow the top off of any defense. DS has seen a rapid rise through the receiver ranks during the latter parts of the season despite all the turmoil at QB.

3. David Cobb 5'11 225 RB Minnesota

- Cobb was the workhorse for a surprising Gophers team that stayed in the Big Ten West hunt until the last weekend. He played a big role in giving the Buckeyes a scare in the blizzard game. Looks faster than his 225 frame might indicate. Possesses great vision and runs well behind the pads.

4. Antwan Goodley 5'10 225 WR Baylor

- Goodley had a bit of down year due to freshman KD Cannon breaking out in 2014. He is still a dangerous weapon, however as he doesn't quite have Kendall Wright's agility but will make the tough catches routine. He could be seen as an ideal fit to be Nate Washington's replacement. Does all the little things well and has enough speed to get by defenders.

5. Bryce Petty 6'2 230 QB Baylor

- Of all the big name quarterbacks in Mobile, Petty has the most questions about him. Particularly the system fit question that seem to hound all Baylor QBs. He does have good measureables but the medical file is a bit too much for my liking. Petty injured his back in early 2014 and was forced to miss a game because of it. I worry because of back injuries have a propensity to flare up at any given moment and the results are not pretty. He has the most to gain and lose this week.

Honorable mention:

1. Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska

2. Jeremy Langford RB Michigan State

3. Laken Tomlinson G Duke

4. Tony Lippett WR Michigan State

5. Jamison Crowder WR Duke


1. Nick Marshall 6'1 210 QB Auburn

- If Petty has the most questions, then Marshall is a close second. Not only is the system fit question a valid one but Marshall's off field history isn't the greatest, either. Auburn is his second SEC school after being relieved of his scholarship at Georgia for "allegedly" stealing from teammates. Not to mention the run in with the police prior to the season for marijuana related issues. We all know he's a great athlete but how much of it was Gus Malzhan's offensive scheme protecting him? We'll soon find out. Another negative is his demeanor on the sidelines. It comes off as borderline cocky when things are good but when it's bad, he pouts like a little child.

2. Tyler Lockett 5'11 175 WR Kansas State

- Lockett is the all-everything third generation Wildcat receiver/returner (I wouldn't be surprised if Bill Snyder was still around to coach yet another Lockett generation). He's more quick than fast but is a technician of the game.

3. Shaq Mason 6'1 311 G Georgia Tech

- An All-ACC performer and one of the nation's most underrated guards. Obviously the run blocking portion of his game is well developed but his pass blocking leaves something to be desired (considering Tech only passes about 10 times a game, this isn't entirely unexpected). A Day 2 pick with some intriguing possibilities.

4. CJ Uzomah 6'4 264 TE Auburn

- It's possible that he is the second best tight end in the class. Basically was the third banana in Auburn's offense behind Sammie Coates (also at the Senior Bowl) and Duke Williams.

5. Daryl Williams 6'5 321 OT Oklahoma

- Williams could have a meteoric rise in Mobile just like fellow Sooners linemate Lane Johnson did a couple of years ago. He's more technically refined than Johnson was/is and will likely show that this week.

Honorable mention:

1. Phillip Dorsett WR Miami

2. La'el Collins OT LSU

3. Cameron Artis-Payne RB Auburn

4. Blake Sims QB Alabama

5. Garrett Grayson QB Colorado State