Ladies and gentlemen, the Senior Bowl is here!
The official roster for the Senior Bowl can be found at their website.
Please keep all Senior Bowl related posts within this topic, with exceptions for major injury news or whatnot.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Senior Bowl is here!
The official roster for the Senior Bowl can be found at their website.
Please keep all Senior Bowl related posts within this topic, with exceptions for major injury news or whatnot.
Per Scott Wright of NFL draft countdown:
Though Brockers isn't a Sr and won't be playing, Wright said he is just making the rounds meeting w teams. I'm very happy we are checking him out. We need DT help badly, and maybe if we get that 2nd one from Clevland he'll be left. Doubt we'd take him w that 1.2 or 1.4Quote:
Told that #LSU DL Michael Brockers will be meeting with the #Rams, #Vikings, #Redskins, #Panthers and #Bills at the #Senior Bowl.
Players I'm particularly watching at the Senior Bowl:
Zack Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Alfonzo Denard, CB, Nebraska
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Northern Alabama
Almeda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Some reports from NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang and National Football Post's Wes Bunting...Quote:
Early impressions from Senior Bowl weigh-ins Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:37 pm It might seem silly to think that lasting impressions can be made on scouts when athletes strut on stage for the weigh-ins prior to various all-star games but talent evaluators can take a lot from the height, weight, hand size, arm length, and general build of the athletes. Each football position carries with it certain ideal measurements. This, of course, does not mean that players can't be successful in the NFL despite being shorter, heavier or physically less impressive than expected. It does, however, give scouts an idea as to where a prospect might project in the pros, as well as his dedication to the weight-room, etc. At no all-star game is this more important, of course, than the Senior Bowl, the most prestigious and talent-filled all-star game in college football. The Senior Bowl weigh-in took place this morning and there were some surprises. First, there were a few players unable to attend the game. Of the notables is Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. Wright suffered an ankle injury and was unable to attend. Still is nursing a sprained big toe. Clemson defensive end Andre Branch is scheduled to play in the game but was not yet in Mobile this morning to be measured. There was only one addition to the roster so far, Arkansas State outside linebacker Demario Davis was not yet in Mobile but was announced as a player coming in to participate. Davis is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 23 rated outside linebacker for the 2012 draft. Perhaps the most significant element of the weigh-in proceedings is simply comparing the so-called "small school" prospects to the BCS players. Fortunately for Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick, Furman cornerback Ryan Steed, Massachusetts H-back/fullback Emil Igwenagu and Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson, their impressive physiques certainly passed the eye-ball test as legitimate pro prospects. Quick, in fact, was one of the more physically impressive players on either roster. He measured in at 6-3 (1/2) and a rock-solid 222 pounds. His 33 1/2 inch arms were only slighter shorter than North Carolina's Dwight Jones (33 5/8) and Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller (34 1/8) -- two receivers who have generated a great deal more national attention than Quick. The most impressive builds of the day were sported by Utah State inside linebacker Bobby Wagner (6-0 and a 1/4, 241 pounds), Boise State running back Doug Martin (5-09, 219), Michigan defensive tacke Mike Martin (6-1 and a 1/2, 307 pounds) and Florida State linebacker Nigel Bradham (6-1 and 5/8, 237 pounds). Of the offensive linemen, hand size and arm length are of extreme importance. Due to this fact, Iowa State's Kelechi Osemele (10 3/8" inch hands, 35 1/4" arms), Georgia's Cordy Glenn (10, 35 1/8), Florida State's Zebrie Sanders (11, 34 5/8), Ohio State's Mike Adams (11, 33 3/4) showed the big hands and long arms to help convince scouts that they should remain outside at offensive tackle rather than move inside to guard. With some prospects impressing with their athletic frames, there will naturally be some disappointments. It is worth repeating that the NFL is full of prospects who appeared too small, too heavy or too thin in shorts only to prove Pro-Bowlers on the field. Still, the relatively soft builds for Washington running back Chris Polk, Alabama center William Vlachos, Boise State defensive lineman Billy Winn and Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry were a bit surprising. So too was the fact that North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect in Mobile for this game, measured in lighter than expected at 281 pounds. Coples measured in at just under 6-6 (6-5, 3/4") and had been listed by the Tar Heels at 285 pounds and some expected him to measure closer to 295. Clearly, Coples is attempting to prove he's lean and athletic enough to remain at defensive end rather than move back inside to defensive tackle. Following the player weigh-ins is the first practice of the week. On every day of the week the North and South teams will alternate practicing at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile per day. Today, however, the North team will practice at Ladd-Peebles whereas the South team will be practicing simultaneously in nearby Fairhope.
