2014 Senior Bowl: List of Players Who Have Accepted Invites
Players Headed for the 2014 Senior Bowl
Every year, the 2014 Senior Bowl pits some of college football’s best seniors against each other as the 2014 NFL Draft draws near. Held in Mobile, Alabama, it’s an opportunity for NFL hopefuls to impress scouts and improve their draft stock.
This year, the game will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game as well as all of the pre-game coverage – workouts, drills and scrimmages - can be seen on NFL Network.
Every year, some of the best players from around the nation compete in this game in hopes of elevating themselves on NFL draft boards. Last year, Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel made a name for himself in the Senior Bowl. He completed seven of ten passes for 76 yards, one touchdown and one interception while also scoring six points on the ground.
After the impressive performance, Manuel became the first quarterback off the board, going to the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
This year, there will be several players worth watching when the Senior Bowl finally arrives. Derek Carr, an exciting quarterback prospect, has had a big senior year and will be looking to make plays against top talent. Darqueze Dennard, a physical cornerback, is ready to solidify his standing as one of the top players at his position. Even small-school stud Caraun Reid will be hoping to stand out against a higher level of competition.
Here’s a look at the players who have accepted invites to the 2014 Senior Bowl with a brief description on why they belong on one of the biggest pre-draft stages available to NFL prospects.
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Arguably the best quarterback in school history, Boyd has rewritten the Tigers’ record book as a passer and could sneak his way into the first round due to his big arm and outstanding athleticism.
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr, the Bulldogs gunslinger has skyrocketed up draft boards with a big senior season. He’s shattered his brother’s records and should continue to shine.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (Injured)
One of the most consistent, accurate quarterbacks of the 2014 class. Murray was seen as a second-round prospect before an ACL tear brought his senior season to an unfortunate end.
Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky
An extremely productive player, Andrews has carried the Hilltoppers’ offense since taking over as their starter. His receiving abilities will make him an intriguing option for NFL teams looking for depth.
Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
An electric runner with third-down capabilities, Grice has skyrocketed up draft boards during the second half of the season and could find himself going in the second round with a strong Senior Bowl showing.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
A dual-threat quarterback for the Golden Eagles, McKinnon will likely make the switch to running back in the NFL. He has the athleticism and explosiveness to create sparks at the next level.
Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn
A big, physical fullback with all of the intangibles to be a success in the NFL, Prosch could block his way into a training camp spot with a strong Senior Bowl showing.
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
A sparkplug with reliable hands and remarkable return abilities, Abbrederis has spent his entire career shredding Big 10 defenses. A former walk-on, the Badgers receiver has no trouble with productivity.
Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
One of the greatest receivers to ever play for Wake Forest, Campanaro has been extremely productive during his college career. Although currently working his way back from a broken collarbone, the short pass-catcher could find a spot in the late rounds.
Kain Colter, WR, Northwestern
An extremely athletic playmaker who spent time at quarterback and receiver for the Wildcats, Colter could find a spot in the NFL as an “OW” due to his big-play ability and nose for the endzone.
Mike Davis, WR, Texas
An explosive receiver with reliable hands and a knack for making big plays, Davis has suffered a bit from inconsistent quarterback play during his days at Texas. At the next level, though, he'll be able to create sparks with his deep-ball abilities.
Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
Since landing at Tulane, Grant has been as consistent as a college team could ask for. He puts up reliable numbers with impressive technique and soft hands, both things that will translate well in the NFL.
Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
A speedster with the ability to stretch the field early and often, Herron shows outstanding route running and awareness on the field. He’s a productive part of the Cowboys’ offense and their No. 1 playmaker.
Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
Hoffman headed into the 2013 season as one of the top receivers in the nation, but was slowed by injuries early on. Still, the physical tools are there for the BYU pass-catcher to shine at the next level.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
One of the most productive receivers in SEC history, Matthews has stood out on a team limited in the talent department. The Commodore makes his teammates better with a great work ethic and passion.
Joe Don Duncan, TE, Dixie State
An extremely productive senior season at D2 Dixie State has landed Duncan on NFL radars, which could allow the big tight end an opportunity to head his name called on draft day.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
A well-rounded tight end with plenty of size and athleticism, Fiedorowicz has proven himself to be a reliable weapon for the Hawkeyes. His blocking ability will definitely lift him above other tight ends.
Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
Another well-rounded tight end who can make a big impact as a receiver and blocker, Lynch has led the way for some of the best running backs in the nation and an NFL-bound quarterback.
Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
A three-year starter for the Wolfpack, Bitonio has worked his way up draft boards this season after being named Honorable Mention All-Mountain West as a junior.
Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
A four-year starter for the Volunteers at right tackle, James has held down one end of one of the better offensive lines in the nation across from top talents such as Antonio Richardson.
Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Possessing plenty of versatility, Mewhort moved all around the offensive line in Columbus. His skill set fits best at right tackle, where his awareness and strength will help him pave holes in the run game.
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Standing out due to his intimidating size (6’6’’, 325 pounds), Moses has the well-rounded game to play in the NFL. While he isn’t overly athletic, his technique and awareness make him a great prospect.
