Saturday, December 4, 2010

Stock Rising For Irish At Senior Bowl

Despite the outcome of a thrilling 17-16 South Victory, Notre Dame's Trevor Laws and Tommy Zbikowski made a name for themselves on the North squad this past week at the Senior Bowl. Center John Sullivan also participated for the Irish, but was not as nearly successful as both Laws and Zbikowski. With their performances, both have greatly increased thier stock in the upcoming NFL draft this spring.

What more can I say about Trevor Laws? His actions spoke for himself as he dominated the whole week in Mobile, Alabama. On Saturday, Laws was the third leading tackler on the North Squad, registering 6 tackles, including one sack, and one fumble recovery that he snared out of the air from Kentucky QB Andre Woodson. For that, he was named the game's Most Outstanding Lineman! Not to many Irish fan's surprise, NFL coaches and scouts came away thoroughly impressed by his performance.

Like Laws, Tommy Zbikowski let all his action on the field do the talking this week. Zbikowski was the fourth leading tackler on the North team with five tackles and a fumble recovery. He also got to display his return skills by returning a kickoff 38 yards. His stock definitely rose a lot with his quickness and knack for finding the football. Zbikowski, who rigorously trained with fellow Irish mate Jeff Samardzija the past month or so, looked a lot leaner and faster.

With solid performances, I predict Trevor Laws could go as high as the second round. He will not go undrafted after the first day of selections. As for Tommy Zbikowski, a high estimate of the fourth round could be a possibility since he is very versatile in anyone's return game. I don't see Zbikowski slipping down any farther than the sixth round.

Whatever the case may be, the Irish will be well represented come NFL Draft time!

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