Cornerback- Darius Rush, South Carolina (6-2, 196)
Of all the uber-talented defensive backs getting built up as potential risers at the Senior Bowl, South Carolina’s Darius Rush was rarely mentioned. Rush, who was overshadowed by fellow Gamecock and potential first-round cornerback Cam Smith, turned in a jaw-dropping week in Mobile.
Every day Rush seemed to get better and it wasn’t just that he was winning reps, it was the way that he was winning. On numerous occasions he ran the route for the receiver and showed off superb route recognition, it was like he knew exactly where the receiver was going before it happened.
His route recognition frequently put him in position to make a play on the ball where he flashed his skill set as a former receiver and came away with multiple interceptions during the week. When he wasn’t picking off passes he was disrupting the catch point with his length.
Rush oozed confidence just by the way he was playing receiver in press coverage. He was so patient and never overzealous when they’d throw fancy footwork at him, he may not have taken a single false step the whole time he was in Mobile.
Overall, Rush showed everything you could hope for at the Senior Bowl from a cornerback and looked like he should be a top-100 selection in April at the NFL Draft.
Honorable mention: Julius Brents, Kansas State (6-3, 202)