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Ryan's Senior Bowl Impressions: Three Prospects Who Helped Themselves

1.Isaiah Pead, RB - Cincinnati: Perhaps nobody improved their stock at the Senior Bowl more than Isaiah Pead.  The 5-foot-11-inch tall Pead out of Cincinnati had 129 all-purpose yards in the game and was named MVP.  Pead shined as a punt returner, averaging almost 50 yards per return and breaking the Senior Bowl record for punt return yards in a game with 98. Pead also led all rushers with 31 yards on the ground.  He showed elusiveness and the ability to run through tackles. 

Pead had a solid career at Cincinnati, rushing for 3,288 yards in his career. Pead finished 2011 with 1,259 yards and 15 total touchdowns. Many think that Pead may be too small to be an every down back in the NFL.  However with his polished skills as a returner and ability to come on third down right away, Pead could come in and immediately have an impact on an NFL team.  Right now I could see him going in the 4th/5th round. 

2. Joe Adams, WR - Arkansas: Although Adams fumbled for the South team on their first possession, that did not stop Adams from having maybe the best game of any wide receiver at the Senior Bowl.  Adams finished with 8 catches for 133 yards and was named "Most Outstanding Player of the South."  Adams showed that he is very dangerous in open space and if you give him an inch he can take a mile.  He reminded me of what Victor Cruz has been doing in open space this season for the Giants. 

Like Pead, Joe Adams has polished skills as a return man.  Adams has the ability to come in and have an immediate impact on a team's return game.  He should also be able to come in and compete for playing time as a receive because of his playmaking skills in the ope field.  Adams could see his stock rise even more if he runs a good 40-yard-dash time.  

3. Alameda Ta'amu, DT - Washington: Ta'amu was constantly in the backfield all game for the North team. While most of the focus was on the South team's defensive line standouts, Ta'amu was able to shine in the middle all day for the North defense. During one play in the first half, Ta'amu pushed Georgia standout OT/OG Cordy Glenn back into Brandon Weeden, forcing Weeden to throw an interception. Glenn is a projected first round pick. Ta'amu is a projected nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.  At 6-foot-2-inches and 340-pounds, Ta'amu definitely has the size for the position. Ta'amu started 42 games at Washington and was honorable mention All-Pac-12 his senior season.