QB, WRs emerge at Monday's North Sr Bowl practice Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:21 am Making a strong first impression at the Senior Bowl can send a player's stock skyrocketing and boost his rookie contract by millions of dollars. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and California wide receiver Marvin Jones can't start writing checks just yet but if they continue the sparkling efforts turned in Monday during the North Team practices they could prove to be two of the big winners from this year's Senior Bowl. Cousins out-shined Wisconsin's Russell Wilson and Boise State's Kellen Moore by attacking all levels of a talented North defense. His experience in a pro-style offense was obvious as he made quick decisions, showed accuracy short, middle and deep and thread the needle through tight spaces. Whereas his teammates struggled to find a rhythm with their new receiving corps, Cousins was hitting on all cylinders, spreading the ball all over the field and hitting his backs, tight ends and receivers on a variety of routes. Like Cousins, Jones entered the Senior Bowl with significantly less hype that others at his position. Jones, who measured in at a shade under 6-2 and 200 pounds during the morning weigh-ins, was quick off the snap, showed burst out of his breaks to gain separation and the speed to slip past cornerbacks for big plays. He caught everything thrown his way, showing the hand strength to gather in passes thrown slightly off-target as well as the vision to track deep balls over his shoulder. Jones wasn't the only wideout to make eye-popping plays on the day, though he was the most consistent. A few uncharacteristic drops from Appalachian State's Brian Quick late in Monday's practice dampened an otherwise strong initial showing from the FCS All-American. Quick, who measured in at a chiseled 6-3 (and a 1/2) and 222 pounds Monday morning was the early star among receivers. Though not sudden off the line of scrimmage, his long-strides help him to quickly eat up the cushion and he showed terrific hand-eye coordination making several impressive catches out of some poor throws. Quick, in fact, arguably made the catch of the day when he snatched a quick out thrown high and wide by Moore. Quick used every bit of his height and long arms to pull the ball down while dragging both feet in bounds to secure the catch. It took some strong catches from Jones, Quick and a few other North receivers to get Moore on track. The Boise State All-American appeared every bit as un-athletic as scouts feared when he measured in at a touch under 6-0 (5'11 and 3/4) and 191 pounds during the weigh-in. Worse, concerns about his arm strength appeared to be legitimate when he struggled connecting with his receivers on simple quick outs to open practice. As practice went on, however, Moore seemed to settle in and the accuracy and touch he demonstrated in throwing a staggering 142 touchdowns against just 28 interceptions during his record-breaking career with the Broncos were again on display. Moore is especially effective throwing down the seam, showing excellent touch to settle passes in over the linebacker and in front of the safety to slot receivers and tight ends. Russell Wilson clearly has the arm strength to make NFL throws but was surprisingly tentative in his first Senior Bowl practice. Too often he stood flat-footed in the pocket and surveyed the field looking for easy completions. He attacked holes when he saw them, rifling in passes through tight coverage but also stared down his receivers on occasion and was nearly picked off a few times. Of the North's receivers, Ohio State's Devier Posey provided the biggest challenge to a talented defensive backfield that included Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, graded by some scouts entering the year among the nation's elite senior prospects at any position. Posey's speed allowed him to slip past Dennard as well as Iowa State's Leonard Johnson and Boston College's Donnie Fletcher but too often Posey simply dropped the ball when his quarterbacks didn't place it perfectly. Posey struggled adjusting to passes slightly behind and had a couple of big play opportunities simply bounce to the ground because he allowed passes to get into his pads rather than catching the ball with his hands. The concern was the exact opposite for his Big Ten rival Marvin McNutt from the Iowa Hawkeyes. McNutt has excellent size (6'2 1/2, 212 pounds), strength, hands and route-running to be a possession receiver in the NFL but didn't show much in terms of elusiveness or the speed to turn short and intermediate passes into big plays. He is a savvy route-runner, however, who was consistently open despite aggressive coverage from defensive backs. It wasn't a standout practice for any of the North's defensive backs. Dennard showed his characteristic