After the East-West Shrine Game, the NFLPA game, and the
first practices of the Senior Bowl, we begin to see players
rising up boards and, yes, some falling. We’ll take a quick look
at some of these.
Eric Fisher OT, Central Michigan
Across the board the player standing out most is Eric
Fisher from Central Michigan. He has already shot up many
boards and most have him moving from the second half
of the first round to the top ten of their boards. He has
handled Alex Okafor in practices for the Senior Bowl to
the point that it’s causing Okafor to drop spots. If it had
not been for Luke Joeckel OT, Texas A & M being a top
5 pick then Fisher could easily move into the top 5.
Lane Johnson OT, Oklahoma
Johnson is another big gainer now that Jake Matthews
OT, Texas A & M has chosen to stay in school for another
year. Look for the Carolina Panthers to give him some
consideration if Jonathan Banks CB or Jonathan Hankins
DT are off the board.
Desmond Trufant CB, Washington
Desmond (brother of Marcus) has been a late 3rd or
early 4th round pick until the first 3 practices of the
Senior bowl. He’s by far the best of the 12 DBs at
the Senior Bowl and has now comfortably moved up
to middle of the second round.
Marques Goodwin & Quinton Patton WR’s
Both receivers, Goodwin from Texas and Patton from
Louisiana Tech, were on most boards somewhere
in the 4th or 5th rounds. Each has stood out in practices
and if either follow that with good games on Saturday,
will jump up at least one round.
Ezekiel Ansah DE, BYU
This guy is a beast. Raw in some skills but is beginning
to dominate. Ansah will probably jump to the front
of the DEs even though some big names are ahead
of him by draft day. Two weeks ago he was an early
2nd rounder and is now a top 15 pick.
Mike Glennon & Ryan Nassib QBs
Glennon, NC State and Nassib, Syracuse are two of
the 6 QB’s at the Senior Bowl and both have struggled
in early practices. Glennon measured out in cleats just
under 6’8” and 220 lbs. and Nassib has continued to
get air under the ball and overthrow his receivers.
Couple this with the fact they are both pocket passers.
They have both been shown on boards as early as the
1st round and as late as the 5th round and will need
solid games to overcome their showings in practices.
Both are suited for a team like Buffalo, who will
most likely be looking for a replacement for Ryan
Fitzgerald if he ends up elsewhere.
Topics: 2013 NFL Draft