Since Peyton Manning arrived in Denver four years ago, the Broncos have consistently been a Super Bowl contender. But unlike Denver's Super Bowl run two years ago, which was mainly orchestrated by Manning and a juggernaut offense, the Broncos are the AFC champions largely due to a suffocating defense and roster built with balance.
Hitting on top-10 picks like Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly gave Carolina a foundation on both sides of the ball, but with twice as many undrafted free agents (18) as first-round picks (nine) on the current roster, General Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera have led the Panthers on an unconventional route to Super Bowl 50.
For a number of reasons on and off the field, Johnny Manziel is on his way out in Cleveland. And although North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz has some question marks as well, they aren't in the areas that have derailed Johnny Football's NFL career.
Hundreds of NFL personnel watched 'small school' prospects rise to challenge this week. But for some of the well-known SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 prospects, only a few scouts will stick around to watch Saturday's game.
While splashy skill position players like Carson Wentz, Braxton Miller and Leonte Carroo are generating the media attention, the disruptive play of the North's defensive linemen was the real story during Wednesday's practice.
It didn't matter the drill, the South Team's defensive line dominated during Senior Bowl practice on Wednesday. And Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, Clemson defensive tackle D.J. Reader and Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence were the main culprits.
It was a strong first day at the Senior Bowl for the Buckeyes with all five representatives from Ohio State standing out - especially pass-catchers Braxton Miller and Nick Vannett - who displayed the traits to prove more productive in the NFL than they ever were in Columbus.