Marquise Goodwin

As we enter the fourth quarter of the NFL season, former Longhorns are still performing at high levels on the field. Here is how a few of them did this week.

Adrian Phillips

Phillips and the Chargers pulled out a win at home against the winless Cleveland Browns over the weekend. The former Longhorn safety only had two tackles, but came up with the game-clinching interception in the waning moments of the game. The third year man has played extremely well in the back end for Los Angeles this season. In five of his last eight games, he has recorded at least six tackles. All of this coming while still being listed as the backup at both safety positions.

Thanks in part to Phillips’ play, the Chargers are now 6–6 and in a three way tie for first place in the open AFC West. The Chargers will look to go for a fourth-straight win as they play a struggling Washington team on Sunday at home.

Marquise Goodwin

Goodwin helped the San Francisco 49ers earn their second win of the season on Sunday. The 27-year old had eight catches for 99 yards in legendary Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Goodwin is playing the best football of his career right now as he has surpassed the half-century mark five times in his last six games. He will look to build on his good rapport with young quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who targeted Goodwin eight times on Sunday.

Fozzy Whittaker

With the addition of Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker has fallen out of the backfield rotation in Carolina. The now third-string running back has been nearly non-existent this season. He has only recorded four carries for 10 yards to go along with three receptions and 34 yards. This production is severely down from last season’s 82 touches for over 500 yards.

The Panthers have seen the speed and agility that Fozzy brings to the table and have decided to use him in a special teams capacity. In the past two games, Whittaker has accounted for 91 return yards. His new role as return man has given him a return to the field and a chance to help the 8–4 Panthers as they gear up for their
playoff run.

Senior wide receiver Mike Davis (1) enjoyed a productive junior year, and if he continues to refine his skills in his last season at Texas he could be the next Longhorn to make it to the NFL. Davis is joined by other upperclassmen as well as a few others as potential NFL prospects

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Former Texas players Kenny Vaccaro, Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Brandon Moore fulfilled their childhood dreams last week, earning spots on four different NFL rosters. As Texas heads into the fall season, the spotlight will shine on seniors eager to prove themselves in the eyes of NFL scouts and coaches.

Wide receiver Mike Davis is among those entering his final year as a Longhorn. After seeing significant playing time in his freshman and sophomore years, Davis started 11 times in 2012, leading the team in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and yards per catch. Davis was a second team All-Big 12 choice by the San Antonio Express-News and the Dallas Morning News.

Entering the draft was a possibility this year for Davis, as he bounced back and forth on whether to remain at Texas or leave for the NFL. After discussing his options with Texas coaches and his family, Davis decided to stay.

“It’s been tough for me,” Davis told ESPN’s Joe Schad. “I did plan on coming out [for the draft], but I need to do this one more time. I want to try to win the Biletnikoff award. Those guys at Texas deserve another year.”

Returning for his final year means Davis will have a chance to increase his efficiency on the field and boost his tapes with more catches. 

“I took it upon myself to be a senior leader and help the other receivers get better,” Davis said. 

2013 will mark offensive guard Mason Walters’ fifth and final season at Texas. After missing the bulk of his freshman season with a foot injury, Walters returned to start 12 games during his second season and win UT’s Frank Medina Rehabilitation Award. 

Walters has started all 13 games during his past two seasons. He was a 2012 honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and named to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists. 

Walters is already 17th on’s list of top offensive guards heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Jackson Jeffcoat earned buzz from sports analysts and columnists heading into the 2012 season as a top draft prospect.  

The heavily recruited Plano West defensive end played in eight games during his first year at Texas and started 12 as a sophomore, missing only one start due to injury.  His promising junior year was cut short by a right pectoral muscle rupture during the Texas-Oklahoma game.  Despite the injury, Jeffcoat still managed to come in second on the team in tackles for loss
and sacks.  

Athleticism is in Jeffcoat’s blood: his father, Jim Jeffcoat, was a well-known NFL lineman who played for both the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.  

