Senior Bowl: South, Day 3
Patrick D. Starr
The South probably has the best position group among all the players at the Senior Bowl. They boast probably the best defensive line group that potentially has three 1st rounders in the group with Quinton Coples (UNC), Melvin Ingram (SC) and Courtney Upshaw (Alabama). Those three have some serious upside, and they can only stop themselves from succeeding.
Despite those three there are plenty of prospects on the South team to talk about.
Originally brought to the Senior Bowl to be a running back, he was switched to the wide receiver position. Since the switch he has done nothing but impress with his pure speed. He has constantly run past cornerbacks and made people miss. Rainey has game breaker potential and it will be interesting to see how teams might use him.
He had a better 3rd day and showed he can work in space. He completely turned around a defensive back on a route and was all alone when he made the catch. He showed some separation on a go route and had at least 3 yards on his defender before he pulled up lame with an apparent hamstring injury.
Slowly the most impressive of the position group and he has set himself up good for the months leading up to the draft. Criner has deceptive speed and can create separation, he looks the part and has not disappointed during the Senior Bowl.
Ballard excelled in pass protection today and stoned some linebackers in their pass rush. Ballard is a straight ahead runner that can move the pile. He has been one of the more consistent backs out of the South.
Ganaway played fullback yesterday, but was back at runningback in single set formations today. When he gets moving he is a load to bring down, when he gets to the second level he turns into a north and south runner. Ganaway struggled in pass protection today, he needs to improve on this especially with his size.
He is has all the potential to be a quality NFL signal caller, but it seems his age may be working against him (28). Weeden is the best quarterback of his group and has the best understanding of the passing game. He throws a catchable ball and has some nice touch when needed. Weeden has a chance to be a sleeper in the draft, and the team that takes the chance on him will be rewarded.
Jerod-Eddie has shown some good flashes on being a nice inside force at the next level. He has some push to his game and with all the stars around him Jerod-Eddie has made a name for himself. He doesn't look 300+ pounds and he doesn't play like it either. He has some quickness and power in his game and could be a valuable piece in any defense.
Once again he impressed in pads, and has shown he can play up close at the line of scrimmage or in a traditional linebacker position. Robinson gets to the ball in a hurry, but has some good strength and plays with his hands well over the tight end. He is an athletic linebacker that is showing he can be used in multiple positions.
The former Florida Gator was dismissed from the team for a probation violation and latched on with North Alabama. Jenkins calls being kicked off the Gators football team a blessing because it has helped him. Jenkins has called himself the best corner back in the draft and he is right up there. Jenkins is a special player and competes at a high level when he puts the pads on. He is a potential 1st round draft pick and looks to be a star in the making.
If you like a physical corner who has all the tools to be successful at the next level look no further than Boykin. He has some strength for his size and showed he can muscle up wide receivers when needed. Boykin will be a player to watch as the draft boards unfold.
Player to Watch
All the scouts are talking about the big three of the South's defensive line, Glenn has risen to the occasion and proved he can control those playmakers. Lining up at both offensive tackle positions, Glenn has impressed because when he gets latched up with the pass rusher he stops them in their tracks. Glenn has made a name for himself the past few days.
Biggest Question Mark
The linebacker from Miami is everything you could ask for in a linebacker, fast, a sure tackler and good in coverage. The only issue is his height and weight, and that is turning into a big red flag for scouts. Spence will find a home somewhere in the NFL, but a position change could be on the horizon.