2013 Senior Bowl North and South roster projections

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They may not have asked for help, but at this point in the college football season, here is how the Senior Bowl rosters should look.

The Senior Bowl, college football's top all-star game, is fast approaching on Jan. 25. Each year, two rosters of 53 players are assembled for a week of practice culminating in a game. For college football players trying to catch the eye of the NFL, the Senior Bowl is the top showcase with hundreds of personnel members and coaches in attendance.

Again this year, the Senior Bowl released its watch list, which is a good starting point. Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage has also been traveling around the country to take in the top players first hand. But in an effort to give the Senior Bowl a hand that they didn't ask for, he's an early roster projection.

Find some methodology notes after the rosters.

ROSTER PROJECTION:

NORTH:

QB:

Derek Carr, Fresno State

David Fales, San Jose State

Bryn Renner, North Carolina

RB:

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Charles Sims, West Virginia

James White, Wisconsin

WR:

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin

Corey Brown, Ohio State

Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

Robert Herron, Wyoming

Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma

Devin Street, Pittsburgh

TE:

Ted Bolser, Indiana

C.J. Fiedorwicz, Iowa

Marcel Jensen, Fresno State

OL:

Austen Bujnoch, Cincinnati

James Hurst, North Carolina

Danny Kistler, Montana

Antwan Lowery, Rutgers

Spencer Long, Nebraska

Tyler Larsen, Utah State

Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

DL:

DeAndre Coleman, California

James Gayle, Virginia Tech

Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

DaQuan Jones, Penn State

Louis Nix, Notre Dame

Trevor Reilly, Utah

Ed Stinson, Alabama

Larry Webster, Bloomsburg

LB:

Denicos Allen, Michigan State

Chris Borland, Wisconsin

Max Bullough, Michigan State

Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky

Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

DB:

C.J. Barnett, Ohio State

Tre Boston, North Carolina

Deone Bucannon, Washington State

Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Antone Exum, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

Jerry "BooBoo" Gates, Bowling Green

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

Specialists:

Drew Basil, Ohio State (K)

Cody Webster, Purdue (P)


SOUTH:

QB:

A.J. McCarron, Alabama

Zach Mettenberger, LSU

Aaron Murray, Georgia

RB:

Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State

Marion Grice, Arizona State

LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

WR:

Jeremy Butler, Tennessee-Martin

Mike Davis, Texas

Cody Hoffman, BYU

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

Tevin Reese, Baylor

Eric Ward, Texas Tech

TE:

Chris Coyle, Arizona State

Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State

Arthur Lynch, Georgia

OL:

Matt Hall, Belhaven

Seantrel Henderson, Miami

Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

Ju'Wuan James, Tennessee

Anthony Steen, Alabama

Morgan Moses, Virginia

Cyril Richardson, Baylor

Brandon Thomas, Clemson

DL:

Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State

Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech

Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

Cassius Marsh, UCLA

Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

Chaz Sutton, South Carolina

Will Sutton, Arizona State

George Uko, Southern California

LB:

Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

Morgan Breslin, Southern California

Christian Jones, Florida State

C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Shayne Skov, Stanford

Kyle Van Noy, BYU

DB:

Carrington Byndom, Texas

Ahmad Dixon, Baylor

Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M

Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

Craig Loston, LSU

Hakeem Smith, Louisville

Jason Verrett, TCU

Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State

Specialists:

Cody Mandell, Alabama (P)

Cairo Santos, Tulane (K)

Skipping the Senior Bowl: Last year only a few of the top senior prospects decided not to play in the Senior Bowl. With that in mind, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews and UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr were left off the rosters.

Tajh Boyd of Clemson was also left off. Each side gets three quarterbacks. For the South, that's going to be hard. Savage said over the weekend that Georgia's Aaron Murray basically earned an invitation. Zach Mettenberger of LSU seems to be playing himself into a spot as well. It's also hard to see A.J. McCarron of Alabama getting passed over.

Strange geography: The Senior Bowl's sense of geography is a little wacky. The teams are designated North and South. There is some convenience to where a player gets placed. It's sort of like the Dallas Cowboys being in the NFC East. Last year, BYU players were on the South roster, so they are again in this projection. Texas was in the North a year ago, but in the South in 2011. With that in mind, I put Southern California players on the South. TJ McDonald lined up for the North last year.

Small schoolers: Every year, the Senior Bowl brings a handful of small-school prospects from non-FBS schools. One name to know among the small schoolers picked is Matt Hall of Belhaven. The Ole Miss transfer is listed at 6-foot-10, 325 pounds. NFL teams will eagerly want to see what a player of his length can do against top competition.

Who is Larry Webster of Bloomsburg and why should he get a Senior Bowl invite? The answers: Size, production and upside. Webster is the son of the all-time Dolphins great of the same name. The younger Webster played center for the Bloomsburg basketball and switched to football last season. He's raw and has uncanny length at 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds. He has eight sacks already this season and had 12.5 last season.

Fun fact: Virginia Tech hasn't had a player in the Senior Bowl since 2011 (cornerback Rashad Carmichael). Defensive end James Gayle should get an invite, as should defensive backs Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller.

Virginia Tech is one of five teams with three players in this projection. Alabama leads the way with five players. Ohio State has four.

Who's missing?: I don't know anything about college long snappers. Other than successfully snapping the ball, I don't know how you evaluate long snappers. Thus, I didn't pick one. Each roster will have one long snapper.

The big names missing out are Dri Archer of Kent State, Adrian Hubbard of Alabama, Telvin Smith of Florida State, A.J. Johnson of Tennessee and Trent Murphy of Stanford. Archer was cut because he missed Kent State's games against better opponents. All of those linebackers of the South were victims of the numbers game. Six linebackers get picked every year, with just three typically playing the outside. The linebackers should be hardest to choose this year and full of the most talent.

Who else did I overlook? Let me know in the comments.

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