Jackson, lauded for his speed and flexibility on the field, still has analysts abuzz with his potential to land a spot in the early rounds of the 2014 draft. Now, Jeffcoat will have 2013 to prove himself after his recovery. 

Former Longhorns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin runs after the catch during the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State. Goodwin was drafted to the Buffalo Bills over the weekend with the 78th pick. 

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Three former Longhorns will boast new jerseys, new teams and new cities after being selected during the 2013 NFL Draft this past week.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro was selected in the first round of the draft as the 15th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was picked 78th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the third round while defensive end Alex Okafor was chosen as the 103rd overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals.

First off the board for the Longhorns was Vaccaro, who had made it his goal to be the first safety chosen. Without waiting too long on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall, his wish was granted.

“This is just the beginning,” Vaccaro said. “Now I have to keep working hard to get to New Orleans and make an impact.”

Vaccaro was a strong prospect heading into the draft after leading the Longhorns in tackles in 2012. 

“I have been grinding my whole life, literally since I was four years old, for this opportunity,” Vaccaro said. “The Saints were my last visit, and I had a good feeling about it.”

Goodwin, well aware of the other talented players still up for grabs, didn’t pay much attention to the draft Friday night, during which he got the call from the Buffalo Bills.

“I was just sitting out there throwing the football with my brothers and sitting on the back of the truck talking,” Goodwin said. “I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t even think I’m going to go today. There are still receivers ranked ahead of me on the board.’ I got the call while I was on the back of the truck.”

Being chosen as a new member of an NFL team came after a whirlwind eight months for Goodwin, during which he competed at the Olympics in London and finished out his senior year of football, forgoing his last season of track to prepare for the draft. 

“[My time at Texas] really taught me patience and how to persevere through thick and thin,” Goodwin said. “I went off the board before guys that had a lot more catches and yards than I did. But I’ve got a wonderful opportunity in front of me, and I’m just going to make the most of it.”

For Goodwin, Buffalo comes with some familiar ties. Former Longhorn and current Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams is a close friend while men’s head track coach Bubba Thornton also played as a wide receiver for the Bills. 

Okafor said he couldn’t stop smiling after the call he received from the Arizona Cardinals.

“It’s just a blessing,” Okafor said. “No matter what team you go to, when you get that call on draft day you’re already in love with the team. Really, that is all you can ask for.”

Two other former Longhorns, defensive end Sam Acho and center Lyle Sendlein, are already on the Cardinals roster. 

For Okafor, who many analysts predicted would be chosen in the second round, the phone call that came upon his selection was a welcomed end to the waiting game.

“I expected to be called yesterday,” Okafor said on Saturday. “It was a long wait yesterday. But God has a plan for me. Today I couldn’t be any happier.”  

Former Longhorns defensive end Alex Okafor tries to make a tackle against the TCU Horned Frogs on Thanksgiving Day last season. Okafor, who is expected to be drafted in the early rounds of the NFL draft, had eight tackles and 4.5 sacks in the 2012 Valero Alamo Bowl last December. 

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At the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia in 1936, professional football teams selected their chosen players for the first-ever NFL draft.

Seventy-seven years later, teams are still doing it, with a few more rounds and slightly more advanced technology. The 2013 NFL draft will commence Thursday evening at New York City’s Radio Music Hall, bringing with it a cluster of Longhorns ready to sport the caps of their new teams.

Former Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro has earned buzz from scouts and coaches for his speed, strength and hard-hitting abilities. Vaccaro is considered by analysts to be one of the top safety prospects in the draft and will most likely go in the first round. Vaccaro was included in a small group of players invited to New York City for the draft.

“It is an experience he should enjoy,” head coach Mack Brown said of Vaccaro’s invitation. “It is a great compliment to not only Kenny and not only [assistant head coach/defensive backs coach] Duane Akina, but to our entire program.”

Rumors of teams thinking about drafting Vaccaro have included the Rams, Saints, Cowboys and Titans after had private workouts with the latter two. But Vaccaro is keeping an open mind in terms of rosters.