physicality in challenging big and small receivers, alike, but also proved vulnerable to double-moves, getting beaten over the top by Jones and McNutt, alike. Oklahoma's Jamell Fleming and Cal Poly's Asa Jackson had their moments, each demonstrating a quick, low backpedal and good burst back to the ball. Scouts will want to see improvement from Fletcher and Penn State's D'Anton Lynn. Each struggled to keep up with the North's receivers, showing average change of direction and speed. Fletcher was turned around on several occasions early in practice before the North's quarterbacks and receivers turned their attention to Lynn. The former Nittany Lion was victimized by Cousins and Wilson often as practice wore, perhaps an indication of their comfort with his limited playing speed and awareness after having played against him in the Big Ten. Extra Notes: The Monday morning weigh-in put the spotlight on a couple of under-the-radar prospects scouts will no doubt be keeping an eye on this week. Quick looked every bit the part of a standout NFL receiver with his impressive measurables, as did Utah State inside linebacker Bobby Wagner (6'0, 241), Boise State running back Doug Martin (5'09, 219) and Michigan defensive lineman Mike Martin (6'1, 307). Though the Martins are not related, one wouldn't know it by their compact, heavily muscled builds... Clemson defensive end Andre Branch was among those who may have been caught in the bad weather that kept several from getting into Mobile as planned. NFL officials informed scouts that Branch would be participating this week but that he was not in Mobile for Monday morning's weigh-in... Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead got an opportunity to field punts late in Monday's practice, showing the concentration to catch the ball in traffic as well as the burst, elusiveness and vision you'd expect from the all-conference running back. Pead was rarely used in this capacity while with the Bearcats but turned some heads with his few opportunities Monday... Boise State's Shea McClellin (6-3, 248) lined up at defensive end for the Broncos but practiced at outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings' staff Monday. He showed good footwork in the bag drills early...
DTs Reyes, Martin proving disruptive at Sr Bowl Posted on: January 24, 2012 1:45 pm With Penn State's Devon Still -- NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior defensive tackle -- out of the Senior Bowl due to a sprained toe scouts were curious to see which of the remaining interior defensive linemen would be able to step up their play. Based on Tuesday's North practice, Connecticut's Kendall Reyes and Michigan's Mike Martin are taking full advantage of the opportunity. Physically speaking, the two couldn't be much different. Reyes, who measured in just a shade under 6-4 and 300 pounds lined up at the three-technnique and even was split out as a five-technique defensive end. His burst off the snap and quick hands made him a tough draw for even the most athletic and experienced of the North offensive linemen. Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler, arguably the nation's top pure guard among seniors, struggled handling Reyes one on one during drills and during the scrimmages throughout practice, as well. Martin, on the other hand, is a virtual bowling ball of muscle at a rocked 6-1, 307 pounds. He was able to consistently knock centers back onto their heels with his leg drive and surprisingly long arms. Though he nearly three inches shorter than Reyes, Martin's arms (31 3/4) are less than an inch shorter than Reyes' (32 5/8), who has the longest arms of any of the North's defensive tackles. Martin's long arms allow him to keep his opponents from grasping a firm hold of him. With good lateral agility, power and a relentless motor, Martin got the better of Ohio State's Michael Brewster, a possible top 100 pick, on numerous occasions. Not surprisingly, Martin was even more effective when locking horns with Zeitler (who saw some time at center) and Wake Forest's Joe Looney, who was an injury replacement Tuesday for Arizona State's Garth Gerhart. The duo stood in strong contrast to Washington's Alameda Ta'amu and Boise State's Billy Winn, each of whom have been disappointments, thus far. Ta'amu is a powerful run plugger sure to intrigue 3-4 teams looking for a nose guard. His power and mass (6-2, 341) makes him a classic block-eater but his lack of any type of pass rush ability is painfully apparent during drills. If his opponent has the anchor and core flexibility to handle Ta'amu's bull rush, the big Husky can offer little else. Winn, who was used inside and out while with the Broncos, may be proving himself to be a 'tweener with a lackluster performance, thus far. He hasn't shown the agility to slip blocks nor the power to push the pocket.
