Fresh off the Gators victory over Ohio State
for the national title several Florida seniors are heading directly to Mobile to
tackle the next step in their football career.
Defensive lineman Ray McDonald heads the
list, as far as NFL scouts are concerned. McDonald put in a terrific
campaign last year but has size and injury issues. League personnel people
are not sure whether McDonald will be used at defensive tackle or defensive end
at the next level. His play at the Senior Bowl will give people a definite
One lineman from the SEC who needs a major
showing at the Senior Bowl is Georgia's Quentin Moses. Rated by one
NFL scouting service as the top senior prospect in the nation before season's
start, Moses was invisible most of the year and has watched his draft stock
plummet. Considered a potential top five choice, Moses is struggling to
stay in the draft's initial 20 choices.
of North Carolina State is another defensive lineman who'll be closely monitored
from the time he steps on the scale during weigh-ins.
Tyler, whose shown himself to be a dominant
force at times, is also considered a slacker of sorts and someone who does not
work hard off the field to improve his game. The condition of his body and
ability to practice hard three consecutive days will help determine whether or
not he stays in the draft's top 45 choices.
Two linebackers from the Big Ten have a lot to
gain, or lose, next week.
One of the unsung hero's of Michigan's stifling
defense, linebacker David Harris was the real leader on the Wolverine
unit. His play in run defense was obvious to all who watched Davis.
Yet the concerns about his game are deficient pass cover skills as well as the
ability to shed blocks.
Seemingly everyone's all-American, Paul Posluszny, finished the year on a tear after moving to inside linebacker in
Penn State's new defensive alignment. Yet how well Posluszny projects to
the next level is still in question. There are concerns about his ability
in space as well as making plays in reverse. The most interesting thing is
to see next week is how they use Posluszny and at what linebacker positions they
Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes comes off
a brilliant senior campaign in which he collected eight interceptions as well as
72 tackles. Many feel Hughes is worthy of being a first round pick while
others are very concerned about his foot speed, or lack thereof, and project him
as a third rounder. Next week will be a big testing ground for Hughes to
prove critics wrong.
A pair of corners from the SEC need to show
consistent play at the Senior Bowl to salvage their draft status.
of South Carolina and Tennessee's Jonathan Wade received high grades off
their junior campaigns yet failed to live up to expectations as seniors.
Each has the physical skills to start in the NFL but consistency and the ability
to handle the mental aspects of the position are in question. Both will
receive NFL coaching at the Senior Bowl which will offer scouts even greater
insight to their mental intangibles.