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 IMPRESSIVEAUBURN DE/OLB DEE FORDAuburn’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 WHITEWhite 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 NORWOODAlabama 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 GILMOREColorado 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 MEWHORTAfter 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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