2010 NFL Draft Stock: Senior Bowl Game

This is a list of players who have seen a change in their 2010 NFL Draft stock. Click here to see how this has affected the 2010 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings.

2010 NFL Draft Stock: Senior Bowl Game

Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia Draft Stock Up
Geno Atkins was unblockable in the Senior Bowl. He constantly put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, senselessly beating Mike Iupati on numerous occasions.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon Draft Stock Up
The character concerns are still there, but LeGarrette Blount was the most impressive running back at the Senior Bowl. He just bulldozed over helpless defenders like the 2008 version of Brandon Jacobs.

Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
I think we all saw what we expected out of Jarrett Brown; flashes of brilliance at times, but also mistakes that indicate how raw he is. On one pass, Brown didn’t set his feet and overthrew an open receiver by a mile. Brown was also twice guilty of not realizing that this game was being played with the NFL’s down-by-contact rule. I understand missing it once, but a second time? I know this isn’t a big deal, but it just might be an indication of Brown’s inability to process information. Just something to look out for.

Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan Draft Stock Up
Brandon Graham won Senior Bowl MVP, and deservedly so. He was in the South backfield all afternoon and made some great stops against the run. Mike Mayock even compared Graham to LaMarr Woodley. Graham is too short to be a 4-3 defensive end, but he should feel right at home as a 3-4 rush linebacker. Arizona, New England and Green Bay will consider him at the end of Round 1.

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho Draft Stock Down
While Mike Iupati was solid in run-blocking, he was completely abused in pass protection by Geno Atkins. Iupati was beaten numerous times, was called for holding once, and should have been whistled for holding two other times. Let’s not get carried away and call Iupati the best offensive lineman in the 2010 NFL Draft, like Mike Mayock did before the Senior Bowl. Iupati is a tremendous run-blocking guard who is raw in pass protection.

Ted Larsen, C, N.C. State Draft Stock Down
Ted Larsen sailed a snap 10 yards over Jarrett Brown’s head in the second quarter, which gave the North a touchdown. I know centers botch snaps from time to time, but this is was one of the ugliest snaps I’ve ever seen on any level.

Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky Draft Stock Down
Mardy Gilyard embarrassed Trevard Lindley in coverage. Lindley’s stock has plummeted.

Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah Draft Stock Up
Along with Brandon Graham, Koa Misi made life a living hell for the Senior Bowl South quarterbacks with outside pressure.

Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati Draft Stock Down
Tony Pike hit a few nice throws early on, but struggled after his second drive. He didn’t look like anything more than a solid backup NFL quarterback in this contest.

Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State Draft Stock Up
Zac Robinson was the best quarterback on the field at the Senior Bowl. He led a touchdown drive for the South at the end of the first half, and he was really the only signal-caller on both sides who looked like he was in complete control.

Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
The good: The Senior Bowl was sold out because everyone wanted to see Tim Tebow. Whenever Tebow ran onto the field, he was greeted by a standing ovation. Whenever he wasn’t in the game, the crowd chanted, “We Want Tee-Bow!” Thousands of people went to Alabama just to see him practice. He has a huge following, and you’re lying to yourself if you think he wouldn’t sell out Jaguars games for at least two years.

The bad: Tebow is not ready to play in the NFL. He made a couple of nice, NFL-type passes in this game, but he’s not comfortable playing under center; his throwing motion is way too slow; and he exposes the ball in the pocket, making him prone to fumbling. Tebow has the arm and the skill set to be a starting NFL quarterback, but it’ll take him time to develop.

All in all, my opinion of Tebow hasn’t changed. He’ll make tons of money for his new owner, and even though he’s a project, he’s not someone I’d want to bet against.

Cam Thomas, NT, North Carolina Draft Stock Up
Cam Thomas had a great Senior Bowl performance, prompting Mike Mayock to say that Thomas may not escape out of the second round.

Daryl Washington, ILB, TCU Draft Stock Up
Daryl Washington had a very solid Senior Bowl. He wrapped up Tim Tebow on a key third-down stop, forcing the South into a field goal.

Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri Draft Stock Up
Sean Weatherspoon led the cheer for the North team before the game. But he was more than just a cheerleader; he nearly intercepted a pass in coverage against Dexter McCluster and later picked off a pass in the fourth quarter. Weatherspoon is unquestionably the top linebacker in this class after Rolando McClain.

Sam Young, OT, Notre Dame Draft Stock Up
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Sam Young actually looked good in the Senior Bowl. He opened up a huge lane for his running back in the first quarter and was sound in pass protection all afternoon.

Click here to see how this has affected the 2010 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings.


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