Senior Bowl Stock Market

By Adam Caparell - January 25, 2008


MOBILE, Ala. - For the most part, the minds of scouts and coaches have already been made up when it comes to the 100-plus participants at the Senior Bowl. And after a week of practice, some players have distinguished themselves over others during their time working out at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, raising or lowering their draft stock.

Stock Up

Chad Henne, QB, Michigan: Henne struggled with a shoulder injury this year and did not have the senior season he would have liked. Could have been a first round pick if he left school early last year, but decided to return and looks like second round material this year. But he showed some leadership on the field this week and threw the ball pretty well, arguably playing better than any other quarterback this week.

Jacob Hester, RB, LSU: He's going to be a late round draft pick, but everyone seems to love what he could bring at the next level. Tough, old-school kind of runner that could be successful in cold weather. Hester's the kind of player that could have teams kicking themselves for not taking him.

Rafael Little, RB, Kentucky: When an NFL coach is talking you up, that's usually a good thing, and that's precisely what South coach Mike Nolan was doing Thursday evening. A versatile back who can catch balls out of the backfield and run it just as easily, Little will be a late round draft pick.

Stock Down

Andre' Woodson, QB, Kentucky: Once considered the top senior quarterback in the country and a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate, the Wildcat has not taken easily to Mike Martz's offensive system this week and considering his struggles down the stretch of the season, Woodson has taken a back seat to a number of other quarterbacks. Once unthinkable during the season, Woodson could potentially fall out of the first round.

Early Doucet, WR, LSU: He's first round talent, but work ethic and toughness are coming into question with Doucet battling another injury that could keep him out of Saturday's Senior Bowl - this time it's his hamstring. He missed five games during the regular season with a groin injury. South coach Mike Nolan questioned his competitiveness. That should tell you something.

Holding For The Moment

Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii: He wasn't able to train leading into the Senior Bowl because he was sick which didn't help him this week. And with Brennan being forced to grasp a much different offense - a more traditional, under center system - there are plenty of questions left to be answered. His quick release and strong arm will help him, but Brennan could rise heading toward the draft if he really pushes himself during his training and adds some size and strength. One thing's for sure, Brennan's performance in the Sugar Bowl will follow him, even the numbers were not his fault.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 01:34 PM on January 25, 2008
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