Throughout the college season, player's go from highly thought of elite players to over rated talents, and then back to a Top 10 worthy player. We'll take a look at the players as of right now are either moving up draft boards, or who may be going in the wrong direction on their road to being drafted.
This of course coming off the heels of the Senior Bowl week, where many players got a chance to compare their skills first hand against the other top seniors in the country in front of hundreds of NFL coaches, scouts, and evaluators.
1. Cameron Jordan, DE, California
The biggest winner of the Senior Bowl, no question, was Cameron Jordan, who was able to tear up pretty consistently guys like Gabe Carimi, Anthony Castanzo, and Nate Solder. He is able to play in 4-3 as a defensive and tackle or, maybe more importantly, 3-4 defensive end. I would be surprised if he leaves the Top 15.
2. Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Kaepernick really impressed all week long with his surprisingly much better football and throwing motion than he had at Nevada. That quick turnaround plus his personality, arm strength, and understanding of the game will have teams like the Dolphins, Vikings, and Titans fighting over him come round two.
3. Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado
One of the busiest guys in Mobile with teams attacking him with pretty consistent questions and interviews. He looked smooth in coverage and has the size to be a press coverage cornerback. In our opinion, he's a better prospect than Jimmy Smith, fellow Buffalo cornerback, but is still a 3rd round value. Still, he likely won't fall out of the Top 40 picks.
4. Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
Showed great feet and understanding of the game despite only being in his first few years of learning the nuances of the game. He's still raw and older than most prospects, but the IQ and athletic ability is there, and he should be a mid-to-high second round pick because of it.
5. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL)
Had a great week getting separation and regularly beating guys with explosion in and out of his breaks, very good hands, and was a target for both short and deep routes all week long. He's been a 1st round guy on our board much of the year, and with a sub 4.5 forty time, he'll be there on all NFL boards as well.
6. Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa
Really impressed all week long as both an end and a tackle, Ballard has jumped up close to Marvin Austin as the top defensive tackle in this class. But it was his ability to play end and probably a 3-4 DE in the NFL that put him higher on most boards. I think he's probably safely in the 1st round because of that ability.
7. Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Young was the most explosive receiver at the Combine, and while I think the Jeremy Maclin comparisons are a little much, he has the deep speed and the size to be a solid NFL number two receiver, and should be a safe 2nd rounder after Senior Bowl week.
8. Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
The best nose tackle in this class almost without question as far as perfect fits go, because of how in shape he looked for a 337 pounder and the way he took on two blockers without getting pushed back shows that he's a future 3-4 NT, and it'll be hard for teams to pass on a guy like him late 1st, early 2nd round.
9. Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU
I thought he really impressed as an interior blocker all week long and really handled power rushers well, which is crucial for centers. He has the blitz pick-up and strength on film to be a starter early on and could be a franchise center for a lucky team.
10. Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
Great possession receiver all week long and got open fairly consistently with his routes, he could be a great number two or slot receiver depending on the system, and he could be highly sought after come mid to late 2nd and early 3rd round.
1. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
Heard from one scout of the 49ers who compared his release to that of Tim Tebow's with his elongated release, Dalton really wasn't very accurate all week long, and his easy read system at TCU showed as he was out of sync reading plays. A 5th-6th rounder on our boards, he hasn't moved for us but I'd imagine on NFL teams he did.
2. Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
Has great size and surprisingly flexible, I think Solder's inability to handle inside power rushers (like Ryan Kerrigan especially) and his overall attitude (on the verge or is arrogant) will limit which teams look at him. I think he's a solid 2nd round value, with probably his best fit late first to the Chicago Bears because of Mike Tice. Not a left tackle in my opinion.
3. Allen Bailey, DT, Miami (FL)
Struggled a lot early on at defensive end because he lacks great outside pass rush moves, he improved his stock a little bit by looking a bit more comfortable inside at tackle. Still, he'll be more of a 2nd-3rd rounder with potential, and will have to grow into the system.
4. Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma
As a defensive end, he looked slow off the line and was consistently battered by guards and tackles all week long. He looked a bit better as an outside linebacker, but is still a 3rd-4th round value as a situational 3-4 outside linebacker.
5. Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech
Great personality so it's hard to knock him, but he really struggled in pass blocking drills and was beat by shear strength as well as quick moves. That plus the fact that he really wasn't that impressive as a runner maybe pushes him out of the draft.