It’s invaluable experience not only for the players, but also for everyone who observes. Be it scouts, coaches, or general managers, much of the NFL flocks to the city in southern Alabama to watch the week’s practices, which are thought of as more indicative of a players’ skill than the game itself.
Over the past few years, the Rams have drafted their share of players who have competed in the Senior Bowl. Many regard defensive tackle
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Carson Wentz - QB - North Dakota State
Wentz spent the last two years as North Dakota State’s starting quarterback, leading the team to its fourth and fifth consecutive FCS National Championships. But playing his four years in FCS, the 6-foot-6 quarterback does have something to prove heading into the spring draft. He could confirm many of the positive impressions of him with a strong week in Mobile.
Braxton Miller - WR - Ohio State
A two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback, Miller made the switch to wide receiver in 2015 in part to help alleviate the Buckeyes’ logjam of QBs. He finished the year with 601 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. How his skill set fits with a pro offense should be intriguing to monitor this week.
Peterson was one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the top defensive back in college football. He made five picks in his career, often defending the opposition’s best receiver in Oklahoma State’s defensive scheme.
Adolphis Washington - DT - Ohio State
Washington will have to answer some questions about some of his off-the-field issues, but he was undoubtedly one of the better defensive linemen in college football. Partially overshadowed by potential top-five draft pick Joey Bosa, Washington still recorded 13.5 sacks and 25.0 tackles for loss over his four years at Ohio State.
Jake Coker - QB - Alabama
Running back Derrick Henry may have won the Heisman with his outstanding 2015 season, but Coker proved his value in the Crimson Tide’s run to its National Championship. The 6-foot-5 quarterback completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,110 yards with 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his senior year. His experience could prove useful against the nation’s best.
Sterling Shepard - WR - Oklahoma
Shepard produced in all four years at Oklahoma, particularly in his senior season of 2015 when he caught 86 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. A semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, Shepard was one of the primary cogs in the Sooners’ offense that reached the College Football Playoff.
Sheldon Rankins - DE - Louisville
Rankins has been plenty productive at Louisville over the past couple years, racking up 26.5 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks combined in his junior and senior seasons. He’s a versatile player who can line up both on the inside and outside, which helped him to lead the Cardinals in tackles in 2015.
Noah Spence - EDGE - Eastern Kentucky
Spence is another player who has seen his share of off-the-field issues, as they were the reason he transferred to Eastern Kentucky. That said, he is one of the better edge rushers in the class, having racked up 22.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks in 2015 -- with at least one sack in nine of 11 games. He could improve his draft stock with a strong performance this week.