10 Senior Bowl players who might look good in Black and Gold

10 players who might look good in Black and Gold

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145CHRIS BORLAND, WISCONSIN

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: North Number: 44 Position: Inside linebacker

HEIGHT: 6-0 WEIGHT: 245 40-YARD DASH: 4.76

NEED TO KNOW: TWO-TIME ALL-BIG TEN PICK WAS THE LEAGUE’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 2013 WHILE EARNING FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA HONORS. … BECAME THE FIRST WISCONSIN LINEBACKER TO EARN FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA HONORS SINCE 1951. … RANKS SIXTH ON THE SCHOOL’S ALL-TIME TACKLES LIST (420). … HE SET A BIG TEN RECORD WITH 15 FORCED FUMBLES IN HIS CAREER, THE SECOND-MOST IN FBS HISTORY.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 3/NO. 4 ILB

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145DEE FORD, AUBURN

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: South Number: 30 Position: Defensive end

HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 243 40-YARD DASH: 4.72

NEED TO KNOW: FIRST-TEAM ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE PICK HAD 101/2 SACKS AND 141/2 TACKLES BEHIND THE LINE DESPITE MISSING FIRST TWO GAMES WITH A KNEE INJURY. … FIERCE PASS RUSHER RANKS SIXTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY WITH 201/2 SACKS. … HAD TWO SACKS ON FINAL DRIVE OF TEXAS A&M GAME, DROPPING JOHNNY MANZIEL FOR A 22-YARD LOSS ON FOURTH DOWN. … PROJECTS AS OUTSIDE LINEBACKER AT NEXT LEVEL.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 2/NO. 6 OLB

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145JIMMY GAROPPOLO, EASTERN ILLINOIS

LeftAlign.104LeftAlign.153Team: South Number: 10 Position: Quarterback

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Height: 6-2 Weight: 219 40-yard dash: 4.78

NEED TO KNOW: WAS THE 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WINNER AND CLAIMED THE FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS AS WELL. … LED NCAA DIVISION I PLAYERS IN PASSING YARDS (4,489) AND TOUCHDOWN PASSES (48). … SET SCHOOL RECORD WITH SEVEN TD PASSES AGAINST ILLINOIS STATE. … SHATTERED CAREER MARKS FOR PASSING YARDS (13,156), COMPLETIONS (1,047) AND TOUCHDOWN PASSES (118). C

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 2/NO. 5 QB

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145CHRISTIAN JONES, FLORIDA STATE

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: South Number: 7 Position: Inside linebacker

HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 234 40-YARD DASH: 4.64

NEED TO KNOW: VERSATILE PLAYER MOVED ALL OVER IN HIS FOUR-YEAR CAREER BEFORE BECOMING AN EDGE PASS RUSHER AS THE STRONG-SIDE LINEBACKER. … HAD A CAREER-BEST EIGHT TACKLES FOR LOSS AND LED FSU WITH SIX QUARTERBACK HURRIES AS IT WON THE BCS NATIONAL TITLE. … WAS A DEFENSIVE LEADER FOR A UNIT THAT LED THE NATION IN SCORING DEFENSE (12.1) AND PASS DEFENSE (156.6).

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 3-4/NO. 5 ILB

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145KEITH MCGILL, UTAH

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: South Number: 1 Position: Cornerback

HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 214 40-YARD DASH: 4.49

NEED TO KNOW: AFTER MISSING HALF THE 2011 SEASON AND ENTIRE 2012 CAMPAIGN, HE MOVED FROM SAFETY TO CORNERBACK AND WAS ONE OF THE TOP CORNERS IN THE PAC-12 AS A SENIOR. … HIS 12 PASS BREAK-UPS LED THE CONFERENCE AND TIED HIM FOR FOURTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY. … HAD 37 TOTAL TACKLES WITH 28 SOLOS AND ALSO RETURNED AN INTERCEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN AGAINST UCLA.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 3/NO. 14 CB

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145KAREEM MARTIN, NORTH CAROLINA

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: North Number 95

POSITION: DEFENSIVE END

HEIGHT: 6-6 WEIGHT: 272

40-YARD DASH: 4.82

NEED TO KNOW: EARNED FIRST-TEAM ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE HONORS AFTER FINISHING THE SEASON WITH 78 TACKLES -- INCLUDING 20 FOR A LOSS. … RECORDED 11 SACKS, 14 QUARTERBACK HURRIES, THREE FORCED FUMBLES AND TWO FUMBLE RECOVERIES. … HE EARNED WALTER CAMP NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS FOR HIS PERFORMANCE AT PITT WHEN HE HAD 31/2 SACKS AND FORCED TWO FUMBLES. … HAS AN 841/4-INCH WINGSPAN.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 3/NO. 9 DE

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145ZACK MARTIN, NOTRE DAME

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: North Number: 72 Position: Tackle

HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 305 40-YARD DASH: 5.22

NEED TO KNOW: WAS THE NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER. … STARTED ALL 13 GAMES AT LEFT TACKLE AS A GRAD STUDENT AND SET A SCHOOL RECORD IN STARTING ALL 52 GAMES OF HIS CAREER. ... WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF AN OFFENSIVE LINE THAT ALLOWED EIGHT SACKS IN 2013, RANKING SECOND IN THE FBS IN FEWEST SACKS ALLOWED IN 429 PASS ATTEMPTS.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 1/NO. 4 OT

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145JORDAN MATTHEWS, VANDERBILT

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: South Number: 87 Position: Wide receiver

HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 209 40-YARD DASH: 4.55

NEED TO KNOW: WAS A CONSENSUS FIRST-TEAM ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE PICK AND A FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA SELECTION BY TWO PUBLICATIONS. … HAD ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE RECEIVING SEASONS IN SEC HISTORY IN 2013, FINISHING WITH A LEAGUE-RECORD 112 CATCHES FOR 1,477 YARDS — WHICH RANKS THIRD IN SEC HISTORY. … HE ALSO HAD SEVEN TDS. … HOLDS VIRTUALLY EVERY VANDERBILT CAREER AND SINGLE-SEASON RECEIVING MARK.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 2/NO. 8 WR

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145MARCUS SMITH, LOUISVILLE

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: North Number: 90 Position: Outside linebacker

HEIGHT: 6-4 WEIGHT: 258 40-YARD DASH: 4.76

NEED TO KNOW: HAD 24 CAREER SACKS AS AN OUTSIDE LINEBACKER AT LOUISVILLE, BUT WILL LIKELY PLAY DEFENSIVE END IN THE PRO RANKS. … WAS NAMED AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND WAS A FINALIST FOR THE TED HENDRICKS AWARD AFTER LEADING THE CARDINALS WITH 141/2 SACKS — THE FOURTH-HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON TOTAL IN SCHOOL HISTORY — AND 171/2 TACKLES FOR LOSS.

NFLDRAFTSCOUT PROJECTION (ROUND/POSITION RANK): 2-3/NO. 7 DE

LEFTALIGN.81LEFTALIGN.145KYLE VAN NOY, BYU

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Team: South Number: 3 Position: Outside linebacker

Height: 6-3 Weight: 244 40-yard dash: 4.68

Need to know: Was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik and Butkus Awards for the nation’s top defensive player. … Ranked third with 70 tackles, including 171/2 for loss. … Also recorded four sacks and had a team-leading 14 quarterback hurries. … Had three sacks against Georgia Tech and also intercepted a pass on the first play of Utah State game and returned it for a touchdown.

NFLDraftScout projection (round/position rank): 1-2/No. 4 OLB

LeftAlign.81LeftAlign.145Compiled by Sheldon Mickles