Senior Bowl Notes: Quarterbacks Named

Less than a week from now players will be arriving in Mobile, Alabama for the most important week of scouting heading towards the NFL Draft in April. A major element of that week was announced recently as the six quarterbacks taking part in the Senior Bowl have been declared.

The South squad will be led by a pair of SEC signal callers, with a Pac Ten passer rounding out the trio.

Fresh off a tremendous campaign in which he led Auburn to an undefeated season, Jason Campbell hopes to continue the momentum in Mobile. The SEC's Offensive Player of the Year is making a major move up draft boards and can solidify a top 60 ranking with a good Senior Bowl week.

David Greene, of rival Georgia, holds the distinction of recording more victories at quarterback than any other player in NCAA Division I-A history. The holder of several SEC passing records, Greene played with injury last season but is another who could lock himself into the draft's first day with a good week of practice.

Rifle-armed, pocket passer Andrew Walter rounds out this group as the Arizona State product watched his draft ranking soar after a fast start to the 2004 campaign. Unfortunately for Walter and league scouts, a separated shoulder suffered in the season's final game may ultimately keep Walter from performing at the Senior Bowl. His status will be updated this week.

For the North, three more highly rated prospects will line up behind center all week.

Charlie Frye is coming off a terrific senior campaign and leaves Akron with 54 passing records to his name. Some are contemplating the strong-armed thrower as a potential first round pick, and Senior Bowl week will go a long way in the final analysis.

Likewise, Connecticut's Dan Orlovsky is also highly considered by scouts and looks to finalize a top 60-selection after a sterling college career.

Finally, Kyle Orton of Purdue is a signal caller that draws much debate and opinion. One of the Big Ten's more prolific passers, Orton grades out anywhere between the first and third rounds, depending on which NFL scout is talking. More then anyone else, Orton's performance during Senior Bowl week is critical to his draft ranking.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden and his staff will coach the South squad in this year's Senior Bowl, while Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner and his staff will coach the North in this year's contest.

The TFY Draft Preview and Scout.com begin its' unprecedented coverage of the Senior Bowl for a fifth straight year beginning Sunday, January 23rd. Daily practice reports, individual player sheets, as well as the news and rumors filtering around Mobile, Alabama will be posted as it happens live, so don't miss out!


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