I know the week off before the Super Bowl has gotten all the fans going through football withdrawal. Scrounging the streets like a junkie looking for their next fix. Fear not football junkie your fix comes in the form of the best collegiate all star game. At 4PM, ET on Saturday, the best college seniors will put their talents on display in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is the last chance for college football players to impress owners, general managers, coaches, scouts and fans in live action to prove their worth being drafted in April. As you all know the Cowboys did not make the playoffs and hold the 18th overall pick in the NFL Draft. While the top players are pretty set in their spots, but the Senior Bowl features many players that will be selected in the middle of the First Round and later. Here are 10 players the Cowboys brass and the fans should keep their eye on Saturday afternoon.
Jan 24, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad wide receiver Denard Robinson of Michigan (16) runs a route during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
10) Denard Robinson – WR – Michigan
Robinson is an interesting player because he is transitioning from QB to WR. He is a dynamic talent with unmatched speed. He is very raw, being a QB most of his football life, but we have seen plenty of athletic QBs make the switch from QB to WR in recent years. It all started with Kordell Stewart and continued to Antwaan Randel-El to Brad Smith and Julian Edelmen. If Robinson is able to beat defenders off the ball, show some skills on special teams and make some catches in space, he could land himself a spot in the late rounds of the Draft in April.
9) Stepfan Taylor – HB – Stanford
Running backs in college are getting smaller and more speed driven. Except at Stanford. Taylor is your typical run through the tackles style back. The Cowboys need a back up for DeMarco Murray. Not only has Murray had multiple bouts with injuries in his first two seasons, but the Cowboys have not had a competent back to spell Murray even when healthy. The Cowboys offense runs on play action passing and forcing opposing defenses to honor the run creating one-on-one match ups on the outside. Right now Taylor is slated as a 3-4th round grade, but a good showing on Saturday could make him a viable option for the Cowboys.
8) Kyle Long – OL – Oregon
Long has great blood lines being the son of Raiders great and Fox Sunday analyst Howie Long. Long has a checkered pas when it comes to football, he bounced around while trying to make it as a pitcher in baseball at Florida State, then left and went to Junior College to play football. He made his way to Oregon where as a senior he finally got a chance to play Guard for Chip Kelly and the Ducks. He is very raw and can play RT or move inside if necessary. Everyone knows the Cowboys need as much offensive line hep as they can get so Long may be a good fit somewhere on day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Jan 24, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad quarterback Zac Dysert of Miami OH (7) passes during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
7) Zac Dysert – QB – Miami (OH)
The Cowboys are set at quarterback with Tony Romo, so using a first through third round pick on a quarterback just does not seem in the best interest for the Cowboys. However later in the draft a guy like Dysert may fit nicely. He has a strong arm and comes from the same school as Big Ben Roethlisberger. The comparisons have been made all throughout his collegiate career, and he could be a good pick to learn the ropes and be a viable option if something should happen to Tony Romo.
6) T.J. McDonald – S – USC
McDonald played safety under current Dallas defensive coordinator TJ McDonald, so there should be some easy learning. McDonald has put together some good coverage skills in one-on-one drills this week in Mobile, and during the season he is known for being a good tackler. He will have to show the ability to come up and make plays, and if he can make plays on the ball, he may be the guy the Cowboys are looking for in the secondary.
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