Senior Bowl practices are over and the attention now turns to Saturday afternoon’s game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
While practices hold more weight in evaluation than the game itself, the game is a chance for players to solidify their standing with NFL Draft scouts or it can raise more questions.
NFL Network will air the game at 4:00 pm ET and all eyes in the NFL Draft community will be fixed to their televisions. Who are some players to watch in today’s game? We give you the top five players to watch.
5. Ezekiel Ansah, defensive line, BYU
Ansah came in to the week with a lot of hype and raw talent, but he still has some questions surrounding his status after the practices. There is some belief that Ansah could vault in to the top 10 picks, but he currently looks like a mid to late first-rounder. There is still room for his stock to rise and he will have the opportunity to make a statement he failed to make all week by putting on a dominating performance in he game.
4. Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington
Trufant has been one of the most impressive defensive backs at this week’s practice and he has started to look like a sure-fire first-round pick. It is an incredibly talented group of defensive backs in Mobile this season, so separating yourself from the pack is making a big statement.
3. Marquise Goodwin, wide receiver, Texas
Goodwin is an Olympic athlete with world-class speed. He surprised many this week with his impressive hands and crisp route-running ability. Goodwin is a game changer and the type of player that could steal the spotlight during the game. If the Senior Bowl coaches get Goodwin the ball in open space, we could be in for a treat. He is one of the most exciting athletes on the Senior Bowl roster.
2. Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel is the consensus No. 1 rated offensive tackle in this year’s draft class, but Fisher is closing the gap. During the week, Fisher was near flawless and solidified his standing as a top fifteen pick. If your team is searching for an offensive tackle at the top end of this year’s draft, you want to keep your eyes glued to Fisher.
1. The quarterbacks
I know. This is a bit of a cop out because it includes an entire group of players, but the quarterbacks will be under the microscope during the game. In a year where there is no elite quarterback prospect, guys like Ryan Nassib and Mike Glennon had a chance to separate themselves from the group and earn themselves the top spot, but no one was able to stand out during practice. Each signal-caller had their own bright moments, but there was inconsistency in all of their performances. With a breakout performance in the game, one of the signal-callers could build a lot of momentum leading up to April’s draft.