Prospects have the potential to gain dozens of spots in the NFL Draft and potentially earn millions of dollars in the practices leading up to the Senior Bowl, which are considered far more important to scouts than the game itself.
While prospects harbor dreams of improving their stock entering the week, the reality is most only confirm what scouts had previous seen on film. For example, scouts entered the week knowing Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick, Michigan linebacker Brandon Graham and Idaho guard Mike Iupati could play. Their strong performances in Mobile only reinforced their high grades.
However, these prospects did manage to either significantly improve their status – or hurt it.
DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State: He may have entered the week of practice among the least-hyped defensive players on the entire Senior Bowl roster, but after this week every NFL team knows his name. Carrington's rare combination of size (6-5, 284 pounds) and strength makes him an intriguing prospect at end for the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. That versatility could result in a second-round grade.
TE Jimmy Graham, Miami: The Hurricanes' established history of churning out tight ends is in good hands with Graham, the ex-basketball player who only returned to the gridiron for his senior season. Graham won't wow you with his pop as a blocker, but he's remarkably smooth running routes and adjusting to poorly-thrown passes for a man of his size (6-6, 260) and experience.
WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati: The first-team All-Big East performer may have been the week's most disappointing prospect. Scouts anticipated that the 6-0, 179-pounder might struggle with press coverage, but the sticky hands that had helped him emerge as one of the country's most dependable playmakers over the past two seasons abandoned him this week. Gilyard dropped multiple passes each day.
OT Sam Young, Notre Dame: The highly-touted prep athlete served as an effective pass blocker in Charlie Weis' pro-style offense. Despite operating exclusively at right tackle, his lack of foot quickness and flexibility was quickly exposed by the speed of Senior Bowl defensive ends this week. Even worse, at 6-8, he's too tall to move inside to guard.
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