The Senior Bowl is less of a game and more of a showcase of talent for some of the best college football players in the country.
Everyone in this game has put together a successful career at their school. However, there is a big difference between succeeding in college and doing it in the pros.
With NFL scouts, coaches and general managers in attendance throughout the week of practice and the game, these players have to be at their very best in order to help themselves for the 2013 NFL draft.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming game.
When: Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
TV: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL.com
Players to Watch
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Big things were expected for Tyler Wilson entering the season. He was regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the country and he was coming off a great statistical year.
Unfortunately, he struggled for the most part. He had fewer yards and touchdowns than his junior season while he more than doubled his interception total.
Still, Wilson has a strong arm and has many of the tools that scouts look for in an NFL quarterback. If he does well over the next few months, he can be a first-round draft pick.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
It seems like the players on the West Coast do not get as much credit as they deserve, and that was the case for Johnathan Franklin.
The UCLA running back totaled 1,734 yards on the ground this year with an average of over six yards per carry.
He did not have a good bowl game—only 34 yards on 14 carries against Baylor—but this game gives him a chance to give scouts a final look.
So far he has been impressive, showing both strength and speed necessary to make it at the next level.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Few players in the nation had a better season than Terrance Williams of Baylor. The receiver led the entire country with 1,832 receiving yards, almost double his 957 yards from a year ago.
His 18.9 yards per catch were more than anyone else with over 60 receptions, and he finished with 97.
Although he does not have great size, it is more than good enough to go with his speed that he used to dominate opponents throughout the season.
Whichever team is lucky enough to draft Williams will get a game-changing player who will be able to score from anywhere on the field.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Although Ezekiel Ansah did not put up the greatest numbers in his college career, he has already impressed scouts during the Senior Bowl practices.
Everyone who watches him can see the size, speed and athleticism that could allow him to put up double-digit sack totals in the NFL.
At this point he is still a little bit of a risk, but a big performance in the Senior Bowl could allow him to climb up draft boards faster than almost anyone else in this game.
Full Rosters (courtesy of SeniorBowl.com)
|QB||Zac Dysert||Miami (OH)|
|QB||Mike Glennon||North Carolina State|
|RB||Robbie Rouse||Fresno State|
|WR||Chris Harper||Kansas State|
|WR||Markus Wheaton||Oregon State|
|TE||Jack Doyle||Western Kentucky|
|TE||Ryan Otten||San Jose State|
|OL||Braxton Cave||Notre Dame|
|OL||Eric Fisher||Central Michigan|
|OL||Joe Madsen||West Virginia|
|OL||David Quessenberry||San Jose State|
|OL||Brian Winters||Kent State|
|DL||Jordan Hill||Penn State|
|DL||Brandon Williams||Missouri Southern|
|LB||Arthur Brown||Kansas State|
|LB||John Simon||Ohio State|
|DB||Jonathan Cyprien||Florida International|
|DB||Will Davis||Utah State|
|DB||Jordan Poyer||Oregon State|
|DB||Jamar Taylor||Boise State|
|DB||Phillip Thomas||Fresno State|
|K||Quinn Sharp||Oklahoma State|
|QB||E.J. Manuel||Florida State|
|FB||Tommy Bohanon||Wake Forest|
|WR||Quinton Patton||Louisiana Tech|
|WR||Ryan Swope||Texas A&M|
|DL||Everett Dawkins||Florida State|
|DL||Corey Grissom||South Florida|
|LB||Jamie Collins||Southern Miss|
|LB||Sean Porter||Texas A&M|
|LB||Vince Williams||Florida State|
|DB||Robert Alford||SE Louisiana|
|DB||Leon McFadden||San Diego State|
|DB||B.W. Webb||William and Mary|
|DB||J.J. Wilcox||Georgia Southern|
|P||Ryan Allen||Louisiana Tech|
|K||Dustin Hopkins||Florida State|