The 2012 Senior Bowl is in the books, so join along for a recap of which players stood out and helped their draft stock.
The week of practices, followed by the North squad's 23-13 win, is a helpful tool for pro scouts when evaluating how prospects perform in an NFL-like setting.
Arizona State wide receiver Gerell Robinson helped himself after a quality week of practice by scoring a 41-yarder in the game last weekend. Reviews on his practices have been mixed, but he at least gained some national recognition by finding the end zone. All kidding aside, Robinson, 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, undoubtedly has climbed a few draft boards before the Scouting Combine.
A top-20 lock?
North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples did his best to quell doubts about his work ethic, as he demonstrated a high motor all week. The sky is the limit for Coples, just as long as he puts forth the necessary effort. He is a surefire first-round choice and probably secured a spot in the teens.
I would be remiss if I didn't include Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead, the game's MVP. He rushed for only 31 yards on eight carries but demonstrated his skills as a special teams option by totaling 98 yards on a pair of punt returns. His vision and willingness to be patient as blocks developed was clearly on display.
Ohio State offensive tackle Mike X. Adams was the best lineman during the week of practice, andA he carried it over to the game. Adams' athleticism for a big man was evident, and he has the makings of a solid first-rounder.
Joe Adams, a wide receiver from Arkansas, finished the game with eight grabs for 133 yards and showed just how athletic he really is. The senior is elusive and explosive in the open field. A strong Scouting Combine will put him on a lot more maps.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles has the size at 6-foot-5 and necessary arm strength to eventually shine in the NFL, but he will be a work-in-progress. Mechanics are a problem for him, and he'll need to adjust to a pro-style offense in the pros. Nonetheless, Foles stood tall in the face of pressure.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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