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January 25, 2014 @ 10:52 pm
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Dee Ford Wins MVP: Senior Bowl Game Impressions

Written by Eric
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Eric Dellaratta

Eric
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The South team defeated the North team 20-10 in the 53rd annual Reese's Senior Bowl played on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. PewterReport.com was in Mobile, Alabama all week and wrote this report on the most impressive players and those that didn't have their best game.
The 53rd annual Reese’s Senior Bowl kicked off on Saturday afternoon under sunny skies in Mobile, Alabama. With 37,914 fans in the seats at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the North and South squads took to the field to show scouts and talent evaluators what they have to offer. In the end, the South team took down the North squad 20-10. Here are some players who looked good on Saturday and some who needed to play better.

MOST IMPRESSIVE
AUBURN DE/OLB DEE FORD

Auburn’s Dee Ford came to Mobile, Alabama ready to play and he put on a clinic on Saturday evening, chalking up two sacks and a pass breakup. Ford blew by Ohio State offensive tackle Jack Mewhort to get to the quarterback for the sack, and later showed off his incredible leaping ability to knock down quick slant pass. His speed and ability to bend coming off the edge will have 3-4 teams chomping at the bit to get him on their squads. After a great week of practice and winning the Senior Bowl MVP, Ford really improved his draft stock this week and looks like a surefire Day 2 pick.

WISCONSIN RB JAMES WHITE
White chalked up the most total carries in the game with 11 and rushed for 62 yards and a score. His 5.6 yards per carry were also the most in the game. White was a valuable third-down and receiving option, who caught five passes for 15 yards and blocked well in pass-protection. White will be an excellent depth back for a team that decides to take him in the later rounds of the draft.

ALABAMA WR KEVIN NORWOOD
Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood was overshadowed by star teammate Amari Cooper in Tuscaloosa, but he took advantage of an opportunity to shine at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Derek Carr just missed Gilmore on a potentially huge play set up by a flea-flicker. Norwood slowed down on the route, which caused him to miss the perfectly thrown pass by Carr. Later on, Norwood got wide open and caught a pass from David Fales and took it in for the touchdown. In a deep wide receiver draft class, Norwood looks like a day three pick with a chance to be a nice sleeper pick.

COLORADO STATE TE CROCKETT GILMORE
Colorado State tight end Crockett Gilmore had a very poor practice on Wednesday, but his performance in the game will make most forget about it. His five catches for 61 receiving yards were the most by anybody in the game, and he also scored on a 17-yard reception from Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr. Gilmore is a potential day three draft selection that really helped himself in Mobile, Alabama. 

MOST DISSAPOINTING
ALL THREE NORTH QUARTERBACKS

The North quarterbacks picked up right where they left off throughout the week of practices, combining for just 137 yards on 39 attempts. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd threw a terrible pass to Wyoming receiver Robert Herron on a pump-and-go in the first quarter, which ended up being intercepted by LSU safety Craig Loston. Loston read the play from the snap and put himself in great positron for the easy pick. 

Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas made a number of ill-advised throws and struggled to get through his progressions all night long. He looks like a project type of quarterback that should go no earlier than Day 3 of the draft.

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris failed to impress in his Senior Bowl appearance. Morris did complete the most passes of anyone in the game, but he also threw two interceptions. The passes were picked off by Auburn cornerback Chris Davis and Utah cornerback Keith McGill.
 
OHIO STATE OT JACK MEWHORT
After a relatively disappointing week of practice, Jack Mewhort had a rough game on Saturday at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Mewhort was destroyed by Dee Ford, who went with a full-blown edge rush to beat the Ohio State big man. Mewhort’s feet look sluggish and that could kill him from being an NFL offensive tackle. A change to the guard position could be the best fit for Mewhort moving forward.




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    I see that some of the pr-draft rumors that Tampa will trade down with Pittsburgh and get a TE and in 2nd round get DEE FORD and another OL .I say this Get Dee Ford in early RD-2 Pick DONALD in Down one and selecy a TE in 2nd pick in the trade
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    Dee Ford is a real tweener, L.B., or D.E.? One thing is for sure, he didn't just hold up in the SEC, he excelled. I have no doubt he can play at the next level. He reminds me of a young D.Freeney,so I would play him at D end.
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    We fans put a lot of stock in the game. But isn't it interesting that every year the scouts, GM's and coaches all depart by game day? Dee Ford stood out to me but he's more of a 3-4 OLB. I did have a little interest in Derek Carr for obvious reasons. I thought he carried himself very well in his limited action. There were few "Wow" moments. Aaron Donald from my hometown Pittsburgh was very quick off the snap. Much like our own #93. With so many juniors entering the Draft this year, most of these players will be available in the later rounds.
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    I hope all the other teams have the same assessment as Horse, because if they do Licht can move down, restore our two lost picks, still get Carr who Tedford did not need to see in the Sr. Bowl to know how perfect he is for his Offense, and still get the other players we need by some skillful drafting. That is good news for the Bucs. It was also great to see our All Pros play very well in the Pro Bowl tonight! If Carr had had a super performance we would not be able to move down and get him. I think we only have to get three Free Agents: a tackling CB, a proven DE, and a top Center. We can draft the rest this year.
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    I like all three players- in Dee Ford,Kevin Norwood and Crockett,If Tampa can move down a couple of slots then we can the players we need-Go Bucs
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    I agree no QB in the top 10 from this group.That leaves bridgewater,bortles,and manziel.Cant wait to see them at combine.For now im thinking o-line,d-line, WR.
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    None of the QB' this year are worth taking in the Top Ten. So much for Domminik's belief in using last year's No. 1 instead of this year's because it was supposed to be a QB' rich draft. I still think he could of gotten Revis for less because nobody else had the cap room that wanted him.
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    Buc-up What are you talking about. This is a Qb rich draft. There is going to be 3 QB's drafted in the first 5 picks and possibly 4 Qb's taken in the top 8 picks. When is the last time a draft had 3 QB's taken in the top 5 picks? At pick 7 this year we are going to get either the best OT, WR, DE, DT, or LB in the draft depending on what happens. You would rather us picked picked 13th last year and given up a 7th overall pick this year. Thats crazy. With 3 QB's going in the top 5 picks there is going to be so much talent left at other positions to choose from. There are still other Quality QB's in this draft that we can get in later rounds. Who would you have drafted last year at 13?
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    PewterReportED; it wasn't too exciting of a game, but there still was a couple gems to mine. This appears to be another soft draft group; maybe this is the new norm? I didn't see anything great about Carr that would change my mind about him at the 7th spot much less any other QB.
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