The Senior Bowl has come and gone, but our analysis of the prospects who played in the game has just begun.
While Alec Shirkey and the rest of the crew here will be diving into some of the most intriguing prospects in the weeks ahead, I wanted to take a moment to point out five players who impressed at t he Senior Bowl and could be part of the Falcons' plans when April rolls around.
Let's take a look at my five. Share yours in the comments after you give this a read!
DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State
Reminds me a younger, much lighter Grady Jackson. Comes with prodigious strength, a nice pass-rushing and pocket-pushing toolkit and good fundamentals. He'll need to stay in decent shape and he's probably a better fit for a 3-4, but the Falcons might want to at least go into more hybrid looks and thus Williams could be valuable. He's probably a second day pick, but the Falcons lack a true run-game stopper at defensive tackle right now, and Williams could fit the bill while providing a little pass rush acumen as well.
T David Quessenberry, San Jose State
Versatility is the magic word with Quessenberry. He's shown well taking snaps at tackle, guard and even center during Senior Bowl practices. At 294 he's a little light and would need to add weight to stick at tackle, but he could be an asset as a backup along the line with his very strong footwork and blocking technique. With his talent, he's worth a gamble as a potential future starter with a little more weight on his frame, as well. Likely a third, fourth or fifth round pick.
DE Margus Hunt, SMU
We've talked about Hunt a lot here already, and we'll continue to do so. His athleticism and size makes him an extremely intriguing option at defensive end, with long enough arms that he can block passes and even field goals without major difficulty. He did have an up-and-down college career, however, so it's a boom or bust type of pick to a certain extent. I think he's worth the risk.
LB Vince Williams, Florida State
Williams is a third day pick who might be rising a bit. He can play MLB in a 4-3, but he's probably better suited to OLB in a 4-3 and ILB in a 3-4. He's a quality rusher off the edge and a pretty solid coverage guy already, though his entire game needs a coat of polish. If the Falcons are looking for quality linebacker depth and can't get one of the top guys on the board, Williams is worth waiting for.
RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
A little bit of a cheat, here, but a prospect I still wanted to talk about. Lattimore is a definite risk, given his catastrophic injury. But he's also one of the most talented backs in the draft, a potential game-changer at the position and someone whose long-term upside makes a third day selection more than worth it. Given that he's returning to health rapidly, he's a player I'd like to see the Falcons take a shot on.
Share your best from the Senior Bowl.