All-Senior Bowl Team
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All-Senior Bowl Team

Packer Report's Bill Huber and Viking Update's Tim Yotter bring you the best of the best from our week in Mobile, Ala. We had a split decision at quarterback and tip our caps to the depth on the defensive line.

Quarterback

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, and E.J. Manuel, Florida State

There's no clear pecking order at quarterback. It's all in what you like and how that quarterback fits a team's scheme. We'll make that point with our one and only tie. Wilson showed a strong arm and was the most accurate passer of the six quarterbacks. Manuel got better as the week went on, including a touchdown pass and touchdown run in the game. He's a big man with a strong arm and good feet.

Running backs

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford; Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

Taylor does everything well. His vision and decision-making was his biggest asset this week. He can run with power and speed, and can play all three downs because he can catch the ball and protect the passer. Franklin is a good open-field runner who surprised scouts in pass protection.

Wide receivers

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; Andre Dobson, Marshall


Quinton Patton
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Patton was the best by a long shot. When he dropped a ball during a one-on-one drill on Thursday, it might have been his first blatant mistake of the week. At 6 feet, he was not the biggest guy here but he's got great hands and accelerates quickly once he has the ball. If it's the tall receiver your team is looking for, Dobson's 6-foot-2 frame should do. While he isn't blazing fast, he still is smooth enough to get separation.

Tight end

Nick Kasa, Colorado

Defensive backs don't want much to do with tackling him, and he somehow finds a way to create separation despite his big frame. Kasa didn't start playing tight end until midway through his junior season. He's got the size to be an outstanding blocker and is a threat in the intermediate passing game. Given his limited background in the position, it would seem he's an untapped talent.

Center

Brian Schwenke, Cal

Any center that can hold up well against behemoth John Jenkins gets our vote. He knows how to use leverage to his advantage. Schwenke isn't the biggest guy, but he's smart, physical and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He also seems to take pleasure in finishing his blocks.

Guards

Larry Warford, Kentucky; David Quessenberry, San Jose State

Warford is a hulking, mountain of a man, and he uses that size to his advantage because he plays with leverage and technique. He showed well in one-on-ones and should only get better as he matures physically. Mentally, he already seems like a pro. When Oregon's Kyle Long was sent home due to illness, Quessenberry was solid enough most of the week to garner consideration. The college left tackle is outstanding with his hands and punch.

Tackles

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan; Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

These were the best two offensive linemen in Mobile, and Fisher almost certainly was the best prospect here, regardless of position. There were questions whether his success against lesser competition would translate against the quality senior defensive linemen here. He answered those questions in overwhelming fashion. He'll be a quarterback's best friend as his blind-side protector. Johnson was overshadowed by Fisher, but he will be a nice consolation prize for a team looking for a left tackle to pass protect. Incredibly, he was playing quarterback just a few years ago. He had an outstanding week, especially in pass protection, and will only get better with added strength.

Defensive ends

Alex Okafor, Texas; Ezekial Ansah, BYU

Okafor really was the only defensive player who could challenge Fisher. He's just so long and athletic at 6-foot-4 5/8. He spent so much time in the North's backfield that he should have been wearing a white jersey. We were prepared to go with UCLA's Datone Jones, a powerful man with excellent quickness who looks like he's ready to be an excellent player. Then came the game, which Ansah dominated with 1½ sacks and 3½ tackles for losses. He may be a one-trick pony but, with such a premium on athletic playmakers, that's a pretty good one trick.

Defensive tackles

Sylvester Williams, North Carolina; John Jenkins, Georgia


John Jenkins
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Williams is big enough to hold firm in the run game but quick enough to get into the backfield to disrupt a play. His first step is excellent and he's a high-effort player. At 6-foot-3 and 313 pounds, he'll have appeal in both defensive schemes. Jenkins is a big (350-plus) nose tackle that can anchor and shed on run plays and is surprisingly quick with his pass-rush moves. He'll be a solid first-round pick for some team. We'd be remiss not to mention two small-school stars. Tennessee-Martin's Montori Hughes (6-5, 328) is a mountain of a man who has a surprisingly quick first step. Hughes has some intriguing pass-rush potential to go with his obvious ability to stop the run. Missouri Western's Brandon Williams (6-2, 341) showed numerous powerful bull rushes and is also quick for his size. He was dominant on Wednesday.

Linebackers

Vince Williams, Florida State; Sean Porter, Texas A&M; Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

Porter is an outstanding athlete and was clearly the best all-around linebacker here. He can bring the wood in the running game and has enough athleticism to be a factor in zone coverage. Greene should be a solid NFL starter, but he may have to improve his range in pass coverage. Both players will add something in the pass rush, though neither will be as good as Porter's former college teammate, Von Miller. Perhaps no player in Mobile made more money this week than Williams, who was a late addition to the roster. Considered a fringe draft pick entering the week, Williams is physical and seems to have good football instincts. He was the best middle linebacker prospect.

Cornerbacks

Desmond Trufant, Washington; Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana; Leon McFadden, San Diego State

During Senior Bowl week, it was Trufant and then everyone else among cornerbacks. He can cover and support in the run, and he'll let everyone know about it. The brother of longtime NFL standout corner Marcus Trufant, Desmond is aggressive, physical and confident in his skills. If his aggression can be toned down just a bit, he's going to have a great career. Alford has answered all the questions about competition. Yes, it was Thursday and the pads were off, but he dominated a lengthy one-on-one red zone drill. He was targeted five times, allowing one touchdown while breaking up three passes and forcing an incompletion on the other. Since three cornerbacks is the norm in the NFL, McFadden also makes the team. He is always trying to pry at the ball and make a difference, even if he doesn't get to the ball before the receiver.

Safeties

Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International; T.J. McDonald, USC

Cyprien made his intentions felt from the first day of the week: He was here to hit people. If there's a ball-carrier in the same ZIP code as No. 37, he's going to get thumped. He's also shown he can run in coverage. That's a necessity because the days of "free" and "strong" safeties are mostly history. You must do both. McDonald will be a longtime starter for any team looking for a physical safety. He knows he needed to prove he has the range to cover and appeared at least adequate in that aspect.

Specialists

K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State; P Jeff Locke, UCLA

Hopkins has a much bigger leg than his counterpart, Quinn Sharp of Oklahoma State. The ball just explodes off his foot. No worries for Sharp, though: He's considered an NFL-quality punter. Locke has a big leg and can have a long NFL career if he can become more consistent. He pinned the South at the 9 and 10 on Saturday.