Senior Bowl 2013: NFL Draft Prospects Who Are Shining so Far

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 23, 2013

Oct 27, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Ezekiel Ansah (right) prepares to sack Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington (13) during the first quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports
Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 Senior Bowl is a great chance for teams to get another look at several draft prospects prior to the 2013 NFL Draft.

And whilst several of the big names in this year's draft haven't made the journey to Mobile, a whole bunch of players have and some of them have been simply superb through the first three days of practice.

Let's jump straight into it and have a look at some of the NFL draft prospects who have shined through the first three days of the 2013 Senior Bowl.


Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young

The 6'5", 270-pound Ansah went into the Senior Bowl as one of the most exciting prospects to watch and he has not failed to deliver on that hype thus far.

Bleacher Report's draft scout Matt Miller concluded after watching Ansah over three days of practice at the Senior Bowl:

While some see a freakish athlete who hasn't developed into a great player yet, I see a great athlete who can be coached into a great player. It's early to say this, but I wouldn't be shocked to see Ansah drafted in the top five picks.

Not all were as quick to praise Ansah as Miller was however. Reporters from The Football Standard commented that the defender still has plenty of work to do.

Ezekiel Ansah continues to be solid but not spectacular in my opinion. I still like him at left end but I don’t see the explosion to be a top pass rusher at defensive end. I could see him at end in a 4-3 or in a 3-4 if you bulked him up, but I’m not sold on him being a stud pass rusher right now.

It seems clear that the physical skill and talent is there from Ansah. He is a raw type of player who, if harnessed correctly, could yield some big results.

But there's still some harnessing to do.


Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The reports coming out of Mobile could simply not be greater for Eric Fisher, who looks even bigger and stronger than he had all season long.

Dane Brugler at NFLDraftScout was simply gushing with praise:

After two days of practice, it's clear that Eric Fisher has separated himself as the best prospect in Mobile this week. He hasn't been perfect, but he has won more battles than he's lost, displaying the coordination and feet to hold up in space.

Although he will get too tall at times, Fisher has shown better base strength than expected to absorb contact and hold his ground to control blockers, flashing a nasty demeanor as well.

He has cemented himself as a top-12 pick, and it isn't a stretch to consider him one of this year's top prospects.

Miller was also quick to praise the offensive tackle, making particular note of his physical strength and size, which will be weapons in the National Football League.

He was playing at another level, showing great first-step quickness getting in and out of his stance into a pass protection set.

That's the biggest key for an NFL left tackle, and Fisher has it.

I was also impressed by how physical he was. At 6'7", you can expect a guy to get high at times and show poor leverage, but Fisher does a great job dipping his shoulders and maintaining a solid base for strength. 

Fisher has opened my eyes more than any player here.

Scouts from ESPN went one step further than Miller. They focused on how Fisher's size goes with his brilliance balance and smooth movement.

He's put together well, with 34-inch arms and a long frame that allows him to carry his weight well. His balance was impressive...

He's a smooth mover, but he played with a little chip on his shoulder, especially against Jones. You sometimes worry that guys who move so well rely too much on finesse, but that wasn't the case for Fisher today.

Fisher is emerging from the Senior Bowl as one of the top prospects not just on the offensive line but in terms of the entire 2013 NFL Draft class.

The tackle was always likely to go in the opening round, but these reports show that Fisher could easily be headed for a top-10 or even top-five selection.

The 2013 Senior Bowl will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013.


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