Top 10 Players to Watch at Senior Bowl


MOBILE, Ala. – With Senior Bowl practices in the rearview mirror, all attention turns to the 66th annual college all-star game between the North and South teams on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (NFLN) from Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The next four quarters will be the final 60 minutes of football for each player as a collegiate athlete. Similar to the practices, the players will have limited reps as coaches will be rotating their rosters of 55-plus throughout the game. That means each rep carries huge importance, as GM's and scouts around the league will comb through the game film in the weeks to come.

Different players showed out during the week on both sides of the football, and it will be interesting to see who can carry their positive play into the game itself.

Here are 10 players to keep an eye on come Saturday.

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (North)

Petty had an up-and-down week, but is still the North team QB that scouts and media will have the keenest eye on. He'll get at least one quarter of play and maybe more depending on how coach Ken Whisenhunt decides to split the reps.

Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State (South)

This is a similar situation as Petty. Grayson made some great throws in practice, but also had his share of mistakes.


David Cobb, RB, Minnesota (North)**

Cobb has gotten far more publicity than any other back at the Senior Bowl thus far. At nearly 5-11 and 220 pounds. Cobb has drawn comparisons to Le'Veon Bell, showing the balance of size, speed and power that makes him a back who could start Week 1 as a rookie.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (South)

Dorsett showed time and time again that no defensive backs on the South roster could keep up with him. His foot speed and top speed are unmatched by anyone in the Senior Bowl. Come the combine, Dorsett might prove to be the fastest player in the 2015 draft class. He's already said this week that he wants to challenge Chris Johnson's record 40-time of 4.24 seconds.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke (North)

Crowder made similar impressions as Dorsett, showing he is electric with the ball in his hands. The difficulty for any receiver under six-feet tall is to prove that they can be more than just a slot receiver.


Clive Walford, TE, Miami (South)**

Nobody was talking about Walford entering the Senior Bowl, but he's been the most talked about tight end this week. The former Miami Hurricane caught 44 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014 and consistently dominated one-on-one matchups against South team linebackers and safeties.

Nate Orchard, DE/LB, Utah (North)

Orchard may prove to be the biggest riser on either team. His 18.5 sacks set a school record in 2014 and ranked second in the nation behind only Hau'oli Kikaha of Washington. Kikaha had more attention going into the week, but Orchard turned more heads during the North team practices. He showed the ability to win one-on-one matchups with right and left tackles and set the edge on running plays.

Lorenzo Mauldin, LB, Louisville (South)

Gus Bradley said in his press conference that his staff had to discuss the "protect the team rule" to Mauldin and tone down his physicality in practice. That means the linebacker out of Louisville will be unleashed on Saturday against the North team. He said this week that he wants to prove he is fast enough to keep up in coverage.


Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami-OH (North)**

The hoops star turned cornerback is a really intriguing prospect that could continue to gain steam as the draft approaches. He has good ball skills and the natural athleticism needed to play the position.

Ladarius Gunter, CB, Miami (South)

Players from "The U" had themselves quite the week. At 6-2, Gunter is a big, physical, press cornerback that showed the ability to keep up with receivers downfield. On Thursday, Gunter had two interceptions, including a diving interception in the middle of the end zone.

North Team Honorable Mentions: Ameer Abdulllah (RB), Laken Tomlinson (G), Danny Shelton (DT), Hau'oli Kikaha (LB), Ibraheim Campbell (CB)

South Team Honorable Mentions: Tyler Lockett (WR), Shaq Mason (T), Trey Flowers (DE), Lynden Trail (LB), Nick Marshall (CB)


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