Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Senior Bowl foursome didn't hurt themselves
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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North quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (3) is sacked by South defensive end Dee Ford of Auburn (30) during the first quarter of the Senior Bowl. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)
North quarterback Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (3) is sacked by South defensive end Dee Ford of Auburn (30) during the first quarter of the Senior Bowl. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)
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The Senior Bowl seems more like the opening round of a golf tournament than an all-star football game meant to identify pro prospects.

In professional golf, nobody is going to win the tournament on the first day, but you sure can lose it. Playing great in the Senior Bowl doesn’t seem to help anybody much by the time the NFL draft comes in May.

But can it hurt Auburn’s Dee Ford, a slightly undersized defensive end/outside linebacker at 6-foot-2 and 243 pounds? He had a couple of sacks and broke up a pass in Saturday's game, despite playing against larger opponents. He won the game's most valuable player award. There’s something to be said for a guy such as Ford showing (once again) that he’s good at being where he is supposed to be all the time.

Can it hurt Alabama’s Kevin Norwood, a receiver who didn’t skip the game as celebrated teammates C.J. Mosley and AJ McCarron did? He caught four passes for 53 yards, scored a touchdown and was named South most outstanding player.

Can it hurt Alabama’s Cody Mandell, a punter who showed again that he’s solid at what he does? He averaged 45.2 yards a punt, with two inside the 20-yard line. Minus punt returns, his average net was 41.0. He probably won’t be drafted, but how often does that hurt a punter?

Can it hurt Auburn’s Cody Parkey, who was perfect on a pair of field goals, including a 50-yarder?

OK, so maybe they didn’t guarantee their NFL futures based on one day in January in Mobile. But nobody can say the week was a waste of time for any of the four.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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