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Postby The Lung » Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:35 am

From Fanball:

By Jon Lopuch, Associate Editor

Senior Moments
I love the NFL draft more than I do leftover deep dish pizza for breakfast, and that's saying something. The unofficial draft kickoff is the Senior Bowl, but sadly I am unable to attend the event because the company won't pay for it. However, that doesn't mean I don't read every bit of information that comes out of there. Yes, everything; from Mel Kiper to random people on the street who claimed to have been in Alabama during that week.

One of the most interesting things to emerge from the Senior Bowl is the variety of opinions that are available. One site tells me Drew Stanton is the best quarterback in the field while another indicates he struggled with his accuracy. You can look one place and find Leon Hall is covering North receivers in practice like a blanket; meanwhile, a competing site says Hall's hips looked stiff and his stock is on shaky ground.

Luckily for you, I have gone through all the reports and eliminated the "experts" who are no more qualified to talk about the draft than my postman (and he doesn't even have season tickets). Serious bonus points if you get that reference; I may even buy you a drink at our next magazine release party this summer. Back to the subject at hand, though. Believe it or not, there were some players that the top pundits agreed on, and their fluctuating stock will impact the draft.

Tony Hunt, RB, Penn St. - The hulking back solidified his status as a mid-round pick despite not having that extra gear that many runner do. He displayed some nice moves and a good downhill running style. A poor showing would have ensured he will be a second-day pick, but now he has a chance to hear his name called on Saturday instead of Sunday. If he lands on a team looking for a goal line back, he could (I stress "could") end up as a Brandon Jacobs-type for fantasy owners.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU- Geez, you couldn't read anything on the Senior Bowl without hearing glowing reviews about Bowe. He caught everything thrown his way, displayed the speed needed to get open, and saved a small child from a burning building during the Wednesday practice. He solidified his status as a first-round pick, even though he may be the last receiver off the board in the opening stanza.

Garrett Wolfe, RB, Northern Illinois - Wolfe, who led the country in rushing yards last season, really needed to turn some heads during the Senior Bowl to be considered anything more than a return specialist. Instead, he pulled his hamstring early in the week and couldn't continue. So now he is not only undersized but may be considered injury prone.

Marcus McCauley, CB, Fresno St. - McCauley was once considered a first-round pick, but a disappointing season had his stock heading south entering the Senior Bowl. His performance during the week's practices was universally panned as sub par and cemented the fact that he might as well do something else during the opening round because he won't be getting a call from any NFL teams.


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