The Senior Bowl isn't until Saturday, but practices Monday through Wednesday are always the most important days during an all-star game week, with many scouts not even sticking around until the weekend.
Three players who helped their draft stock this week:
--DT B.J. Raji, Boston College: The most impressive player on the North team, hands down. He pushed his way into the top half of the first round, quite literally, with his dominant bull rush against some very talented interior blockers.
--C/OGs Alex Mack, Cal and Max Unger, Oregon: The battles between Raji and Mack/Unger were the highlight of the week. Raji would bully his way by them on the first one-on-one rep. On the second, Raji would be halted in his tracks by the Pac-10 pivots with a strong anchor and nasty attitude. Both displayed some versatility when shifting to left guard -- Indianapolis had success with 2008 draft picks OG/C Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard, which made teams think more about these position shifts.
--OT Michael Oher, Mississippi: Scouts and the media may take shots at Oher's background and perceived intelligence, but coaches will tell you the "eye in the sky doesn't lie." Anyone watching practice saw an amazing athlete at one of the more important positions on the field. Oher also took to coaching, learning how to deal with former Tennessee DE Robert Ayers' inside moves on Monday and controlling him on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Three players who failed to impress:
--QBs Cullen Harper (Clemson), Graham Harrell, (Texas Tech) and Pat White (West Virginia): Harrell needed to shine this week to separate himself as the top senior quarterback; White was out to prove he can be a quarterback at the next level instead of moving to receiver; Harper just wanted to get himself back on the NFL radar as a draftable prospect. None of them accomplished their goal. Harrell's arm strength and Harper's wobbly, inaccurate passes did not wow scouts. White's ball looked nice but he wasn't accurate enough to give coaches confidence he will excel at the position.
--SS William Moore, Missouri: Coming in as the top-rated safety, Moore's stiffness in space, inconsistent hands and slow reactions are forcing teams to re-evaluate him for a potential move to linebacker.
--DE Will Davis, Illinois: Davis was considered a top prospect as a junior but could not carry the expectations into 2008. He spent most of this week struggling to beat his man off the edge and getting engulfed when trying to bull rush. Teammate Derek Walker may have had a bigger impact.
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