Senior Bowl: Surprising Stars In Mobile

When you assemble the nation's best senior football players in one location, you don't expect to be surprised by their performance. But three players took our experts by surprise in a very good way.

Andre Roberts, WR, The Citadel

It's easy to understand why people underestimate Roberts' skills since no NFL team has ever drafted a wide receiver from The Citadel. But Roberts has used his speed, quickness at the snap, great body control and sure hands to make the case that he's easily in the top five out of the ten receivers in Mobile. An added bonus is his confident and reliable work as a returns specialist.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami

Graham was a basketball star at Miami who--after a seven-year hiatus from football--hoped that he could return to football and play in the NFL. Based on what we've witnessed in Mobile this week, he's one of the few former basketball players who can pull off the late switch. He's a smooth route runner with a big body and great hands. Our team has rated him as the top tight end at the Senior Bowl.

Donald Butler, LB, Washington

There was no doubt that Butler was a capable and reliable college linebacker, but compared to the rest of the list, he was considered by some to be "just a guy" who would be a late-rounder or undrafted. But after watching him in action this week, our eyes were opened by his focus, intensity, tackling technique and good instincts. He's easily in the top half of this year's group of Senior Bowl linebackers.

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