Russ Lande Senior Bowl draft stock risers

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    3. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, 6-6, 281, 4.75; projected Top 20 pick. Coples was viewed as the best 4-3 defensive end prospect in the country coming to Mobile, and he showed why all week. For a 280-plus pound defensive end, he displayed an uncommon burst off the ball and quick hands to defeat pass blocks. He also showed good hand use and great strength to be a dominant power rusher. He displayed versatility, producing when lining up outside as an end and inside when he slid over to tackle. SN came away from Mobile convinced that Coples is as physically talented as former teammate Robert Quinn, who was a first-round pick in 2011.

    4. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State, 6-2, 209, 4.85; projected second-round pick. After a senior season in which he flashed elite play but made too many mistakes, Cousins stepped up this week and drastically improved his draft stock. While he no doubt looks very thin at 209 pounds, he displayed very good arm strength to make every NFL throw with excellent zip. He got rid of the ball quickly and decisively and was able to fit passes between defenders into tight spots. Many had serious questions about him before this week, but he answered them in a big way and has begun what SN, along with many NFL scouts, believe will be a fast rise up draft boards, similar to what Andy Dalton did a season ago.

    8. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 219, 4.85; projected first-round pick. From the first practice on Monday, Weeden not only showed the strongest arm, but also was the most consistent all-around passer. He displayed the touch to put balls in spots where only the receiver had a chance to make a play. He did an excellent job of setting up and getting rid of the ball quickly, and made intermediate and deep throws look easy. According to numerous NFL sources, Weeden impressed teams even more when they interviewed him as he displayed the maturity, football intelligence and confidence with which few college quarterbacks enter the NFL. We have a feeling that after his performance this week, Weeden is going to climb draft boards in spite of his age (he will turn 29 in 2012) and will end up being a first-round pick.

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