The 2014 Senior Bowl will be held Saturday. To be honest most of the important scouting work was done by teams during practices throughout the week, but the game does give players one more chance to make an impression. It also gives fans who want to see how some of the 2014 NFL Draft prospects measure up a chance to see players in game action. The game will be broadcast at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
Who are some of the players to watch Saturday? 'Raptor' and 'Invictus' did a great job breaking that down for you earlier in the week. Let's look at the Senior Bowl coverage this week from SB Nation and look at some of the players the New York Giants might be interested in.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar offered his thoughts on many players in an informative overview. Let's borrow from that with a look at some players the Giants might be interested in.
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor -- 'Raptor' listed him among the offensive linemen who might be able to help the Giants revamp their porous line. Richardson had a rough week of practice, with Kadar writing that Richardson "had as bad of a week as you've read about. For a 343-pound player, he got pushed around too much by opposing linemen. Richardson's issue is his stance. He's too narrow off the snap, negating any power advantage he may have. If he can fix that, and drop some weight, he should be fine."
Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State -- Considered a mid- to late-round pick entering the week, Richburg has impressed. Kadar writes: "No center looked better this week than Richburg. That's impressive considering the group featured Travis Swanson of Arkansas and Gabe Ikard of Oklahoma. Richburg flashed the speed to snap the ball and get into his stance in a hurry."
Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame -- Is he a guard? Is he a tackle? Right now, who knows. Kadar says Martin has had an excellent week."The overarching opinion about Martin is that, at worst, he's a good offensive tackle in the NFL. The other end of that scale is that he's an All-Pro guard. Martin was used all week as the North team's left tackle, partly because of the players in attendance. Even at tackle Martin looked good driving defenders into the ground. If there's a discussion about which Senior Bowl participant gets taken first in the draft, Martin should be a part of it.
Mike Davis, WR, Texas -- Unheralded at the start of the week Davis made himself noticed. Kadar writes: "Davis does not lack in natural ability, and he showed it every day of practice. He was cutting quicker than the other receivers on the South team and runs tight, crisp routes. Davis looked more varied in his route running than he often did at Texas. He did in Mobile what every player should try to do. The lone question that Davis left was his hands. On Thursday he dropped a couple easy catches, and that stands out."
Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois -- Kadar writes this about Ward: "A practice setting isn't the best place for a safety to look good, especially when the Senior Bowl rules require a single high safety during the game. But Ward still managed to stick out compared to the other safeties this week. He's a smooth athlete and can man up against receivers. It wouldn't be a surprise if some teams look at Ward as a cornerback."
Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin -- 'Raptor' listed Borland as a linebacker to watch, and Kadar seems to agree. He writes" "If people can look past Borland's height (he's short, not small), they'll see an active linebacker capable of making plays near the line of scrimmage. Borland looked fine in coverage drills where he was asked to backpedal, shuffle the right and then to the left. Borland has a lot to gain at the NFL Scouting Combine next month. Test poorly, and what he did this week could be negated. The issue with Borland is speed."
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia -- Think the Giants might be in the market for a running back who can run in-between the tackles, is a natural pass catcher and has the ability to pass protect? Kadar writes: "Sims entered Senior Bowl week as the best running back and he leaves in the same spot. He is a cut above just about every running back in the draft this year in regard to his pass catching and blocking. At the Senior Bowl he showed elusiveness and a nice initial burst after his cut move."
Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State -- The Giants need depth at cornerback, and Kadar likes what he has seen of Lawson. He writes: "Lawson was a star in man coverage drills throughout the week. He has quick feet that allowed him to turn and move with a receiver's every motion. For a player who measured in at just under 5'10 and 184 pounds, Lawson was exceedingly physical. Lawson struggled some in off-man coverage because he waits too long to turn his hips and get down field. His style is similar to Antoine Winfield, a physical slot corner. He definitely made some money this week."
Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia -- In our preview he was referred to as "the best all-around" tight end in the Senior Bowl. After watching him for four days, Kadar writes: "No single player helped himself more this week than Lynch. He started the week looking excellent in blocking drills. He finished things out by catching almost everything thrown his direction. Lynch is a physical tight end with enough athleticism to go up and high point the ball over safeties. Lynch isn't a dynamic tight end, but in the third or fourth round he'll be a nice draft choice."
Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa -- Kadar thinks Kirksey was the best 4-3 outside linebacker in Mobile this week. He writes that Kirksey "looked considerably more comfortable moving in space and stopping and moving forward than the other outside linebackers."
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 25
TIME: 4 p.m. ET
WHERE: Mobile, Ala.
STADIUM: Ladd-Peebles Stadium
TELEVISION: NFL Network