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Senior Bowl Recap: Players That Helped or Hurt Themselves

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Players who helped themselves:

Chad Henne: A four year starter at Michigan, a feat in itself, Chad Henne, was in most people's Top 6 before the Senior Bowl and now he may have passed up Brian Brohm and moved into #2.

His accuracy and pocket presence were on display all week and his two touchdown passes today showed that the scouts were right by ranking him so highly after his workouts.

Sedrick Ellis: Coming into this game I was not sold on the fact that IF the Raiders select fourth and McFadden is gone that they should select Sedrick Ellis with the fourth pick.

That feeling went away after seeing Sedrick Ellis completely DOMINATE the line of scrimmage. He used his burst and leverage to easily play most of the game in the South's backfield. He even showed good pursuit by making a tackle 20 yards downfield.

Glen Dorsey and Chris Long may have cost themelves, SEVERAL, millions of dollars by not being in Mobile.

Erik Ainge : Ainge was one of my sleeper QB picks going into the draft. I had him rated behind Brennen and Woodson and probably available in the 6th or 7th round.

He is no longer a sleeper as he easily outperformed Woodson and Brennen and has picked up Mike Martz's (basic package) offense pretty quickly.

His game winning, 14 play, 86 yard drive showed just how much confidence, focus and pocket presence he has. I have him as the 4th or 5th best QB in the draft now. He may be a late first day or early second day pick.

Matt Forte: Forte showed that he has a high motor and can use his size to bowl over opponents and that he also runs very well to holes. On a screen pass, late in the game, he broke the tackles of BOTH Connor AND Rivers in the red zone before falling at the 1. The kid has skills.

Tashard Choice: Choice made the best plays in space that I saw of any running back in the game. Being that this is a VERY deep running back class, I'm not sure just how far up he'd move, but he will be playing on Sundays and should be snatched up before the last two rounds.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: The latest of "Prime-Time's" projects did NOT disappoint today. He has make-up speed that allowed him break up a couple of passes that he was beat on and he also played the deep ball better than a very good receiver, LaVelle Hawkins.

Niner Coach, Mike Nolan, said that the one thing they were watching was how physical he would be. He did answer those questions early on by making some great technique tackles. In the NFL, it is VERY important to have CB's that can tackle on the quick hitches when they have to make solo stops.

Cromartie is a First Round pick now. IF Dallas doesn't grab him with one of their two picks, it would be a SIN!!!

Harry Douglas: Douglas found seams and was open all day long. In fact, if it weren't for Sedrick Ellis crushing Andre Woodson on a play that Douglas broke free in the end zone, he would have scored a TD to go with a VERY nice crossing route in the closing minute when he showed off his speed. After making a catch he picked up 15 more yards by beating the entire North defensive backfield to the opposite side of the field  and managed to even get out of bounds and stop the clock.

Trevor Laws: This BEAST has come into his own this season and had it NOT been for Sedrick Ellis dominanting the defensive headlines he would have been the defensive player of the game.

If the Raiders grab McFadden with the first pick and Laws is available when we draft in the second, he would have too be the pick.

Who hurt themselves:

Colt Brennen: Brennen looked terrible all week. His weak arm and lack of accuracy really made me wonder how he set all of those records.

Colt went from a potential first round pick on some boards to the end of day two.

I don't know who has fallen faster than Colt in the matter of one week.

Andre Woodson: Just three weeks ago I would have sworn that he would be a Bear in the first. Now, I think he will be available to anyone who is willing to pick him on day one.

Dre Moore: He looked fantastic during the one on one drills and then completely disappeared in this game. That was the knock on him and he lived up to it.

Any Senior that was in the Top 100 and declined to attend hurt themselves. This was the most covered and broken down Senior Bowl of all time. Thank you NFL Network.