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2015 Senior Bowl Day 3 Report: Practice Notes and Player Quotes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

Thursday was the final day of practices in front of NFL scouts for the 2015 Senior Bowl teams. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The North and South teams returned to Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Thursday for one final day of Senior Bowl practice, and essentially the players’ final chances to make a good impression or change negative perceptions about them, as most NFL scouts, coaches and personnel executives will have left town long before the game is played on Saturday.

Many of Thursday’s standouts, including USC linebacker Hayes Pullard and Miami tight end Clive Walford, had already performed well on Tuesday and Wednesday and simply furthered their draft stock rises by capping off fantastic weeks. On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson and East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden were among those who failed to take advantage of their opportunities to elevate their draft stocks.

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2015 Senior Bowl Day 1 Report: Practice Notes, Player Quotes and Weigh-in Results

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
The Senior Bowl kicked off Monday with practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (pictured) and Fairhope Municipal Stadium. (Photo: Dan Hope)

The Senior Bowl kicked off Monday with practices at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (pictured) and Fairhope Municipal Stadium. (Photo: Dan Hope)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Within the sprint that is the new Senior Bowl schedule, as players have just three days of practices to learn new concepts and impress NFL scouts and coaches, Tuesday is the marathon. From early morning weigh-ins to media night, and practices in between, there were numerous opportunities to get a closer look at each player participating in this year’s game.

The second and third days of practice will be more intense than Tuesday’s opening sessions, as both days will feature players in full pads, but the new, condensed schedule leaves no time for players to waste making an impression, so the first day of practices was certainly an important one.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Eric Rowe, CB, Utah

Monday, January 19th, 2015
A Senior Bowl participant, Utah's Eric Rowe could emerge as the top cornerback in the 2015 draft class. (Photo: Chris Nicoll — USA Today Sports)

A Senior Bowl participant, Utah’s Eric Rowe could emerge as the top cornerback in the 2015 draft class. (Photo: Chris Nicoll — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

The class of cornerbacks for the 2015 NFL Draft is one, thus far, that is very undetermined. Many top players have faced injury or off-the-field concerns, and up to this point, there is no definitive No. 1 cornerback for this class. Now that the season has wrapped up for college football, events like the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine are where rankings can fluctuate, and prospects look to separate themselves from the other competition.

Eric Rowe, a lesser-known and seldom-discussed cornerback out of Utah, has a strong chance to not only be selected on day one of the 2015 NFL Draft but be the first secondary player off the board. A converted safety, Rowe will have a chance to show off his physical and instinctive skills at the Senior Bowl.

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12 NFL Draft Prospects Who Should Make Money at 2015 Senior Bowl

Monday, January 19th, 2015
Tyler Lockett could be among the standouts at this year's Senior Bowl. (Photo: Reese Strickland — USA Today Sports)

Tyler Lockett could be among the standouts at this year’s Senior Bowl. (Photo: Reese Strickland — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

From eventual No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher in 2013 to Aaron Donald and Zack Martin last year, there are annual examples of top college football players parlaying a strong week at the Senior Bowl into a higher selection in the NFL draft.

More than 100 prospects will have that opportunity again this year, as Senior Bowl participants will practice in front of scouts, media and fans on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, then play in the game Saturday.

All of the draft candidates among them have a chance to elevate their stocks this week—that’s what Senior Bowl participation is all about. The following 12 players, however, are among those taking part in this week’s festivities who look to be among the most likely to turn heads and work their ways up boards as they compete against their peers in Mobile, Alabama.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
The versatility Mississippi State's Preston Smith can bring to a defensive line makes him a potential early-round draft pick. (Photo: Spruce Derden)

The versatility Mississippi State’s Preston Smith can bring to a defensive line makes him a potential early-round draft pick. (Photo: Spruce Derden)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

For a time this season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in the team’s history, which they achieved by playing and defeating some of the best teams in the SEC with a stout defense. One of the leaders on that defense was senior defensive lineman Preston Smith, who finished the year with 48 total tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions.

An interesting facet of Smith’s game is that he doesn’t have a definite position. In games this season he has lined up as a 0-, 1-, 3-, 5- and 7-technique along the defensive line. He has shown the ability to produce from anywhere on the field.

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