Senior Bowl Preview
By: Les Barnhart
Category: Washington Redskins News
Looking over the rosters of both teams, two things jump to attention. The first is the number of SEC players (22) in the game and the other is the stable of running backs that are scheduled to see action. Since the Doak Walker Award winner Chris Perry bowed out of the game, the spotlight will focus on the standout running backs such as the North squad's Michael Turner of Northern Illinois and Pittsburgh's Lou Polite. Their counterparts on the talented South squad will be Cedric Cobbs of Arkansas, Shaud Williams of Alabama, Mewelde Moore of Tulane and Greg Jones of Florida State.
The quarterbacks that will see action for the North are Bowling Green's Josh Harris, Michigan's John Navarre and Cody Pickett of Washington. The South squad again shows a decided edge as they will have two possible first rounders, J.P. Losman of Tulane and Phillip Rivers of N.C. State, who will see action at quarterback. Also on the South roster is Virginia's Matt Schaub.
The receiving corps for the North and South will allow for some prospects to increase their draft value as many of the names that will be called early on Draft Day are not here. In a draft that could see the underclassmen dominate, the seniors playing in this game will be looking to add their names to the list of hot NFL prospects. The two highest ranked wide receivers will be the North squad's Michael Jenkins (projected as a possible first rounder) of Ohio State and on the South squad, Jerricho Cotchery of N.C. State. Other notable receivers scheduled to see action will be Johnnie Morant of Syracuse, B.J. Johnson of Texas and Virginia Tech's Ernest Wilford.
Some of the biggest names in this game are at the tight end position. The South will field two of the best prospects in Ronnie Ghent of Louisville and Ben Watson of Georgia. TheHogs.net's draft expert, Scott "Scooter" Moore has them ranked as the third and fourth best tights available in the upcoming draft.
Other names to watch will be defensive linemen Tommy Kelly of Mississippi State, Chad Lavalais of LSU, Auburn's DeMarco McNeil and Florida's Bobby McCray. At the linebacker position, Michael Boulware of Florida State will command the attention of all those in attendance. In the secondary, a number of prospects will be looking to make a name for themselves. Among that group, the most notable are Oklahoma's Derrick Strait, Guss Scott and Keiwan Ratliff of Florida, Keith Smith of McNeese State, Nathan Vasher of Texas and Rich Gardner of Penn State.
* Be sure to check back for a Senior Bowl game recap.
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