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The Senior Bowl is considered the top post-season draft bowl game where the best of the 2013 draft class will battle it out for draft stock supremacy. This year's class is loaded as usual, with star names like Ryan Nassib, Margus Hunt, and Alex Okafor on the North Squad while Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton, and Terrance Williams headline the South roster.
The Senior Bowl has announced the official rosters, which can be seen here. I will have practice reports everyday this week but for now, enjoy this preview of each team's roster.
This year's Senior Bowl is loaded with talent and I am going to break it down, position by position so you know who to watch. The top quarterback prospect on the South is Arkansas' Tyler Wilson who will wear number 8. Wilson is a possible top ten draft pick and could use a strong week to solidify that. At running back, the best back is Stanford's Stepfan Taylor, who will wear number 33. Taylor has been a workhorse back at Stanford and has his stock ranging from the second to third round. The top wide receiver prospect is Terrance Williams from Baylor who will wear number 2. He is a potential first round pick. The South tight ends are not great but Alabama's Michael Williams, number 89, will be one to watch. The South's offensive line is loaded with talent, featuring Virginia tackle Oday Aboushi (No. 72), Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker (No. 76), Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson (No. 69), and Kentucky guard Larry Warford (No. 67). All four of these players are competing to be first round picks.
On the defensive side of the ball for the south, there is plenty of talent as well. Starting on the defensive line, there is the multi-talented Ezekial Ansah out of BYU (No. 47), the massive nose tackle from Georgia, John Jenkins (No. 6), and the intriguing pass rushing defensive tackle, Everett Dawkins out of Florida State (No. 93). Nico Johnson (No. 35) from Alabama is the top inside linebacker for the South while Chase Thomas (No. 44) of Stanford is the top outside linebacker. The top corner for the south is Leon McFadden (No. 2) of San Diego State. There are three very good safeties for the south in Robert Lester (No. 37, Alabama), Bacarri Rambo (No. 18, Georgia), and Shawn Williams (No. 26, Georgia).
The South team features quite a few players that I like a lot that are underrated currently. At running back, they have Florida's Mike Gillislee (No. 22) who I believe should be a top 50 pick but is projected in the 75 to 125 range. At receiver, they have Georgia's Tavarres King (No. 12) who is an exceptional route runner. The offensive line's big sleeper is tackle Xavier Nixon (No. 73) out of Florida. Defensively, outside linebacker Sean Porter (No. 10, Texas A&M), is flying under the radar.
The top quarterback for the North is Ryan Nassib (No. 12) from Syracuse. Mike Glennon (No. 8, N.C. State) is a potential first round pick as well. At running back, Kenjon Barner (No. 24, Oregon) is the top prospect. The North's receivers are not as good as the South's but their is the intriguing Denard Robinson (No. 16, Michigan), who Mel Kiper said would go no later than the second round. The North's top tight end is Ryan Otten (No. 82) from San Jose State. The offensive line features Central Michigan's potential top ten pick Eric Fisher (No. 79) as well as another potential first round tackle in Justin Pugh (No. 67) of Syracuse.
The North's defensive line is absolutely loaded with every single player being a potential top 100 pick. Margus Hunt (No. 96, SMU), Alex Okafor (No. 80, Texas), and Kawann Short (No. 93, Purdue) are the best of the bunch. The top linebackers are Khaseem Greene (No. 20) from Rutgers, Kansas State's talented inside linebacker Arthur Brown (No. 44), and the speedy pass rusher from Connecticut, Trevardo Williams (No. 46). The top corners for the North are Utah State's Will Davis (No. 17) and Oregon State's Jordan Poyer (No. 14). Both are potential top 50 picks. At safety, Phillip Thomas (No. 16) will lead the way from Fresno State.
Zac Dysert (No. 7, Miami (OH)) is currently rated anywhere from the second to fifth round and I believe he will solidify his stock this week. At running back, Fresno State's Robbie Rouse (No. 28) is grossly underrated and should have a big week. Wide receiver Aaron Mellette (No. 33) out of Elon is very good and could be a big steal in April. Right tackle Ricky Wagner (No. 58, Wisconsin) has all the tools to be very good in the NFL, but is not being considered as a Day Two pick right now. Nose tackle Brandon Williams (No. 66, Missouri Southern) is underranked because of his small school nature, but he might be the draft's best pure 3-4 nose tackle. No. 43 Steve Beauharnais out of Rutgers is a very good inside linebacker prospect who was often over shadowed by teammate Khaseem Greene. Finally, Connecticut corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson (No. 15) should be a top 75 pick.