“I’m fired up to go anywhere,” Vaccaro said. “This has been a dream my whole life. Wherever I go, I’ll excel at that team.”

Defensive end Alex Okafor is also projected to be drafted in the early rounds, thanks to his power, fundamentally-sound hand usage and production as a pass rusher. Sporting his Texas jersey for the final time against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, Okafor tallied eight tackles and an Alamo Bowl record of 4.5 sacks. 

“Alex Okafor is a guy I like,” NFL analyst Mike Mayock said. “I love the way he sacked Geno Smith in the end zone [during the West Virginia game.] He has some burst off the edge. He does everything really well. He’s got good hustle.”   

Speedy wide receiver Marquise Goodwin wowed scouts and fans alike with a 4.27 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, the fastest in history by a wide receiver. Goodwin, who is an Olympic long jumper, is projected by some to go sometime during the fourth round. Despite the praise he’s earned for his quickness on the field, Goodwin said his speed often overshadows the other abilities he has to offer an NFL team.

“I definitely have a lot more to me than just my speed,” he said. “I’m physical, I block and I can catch, I can run routes, I can get open.”

Goodwin’s impressive performance at the senior bowl also grabbed the attention of scouts and analysts.

“I came out of the Senior Bowl going, ‘This kid’s a legitimate football player,’” Mayock said. “[He has] potential return skills [and] runs as fast as anybody in the NFL runs.”

Defensive tackle Brandon Moore surprised some with his announcement to enter the draft after just one season at Texas. Moore contributed including 18 tackles and two sacks this past season, alternating between inside and outside.

Moore’s size makes him a notable candidate, but lack of tapes could mean Moore will go in the mid-to-later rounds of the draft, analyst Rob Rang noted. 

Wide receiver D.J. Monroe could earn a spot on a team as a late draft pick. Monroe spent five years with the Longhorns but only started twice last season.

“I’m just ready to see who is interested and who is not,” Monroe said. “I’m ready for another step, another chapter to open. This is my last goal in life. I feel like I accomplished the rest, and now I’m about to show them I can play in the NFL.”


Christian Corona and Trey Scott muse their mock drafts. Corona has Vaccaro to the Rams at No. 16, while Scott has him going a pick earlier, to the Saints at No. 15.

Former Texas running back Jeremy Hills has his wingspan measured at Texas Pro Day Tuesday.  Hills jumped, sprinted and caught passes from Vince Young as part of the day’s activities.  

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Vince threw, Ricky donned a suit and Marquise danced.

Athleticism marked Texas’ pro day as Texas graduates and NFL hopefuls strutted the skills they’d worked tirelessly to perfect for a bevy of scouts. 

“We wanted the guys who didn’t do as well at the combine to have a second chance, so they can come home to a more comfortable setting and show the scouts what they can do,” head coach Mack Brown said of pro day.

The work began midmorning in the weight room, where players were measured and completed vertical jumps, 40-yard dashes and other strength activities. Marquise Goodwin, who sprang off the ground for an impressive 42 inches, pouted because he thought he’d jumped 44. Former running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams snapped photos with Brown and former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who threw passes later in the afternoon in front of scouts. 

Fullback Ryan Roberson had a group of family members there to support him, including his father, stepmother, brother, sister and a friend.

“We’re so proud of him,” Charles Roberson said of his son. “He just had the drive and determination and he pushed himself to get this far.”

Players then made their way to the indoor practice field for passing and running drills. Young’s son bumbled across the turf and helped his father line up balls and stack cones. 

Young’s participation drew a lot of attention from scouts and the media, but Brown said he is proud of Young and his willingness to keep trying. The Buffalo Bills dropped the former Texas quarterback in 2012, and he is currently working on landing a spot on an NFL roster.    

Young shot spirals at Texas running back D.J. Monroe and at Goodwin, who performed a dance in the end zone after stretching his arms to grab one of Young’s passes.

