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2016 Senior Bowl: Defensive standouts abound as South All-Stars dominate the North

The 2016 Senior Bowl is in the books, and the defensive potential on both the North and South All-Star teams was evident from the start to the finish of the game as the South defeated the North All-Stars 27-16.

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In the last college football game of the 2015-2016 season, Senior athletes from across the country were invited to participate in the 2016 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Is pits the North All-Stars vs. the South All Stars, and if you are a fan of high-flying offense, this wasn't the game for you.

It is clear the dominant players in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft will be on the defensive side of the football. To be honest, with only one week of practice, as well as limitations as to what can and cannot be done offensively, it is to be expected the defense would excel before the offense.

Nonetheless, some of the high profile offensive players entering the game, like Carson Wentz and Braxton Miller, had very quiet games, but their explosion and potential still showed while all 32 NFL teams were represented to watch the potential talent in the coming draft process.

For the North team, Jeff Driskel led the team in passing while completing 8 of 9 attempts for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Ervin had 39 yards on 7 carries to lead the team in rushing. Tight end Nick Vannett led his team in receiving, totaling 58 yards on three receptions.

As for the South team, Brandon Allen went 7-for-10 for 106 passing yards, while DeAndre Washington rushed for 36 yards on 8 carries. Jerell Adams led the team in receiving with 49 yards on 3 receptions.

There was little running room, or time to throw, for any quarterback or running back tandem throughout the game as the defensive lines of both teams spent the majority of their time in the opposition's backfield. Some experts will draw ridiculous claims and predictions from just one All-Star contest, but the reality of the situation is the potential on both teams was evident from the start to the finish of the game.

The next major scouting event for the 2016 NFL Draft will be regional combines in mid-February leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine February 23-29.