With the Senior Bowl concluding on Saturday, I had time to digest and gather my thoughts. A game that was filled with young NFL talent, it was 2013 first-team All-SEC DE/OLB Dee Ford that stole the show. A hybrid defensive player with solid pass-rush ability, NFL scouts and analysts alike were salivating over his potential as he racked up two sacks while being named the 2014 Senior Bowl’s MVP. An exceptional performance that likely solidified his draft stock as a first-round pick, I have Ford being selected by the Green Bay Packers.
However, things can obviously change from now until May as free-agency and draft day trades will play a vital role in determining a team’s needs, but as for now Ford looks like a sure-fire first-round pick. And the simple fact that he played in the SEC, only helped that cause.
And if the SEC could not garner any more praise, it was Alabama’s WR Kevin Norwood that turned heads on Saturday. One of five players I said to watch, as I said Norwood has the ability to high-point the ball while making the tough catch in traffic, Norwood did just that. A player that I have projected as a late second to early third-round pick, Norwood finished the game with four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown.
As for former San Francisco 49ers WR Jerry Rice’s cousin, WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) he had a good game as well finishing with two catches for 38 yards (including a 33-yard reception). A player that can be a burner on the outside on third-downs, Matthews was another player that had a solid outing.
Defensively, it was another player I said to watch, as DT Will Sutton (Arizona St.), made a nice tackle for loss toward the end of the first-quarter. A play that saw Sutton use his combination of strength, violent hands, and speed to make a play, Sutton showed the NFL scouts why he can be a force for the next five years.
With the Senior Bowl now over, the scouting department will now turn their attention to game-film as they anticipate Pro Days and the NFL scouting combine in the coming months.