Senior Bowl practice notes Day 1 Who are the winners from day one? Wes Bunting January 23, 2012 Bookmark and Share Print This North Team practice notes from day one… Ohio State OT Mike Adams has a real presence about him. He’s a big kid with a long set of arms and when he shoots his hands inside on contact, he has the ability to control blocks and slide his feet through the play. However, the only time he gets himself into trouble is when he doesn’t extend his arms and looks to catch opposing lineman at the point. Nevertheless, the talent is there for this guy to be a top-20 pick. Mike AdamsICONMike Adams looks the part of an NFL left tackle. On the other hand, I came away unimpressed with Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard. He’s a compact kid who displays some natural click and close ability. However, he allows his cushion to be eaten up far too much in his drop and lacks much of a burst/second gear when asked to turn and run. He’s a guy who opposing receivers were able to routinely outpace today as he didn’t demonstrate the type of speed needed to run out of his transition vertically. One of those receivers who were able to outpace Dennard was Cal’s Marvin Jones. Jones had a solid practice Monday showcasing the ability to drop his pad level out of his breaks, get behind corners down the field and adjust to the football. He’s got some snap to his game as a route runner and looks like one of those mid-round type wide outs who can fill out a receiving core and make a roster as a rookie. Boise State safety George Iloka is a tall, long athlete with an athletic build and certainly looks the part in the deep half. He did a nice job Monday anticipating routes in cover one, showcasing a slight burst and covering some ground in the deep half. He still gets a bit leggy at times in his drop and when trying to re-direct. But, possesses some natural athleticism and was consistently putting himself in position to make plays. In a pretty “blah” pass rushing class, Virginia DE Cam Johnson made the first move to gain some momentum Monday. He showcased a good get off burst, was able to reach the edge and displayed some suddenness when countering back inside. He had a pretty average senior season due to some injuries. However, he looked as healthy as I’ve seen him all year and is off to a good start this week. Small school wide out Brian Quick (Appalachian State) looked a bit overwhelmed in his first day of practice vs. the jump in competition. He isn’t a naturally explosive kid, takes a bit to get up to speed and doesn’t have the second gear to simply outpace corners vertically. Plus, he was leggy out of his breaks, didn’t generate much separation on sharply breaking routes and had at least three dropped passes that I counted. Now, obviously he’s a better player than his day one performance, but I still don’t see the guy as a legit top-100 prospect. Watching Washington DT Alameda Ta’amu, it’s really impressive the kind of raw power he possesses when asked to simply overwhelm opposing lineman through contact. He also has a sneaky quick set of hands when trying to shed and can keep himself clean. However, he has a tough time keeping his pad level down through contact and far too often is easy to block because of it. Finally, Boise State DE/OLB Shea McClellin had some inconsistencies during 1on1 drills today. As was evidence on tape, he’s much more natural getting after the QB with his hand on the ground than standing up. He showcased the ability to turn the corner from a three-point stance on one occasion. But, on his next opportunity he got upright and lacked much suddenness on his counter when trying to create pressure as a stand up guy. He’s a talented kid with a “plus” motor, but it will be interesting to see how he develops rushing the passer from a two point stance as the week goes on.
Kellen Moore stands out at Senior Bowl
January, 24, 2012
By Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl
The North team took the field for the first practice on Day 2 of Senior Bowl week, and the quarterbacks had good days.
Boise State's Kellen Moore (5-foot-11¾ , 191 pounds) was the best of the bunch, despite his lack of ideal arm strength causing the ball to flutter at times in windy conditions. Moore was clearly comfortable with the offense and what he wanted to do, manipulating coverages with his eyes, working through his progressions and getting the ball out on time. And despite his somewhat weaker arm, Moore was more willing than his counterparts to attack the intermediate zones and beyond.
Wisconsin's Russell Wilson and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, on the other hand, both showed the arm strength to cut through the wind. Wilson (5-10⅝, 203) started slowly with a lot of dump-offs and multiple pumps when looking for receivers, but he competed hard as the day went on and made some good throws to Ohio State's DeVier Posey during seven-on-seven drills.
Cousins (6-2¼, 202) throws a crisp ball that comes out of his hand well, and he displayed touch and arm strength on a nice ball deep down the left sideline that ended up being dropped by Iowa WR Marvin McNutt.
However, Cousins needs to learn when to take something off the ball -- he zipped a ball to Missouri TE Michael Egnew (6-5¼, 251) on a 5-yard out and made it hard for Egnew to bring the ball in -- and he also made a poor decision when rolling to his right and trying to hit his tight end working across the field.
That pass was picked off by Boise State S George Iloka, and we'd like to see better decisions from Cousins as the week progresses.
Passing game impressions
• It was an up-and-down day for Appalachian State WR Brian Quick (6-3½ , 222), who is one of the top small-school prospects on the board. Quick struggled to get off the line against the press coverage of Boston College CB Donnie Fletcher (6-0¼, 201) and he had a hard time recovering in his routes. Quick did make some nice catches when extending his arms and plucking the ball out of the air, but he also dropped at least two passes.
