Senior Bowl 2013: 5 players to watch on defense

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There will be some interesting players to watch on the defensive side of the ball in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

While the Jaguars offense is far from perfect, it seems more likely that the Jaguars will spend their first round selection on a defensive player come April. Many of the candidates for their first round selection, as well as subsequent picks, will be on display during the 2013 Senior Bowl. Here are five prospects that you should keep an eye on for the defensive side of the ball this week in Mobile.

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Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young: Ansah is one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft due to his tremendous upside and potential. At BYU, the 6-5, 270 pound lineman consistently improved and recorded 13 tackles for loss in his senior season, only his third ever in the sport. "Ziggy" has drawn Jason Pierre-Paul comparisons due to his raw athleticism and will draw the eyes of many scouts who watch how he processes coaching and plays against top offensive lineman from throughout the country.

Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State: A dominant defensive back at San Diego State, McFadden is smaller than most would most want at the cornerback position, measuring in at just under 5-10 and weighing in at 193 pounds. However, he has drawn rave reviews during the early going in Mobile and has displayed all the skills necessary to prove that he can play against bigger competition.

Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist: A truly monstrous athlete, Hunt measured in at over 6-8 and 277 pounds. A former track star in Estonia, Hunt is similar to Ansah in that he has limited experience in football, having not started the sport until 2009. A very gifted athlete, Hunt blocked eight kicks in his first 14 games at SMU and will draw plenty of attention at the Senior Bowl.

Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri: With many of the top linebackers in the draft out of the Senior Bowl, Gooden has the opportunity to stand out amongst the linebacker group. A very quick and speedy coverage linebacker, Gooden impressed at weigh-ins, coming in at 6-1, 1/2, 233 pounds.

Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia: Listed in college as 6-2, 216 pounds, Commings turned some heads during weigh-in when he measured an eighth of an inch under 6-0 and was a very heavy 233 pounds. Still, he carries the weight well and has the opportunity to show press potential with his long arms if he can show the speed necessary to turn and run with the receivers in Mobile.

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