The 2015 Senior Bowl took place on Saturday, and while the North took a solid win over the South squad, 34-13, the focus was obviously on the individual prospects and not the actual results of the game. We're going to cover some of the players who stood out, positively or negatively, though it was a rather quiet game for the most part.
One of the biggest question marks coming into this one was the quarterback position in general. Very few people had anything positive to say about the quarterback play on display during Senior Bowl practices prior to the game. They were missing easy throws, throwing interceptions, dropping snaps and a whole lot more. As far as the actual game was concerned, there wasn't a ton of that, but nobody really distinguished themselves either.
There's definite quarterback talent at the top of this draft class, but it's not deep by any stretch of the imagination. There's no chance that all of the guys who played -- Bryan Bennett of Southeastern Louisiana, Shane Carden of East Carolina, Garrett Grayson of Colorado State, Sean Mannion of Oregon State, Bryce Petty of Baylor and Blake Sims of Alabama -- will be drafted.
NFL Draft stock report
NFL Draft stock report
Petty looked solid throwing the ball for the most part, completing 9 of 13 passes for 123 yards, but he also threw an interception. Mannion tossed a touchdown and threw for 79 yards on the day.
Tight end Ben Koyack of Notre Dame drew a lot of criticism for his poor blocking in practice, but he impressed as a receiver in the game. He caught a couple passes and had a touchdown reception to boost his stock, though little was said about his blocking in the game.
Running back Ameer Abdullah was also impressive catching and running the football. He had four receptions for 40 yards, with one of those receptions going 20 yards. He also managed 73 yards on the ground off of just seven carries, the first of which went for over 20 yards. He most definitely helped his stock and could wind up being a first-round pick in the draft, if a team wants to take a running back that early.
Tight end Clive Walford had a decent day. He caught one pass for 10 yards, but also had a drop on the day. He made up for it with a couple massive blocks, and probably helped his stock in general.
Top offensive linemen Laken Tomlinson of Duke and La'el Collins of LSU were solid, as expected. They helped their stocks by having games in which their names weren't routinely called. On the other hand, T.J. Clemmings of Pitt, an offensive tackle, was up and down all game and got turned around on multiple plays.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kevin White of TCU was one of the most impressive players at practice, and was one of the most impressive players on the field on Saturday. White had a big interception and defended multiple passes on the day.
Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had a strong week of practice, but had a mixed game. He didn't do well in the running game, but generated some pressure and probably didn't hurt his stock so much. Gabe Wright is another big defensive name. He's got a ton of athletic talent, but has been labeled inconsistent. He had a solid game overall, but didn't make any huge plays.