For the most part, the Senior Bowl’s North Team looked a lot like what you would expect after watching the Vikings in 2011.
They played pretty conservatively, had solid defensive line play, questionable quarterback play, and defensive backs that really struggled to tackle well.
The big difference between Frazier’s performance in 2011 with the Vikings and his performance on Saturday in Mobile: he won.
Mike Shanahan’s South Team boasted more potential first round talent than Frazier’s squad, but the final score of 23-13 left Frazier smiling.
There were a number of interesting performances during the game, despite the widely accepted notion that the practices this week told scouts more about players than the actual contest, and it was Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead that stole the show and earned MVP honors.
Pead’s two second half punt returns, one of which went for 60 yards, allowed him to stand out more than any other player.
“(Coach) told me what the punt return call was, left, right or in the middle, and told me to make sure I set my blocks up or the play would be dead,” said Pead after his 98 punt return yards set a Senior Bowl record. “I tried to do that the best that I could. The rest was just ability.”
Pead also led the team in rushing with 31 yards on eight carries.
“I think he may have opened some eyes,” Frazier said of Pead. “Some people may have wondered if he can do certain things. I think he may have answered some questions today.”
A few other players really peaked my interest with their performances. One of those players was Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner. He had seven tackles, one of which was for a loss, a broken up pass, and an interception during the contest. He could be a solid addition to the Vikings group of linebackers, especially if still available in the third round.
Ohio State tackle Mike Adams could be on the Vikings radar after a fantastic week and very strong game. He would be a consideration if they do end up trading backwards from the number three spot. Mitchell Schwartz, another impressive tackle, played a very strong game and could be a consideration when the Vikings make their second round selection.
Wide receivers Joe Adams out of Arkansas and Juron Criner from Arizona showed some solid attributes on Saturday, as well. Both could help the Vikings fill out the receivers squad if available in round three or later.
Overall, it was a fun contest to watch, and it was good to see Frazier and company get a win. Nobody should overreact to the performances they saw, but when combined with the game tape already on file, there were certainly some telling moments this week.