Stock May be Rising for These 7 NFL Prospects After Senior Bowl

Ezekiel Ansah is going to be trouble for NFL QBs.

Ezekiel Ansah is going to be trouble for NFL QBs.

In the 2013 Senior Bowl played today, some NFL prospects were able to perhaps move themselves up in the draft. These are the 7 prospects that I was the most impressed with and think may have helped themselves in the draft.

OG Larry Warford, Kentucky

Has been impressive all week in one on one blocking and that carried over into the game too. Warford is a very impressive pass blocker. Defensive linemen appear to run into a brick wall when Warford steps in front of them. Has a low squatty frame that must be like trying to run through a tree stump.

This would be an excellent pick for the Cowboys who desperately need help at guard. Warford has slower feet than most guards perhaps and will need to develop his open field blocking like screens but is outstanding in stopping the pass rush up the middle. I noticed in the game that all three TDs by the south came when Warford was in at right guard. Draft this guy Jerry!

He is projected to go in the 2nd or 3rd round but after Senior Bowl week, I wouldn’t look for him to still be available after the 2nd round.

DE Ezekeil Ansah, BYU

His stock was already pretty strong as he was recognized as a raw talent with exceptional athletic ability. Ansah had a very nice game and was nearly impossible for some very good offensive tackles to block. I was impressed and surprised with how good of a bull rush he displayed. His quickness is obvious and while he needs more football development, he basically has no ceiling. He finished with 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles behind the line.

Ansah may not be able to come in and start day one, but he could quickly develop into a rare talented DE. Expected to go in the late first round and only solidified himself as a first rounder today.

DB Robert Alford, Southeastern La

Alford showed what he could do on special teams right from the start with a 88 yard kickoff return that set up the first TD for the south. He also came up with an interception late in the game to show he has DB skills too. Alford offers value right away as a kick returner and could develop into a nice DB as well.

Expected to go in the 3rd round and helped himself today.

C Brian Scwenke, California

Yes a center. In this year’s draft there really aren’t many outstanding centers at all but this week Scwenke separated himself from the pack a bit. He is considered undersized but this week he has held his ground with some of the better competition. He moves his feet real well and lowers his hips to stay anchored after contact.

Scwenke is projected to go in the 4th round but may move up after this week.

OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse

Scouts were concerned about Pugh’s shorter than expected arms for an offensive tackle suggesting that he may need to switch to guard. However this week I think Pugh quieted the critics for now by showing that he could effectively block on the next level as a OT. Pugh was the first underclassman allowed to play in the Senior Bowl under a new rule that allows underclassmen as long as they have their degree.

QB E.J. Manuel, Fla. St.

He came into the Senior Bowl probably ranked lower than most of the participating QBs but had a nice game going 7/10 for 76 yards and a TD. He was able to move his team down the field more consistently than the other QBs as the South scored their points when he was at QB.

Manuel is projected to go around the 4th or 5th round but I think he may be on the move up a little after his performance today.

OLB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

Clearly has outstanding speed and athletic ability. Intercepted a pass in the game and is an intriguing prospect.

Gooden is projected to be drafted in the 4th and I think he is likely getting the attention of scouts this week especially after a good game. I may be going out on a limb here but I think Gooden should move to safety with his 6’2 size and 4.49/40 speed. Reminds me of Darren Woodson the outstanding Cowboys safety who converted from LB.