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The 2013 Senior Bowl, the annual college all-star game, is this week. Dan Kadar from SB Nation's Mocking the Draft takes a look at some of the top prospects from the game, breaking down what we could see from each of them through the practices and in the game this Saturday.
The 2013 Senior Bowl is this week, with scouts, coaches, and general managers all converging on Mobile, Alabama to see some of the top prospects for April's NFL Draft. Throughout the week, we will get reports on potential draft targets for the Miami Dolphins. Before we get too far into the week, here's a look at some of the top prospects, as broken down by SB Nation's Dan Kadar on Mocking the Draft.
Kadar pulled the top 15 prospects from the game, reviewing what can be learned about each of the players during the week. Parsing his list down to just the players in the Dolphins' need areas, we have:
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (South) (Kadar's Ranking: 2) - "As athletically as he is raw, Ansah's potential is sky-high. With a great week in Mobile, he could even be in consideration for the second overall pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He'd fit perfectly as a Leo in new head coach Gus Bradley's new defense. But if he has a poor week, Ansah could settle in the 20s. Fundamentally, Ansah has catching up to do and may start his NFL career as a specialty player. What we may find out this week: Exactly how far along Ansah is in his technique. During the week of practices, Ansah will be going against sound linemen like Oday Aboushi, D.J. Fluker, Lane Johnson and Dallas Thomas. He'll either get exposed or shine."
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Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State (North) (Ranking: 5) - "Poyer is the draft's best and most natural zone coverage cornerback. Instead of going on and on about Poyer, just read Matthew Fairburn's scouting report on him here. What we may find out this week: There are times when Poyer can get beat over the top by speedier receivers. He may get in trouble in practices if he's put up against Texas wide receiver and speed merchant Marquise Goodwin."
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU (North) (Ranking: 10) - "The Estonian track star flashed impressive potential throughout his SMU career, but his play ran cold at times. With his size and quickness, Hunt is a natural fit as a five-technique in a 3-4 system. Teams looking for a JJ Watt-style player could fall in love with Hunt this week if he performs well. What we may find out this week: Hunt played at end most snaps for SMU, but may get used more as a tackle in Mobile. How he fares inside could determine where he gets picked. Play well and he opens himself up to more 4-3 teams. If he gets overpowered inside by double teams, he could be an option for 3-4 teams only."
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State (North) (Ranking: 14) - "Of all the receivers at the Senior Bowl, none is a better combination of size and pure speed than Wheaton. If he can cleanly get off the line of scrimmage, cornerbacks have a hard time keeping up with him vertically. At six-foot, 184 pounds, he has solid enough size to high point the ball. What we may find out this week: Wheaton will have to show this week that he can consistently beat the jam. If he can, Wheaton is the kind of player that can step into an NFL lineup immediately and make plays."
Check out Mocking the Draft for more coverage of potential draft prospects between now and April's NFL Draft.