Running back Jeremy Hills worked out after spending months mending an injury.

“That’s a blessing, really, to be able to break your leg and tear ligaments in your ankle and come back four and a half months later and be able to compete,” he said. “It felt good on the turf. This is like a second home for us.”

Highly touted safety Kenny Vaccaro did not run a 40-yard dash due to a hip injury, but participated in other Pro Day workouts.

Defensive end Alex Okafor, who some experts predict will be selected in the first round of the NFL draft, said he was proud of the work he did at pro day.  “I think more than anything, the coaches wanted to see what I would do once I got tired,” he said. “I wanted to show that I was healthy. I thought I came up to the occasion.”

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin may not have been on many NFL draft boards throughout his collegiate career, but solid combine numbers coupled with elite speed have him climbing the pre draft ranks.

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After one of Texas’ media availabilities two Novembers ago, I rode down a Belmont Hall elevator with one of the fastest men on campus — Marquise Goodwin.

When I asked him how fast he was, exactly, Goodwin told me he ran a 4.28-second 40-yard dash. Unbelievable.

Sure enough, Goodwin showed up at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds — the second-fastest time in combine history and the fastest ever by a wide receiver.

“I was really confident going into it,” Goodwin said. “When I got out and finished I knew it was going to be a good time. Just was waiting for it to be posted. I had prepared so much for it that I knew that I was going to run well before I even stepped on the line. There was no question about that.”

Goodwin will be among the several former Longhorns who will have a chance to showcase their skills at Texas’ Pro Day on Tuesday. Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor have maintained their positions as potential first-round picks. But after Goodwin’s performance at the NFL Combine, his draft stock is rapidly rising.

Goodwin never caught more than 33 passes in a season, didn’t record a rushing touchdown until his senior year and the only kickoff return he ever took all the way back came in a win over Texas A&M during his freshman campaign.

He didn’t put up gaudy numbers like Tavon Austin, who racked up 7,291 all-purpose yards during his illustrious West Virginia career. He’s about six inches shorter than Tennessee’s Justin Hunter and about 30 pounds lighter than another Vols wideout, Cordarrelle Patterson.

But when Goodwin steps onto an NFL field for the first time, he’ll already be one of the fastest — if not the fastest — players in the league. He shouldn’t slip past the second round.

Goodwin is the kind of player that changes games. In his last one with the Longhorns, he took a reverse 64 yards for a touchdown on the first snap of the second quarter after Texas hadn’t gotten a first down for the entire first quarter.

The Longhorns trailed by four points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter until Goodwin ran an out-and-up on Oregon State’s Tyrequek Zimmerman. When Texas quarterback David Ash released the ball, Goodwin was about five yards behind Zimmerman. Goodwin caught the ball in the end zone for the game-winning score, and he was about five yards ahead of Zimmerman.

You can’t teach speed. So when it comes time for NFL executives and coaches to gather in their respective war rooms, they need to have Goodwin’s name near the top of their list.

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While Vince Young finalizes a degree in applied learning and development at Texas, he will also participate in the Longhorns’ Pro Day  in order to rekindle his relationship with the NFL.

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For young NFL hopefuls, the Texas Pro Day will provide an opportunity to rub elbows with top coaches and other talented players. 

For more seasoned prospects like Vince Young, Pro Day will be a chance to prove themselves in the eyes of scouts in order to make a comeback. 

Tomorrow’s activities will allow Young, who is currently finishing up his degree at Texas, to retool the skills that made him a high draft pick in 2006.  

Young led Texas to a BCS National Championship in 2005, leaving many fans with hopes of a bright future for their star quarterback. But his professional story failed to inspire. After being drafted by the Titans and serving as a backup for the Eagles, Young was cut from the Buffalo Bills in 2012.  

Texas seniors entering the draft can showcase their skill sets in the familiar comfort zone of the Texas training facilities. While the official list of Pro Day attendees won’t be released until Tuesday, draft prospects Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro can be expected because of their promising draft stock. 

