Matchups to watch
MOBILE, Ala. -- Now that the practices are over, here are some matchups to watch for at Saturday's Senior Bowl.
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Todd McShay's player to watch
North WR Vincent Brown (San Diego State)
Brown has just done it all week long. Brown is not super quick, not physically imposing and doesn't have elite straightline speed. But yet Brown was getting open more consistently than anyone with the possible exception of Titus Young. He's also been the most reliable receiver catching the ball outside of Leonard Hankerson. I want to see if when we're in game scenario if his strong play continues. You can make the argument he's improved his draft stock more than any other player here this week and hauling a handful of passes and making a big impact on Saturday would be a perfect ending for week.
Steve Muench's player to watch
North QB Jake Locker (Washington)
Locker had a good week in practice and it's important he finish with a strong performance in the game. The two concerns with him are accuracy and decision making. He'll be facing vanilla looks from the defense. There won't be any complex coverages to read, so he needs to take advantage of that, go through his progressions, find the open man and make an accurate pass. He has the better offensive line of the two teams and the better pass rushers are on his team, meaning he should have time to throw. He's in position to succeed and if he doesn't, then it's a cause for concern.
Kevin Weidl's player to watch
South QB Christian Ponder (FSU)
With injuries, the year did not go as planned for Ponder. All week here he's been a little hesitant to push the ball downfield. He was always checking down. Now he claims he's 100 percent healthy so I'll be watching his drops, his ability to get rid of the ball and if his arm is fully healed and able to squeeze the ball in tight windows in the intermediate and deep part of the field. He hasn't helped or hurt himself this week but a strong performance can turn around a stock that has been sliding since the middle of the season.
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