Senior Bowl: Tuesday's Top Five Performers

Who were the best players on the field? We have the answers in this exclusive feature. Leading the way is Michigan lineman Brandon Graham, who has been unblockable while rushing off the edge.

Practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl continued on Tuesday here in Mobile, Ala., with the North and South teams practicing in full pads. Here are the five standouts:

Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan: At 6-foot-1 and 263 pounds, Graham has a body reminiscent of Pittsburgh's James Harrison, the 2008 NFL defensive player of the year. Graham is absolute lightning in a bottle when coming off the edge as a pass rusher. During one-on-one pass-rushing drills, sometimes the winner and loser isn't clearly defined. Not so with Graham, who won all four of his matchups with startling ease. Twice, he blew inside touted tackle Vladimir Ducasse. Then he flew around Zane Beedles with outside speed before beating him again with a spin to the inside.

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho: During one-on-one pass-rushing drills, North coaches moved the All-American guard to left tackle. He struggled. At his customary position at left guard, however, Iupati was dominant. Purdue's impressive Mike Neal would have had better luck bull rushing a cement mixer. Later, he flattened Louisiana Tech's D'Anthony Smith. There's little doubt who is the best offensive lineman in town.

Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia: The best quarterback in Mobile isn't Tim Tebow. And it's not even close. The Moutaineers' Brown has the best arm and the best accuracy of the six quarterbacks. Maybe what the scouts will like most is that Brown isn't looking to use his running ability at the slightest hint of trouble in the pocket. He's a quarterback first, and a darned good one at that. Tebow won in college and he'll sell tickets in the NFL. But the best pro prospect is Brown.

Ciron Black, OT, LSU: Entering this week, Black was battling for draft position with Utah's Beedles, West Virginia's Selvish Capers and Virginia Tech's Ed Wang. Through two days, Black has established himself as clearly the top left tackle prospect in this game. He won three of four reps against the outstanding Troy pass-rushing duo of Cameron Sheffield and Brandon Lang. At 331 pounds, he's obviously a force in the run game.

Dexter McCluster, WR, Mississippi: Think Percy Harvin but smaller. McCluster is just 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, so size and durability will be an issue in the NFL. But he's got a chance to be one of those rare players in the NFL who has a chance to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. McCluster, who also plays some running back, runs good routes, has good hands, returns kicks and has breathtaking speed. On a long ball by Tebow, McCluster found an extra gear in the final few yards to pull away from Javier Arenas and make a diving catch.

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at

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