The speedy receiver Goodwin clearly boasts running talent, but lacks the size of other top players. He dazzled at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.27 seconds, nearly surpassing the previous record set by running back Chris Johnson in 2008. 

Safety Vaccaro has hard-hitting abilities, speed and natural athleticism, and was a top performer in the 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine, notching an impressive time of 4.06. analysts peg Vaccaro to go in the first round of the draft. 

Then there’s Okafor, who is also projected to be selected early in the draft. The defensive end developed strength and firm control over his feet during his sophomore year as a defensive tackle. Last season, he tallied 12.5 sacks and led the Big 12 conference in sacks per game with .96. 

Former Texas cornerback Nathan Vasher, who later played six seasons with the Chicago Bears, said Texas players are groomed to succeed in an environment like Pro Day. 

“We’ve been prepared day in and day out to showcase our talent,” Vasher said. “When the day comes, it’s going to be one of the biggest interviews of your life, and the important thing is getting to that team and being the best you can be.”

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Longhorns at the NFL combine: Marquise Goodwin helps draft stock with a 4.27-second 40-yard dash

After missing practice time to participate in the 2012 Summer OIympics and enjoying a productive senior season, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin now hopes to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.
After missing practice time to participate in the 2012 Summer OIympics and enjoying a productive senior season, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin now hopes to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Of the eight draft-eligible players from the University of Texas, only three participated in the NFL combine: Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro. While Goodwin and Vaccaro turned out top performances in the combine workouts, all three are projected to be taken in the NFL draft by

Goodwin finished second in the broad jump at 132 inches and recorded the best 40-yard dash time at 4.27 seconds, just .03 seconds off the record set by Chris Johnson in 2008. Goodwin’s athleticism comes as little surprise after his success as a track and field athlete brought him three NCAA outdoor long jump titles and a trip to London for the Olympics. NFL organizations will not pass on the opportunity to acquire the fastest 40 in the draft, but with no major success as a wide receiver, there is little guarantee Goodwin will be selected in the early rounds.

Okafor participated exclusively in the bench press workout, putting up 21 reps of 225 pounds. Although he finished 17 reps short of the top performer Margus Hunt, Okafor is still a high-round pick, with first-team All-Big 12 (2011) and 4.5 sacks in the Alamo Bowl on his resumé.

Vaccaro recorded the best 20-yard shuttle time in 4.06 seconds and finished twelfth among safeties in the forty at 4.63 seconds. Vaccaro was a draft prospect a year ago, but after returning for his senior season he has established himself as a potential top 10 pick and perhaps the first safety selected.

With the Longhorns’ Pro Day coming up on March 26, these players will have one more opportunity to turn heads and have their names read out earlier in the Radio City Music Hall come April.

After missing practice time to participate in the 2012 Summer OIympics and enjoying a productive senior season, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin now hopes to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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As Texas football hits the field for spring practices, five former Longhorns begin a new chapter of their own. The waiting game for the NFL Draft. 

Pflugerville native Alex Okafor’s power and well-rounded nature could earn him a selection within the first two rounds. Okafor, who made significant contributions to the Longhorns as a freshman, earned All-Big 12 Honors as a junior with 58 tackles, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. 

During his senior year Okafor was considered one of the nation’s top defensive ends, leading the Big 12 with .96 sacks per game and effectively snapping Texas’ previous sack record from 1984. 

While Okafor isn’t known for speed rushing, his ability to knock opponents down and make use of his hands during plays makes him a competitive prospect in the draft.

After passing on the draft last year in favor of his senior season at Texas, safety Kenny Vaccaro’s productive college career is expected to earn him an early draft selection, perhaps within the first two rounds. He led the team in tackles and was a first team All-America selection by Pro Football Weekly.   

Like Okafor, Vaccaro’s impressive freshman season earned him a starting spot the following year. As a junior, he was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Vaccaro’s steadiness on the field, size and athletic tendencies make him a valuable draft pick. 

