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January 29, 2007
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The withdrawals of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas ? two of the probable top five picks in the upcoming NFL Draft ? left the Senior Bowl without its usual star power.
A notable lack of first-round talent in the offensive backfield of both rosters allowed players at other positions to grab the spotlight.
The defensive linemen on the North roster took full advantage.
Even in an all-star game that doesn't allow blitzing, the North team found a way to collect eight sacks Saturday in a 27-0 victory over the South at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
No wonder our list of the Hot 11 players from Senior Bowl week includes three defensive linemen from that North squad. At least two of those players may have cemented their status as first-round draft picks.
Here's an alphabetical list of the 11 players who helped themselves the most last week. We actually decided to make the Hot 11 a dandy dozen by including two special-teams players in one entry.