University of Cincinnati standout running back Isaiah Pead probably just made himself a whole lot of money with his performance yesterday in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. Pead capped off a week of practice where he opened the eyes of several NFL scouts by leading the North squad in rushing and returning two punts to set up scores in the North's 23-13 victory.
Pead set a Senior Bowl record with 98 return yards while rushing for a team high 31 yards on eight carries. Going into the game, there were questions about the diminutive Pead's role in the NFL. His special teams performance yesterday will no doubt cause his stock to rise.
"I think he may have opened some eyes," said Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who led the North. "Some people may have wondered if he can do certain things. I think he may have answered some questions today."
Doug Martin from Boise State is another running back high on the Bengals' list. He had a great week of practice and acquitted himself well in the game, especially in pass protection. He also threw a key block downfield that led to a touchdown by the North squad. Martin averaged 4.8 yards per carry on four carries for the North. Washington's Chris Polk, who some had going to Cincinnati in the first round prior to the game, likely slipped a bit after a so-so week of practice and gaining less than three yards per carry on six touches.
On the wide receiver front, Arkansas' Joe Adams had eight catches for 133 yards, gaining the MVP honors for the South team. He did fumble on the opening drive, however. Cal's Marvin Jones also had a great week of practice and caught a touchdown pass in the game. He came away being tabbed as the best route runner by scouts.
Next up for these seniors will be the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-28.
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