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Norris: Senior Bowl Review

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Linebackers Off of the Line of Scrimmage

1. Telvin Smith, Florida State - I want Telvin on my football team. I think there will be a pointless argument stating Smith could be converted to safety. He is a linebacker despite a 218 lbs frame. Smith understands how to use his length to take on blockers and has ridiculous speed to chase down plays. Besides, many teams are featuring light linebackers/heavy safeties in certain situations.

2. Christian Kirksey, Iowa - Kirksey was my No. 20 Senior Bowler prior to the week. He played over top of corners and tight ends in the slot very frequently and also flashed some strong side linebacker ability at the line of scrimmage. I doubt Kirksey tests well, but he accomplishes his assignment and could be a third day pick to watch.

3. Chris Borland, Wisconsin - I knew the Zach Thomas comparisons were coming. I love how Borland makes the most of his length when attacking blockers, but asking if he can obtain and sustain backfield vision from snap to snap is a worthwhile question.

4. Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA - Zumwalt is a fiery player who can play multiple linebacker spots.

Defensive Backs

1. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois - Not only was Ward the best S at the event, he might be the best corner as well. I like his versatility to win over the slot, against tight ends, or in a traditional safety role. Ward has a good chance of being the third safety selected in May.

2. Jaylen Watkins, Florida - Watkins was widely considered the fourth corner for the Gators this season, but he displayed good movement skills to mirror receivers and solid timing to disrupt at the catch point on multiple routes.

3. Keith McGill, Utah - McGill is only a press man corner, but at Utah he was used in bail and off coverage looks. The NFL is obsessed with size at the position now.

4. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood - Desir was my No. 2 Shrine Game participant before and after the week. He carried that performance over to this event, settling in to stick with receivers after slowing them down to his speed. Desir lacks catch up speed, but his length compensates for it.

Top 25 Senior Bowlers Moving Forward:

1a. DT Will Sutton, Arizona State

1b. DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

3. DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

4. Edge rusher Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

5. Edge rusher Dee Ford, Auburn

6. G Zack Martin, Notre Dame

7. Edge rusher Marcus Smith, Louisville

8. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

9. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

10. S Jimmie Ward, NIU

11. OL Brandon Thomas, Clemson

12. T Billy Turner, North Dakota State

13. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

14. T Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

15. LB Telvin Smith, FSU

16. DT Caraun Reid, Princeton

17. LB Christian Kirksey, Iowa

18. G Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

19. Edge player Kyle Van Noy, BYU

20. C Weston Richburg, Colorado State

21. T Seantrel Henderson, Miami

22. G Jon Halapio, Florida

23. WR Robert Herron, Wyoming

24. LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

25. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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