• McNutt (6-2½ , 216) looked the most natural catching the ball despite his drop on the ball from Cousins, and he did a nice job beating the press coverage of Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard over top during one-on-one drills.
• Losing that drill against McNutt was part of a tough day for Dennard (5-10, 203), who on the very next play allowed too much cushion in off-man coverage and did not close quickly when the pass was completed in front of him. He did a good job staying with N.C. State WR T.J. Graham on a double move, but it was a disappointing day overall for a player looking to hold on to a late-first-round grade.
• Iloka (6-3⅝ , 222) does not have the most fluid hips, opening up slowly against Arizona State WR Gerell Robinson and allowing too much separation on breaks, but he was much better working against tight ends. He showed good ball skills on the interception of Cousins, showing the ability to make plays in coverage and moving well for his size.
Iowa State duo stands out
Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson checked in at just 5-97 and 198 pounds, but he's competitive and knows how to use his hands to help mask his lack of size. He did not back down from bigger receivers, played with balance, showed good quickness and change-of-direction skills in space, and closed well when the ball was in the air.
It was also a good day for Cyclones OT/G Kelechi Osemele (6-53, 333), who is not an elite athlete but is very aggressive and uses his length well. Osemele lined up at right tackle today and moved better in space than I anticipated, and with his size and demeanor he appears able to play right tackle at the next level.
Ups and downs for linemen
• Ohio State OT Mike Adams (6-7, 323) looked natural in his movements, showing good athleticism and doing a good job climbing to the second level to cut off defenders. Once there, Adams was able to lock on and shuffle his feet to sustain blocks.
He over-set and was beaten by Virginia DE Cam Johnson (6-36, 267) on an inside swim move at one point, but overall Adams made a good impression. As for Johnson, that swim move along with power, the ability to play with leverage and good hand use stood out.
• Things did not go as well for Adams' college teammate Mike Brewster, who does not have a good power base or much lateral quickness. Brewster (6-4¼, 310) lined up at center and had trouble sinking his hips to anchor against inside rushers, and because he often played with his head down Brewster had trouble staying in front of defenders.
• Marshall DE Vinny Curry (6-3, 265) isn't the most athletic prospect in terms of open-field quickness and bending the edge, but he is a strong player who flashed the ability to use power moves and violent hands to disrupt off the edge. His motor and effort were outstanding as well.
• Wisconsin C Kevin Zeitler was up and down over the course of practice, but he was able to get into initial position and sustain blocks at times during one-on-ones and the team period. We also liked Zeitler's ability to recover against rushers. He did not panic and stayed within himself when he got off balance.
Per Shane P Hallam of Draftcountdown:
#eagles, #rams, #chargers all chatted with Courtney Upshaw after practice. #seniorbowl
South Team's CBs stealing the show at Senior Bowl
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:30 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 1:45 pm
MOBILE, ALA -- With the NFL evolving into a predominantly passing league, cornerbacks are in high demand and have become one of the premier positions at the next level. With that said, the senior class boasts some intriuging talent at the cornerback position and several of those rising talents can be found on the South squad at the Senior Bowl.
North Alabama (and former Florida Gator) cornerback Janoris Jenkins has put to rest any debate as to who is the most talented senior cornerback in this year's group with his performance in practice this week. He is a fluid athlete with very light feet and swivel hips to turn and run downfield, but also shows the closing burst and physical nature to attack what's in front of him. At practice on Wednesday, Jenkins showed impeccable timing and explosion to plant, drive and blow up the play, knocking the ball and North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones to the ground in one of the drills.
At times his lack of size and length will show in man coverage (only 5-93/4" tall), but he has a natural feel for the position that NFL teams covet. Now obviously there are several off-field questions regarding Jenkins as a prospect, which will ultimately affect his draft stock. However based on pure talent and football ability, Jenkins is a top-10 prospect and should be the top senior cornerback off the board.
Georgia's Brandon Boykin also stood out at Wednesday's practice, flashing his elite-level quickness and athleticism. However, what was most encouraging to see was his aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage, getting physical with receivers off the snap and working hard to make them as uncomfortable as possible. Boykin was a bit grabby at times and needs to stay disciplined or he'll attract penalties at the next level, but it was a positive sign that scouts wanted to see with the former Bulldog speedster.