In addition to awe-inspiring speed, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin’s resume boasts a trip to the 2012 Olympics as a long jumper. Goodwin’s speedy nature allowed him to dart past defenders, while his flexibility and versatility earned him praise from coaches across the nation. 

As a junior, Goodwin tallied 94 receptions and 1,024 yards for four touchdowns. But his senior season was considerably less impressive. After missing much of spring practice for the Olympics, Goodwin touched the ball a mere 33 times this year with 13 carries. 

Despite his average season, Goodwin’s polished performance in the senior bowl grabbed the eyes of scouts. He is projected to be picked in the fourth round of the draft.

D.J. Monroe, wide receiver and running back, earned an All Big 12 honorable mention this year, although he played a small role in the offense for much of the season, starting just twice. 

The fifth-year senior aided his team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, returning the opening kickoff 31 yards and ranking fifth in the conference for kickoff returns. Despite a shining 51-yard run against Baylor as a junior, Monroe’s lack of starts means he probably won’t make the cut for early rounds.   

In what was a surprising decision for many, defensive tackle Brandon Moore opted to forgo his senior season in favor of the draft. After playing for a year at Alabama and two at East Mississippi Community College, Moore’s only year at Texas included 11 games of playing time. 

While his name rings unfamiliar in fans’ minds, Moore did post solid statistics. In addition to his 18 tackles and two sacks, he was fourth on the team with eight tackles for loss and tied for third with six quarterback pressures.

While some say Moore’s level of production this past year and lack of tapes won’t earn him an early spot in the draft, others note Moore’s size, 6 feet 5 inches and 320 pounds, as an asset to be nabbed in the first three rounds.

Goodwin, Okafor, and Vaccaro invited to Senior Bowl

Longhorn seniors Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro have been invited to the Senior Bowl. While Vaccaro, one of the top safety prospects in the 2013 draft class, declined his invitation, Okafor and Goodwin will get another chance to impress scouts and rise up NFL draft boards in an all-star contest of the best college senior prospects in the country Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

The Senior Bowl brings together the country’s best college prospects in a game managed by the coaching staffs of two NFL teams. Scouts, general managers and coaches from all 32 NFL teams are ever present among the gridiron. The pressure is on to impress and all the athletes are hoping to catch the eye of a scout and earn a spot on an NFL roster.

 “Everybody here has the same goal, they want to increase their stock and potentially go higher in the draft.” Defensive end Alex Okafor told “That’s what everybody that’s out here is working toward.”

Okafor looks like a strong candidate for a leap into the first round of the draft with a strong performance in the Senior Bowl and a good showing at the NFL combine. After a 4.5 sack, defensive MVP performance in the Alamo Bowl, his momentum is headed in the right direction. His versatility to play either 4-3 or 3-4 as defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid will appeal to coaches using either scheme. In practice, Okafor has been performing well rushing the passer and is showing his enormous potential.

Though it may be hard to emulate Von Miller’s 2011 defensive performance in the Senior Bowl that solidified his draft status and led the Broncos to select Miller second overall, Okafor has a good chance at a top 20 pick should he continue the hard work he’s already done in burnt orange.

Marquise Goodwin has also been impressive and showed great quickness and Olympic-quality technique during practice. Like Okafor, momentum is on his side —just ask the Oregon State defense. A 64-yard run and 36-yard catch both ended in touchdowns for Goodwin in his final game as a Longhorn. However, the depth in this year’s class of wide receivers means he could be waiting until round 5 or 6 to get his name called at Radio City Music Hall. His exceptional speed, along with his impressive vertical, should move him up NFL draft boards, but a good showing in the game could see a team use a third round pick on him.

Senior running back D.J. Monroe was not invited to the Senior Bowl, but did get a bid to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Monroe helped the National Team to a 34-0 win with 62 all-purpose yards including a 31-yard return on the opening kickoff.

The Senior Bowl will be held in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will also be televised Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on the NFL Network.