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Vincent Brown on rise after Senior Bowl

1/31/2011

The two biggest college football all-star games are now in the books, with the NFL combine on deck. So what non-AQ players shined in the Senior Bowl on Saturday?

Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. continued to praise San Diego State receiver Vincent Brown as somebody who improved his draft stock. You need an Insider account to read this, but here is a little of what they had to say:

He lacks imposing size and has just average speed, but he knows how to separate and has great hands. ... Brown has shown NFL scouts and coaches that he's capable of contributing as a sub-package wideout in the NFL.

They had plenty more to say about Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who had a good week of practice but was a bit up and down in the game. They predict he will come off the board before the fifth round.

He has the frame, great athleticism and a strong arm. He's also a great competitor and a winner, which you have to love at the QB position. But the inconsistent play in today's game is a good indicator of how much work he still needs. He comes from a Pistol offense at Nevada and doesn't have a lot of experience as a dropback passer. He is late diagnosing coverage and takes too long going through his progressions. He also has a long delivery, especially on throws outside the numbers and vertically. He's worth a mid-round pick for a team with time to develop him. It's a long-term project but the upside is clearly there with Kaepernick.

Pat Kirwan of NFL.com also singled out Kaepernick and mentioned Boise State receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis as two players who helped their draft stock during the week of the Senior Bowl.

These players will have another opportunity to prove themselves at the combine, which begins Feb. 24 in Indianapolis. You can check out the full list of participants here.