Small school cornerback Ryan Steed out of Furman has shown he belongs here this week, competing at a high level in every drill. His inexperience will show at times as he still needs to develop his instincts and read/react ability, but he has shown the smooth athleticism to play the position in the NFL. Steed looked natural in his transition, turning and running with receivers downfield with smooth flexibility. He needs some work before he's ready to cover pro receivers, but he has looked promising this week
And perhaps the biggest riser among senior cornerbacks is Dwight Bentley out of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has a lean, wiry build at 5-10 and 176 pounds, but has hasn't backed down at all, staying physical and competing with bigger, stronger receivers. Bentley is obviously most comfortable playing in off-coverage where he can rely on his athleticism, but that hasn't stopped him from putting his hands on receivers just enough keep them from separating. After an inconsistent senior campaign, Bentley needed a strong week here and he has exceeded expectations so far.
OTHER PROSPECT NOTES:
WR Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M: Senior Bowl practices this week have been an extension of Fuller's 2011 season and unfortunately that's not a good thing. He looks the part with a tall, strong build and surprising quickness and athleticism (looks like a basketball player on the field), but his hands and concentration continue to let him down. Fuller will make a nice catch, but follow it up with two poor drops. In the NFL, it doesn't matter how big or fast you are at receiver if you can't complete the reception.
TE Brad Smelley, Alabama: Every year, 'Bama seems to be well-represented at the Senior Bowl, due to their talented program, but also because of the proximity to Mobile. Some Alabama players deserve to participate in this game, while others arguably may not, but Smelley has shown he belongs here. Through three days of practice, it could be argued that no pass-catcher has been more consistent than the Tide H-back who has shown vacuum-hands all week. He isn't explosive in any way, but he plays hard and fast at all times and has earned a draftable grade.
OT Levi Brown, Troy: An under-the-radar player, Brown has had a tough time so far this week, but has shown steady progression after being moved inside to guard at practice. He looks natural in his movements with very good foot quickness and lateral agility, but he is unpolished with his hand placement and overall technique. After playing left tackle at Troy, Brown will need to strengthen his base and lower body in order to anchor as an interior blocker.
OT Jeff Allen, Illinois: Another collegiate left tackle who was moved inside to guard, Allen looked much more comfortable in tight quarters. He doesn't extend his arms or use his hands as effectively as he should, often allowing rushers into his body, but he holds his own at the point of attack. His weight also looks a bit sloppy, especially in his midsection, which is disappointing from a college left tackle. With Allen, it doesn't always look pretty, but he seems to get the job done.
LB Lavonte David, Nebraska: One of the more impressive players so far this week has been Lavonte David, the tackling machine from Lincoln. However where he has been most impressive is his drops, showing fluid hips and above average footwork for a linebacker when asked to turn and run. David isn't the most physically imposing at 6-0 1/2" and 225 pounds, but he is a sure-tackler with the first step quickness and natural instincts needed for the position. For David, it's not a question about "ability", but rather a question of "where does he fit?"
RB Terrance Ganaway, Baylor: At 5-11 and 241 pounds, Ganaway has the bruising size and natural power to work well between the tackles. But if he hopes to see playing time at the next level, he must improve his blocking. Ganaway has struggled in practice this week in pass protection drills, showing poor habits and inexperience. He routinely drops his helmet and leaves his feet, allowing pass rushers to brush by him and get to the pocket.
Senior Bowl Dish: Who padded their draft status during practices?
With padded practices for the Senior Bowl completed, nearly all NFL types have left. The game is not until Saturday, but for pro scouts, the three padded practices carry the most weight. Below is a breakdown of the eight players who shined the most this week, in alphabetical order:
1. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State, 6-7, 323, 5.10 40 time; projected late first-round, early second-round pick. Adams came to Mobile viewed as a likely third-round prospect, but after a strong week, we are confident that he will be a second-round pick and could even work his way into the bottom of the first round. He displayed good feet sliding out to protect the corner in pass protection and did an excellent job of using his long arms to get a fit on pass rushers. He showed good strength throughout the week and once he locked onto a man, he was able to tie him up and keep him out of the play. Numerous NFL scouts told SN that Adams is a better offensive tackle prospect than Riley Reiff.
2. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia, 5-9, 183, 4.35; projected late first-round, early second-round pick. It is widely accepted that Morris Claiborne and Dre Kirkpatrick will be the first two cornerbacks drafted, but the battle to be the third cornerback picked is up for grabs. After an excellent week in Mobile, