With the NCAA bowl games in the past the last bowl game took place last week. That was the Senior Bowl from Mobile, Alabama, which was filled with a lot of the top college players hoping to get drafted in the upcoming NFL draft.
Now we have the latest on what college players stood out in that game played with the presence of dozens of NFL scouts. The annual Senior Bowl is actually similar to an All-Star game that caters more to scouts, than to the fans, and the coaches want to give all their players an opportunity to display their abilities in the game of football.
What the scouts are interested in this game is not the score, but whether or not the players that they watched practice all week can continue their play and talent during the game.
Some players had some struggling times during the workouts and scrimmages during the week, thus the game give those an opportunity that in a game they can respond while under game conditions and with the lights that are shinning the brightest, which is the desire of all the watching scouts.
What the scouts saw during the practice and scrimmages seemed to carry over into the game, like the QBs inaccuracies, suggesting that a QB would not be selected in the first 100 in this year’s draft.
On the brighter side, the running back did prove their depth and a real good selection of running back, and also some smaller college prospects showed at different positions showed they belonged with the players with outstanding performances.
Here are some of the players in alphabetical order that stood out in their performances in this Senior Bowl:
Nebraska RB Abdullah for the North team had 73 yards rushing and 4 receptions for 40 yards, and was selected the 2015 MVP for the Senior Bowl 2015.
Auburn RB Artis-Payne who did not have any flashy runs, but started for the South team as displayed in agility, acceleration and balance that made him stand out all week and in this game.
Duke WR Crowder had a great week in practice, and struggled a little in the game. He has very reliable hands, great quickness and 1 step acceleration and makes the big plays whether it’s as a receiver or a return man.
Central Florida WR Hall displayed some terrific body control as he caught a difficult 32 yard pass in the 3rd quarter of the game. He made great catches all week and displayed great timing, concentration and positioning on pass plays.
Iowa RB Johnson was overall the most impressive RB with the size, cutting ability and very great hands coming out of the backfield that make in a mismatch in any running or receiving pattern. That was proven with a 19 yard scoring play that made him a standout in the game.
Hobart College OG Marpet was a real surprise in this Senior Bowl, as all week he proved his balance, strength after moving from tackle to guard and coming out of the Division III.
Oregon State CG Nelson was a standout all week in coverage and in the game. He is fast on his feet, an incredible turning motion with a closing burst of speed. Scouts like his size and tenacity as a possible nickel corner in the NFL.
Miami of Ohio CB Rollins was a cornerback that impressed the scouts all week long and that carried into the game. In the game, he made an interception that just might have been the games most impressive reception. Scouts liked him, and he is a 2014 MAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Arkansas OLB Spaight who has been projected as a 2nd round pick, the scouts were looking for linebackers, and Spaight impressed with agility and fast closing speed and he made several incredible hits in the game.
Yale RB & FB Varga scored 2 touchdowns in the game and had 4 carries as a RB for 31 yards, and also looked good at FB with his physical strength and versatility and intrigued the scouts.
So if you bet on college football at an offshore sportsbook then you may have to be an NFL fan if you want to see more of any of these players we highlighted that stood out in the 2015 Senior Bowl game.