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Senior Bowl reports on new Rams
Brian Leonard/Rutgers Ht: 6010 Wt: 224
Arm: 30 1/4 Hand: 9 3/8
Monday Practice Notes: He clearly will need to put on weight if he's going to fullback at the next level. He ran fairly well during the practice session and was able to find some running room.
Tuesday Practice Notes: A hybrid running back and fullback, that question mark could hurt him in the draft unless a team feels he can fit their philosophy. Needs to add weight, especially in his upperbody, to be a good blocking fullback. Best with the ball in his hands, can actually move very well for his size. Great awareness without the ball, can pass block well, has natural hands catching the ball, and runs well behind his pads up the middle. Changes direction better than expected. Best system would be as a running fullback or power singleback set.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Used at both lead fullback and running back.
Thursday Practice Notes: He showed to have soft hands in most drills which has been the case most of the week. Leonard, for a player of his size, runs with vision. He still needs to put on 15-20 pounds if he wants to make it at the next level.
Analysis: He clearly needs to put on at least 10 pounds of muscle but Leonard had a solid showing all week for scouts. Leonard did a nice job of running inside and also catching the ball out of the backfield.
Adam Carriker/Nebraska Ht: 6057 Wt: 292
Arm: 33 Hand: 9 1/2
Monday Practice Notes: Long arms, but more of a power player at this point in time. Good reaction in the backfield, and rides the hips of defenders well. Needs to find a home between DE and DT.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Arguably the most consistent player among both sides of the lines today. Strong at the point of attack, reads plays very well, uses his long arms well, and even showed some ability to get to the quarterback. Even registered one practice tackle for loss. Does need to fight through trash a little better.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Consistently stellar. Does all the little things rights. Today for example, he is one of the few players who sets up their pass rush moves with an effective initial club. The one area which could improve as this week continues is his overall ability to the get the quarterback, which he has shown an ability to do but is not a premiere pass rusher. Coach Gruden even pointed out Carriker as one of the most impressive on the field during yesterday’s press conference.
Thursday Practice Notes: Plays under control at all times. The on area this does hurt him slightly is in his pass rush where he was emphatically told by coaches to finish. Again displayed nice hand play overall.
Analysis: Stellar week of practice and likely raised his stock into the late first round area. Strong at the point of attack, very disciplined, uses his hands and reads plays well; the monster defensive end who just does all the little things right. Carriker is a rare defensive end prospect physically who will be especially attractive to 34 based squads.
Kevin McLee/West Virginia Ht: 5116 Wt: 239
Arm: 31 1/4 Hand: 8 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: Is aggressive and shows good speed as an edge rusher. He is a fluid player who is comfortable turning and running with receivers downfield, but looks unnatural catching the football.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Struggled right from the get go. Did not look quick at all during drills and looked even tighter in coverage during scrimmage. Has difficulty trying to shed blocks.
Wednesday Practice Notes: To his credit McLee has given great effort all week but he does not have the speed or strength to hold up. Was beaten several times to the flanks by ball carriers or pass catchers and consistently blocked from the action.
Analysis: Struggled all week but showed enough toughness to be taken in the late round and be used as a special teams ace.
Dustin Fry/Clemson Ht: 6023 Wt: 326
Arm: 33 1/8 Hand: 9 3/4
Monday Practice Notes: Another line prospect who got off on the wrong foot with his position coach. Immediately was corrected for standing straight up while working the boards. Lacks much of a punch and is only effective in very limited areas.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Struggles with locking out the arms. Does a nice job getting his hands inside a defenders body, but never gets the proper extension to control said defender. Loses a lot of his power because of it. As such he was driven back off the ball by larger defensive tackles. In pass protection, Fry needs to keep a solid base and work on his lateral movement.
Wednesday Practice Notes: An area which has been noticeable all week but has yet to be mentioned is Fry’s hand strength. While he certainly needs to work on his extension, Fry places his hands well in tight and can hold with the best of them. Also showed better lateral quickness today after making the snap. Still needs to work on getting lower and needed to be corrected by the coach in this area.
Analysis: Limited area blocker who was up and down most of the week. As noted throughout the practice reports, Fry will have to learn proper extension in his blocks if he is ever to be an effective starter at the next level. He has the size to be a potential mauling center, but his technique lets him down on most occasions. Could potentially be seen as a guard at the next level by some teams.
Jonathan Wade/Tennessee Ht: 5097 Wt: 192
Arm: 30 1/4 Hand: 9 1/8
Monday Practice Notes: Athleticism on field was apparent as he could run with anybody, but mechanically and mentally he’s just not there. Gave up many receptions . Better athlete than football player.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Shows playmaking potential, although the consistency isn’t quite there yet. He is sharp coming in and out of his break and is aggressive in going after the ball. He is quick to diagnose plays and has stellar anticipation. His quickness is admirable.
Wednesday Practice Notes: Is an aggressive player who’s always looking to make a play on the ball. He is quick coming in and out of his breaks and has excellent anticipation. His ball skills are impressive and he has the ability to shadow receivers downfield.
Thursday Practice Notes: Sat on a route and made a nice pick after a bad throw.
Analysis: A quick player who is always going after the ball, Wade shows impressive speed and can keep with receivers downfield but must be more consistent. He will challenge receivers and his technique is admirable.
Re: Senior Bowl reports on new RamsDefensively, Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker continues to prove his is in a different tier of talent than his opposition and has beaten all comers handily. Carriker made a nifty play forcing a fumble in 11-on-11 drills that Utah cornerback Eric Weddle made an athletic play to recover. In drills, Carriker was loudly encouraged by North head coach Jon Gruden to really go after the simulated QB bag, Carriker responded by hitting the bag so hard that the QB's; (actually just a pad) flew right off.
Re: Senior Bowl reports on new Rams
Kevin McLee/West Virginia
Who's this guy?JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
"HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"Adm. William "Bull" Halsey
Re: Senior Bowl reports on new Rams
Everything so far said about Carriker is positive. Let's hope that translates to the football field.
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