Notable Senior Bowl performances

I will admit in some ways I am old school (big surprise for those of you who have been here a while). One of those is the NFL Draft. Some of you can study the draft year-round, can recite minute details about dozens of players, and exult in spending months months watching the twists and turns and trying to predict the draft.

Not me. Before starting this site, I hardly studied the draft at all. Now I do, of course, but probably not with the same passion some of you share.

That said, I have probably been remiss in not mentioning that the Senior Bowl is this Saturday, and NFL hopefuls have been in Mobile, Ala., this week trying to improve their draft status. I figured it was time I highlighted some of the players who might be of interest to the Giants.

  • Mike Iupati, G, Idaho -- Guard is not the first position you think of when it comes to the Giants draft needs. But, the Giants do need to address bringing in some young offensive linemen, a trend they started last season with Will Beatty. Iupati has been the best linemen in Senior Bowl practices.

    Here is one report on how impressive he has been this week.

    "There is not a weakness in Iupati's game when he's lined up at guard. His quick first step, lateral quickness, and long arms make him a dominant force inside, and he is a nasty finisher who is not satisfied until defenders are on their backs. And while he struggled a bit when moved to left tackle during practice, Iupati is stepping up against the higher level of competition and based on what we've seen we have no problem giving him a late-first-round grade as a guard. In fact, he's the best guard prospect we've seen in the last two drafts."
  • Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State -- Odrick was termed "impossible to stop" Wednesday. He is a guy who has been looked at as likely being a late-first to second-round pick. A name to watch if he is still on the board when the Giants pick in Round 2.
  • Myron Rolle, S, Florida State -- Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar who just spent a year studying at Oxford. He is at the Senior Bowl trying to show that he didn't forget how to play football during his year away. Most reports I have seen place him around the third or fourth round, and he another intriguing name to watch. Mike Garafolo is is Mobile, and caught up with Rolle this week.
  • Taylor Mays, S, USC -- We know all too well the Giants need safety help. Mays' stock seems to be sliding, and his underwhelming Senior Bowl practices are not helping. Once considered an early first-round lock, Mays might slide into the second round.
  • Vladimir Ducasse, LT, UMass -- Some mixed reports on Ducasse this week, but he is definitely a name to watch. Pat Kirwan on NFL.com is one of those who has been impressed.

Remember to make SB Nation's 'Mocking The Draft' a regular stop in your search for NFL Draft information.

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