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Senior Bowl Risers and Sliders

Pac-10 players stand out during North team's practice

Posted: Tuesday January 22, 2008 3:01PM; Updated: Tuesday January 22, 2008 6:56PM
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By Tony Pauline, Special to SI.com, TFY Draft Preview

The Senior Bowl kicked-off in full force on Monday morning as more than 100 of the nation's top upperclassmen took part in physical exams and weigh-ins in Mobile, Ala. The North team completed two full practices by midday Tuesday, with several players standing out. Here's a look at the players that have impressed scouts and the few who have not.

Click here for Tuesday's report on Hawaii's Colt Brennan and the rest of the South squad

Risers

Eddie Royal, WR, Virginia Tech: Royal has separated himself as the best receiver on the North. He's caught everything thrown in his direction and no defensive back has been able to contain him.

Chad Henne, QB, Michigan: The former Wolverine has looked solid the past two days. He throws the nicest deep pass of any quarterback in attendance and has connected on several throws of 40-plus yards.

Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC: The Trojan defender has been a penetrating force thus far, playing with the quickness and explosion he's known for. He's built like a tank and has displayed a lot of power, which caught many by surprise.

Mike Pollack, C, Arizona State: Pollack is establishing himself as the best center in the draft at the Senior Bowl. He plays with a good degree of athleticism and clears lanes at the line of scrimmage or knocks linebackers off the ball on the second level.

Lavelle Hawkins, WR, California: Hawkins has been very reliable thus far, displaying consistent hands and good route running skills. He has made a number of difficult receptions in tight coverage.

Kirk Barton, OT, Ohio State: Barton has been a surprise at the Senior Bowl, delivering more than what was expected. He's done a solid job against many of the speedy pass rushers who beat him in college.

Roy Schuening, G, Oregon State: The offensive guard has been impenetrable the past two days, controlling defenders immediately off the snap. Scouts have praised Schuening a number of times for his outstanding strength.

Justin Forsett, RB, California: Forsett does not possess top size but has made up for it with outstanding quickness and speed. He created a lot of yardage on the inside during Tuesday's practice when most backs would've been stopped dead in their tracks.

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