Two players standing out during the inaugural FCS Senior Scout Bowl Saturday afternoon were Samford DE/DT Jason Gaines and Indiana State RB/WR Darrius Gates. It's unlikely either will be drafted, but scouts from the NFL and CFL took note of their performances.
Gaines made it very difficult for the North squad to move the ball, showing excellent lateral movement and hustle at 285 pounds. He was double-teamed often but still managed to wreak havoc up the middle and on the outside. Though he only managed 19 tackles this year for the Bulldogs, NFL scouts might want to look at him when trying to fill out their defensive line group this summer.
The 5-9, 190-pound Gates ran strong inside and got to the sideline at times during Saturday's game. He has been on NFL radars for a bit, though, after finishing fifth in the nation with a 27.1 yard kick return average in 2009. Though his kick return average decreased to 17.9 yards per attempt as teams kicked away from him, he rushed for 1,057 yards and scored 17 times, and added 16-90-2 as a receiver.
-Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter