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7 Standouts from the Senior Bowl

Which players helped their draft stock in the 2015 Senior Bowl?


Photos from the 2015 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.



1. Arie Kouandjio, G- Alabama
Kouandjio is a tremendous athlete for someone who's 6-5 and 320 pounds. In the Senior Bowl, he showed great quickness while pulling, as well as an ability to get to the second level. In the first quarter, he got 15 yards downfield and laid a critical block that resulted in a long touchdown run. Kouandjio was a two-year starter on Alabama's  offensive line and is projected to be drafted in the second round.

2. Ameer Abdullah, RB – Nebraska
Abdullah led the North team in both rushing (seven carries for 73 yards) and receiving (four catches for 40 yards). Despite a lingering hamstring injury, he showed tremendous burst in the open field. Abdullah was the first Nebraska running back to record three 1,000-yard seasons in a career and is projected to be drafted in the second round.

3. Sean Mannion, QB – Oregon State
None of the six quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl were tremendously consistent, but that's sometimes the nature of an all-star game. Mannion, at times, showed a great touch and ability to place the ball in tight windows. He finished the game completing nine of 14 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Mannion owns virtually every Oregon State passing record and is projected to be drafted in the fifth round.


  1. Carl Davis, DT – Iowa**
    Davis was named the Most Outstanding Practice Player in the week leading up to the Senior Bowl and followed it up with a big performance on game day. He routinely rode offensive linemen five yards into the backfield and didn't give up any ground when being double-teamed.  The 6-5, 320-pound defensive tackle is projected to be drafted in the second round and his stock is rising.

5. Tyler Varga, FB – Yale
Varga will likely be used primarily as a lead blocker in the NFL, but he proved to be versatile on Saturday. He ran the ball four times for 31 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for an additional 39 yards. Varga is considered to be the second-best fullback in the country and is expected to be drafted in the fifth round.


  1. Nick Boyle, TE – Delaware**
    Boyle had an eye-opening hurdle in the beginning of the game and showed great athleticism for a player whose specialty is supposed to be blocking. Boyle did block well and, despite a few drops and some missed throws, was able to get open when asked to run routes. He caught two passes for 21 yards and at one point was targeted on four consecutive plays. He's projected to be taken in the fifth round of the draft.

7. Marcus Hardison, DE – Arizona State
Hardison was a staple in the South team's backfield. He's listed as a defensive end but played most of the game on the interior, where he proved to be too quick for guards and centers to keep up with. He showed speed off the ball as well as the strength to bull rush larger offensive linemen. Hardison is expected to be selected in the fourth round of the draft.


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