[caption id="attachment_23172" align="aligncenter" width="468"] USA Today Sports[/caption] This past Saturday saw the annual Senior Bowl take place in Mobile, Alabama. It featured the top seniors coming out of college, as they look to impress the NFL scouts in attendance. Going into the week of the Senior Bowl practices and game, the question on everyone's lips was: Are we going to see another strong QB class in 2013? The answer is a resounding NO. A year after seven different rookie quarterbacks found themselves in NFL starting positions, the follow-up talent at the position in the 2013 draft class is very average in comparison, to say the least. Each year, a set of NFL coaches take charge of both the North and South teams. Detroit Lions staff took charge of the South and the Oakland Raiders staff took charge of the North. For the record the South won 21-16, however the result was not the be-all and end-all here. Teams looking for a quarterback in the next draft such as Kansas City, Buffalo and Jacksonville might be wondering where luck deserted them, as there doesn't seem to be a standout QB one year after the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson were all drafted. Let's take a look at certain individuals who shined and the ones we should look out for. All six quarterbacks featured had some good moments, however none stood out. EJ Manuel out of Florida State had more highlights than most in the first quarter, as he ran in for a score and threw a stunning pass to Alabama tight end Michael Williams. Williams is an intriguing prospect, as he's known primarily as a blocker, but he also showed off his receiving skills. The prospect that stood out most was defensive end Ezekiel Ansah of BYU. Born in Ghana and originally part of the track & field team there, Ansah started playing football in 2010. He has raw talent and exploded off the snap time and time again as he became a nightmare for the opposition. Ansah was named MVP as he grabbed six solo tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss. He is a player that is drawing comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants, as he has limited experience in the game, but offsets that with freakish athleticism. Ansah's performance just might have propelled him to the 1st round of the draft come April. Another foreign player that performed well was Margus Hunt from SMU. Originally from Estonia, his 6'8 frame helped him block a record 10 field goals and 17 kicks total, during a 4 year stretch, an NCAA record and it also earned a stellar nickname "The Eastern Block". Hunt runs a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash, which is very impressive for a defensive end. Johnathan Franklin out of UCLA was probably the best Running Back on show as he carried the ball five times for 41 yards, and his longest run of 20 yards resulted in a touchdown. The young back gained solid yardage in each attempt, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. He also returned kick-offs to show off his versatility. Other running backs like Kenjon Barner from Oregon and Stepfan Taylor from Stanford also looked good in small sample sizes. On the offensive line, two players in particular played better than most. Central Michigan's Eric Fisher and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson. Fisher seemed to solidify his Top-15 prediction and Johnson put in a no frills but consistent performance. Johnson played tight end and defensive end in 2010. In 2011 he switched to offensive tackle and started 12 of 13 games at right tackle. As a senior in 2012, he switched to left tackle and started 11 of 13 games. His quick feet are impressing NFL scouts. At receiver, several players looked good, however, Markus Wheaton of Oregon State stood out. He has great speed and looks like a prolific pass catcher (91 receptions in 2012) in the mould of Randall Cobb. He seemed to run good routes. He also showed his ability as a kick returner. At cornerback, Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford had a big day on Saturday with an 88-yard kickoff return, a couple pass breakups and an interception on a two-point conversion. However, the standout corner that came good on all predictions, was Desmond Trufant from Washington. He looked solid during the game and throughout the week in practice. Another hard-hitting corner that impressed was Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer as he capped a strong week by making a couple plays on the ball while in coverage. He was foiled in his attempt at an interception by the best safety on show in Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien, as both were trying to make that all important play to impress the scouts watching. Apart from Ansah, Poyer was probably the player that caught my eye the most as he delivered a big hit late in the game, just as the ball arrived on a short route, popping it into the air where it was intercepted by teammate Will Davis. All in all, an impressive showing from a lot of NFL hopefuls, but there was no one better than Ansah. On a side note: Aussie Alex Dunnachie was invited to the East vs West game in Arizona and was probably the best punter on show. The ESPN commentators really impressed with his "aussie-style" drop punts.