January 26, 2014
2014 Senior Bowl Stock Watch
Scott Wright
President, Draft Countdown

Every year there are players who boost their stock during the Senior Bowl week and make themselves millions of dollars while there are others who fail to impress and drop a bit.

The following is a real quick look at those prospects.

Please keep in mind that this isn't necessarily a list of the best players who participated, but rather a list of the prospects who saw the greatest fluctuation in their draft stock.

  1. Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
     - Absolute terror off the edge went from Round 2 / 3 to potential 1st Rounder.
  2. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
     - Still smaller than you'd prefer but all the guy does is disrupt and make plays.
  3. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
     - Rock solid all week at OT & OG,  moving from late Round 1 to Top 20 overall.
  4. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
     - Took advantage of opportunity and now secure as #4 QB in 2014 NFL Draft.
  5. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
     - Short and limited athletically but super active and always around the action.
  6. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
     - Built upon performance at East / West Shrine and now a legit Day 2 option.
  7. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
     - Quietly had a very good week and may be a poor-man's Johnathan Cyprien.
  8. Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado St.
     - Came in mid-week yet still made quite an impact in practices and the game.
  9. Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
     - Rough around edges but great size and held up well versus top competition.
10. Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
     - Underrated Day 2 possibility displayed elite speed, explosiveness and burst.
11. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St.
     - Technician made a strong case for why he should be first pivot off the board.
12. Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
     - Big, athletic cover guy was a relative unknown but generated a ton of buzz.
13. Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson
     - OT/OG 'tweener surpassed expectations and even held his own on outside.
14. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
     - Former wideout with excellent size and upside showcased a corner skill set.
15. Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
     - Speedy 'backer with terrific range consistently made plays and opened eyes.

  1. Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
     - Looked like the top cover guy in town before suffering a major knee injury.
  2. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
     - Struggled all week, especially with accuracy, and may now slide into Day 3.
  3. Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
     - Could not handle speed / quickness and opened the door for a new #1 OG.
  4. Brandon Linder, OG, Miami (FL)
     - Was beat as often as any blocker this week and almost looked out of place.
  5. Michael Sam, OLB, Missouri / Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
     - Both struggled in their transitions from defensive end to outside linebacker.

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