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    Ten Senior Bowl Stand outs and disappointments

    Ten senior bowl participants who exceeded the NFL scout Expectations

    1. Amobi Okoye/DL/Louisville: Okoye was the talk of the town this week. Weighing in at a chiseled 287-pounds, he displayed tremendous quickness and athleticism from the first practice. Okoye, a bright and articulate 19-year-old, also interviewed well for the teams that spent time with him.

    2. Adam Carriker/DL/Nebraska: Another front four player who was tough to block, Carriker elevated his draft stock significantly. Displaying a combination of strength and intelligence, he also came across well during interviews.

    3. Dwayne Bowe/WR/LSU: The big pass catcher separated himself from the rest of the group and distinguished himself as the top senior receiver in the country.

    4. David Irons/CB/Auburn: Irons capitalized on a terrific senior campaign with a great showing in Mobile. He was consistently applauded by coaches for his cover skills, hard work and ability to learn new defensive systems.

    5. Michael Griffin/S/Texas: Displaying an array of talent in centerfield, Griffin made an impact every day at practice. His ball skills in coverage were outstanding as was his play defending the run.

    6. Brandon Mebane/DT/California: The stout defensive tackle was unblockable for most of the week. Displaying tremendous quickness, he showed pass rush moves scouts were not aware he had.

    7. Ryan Kalil/C/USC: The Trojan blocker looked great on the pivot. Holding his own against bigger opponents, he showed a lot of unexpected skill blocking in motion.

    8. Aundrae Allison/WR/East Carolina: Allison impressed scouts from the first day he stepped on the field. Catching everything thrown in his directions, he also got deep behind defenders with consistency.

    9. Mason Crosby/PK/Colorado: Crosby regularly put his field goals through the uprights from 50-yards or longer with plenty of room to spare.

    10. Antonio Johnson/DT/Mississippi State: The big tackle showed-off his athleticism all week. More impressively, he consistently made plays up the field, something that was lacking in his college career.

    Now for the five NFL Prospects who failed to meet expectations;

    1. Ryan Harris/OL/Notre Dame: Continuing what was a poor senior season, Harris was beaten regularly in Mobile. At one point he was chastised by Jon Gruden for allowing a sack on Thursday.

    2. Marcus McCauley/CB/Fresno State: Another who struggled in '06, McCauley was beaten with regularity all week. His performance during Thursday's no pads practice was not good.

    3. Patrick Willis/MLB/Mississippi: Willis gave good effort all week and looked strong in the box. Problem was he struggled making plays out to the sidelines or in reverse. He does not resemble the first-round talent many have pinned him to be.

    4. Quentin Moses/DE/Georgia: The Bulldogs pass rusher checked in much lighter than expected at 249 pounds and was handled all week by blockers. During interviews, Moses did not come off as a confident individual.

    5. Troy Smith/QB/Ohio State: While Smith was accurate with his short and intermediate passes, his long throws were off. Smith did not display the ability to drive the deep pass and was rarely on the mark downfield.

    All credit for story goes to Tony Pauline, who wrote this for SI.com

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    I liked Jacoby Jones, a WR from Lane (where?). The dude is 6'4" and as long as he stays focused he could become a great pro receiver. He's probably next year's Marques Colston.

    I was also impressed with Daniel Bazuin, CMU's DE. He's probably guaranteed himself a late third or early fourth round selection.

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    Nice post.

    I'm glad to see Griffen did well.
    I still think he is a risk though. He'll either be a stud or a bust on the next level IMO. I really don't see anywhere in between for him.

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    I heard the other day the Troy Smith's poor performance likely moved him from a late 1st round pick to a possible 3rd round pick. Nice job on giving him the Heisman Trophy this year.

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    I couldn't see Smith ever being anything more than a 3rd round pick even while he was in the middle of the Heisman hype. Of course, college ball is a lot different than pro...

    Regardless, he didn't really have a poor performance. His short and intermediate passes were good - he just struggled with the deep throws.

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    The only reason Troy Smith looked so good in college is because he was on the 2nd best team with the best receivers and offensive line. I could be a good quarterback in that situation. Put him in Jacksonville and we'll see his real talent (or lack thereof).

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    Anybody see the game? I heard Troy actually looked good.

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    Smith is definitely worth a shot in the mid 1st day rounds. I think late 2nd to early 3rd is where hell be taken. If you have a good QB Coach on your team, he could be worked. I sure would like to see him chosen by the Vikes as a later round to make Tarvaris work for the job!

    Btw, is Michael Griffin the brother of Cedric Griffin of the Vikes? Both went / go to Texas, so I figure they are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingfan101
    Smith is definitely worth a shot in the mid 1st day rounds. I think late 2nd to early 3rd is where hell be taken. If you have a good QB Coach on your team, he could be worked. I sure would like to see him chosen by the Vikes as a later round to make Tarvaris work for the job!

    Btw, is Michael Griffin the brother of Cedric Griffin of the Vikes? Both went / go to Texas, so I figure they are?

    Cedric and Michael aren't brothers but might still be related. They could be cousins, but I'm not entirely sure. Michael has a brother named Marcus who's still at Texas.

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    The Heisman Trophy isn't given out to the guy who's the best pro prospect out there, its for the standout COLLEGE player. I think Troy's stats and the team he was on made him stand out. I mean who else deserved it? McFadden maybe? But Brady Quinn? Please. Calvin Johnson maybe? But Ball sucked at getting him the ball more. I mean Gina Torretta, Rashaan Salaam, Charlie Ward (had a better basketball career), they had zero NFL impact, but you can't deny they had great college careers..

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