Kadeem Edwards, G, Tennessee State
Another small-school prospect who has spent his entire collegiate career dominating opponents, Edwards was selected as a first-team All-Ohio Valley guard for the second year in a row.
Jon Halapio, G, Florida
A big, powerful guard with a thick frame, Halapio is a bulldozer in the ground game. He still needs work as a pass protector, but will be a huge help for a team that likes to run the ball early and often.
Brandon Linder, G, Miami (FL)
After finally becoming a full-time starter for the Hurricanes in 2013, Linder anchored an outstanding line that blocked for playmakers like Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson.
Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame
A mauling run blocker with the strength to overwhelm opponents, Watt excels at creating big holes for his running backs. He'll look to do more of the same during the Senior Bowl.
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
A starter since he joined the Rams, Richburg plays with plenty of power and strength. He excels at getting defenders on the ground and should do more of the same at the next level.
Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
Swanson has been a starter for the Razorbacks since he first stepped on to campus, and he hasn’t disappointed. He’s an outstanding pass blocker who uses technique to keep his quarterback clean.
Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
A defensive end who could transition to outside linebacker in the NFL, Attaochu excels at getting after the quarterback. A strong showing this season has turned the heads of scouts around the country.
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Among the best pass rushers in the nation, Ford has spent the entire 2013 season terrorizing SEC defenses. Although a bit of a one-trick pony, there's definitely a niche for him in the NFL.
Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
A tenacious player who makes a difference because of his high motor, Smith excels at pressuring passers and notching sacks. His size will be a concern in the NFL, but the passion is evident in his play.
DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
A big, disruptive defensive tackle who has blossomed this season for the Nittany Lions, Jones has the potential to reach first-round status with an impressive Senior Bowl performance.
Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
A mammoth defensive tackle with the size to anchor an NFL line, McCullers must prove during the Senior Bowl that he can overcome the laziness that he's shown on film.
Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
The first sub-FBS player to accept an invite, Reid has spent his entire career at Princeton dominating lesser competition. This will be his first opportunity to prove he’s more than a big fish in a small pond.
Brent Urban, DT, Virginia
Having already been drafted into the CFL, Urban is obviously considered a pro-caliber talent. Injuries have hindered his senior season, but his disruptiveness can’t be ignored.
Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
One of the top inside linebackers in the 2014 class, Borland has seen his stock sore this season with consistent play and outstanding tackling. Solid pass rushing and coverage skills make him a top prospect.
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
A quality cornerback with plenty of experience and the talent to be a starter in the NFL, Colvin was named to the first-team All-Big 12 team this year after helping the Sooners shut down opposing offenses.
Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
The guy who stole the spotlight in Auburn's upset over Alabama, Davis provides some intrigue as both a backup cornerback and return specialist with decent NFL potential.
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
It’s not very often you find a cornerback as determined as Dennard. The Spartan plays with a relentless motor and never shies away from contact. A Top 20 talent who should go in the first round in May.
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Despite an injury-filled college career, Fuller has the ability to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL. He’s physical, tenacious and one of the best run-defending cornerbacks in the 2014 class.
Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State
Another extremely productive player, Johnson has the ability to play both cornerback and safety at the next level. His tackling ability and instincts add to the versatility he brings to the table.
Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Injuries will be an issue moving forward after missing all of 2012, but his coverage skills definitely shine through. If he can stay healthy, McGill will entice teams with his consistency out on the edge.
Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
A part of Florida’s three-headed monster at cornerback, Watkins is one of the best tackling cornerbacks in the country. While he might not be a first-round talent, he has the skills to be a solid nickel back.
Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Georgia Southern
A four-year starter for the Golden Eagles, Westbrooks has had a productive career. Even though he's shined in games against FBS foes, this will be his big opportunity to show he can play against anyone.
Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
While far from a finished product, Brooks has excelled for the Seminoles this season as a part of their outstanding secondary. The physical tools are there for him to develop into an NFL talent.
Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
The first Cougar in six years to be named a first-team All-PAC 12 player, Bucannon has been an extremely productive player during his collegiate career. Although he's currently a late-round talent, an impressive showing during the Senior Bowl could do wonders for his stock.
Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor
One of the top safeties in the 2014 class, Dixon skyrocketed up draft boards after the Bears flew up the rankings. A physical, aggressive safety, Dixon should have no trouble making the adjustment to the speed and physicality of the NFL.
Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois
A very productive player for an often-ignored school, Ward has spent his entire career racking up big plays for the Huskies. His play has finally earned him national attention, especially from the NFL.
Chris Boswell, K, Rice
While he doesn’t possess the most accuracy in the nation, Boswell stands out because of his strong long – 13 career kicks of 50+ yards.
Cody Parkey, K, Auburn
A reliable kicker with solid leg strength, Parkey has connected on several big-time kicks this season to put himself on the NFL radar.
Kirby Van Der Kamp, P, Iowa State
One of the most reliable punters in the nation, Van Der Kamp has averaged 42.8 yards per punt throughout his career while consistently putting the ball inside the opponent’s 20.