Six Players Who've Stood Out at Senior Bowl


MOBILE, Ala, -- Senior Bowl practices have been action-packed all week, on the field and in the stands.

With NFL coaches, scouts and general managers from across the league watching, some of the top draft prospects have showcased their talents on the field.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey have been among those taking it all in.

Here's a look at six players who stood out to me:

Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma WR

OK, I'll admit it: I was high on Shepard coming into the week after watching him play for the Sooners. But the playmaking receiver has done nothing to disappoint me in person. He's a tough matchup for defenders because of his athleticism, and he's proven it by being able to get open in practices in a hurry.

Braxton Miller, Ohio State WR

Watching him, it's even more impressive knowing he made the transition from quarterback to receiver not too long ago. Miller has good size (6-2, 215), but he's been even more explosive than I thought watching him in drills. He said after practice this week his goal is to run a 4.28 at the NFL Combine. If he does that, his draft stock is going to soar.


Reggie Ragland, Alabama LB**

It's no surprise Ragland has looked the part. Heck, the guy earned All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors at Alabama. But Ragland (6-2, 252) continues to elevate his draft stock as well. Everyone I've talked to about him says the same thing: Ragland's a guy every NFL team would love to have.

Sheldon Rankins, Louisville DT

The drills are competitive here, with every player doing what he can to get noticed. Rankins has done it with explosiveness off the football. I saw him blow past offensive linemen numerous times in one-on-one drills. Rankins racked up 18 sacks and 31.5 tackles for loss in his Louisville career, so he's hardly a sleeper.


Carson Wentz, North Dakota State QB**

I was a little bit skeptical with all the buzz surrounding Wentz heading into the week, but I understand it now. At least I did when I saw Wentz hit Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo in stride on a deep ball down the sideline on Wednesday. He threw a beautiful fade route for a touchdown Thursday morning. Wentz has thrown the ball well during the week. He has a solid arm, and a nice touch.

Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky DE

Spence (6-3, 254) attracted some attention early on by being involved in some skirmishes. Then it became clear he was frustrating offensive linemen because of his success. Spence, who transferred to EKU from Ohio State, has been impressive. He was downright dominant at times during portions of practice.

The north and south teams practice for the Senior Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photos)

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