5 Things To Take Away From The 2013 Senior Bowl

Bull City, Football, Lists — By on January 28, 2013 at 3:25 am


Throughout the years, I have seen lots and lots of talent come and go from college football to the NFL. The Senior Bowl used to be the benchmark of what the draft was going to look like since most players stayed in school for four years unless they were the absolute best at their positions and needed the money right away.

Today we have several players leaving early for the NFL so the Senior Bowl doesn’t always get the best talent that you would expect, and the top seniors opt out of the game because they don’t want to do anything to jeopardize their chances of hurting their stock and draft position.

Seniors are safe picks, but they usually aren’t drafted until the middle rounds of the draft. Everyone is in a rush to get the young and exciting talent that comes out early so there are usually only about seven to eight seniors who get drafted in the first round. Last year was another indication of that as some very good senior talent went unnoticed until the third and fourth rounds.

This year, the Senior Bowl opened my eyes to a few things, so I decided to bring to you the five things you can take away from the 2013 Senior Bowl.

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  • Were people actually talking like Denard would be a real NFL threat? I’m not saying he can’t do it the way Randle-El did, but I haven’t heard anyone really talk about Denard being an impact player at the next level. Admittedly, I haven’t paid much attention to the draft stock of anyone really this year, for some reason.

  • Joe Simmons says:

    The scouts wanted to know. He is so fast everyone thought he might be a great slot guy and a possible return guy on the next level. Maybe even run some spread option. Every guy I talked too was surprised at how small he actually was and they didn’t think the 4.2 was legit.

  • Kenny says:

    Sure is disappointing about ‘ol EJ. Shoot, I hear you on Geno and Barkley, but hell, I don’t believe in them either.

    • JG*RunsTheNoles says:

      But EJ did pretty good. Way better than the rest. I’m biased yes, but he showed up. He did what he kinda almost always does. Some “DAMN YOU EJ” downs, then some YES GAWD I’M SO GLAD WE HAVE YOU major plays.

      • Joe Simmons says:

        I was actually pretty impressed with EJ. His accuracy is going to be questioned more than anything. According to one scout, his reads were perfect, he just doesn’t always locate the ball in the proper position. That can explain why he is always feast or famine. If he gets with the right qb coach he might end up being a legitimate starter or have the ability to compete for a starting position in a few years.

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