Senior Bowl can make or break some prospects and here are two of the stand-outs from the first few days in Mobile, Alabama. Many of the expected stand-outs are still standing out but there are some players who are lifting their stock with every down.
Boise Sates RB Doug Martin is creating great interest, especially when he is compared to the likes of Ray Rice, says one AFC scouting coach. He has the ability and agility that would do well in a zone-based system. His flashes of brilliance and his ball skills are making his stock grow with every touch of the ball. This young man with over 1,200 yards in the 2011 season is ready to greet an NFL team with open arms.
One of my favorite stories would be that of Oklahoma State’s QB Brandon Weeden. He is a twenty-eight year-old with so much to prove. Age really is nothing but a number, or is it?
For a draft prospect who is older than Aaron Rodgers many questions have been posed to him. “I can change a lot of things, but I can’t change that birth certificate,” Weeden said. “That’s just kind of my response. It’s there, and I just have fun with it. It’s more of an advantage than anything. There aren’t any negatives. I think I bring a lot of value with my
age, my maturity and how stable I am both mentally and physically.”
Let’s back track on why he is so late in the game. This “young” man was drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round. This is a man who has not has had his body abused by football for many years. He has been trained by some of the best trainers and is in impeccable shape. So if we want to talk about his age…in football years he probably is only 22. Give this man a chance he could be a great asset to many teams.
Hopefully, weather permitted the walk-through will go off without a hitch and we will continue to watch for more brilliance as the Senior Bowl gets closer to kick-off.