Oct. 5, 2012; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (47) grabs hold of Utah State Aggies running back Kerwynn Williams (25) during the first quarter at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

Senior Bowl 2013: 5 Players Who Raised Their Draft Stock

Unlike The Pro Bowl, players give their all in The Senior Bowl. They want to showcase their skills on a national stage against other all start from the NCAA.

This draft is unique, where many believe there will not be a quarterback taken in the first round. A few teams need a solid quarterback of the future. The Chiefs and Jets come to mind right away.

This draft will be stacked with defensive players and offensive linemen. This seems to be a draft where skill position players are not of the quality we are accustomed to. Five players did stand out in the 2013 Senior Bowl, and FanSided Radio breaks them down 1-5.


1) Ezekiel Ansah, DE/BYU

Ziggy Ansah was all over the field today. The way he can tackle in the open field and chase down running backs and wide receivers is amazing. His name was called just as much as anyone, and for good reason. The BYU standout had to grab the attention of scouts, and I would not be surprised to see teams trade up to get him.


2) Tyler Wilson QB/Arkansas

Wilson showed great poise in the pocket and the ability to throw on the move. Arkansas might have struggled this season, but it had nothing to do with the arm of Tyler Wilson. The Razorback showcased throws that ranged from screens, verticals, and in traffic. Wilson might be the best quarterback in this draft. I expect him to be a late second or early third round pick.


3) Jonathan Franklin RB/UCLA

Franklin improved his game during his senior year, and his gritty performance in The Senior Bowl.  He made a tackle on special teams in the first half, and opened up the second with an impressive 20 yard touchdown run. The Bruin running back impressed today, showing the ability to cut and his open field speed helps his draft stock.  Franklin solidified himself as a high to mid round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.


4) E.J. Manuel QB/Florida State

Manuel did a nice job of leading the south. He opened the game with a rushing touchdown, and a 20 yard strike through the air on The South’s second possession. He threw a pic in the third quarter, but that was a fluke play. He is a proven winner, going 25-6 as a starter at Florida State. His Senior Bowl performance will bolster his chance at sliding in to a possible late second or early third round pick.


5) Mike Glennon QB/NC State

Glennon was atrocious in the first half, but really turned it on in the fourth quarter. He threw passes with precision, threading the needle to wide receivers on the sideline. He also showed more patience in the second half, which gives NFL scouts a reason to draft him. The New York Jets should be looking to draft him in the second or third rounds.



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