When the Senior Bowl is played next weekend, on January 25th, Florida State fans will get one final chance to watch some old favorites don the garnet and gold.
Terrence Brooks, Telvin Smith, Christian Jones and Bryan Stork will all represent the South team come next Saturday.
Stork won this year's Rimington Award -- given annually to the nation's top center -- and was one of the last remaining players from the Bobby Bowden era. Earlier this season after FSU beat Florida he referred to his first few years in Tallahassee as the dark days before saying, "now it's our time."
Two months and a BCS Championship later, it's now Stork's time and the 6-4 300-pounder is looking to improve on the third round grade he's received early in the draft process.
Of all four players, Christian Jones is likely the one who needs the Senior Bowl exposure the least. Over his four years Jones has played all three linebackers position and mid-way through this year -- after being moved to end -- demonstrated a fairly dynamic ability to rush the passer. Jones may not have been an ideal fit at linebacker in Jeremy Pruitt's defensive scheme, but is more than capable of playing as a linebacker in the NFL and should see plenty of opportunities to showcase his versatility in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, look for Telvin Smith and Terrence Brooks to try and emulate Vince Williams' Senior Bowl performance from last season. Williams rocketed up draft charts with a very strong showing in the Senior Bowl (at practice and during the game) and both Smith and Brooks could be in line to do the same thing this year.
Both are currently projected as mid-round picks, but oftentimes with draft analysis and scouting you see "experts" lean too heavily on statistical output and not heavily enough on the eye test. Brooks and Smith both stand to benefit from that once scouts descened on Mobile and see the speed and instincts they possess.
Both will be considered "undersized" by conventional standards, but both have high football IQ's, good instincts, elite closing speed and professional-level work habits.
Don't be surprised if at the end of Senior Bowl week Smith and/or Brooks are being mentioned among the biggest risers.
The Senior Bowl will be at 3PM on January 25th.
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