The Reese's Senior Bowl begins practice today, as 100 of the nation's best senior NFL prospects take the field in Mobile, Ala. Here's a sneak preview of some of the top prospects in this game.
Offensively, the North is led by quarterbacks Logan Thomas
), Tajh Boyd
) and Stephen Morris
). Boyd is their bell cow here, after having a stellar four-year career with the Tigers. He lacks ideal height but has everything else. There's no question that if he has a good week he could work his way into the first round. Thomas had an up and down career for the Hokies. But he's a tremendous athlete with a strong arm. Just look at what happened with E.J. Manuel
last year at this time. He won MVP honors and then became a first round pick last April. Morris will certainly get drafted and he wants to show the pro scouts that he can throw with consistency as well.
Boyd is the No. 5 ranked quarterback in the Scout.com 2014 NFL Draft rankings and No. 38 overall.
The North is loaded in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Offensive tackles Zack Martin (Notre Dame), Jack Mewhort (Ohio State) and Seantrel Henderson (Miami) lead the way. Martin is the No. 4 offensive tackle in the class and No. 20 overall. Mewhort made the top 100 while Henderson just missed it. Henderson is the former top high school recruit in the country.
North offensive guard Cyril Richardson (Baylor) is the top rated player at his position in the 2014 rankings.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa) is a good tight end to watch for the North. This Hawkeye is the No. 4 ranked tight end prospect in this draft.
As good as the North offensive front is the unit that jumps off their roster is the defensive line. The inside guys are some of the top rated players in the '14 draft. Defensive tackle Ra'shede Hageman (Minnesota) is the No. 1 (No. 7 overall) player at his position. Aaron McDonald is No. 4. Meanwhile, defensive ends Michael Sam (Missouri), Trent Murphy (Stanford) and Kareem Martin (North Carolina) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (Penn State) all made the Scout.com 2014 NFL Draft Top 100.
The back seven is led by linebacker Chris Borland (Wisconsin) and safeties Deone Bucanon (Washington State) and Ahmad Dixon (Baylor).
The South is led by a pair of California quarterbacks in Derek Carr (Fresno State) and David Fales (San Jose State). Carr had a huge season but a poor bowl game against USC. With a big week he could solidify a spot in the first round. Fales is hoping to work his way up the draft boards with a big week. In fact, Fales and his teammates beat Carr and the Bulldogs 62-52. The two have combined to throw for over 9,000 yards and 83 touchdowns this year.
As everyone knows Auburn had a tremendous run game this season with Tre Mason stealing the show. A big reason why was fullback Jay Prosch (Auburn). He will lineup for the South team.
Two wide receivers to watch for this week are Mike Davis (Texas) and Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt). Mathews is the No. 5 ranked wide receiver in the 2014 Scout.com NFL Top 100. Davis just missed the cut but it's still very early and he will have a chance to jump up the draft boards. Meanwhile, the South also has tight end Arthur Lynch (Georgia). He's a good one that will have a chance to be one of the top tight ends taken in the draft.
The offensive front for the South is led by Morgan Moses (Virginia), Ja'Wuan James (Tennessee) and Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State). They will have their hands full against the North defensive line, especially inside.
Opposite these guys are defensive linemen Dee Ford (Auburn), Chris Smith (Arkansas) and Will Sutton (Arizona State). Ford was playing as well as anyone at the end of the season.
The South has three outstanding linebacker prospects in Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Telvin Smith (FSU) and Christian Jones (FSU). This trio is athletic and versatile and all very good playmakers.
They have a nice secondary led by cornerbacks Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma) and Chris Davis (Auburn) and safeties Terrence Brooks (FSU) and Craig Loston (LSU).
Senior Bowl Roster North
Senior Bowl Roster South
Scout.com 2014 NFL Draft Top 100
Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSports.com. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.