Russ Lande from The Sporting News has chosen eight players who showed well this week at the Senior Bowl practices, go here.
2. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia, 5-9, 183, 4.35; projected late first-round, early second-round pick. It is widely accepted that Morris Claiborne and Dre Kirkpatrick will be the first two cornerbacks drafted, but the battle to be the third cornerback picked is up for grabs. After an excellent week in Mobile, Boykin has definitely let it be known that he needs to be in that discussion. He showed natural instincts covering receivers, rare foot quickness, loose hips and the speed to run with receivers all over the field. Best of all was that Boykin seemed to enjoy being physical with the big receivers and not only held his own, but was able to consistently keep his man from catching passes.
6. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, 4.6; projected Top 20 pick. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw gets more publicity, but this week in Mobile, Ingram showed that he is the more explosive and athletic prospect. He has shocking explosiveness off the ball as an edge rusher from an outside linebacker alignment, and combined with his polished hand use and variety of pass rush moves, he made it pressuring the quarterback look easy. He also displayed the strength to be a force at the point of attack against blockers. He could be a fast-rising player this spring and could challenge to be a Top 10 pick.
7. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama, 5-10, 191, 4.35; projected late first-round, early second-round pick. The former Florida cornerback, who ended up at North Alabama after being dismissed by the Gators for his off-field behavior, shined all week. He displayed rare athleticism, especially foot quickness and explosiveness. He proved that if teams are comfortable with his character, he should be in the mix to be the third cornerback drafted. He did a great job of reading the quarterback from off coverage to close fast and break up passes. The only area in which he had issues was that he lacked ball awareness when his back was to the quarterback in downfield man coverage.
Those are the three guys from Russ’ list who are definitely on the Cowboys radar right now. Let’s hope all three play well on Saturday.