The 2013 Senior Bowl will be played in Mobile and will be the next spot for college seniors to show the NFL scouts that they have what it takes. I take a look at 12 players to watch that will factor into your 2013 Dynasty League Rookie Draft.
Kenjon Barner, RB Oregon 5’11” 192lbs
Oregon’s offense didn’t take a step back after LaMichael James and Barner was a huge reason why. He has elite straight line speed and has the moves to get free in tight spaces. Has great return skills and even better hands. Had fumble troubles in college and must improve his blocking. A good Senior Bowl week could see him move up draft boards into the 3rd round.
Aaron Dobson, WR Marshall 6’2” 206lbs
A big WR who is a vertical threat will always have a job in the NFL as long as his wheels still work. Dobson has great speed and body control to make difficult catches. He is great a fighting though the press at the line and always seems to find an open spot on the field. He didn’t play anything other than the ‘X’ receiver at Marshall and will need to learn to be more versatile at the next level. Scouts have him going in the 3rd, but I see 2nd round talent.
Andre Ellington, RB Clemson 5’9” 192lbs
Speed, Speed, Speed! Ellington is a homerun threat any time he gets the ball. He needs to continue to add some meat to his frame for the NFL, but his lateral burst is amazing. Ellington is the top Sr. back in the draft and should go right after Lacy and Bernard in the 2nd round
Johnathan Franklin, RB UCLA 5’10” 198lbs
Franklin has shown electric skills with the ball in his hands and has the moves to elude NFL tacklers. He also has not shown consistent skills catching the ball and he fumbles too much to be a reliable every down back. Franklin needs a great Senior Bowl to show he deserves the chance to contribute.
Mike Glennon, QB NCSU 6’5” 232lbs
Glennon has the size and arm strength to be an NFL QB and the scouts have noticed. He is getting 1st round grades by many draft scouts and will more than likely go in the top 15. He needs to show good footwork, but his mechanics are there.
Ryan Nassib, QB Syracuse 6’2” 228lbs
Like Glennon, Nassib has risen up into the 1st round on a number of draft boards. Nassib has enough arm and scouts love his toughness. He is known for his ball fake skills and that is a talent that fits well in the NFL. He should impress at the Senior Bowl and stay ranked among to top 5 QBs in the draft. Buffalo at 8 is a real possibility, due to the Syracuse ties.
Ryan Otten, TE San Jose State 6’5” 245lbs
Otten is the big, athletic TE that teams are looking for today. He is a legit downfield threat and will not be under the radar long. He can turn a solid Senior Bowl week into a trip into the 2nd or 3rd round.
Quinton Patton, WR Louisiana Tech 6’2” 195lbs
Patton needs to prove that he made Sonny Dykes’ offense elite and it wasn’t the other way around. With long arms and a great WR build, Patton makes scouts drool. His speed eats up the DB cushion and always catches with his hands and not his body. Tough route runner will be a starter at the next level.
Denard Robinson, WR Michigan 5’11” 197lbs
Lightning speed, but undersized means Denard moves to the WR spot in the pros. He has very large hands for his size and has shown great WR tools. Will need to define his routes and pass catching in the coming weeks. Very interested in seeing him this week in the WR drills.
Stepfan Taylor, RB Stanford 5’11” 215lbs
One of my favorite players in this year’s draft should be a solid NFL back. Thick base and strong drive gets him to the hole fast and to the 2nd level. He needs to make up his mind a bit quicker, but he should get that coached up. Great receiver out of the backfield and his size make him a potential every down back. A good week puts him into the 2nd or 3rd round.
Terrance Williams, WR Baylor 6’2” 205lbs
Already in my top 5 Dynasty Rookies to watch, Williams is a real talent. His size and speed are custom fit for the NFL. He runs great routes and makes all the catches. NFL scouts will try to pick him apart this week, but he will hold up.
Tyler Wilson, QB Arkansas 6’2” 218lbs
The loss of Bobby Petrino may have hurt Wilson’s number, but scouts love what the numbers don’t show. Wilson has a live arm, good instincts and the toughness that the NFL craves from QBs. His only red flag is his history of head injuries in college. Teams will be very wary of this and the doctors will inspect him hard.