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5 Players to Watch at the Senior Bowl

Five players to keep an eye on during the 2016 Senior Bowl.


1. CB Deiondre' Hall, Northern Iowa
Hall could be the best cornerback playing on Saturday. He is currently ranked by CBS as the third-best senior corner in the country, and the two players listed ahead of him will not be competing in the game. Hall intercepted 13 passes in his career, four of which were returned for touchdowns. He's a bigger corner at 6-2 and is versatile. He returned kicks, punts and even appeared on offense during his time at Northern Iowa. CBS projects Hall as a third-round pick.

2. DE Shawn Oakman, Baylor
At 6-foot-7 and 269 pounds, Oakman is a physical specimen. Plus, he runs a 4.8 40-yard dash. Oakman holds Baylor records for most sacks in a career, as well as most sacks in a single season. He earned 127 tackles during his career at Baylor, 91 of which were solo. Most analysts agree Oakman probably won't be selected in the first round of the draft, but could be gone shortly after.

3. S Jeremy Cash, Duke
Cash could very well be the best safety in the country. In 2015, he was a nominee for the Maxwell Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award, all of which are awarded to some of the nation's top players. In 27 games at Duke, he had 232 tackles (12 per game) and recorded 20 tackles for losses. He also had 5.5 sacks, six interceptions, forced six fumbles and recovered three fumbles. Most analysts agree that Cash will be a first-round pick.

4. WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
Shepard was a first-team All-American by ESPN in 2015, catching 86 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. Like Hall, his versatility will help his draft stock. Oklahoma used Shepard to run the ball almost 20 times during his career and also utilized him as a kick returner. Shepard could be around in the second or third round, based on current projections.

5. FB/ TE Glenn Gronkowski, Kansas State
Last week, J.J. Watt's younger brother took the field at the Shrine Game. This week, Rob Gronkowski's younger sibling will be playing in another college football all-star game. Gronkowski was highly productive during his time at Kansas State; he caught 15 passes in his career and averaged 24.6 yards per catch, a school record. Although he played fullback in college, Gronkowski is listed as a tight end for the Senior Bowl.

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