Senior Bowl 2013: Quarterbacks struggle while defenders thrive

Stacy Revere

The Senior Bowl is the last opportunity for college players to show their stuff on the field ahead of the NFL Draft. Here's a look at who helped raise their stock the most this week, as well as who's hurt themselves.

Now that the dust is settling on the Senior Bowl, it's time to look back and see who helped themselves the most over the past week, as well as who has hurt their draft stock the most. It's important not to overreact to information from a small sample size like this, but every piece of information counts in NFL Draft evaluation. Here's a look at who helped themselves this week, as well as those that failed to give a good account for themselves.

Stock Up

Ezekiel Ansah: The scary thing about Ansah is that he's already a dominant pass rusher, despite still being raw. Ansah's athleticism is off the charts, and he used it to his advantage on Saturday, racking up 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss, and forced a fumble as well. He's been projected to be drafted somewhere in the teens, but if he keeps impressing people, he could very easily work his way into the top 10.

Sylvester Williams: Williams was voted as the top performer in practice this week, which is quite an accomplishment considering how well Ansah performed. The 6'3, 305-pound defensive tackle has the ability to play at either nose tackle or as a 3-technique defensive tackle, and NFL teams will be keen on adding that kind of versatility to their front sevens.

Marquise Goodwin: Goodwin only caught 25 passes this past season for Texas, but the former track sprinter showed that there's more to his game than just speed. He showed good route running ability on top of his speed and athleticism, but some teams will be scared away due to his 5'9, 179-pound frame.

Eric Fisher: The tackle from Central Michigan was the best offensive lineman in Mobile this week. He was strong in both run and pass blocking situations, and while he won't be able to unseat Luke Joeckel as the top tackle in the draft, he should be a lock for the first round.

Stock Down

Ryan Nassib: Nassib came into Senior Bowl week with a lot of buzz, but did not do much to impress this week. The Syracuse quarterback struggled with his accuracy both in practice and in the game, where he went only 4-10 for 44 yards and a pick. He was far from the only quarterback to struggle this week, but some of the shine on Nassib may have come off.

Landry Jones: The Oklahoma product was not listed among the top quarterbacks in the 2013 draft class to begin with, but Jones missed an opportunity to put himself in that conversation this week. He was only 3-9 on Saturday for 16 yards, and only reinforced the popular opinion on him.

Denard Robinson: Robinson spent the week working as a wide receiver rather than quarterback, and he went through a fair amount of growing pains. He didn't make much of an impact in the Senior Bowl itself, but Robinson's physical talents have not gone away. He just needs more reps as a receiver.

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