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2015 Senior Bowl: Winners and Losers

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Which prospects won and lost during the week?

Canes WR Phillip Dorsett. Maybe Want
Canes WR Phillip Dorsett. Maybe Want
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North

Winners

1. Ali Marpet 6'3 307 OL Hobart (Division III)

- Marpet is probably the biggest winner out of everyone in Mobile. He more than held his own against much tougher competition. He noticeably shined during both one on ones and the team portion. Marpet has shown a lot of good things including quick feet and a surprising amount of strength as well. AM is very quick on the pull block and transitions his feet almost immediately. Round projection: 5-6

2. Danny Shelton 6'1 343 NT Washington

- Shelton was arguably the best player on the field each day of practice. He pretty much dominated everyone he went up against. The things I don't like about him are that his conditioning is poor, hand placement is below average, and that he has no counter move once the initial one is beaten. Round projection: Top 20

3. Nate Orchard 6'3 251 DE Utah

- Orchard showed why he could be argued as the best pass rusher in the Pac-12. He's a pure pass rusher at this point and needs to work on the run game. Consistently blew by blockers with speed rush. Got locked down by bigger blockers when trying to use bull rushes. Made some money this week. Round projection: 2-3

4. Laken Tomlinson 6'3 323 G Duke

- Tomlinson was the star on the OL for either side this week. He shows a good high low balance and isn't easily bullied by bigger tackles and ends. Footwork was a little sloppy for my tastes though. Round Projection: Mid 2 to Early 4

5. The entire North WR corps

- Ok, I'm going to bend the rules a bit here but they all showed out. Especially Duke's Jamison Crowder and Michigan State's Tony Lippett. Crowder is the receiver version of Darren Sproles. Lippett is your classic big body 6'2 190 WR that can go up and get it. Justin Hardy showed impressive route running and catching ability.

Honorable Mention:

A. David Cobb 5'10 226 RB Minnesota

- Cobb stood out all three days, especially on the last day when he showed more speed and agility than expected. He's a very decisive runner and rarely takes a loss. In fact, all three Big Ten RBs played very well.

B. Jeff Luc 5'11 263 LB Cincinnati

- Luc is a far better athlete than many will give him credit for. He showed a surprisingly good amount of agility in keeping up with the backs. Round projection: 5

Losers

1. The Quarterbacks

- All three were a mix of mediocre, terrible, and downright appalling. Baylor's Bryce Petty showed that he is just another system QB (one read and go), Oregon State's Sean Mannion should've stayed home, and ECU's Shane Carden should look for an Arena League job. Carden showed zero arm talent and threw picks like he was Jay Cutler on PEDs.

2. Hau'oli Kikaha 6'2 246 OLB Washington

- Looked slow during one on ones and relatively uninspired given his pedigree. Definitely lost money. Round projection: 4

South

Winners

1. David Johnson 6'0 224 RB Northern Iowa

- Impressed me during the one on one pass blocking drills. He won more than he lost, which is saying something considering the amount of talent facing him. Also showed out as a receiver out of the backfield. Round projection: 4-5

2. Garrett Grayson 6'2 215 QB Colorado State

- 2015's version of Jimmy G? He's the best QB on either side by default. Round projection: 3-4

3-6. The U

- WR Phillip Dorsett showed off an impressive burst and caught the ball well. He's a burner in the mold of a smaller Martavis Bryant. TE Clive Walford had scouts with visions of Jeremy Shockey/Jason Witten dancing in their heads. CB Ladarius Gunter could get himself drafted based off his measurables alone like a Byron Maxwell of Seattle. ILB Denzel Perryman confirmed his Day 2 status before getting hurt.

Honorable Mentions:

A. The Clemson duo

- Both LB Stephone Anthony and DL Grady Jarrett were excellent. Anthony is a classic example of the modern day inside linebacker: undersized, fleet footed with great instincts. Jarrett is Karl Klug if you will. A bit undersized for tackle but holds up well and constantly has a running motor.

B. Lynden Trail 6'6 262 DE/OLB Norfolk State

- Trail is a big outside linebacker that needs to convert to DE to have a shot. He made several splash plays but needs some work in the run game. Round projection: 4-5

C. Lorenzo Mauldin 6'3 256 Louisville

- See Nate Orchard but with better run stopping ability.

Losers

1. Devante Davis 6'2 220 WR UNLV

- He just couldn't get any separation from the defensive back and looked really slow out of his breaks. Think Peyton Manning with a torn quad AND wearing concrete shoes trying to scramble. That's how bad it was.