Senior Bowl practices have been ongoing all week as NFL talent evaluators get a first-hand look at many of the prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. Let's take a look at some of what we have learned this, particularly as it impacts the New York Giants.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation has been in Mobile, Ala., all week watching practices and talking to scouts and other analysts. Let's look at some of what he has observed.
Some of Kadar's observations:
-- "Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald is the best player in Mobile."
-- "Colorado State center Weston Richburg continued his strong week of practices with another standout showing on Wednesday. Richburg is lightning quick out of his snap stance and into his blocking stance. He uses that quickness to get leverage and make up for the power advantage defensive linemen have against him. He's been the only player who can block Donald this week."
-- "If Donald has been the best player at Senior Bowl practices, Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin has been the second best player. Martin showed his aggressive streak on Wednesday in offensive versus defensive linemen drills."
Bleacher Report's Matt Bowen lists his 10 players who impressed during the week. There are a few names on Bowen's list that should intrigue the Giants.
Here is some of what others have been saying, via Twitter:
It seems, from talking to scouts, that Pittsburgh’s DT Aaron Donald is one of the best, if not the best, player at the Senior Bowl— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2014
I asked 5 NFL personnel guys who will be the top #SeniorBowl prospect drafted. Results: Zack Martin (3 votes), Carr (1), Donald (1)— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 23, 2014
From what I saw tonight, Jimmie Ward might be the best CB at the Senior Bowl. Already there at S.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) January 23, 2014
FWIW, one NFL personnel guy told me this week that this is the "worst group of Senior Bowl prospects in 20 years" #NFLDraft— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 23, 2014
#Iowa TE CJ Fiedorowicz might be the safest prospect down here in Mobile. NFL teams know he can come in from day 1 and be strong run blocker— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) January 23, 2014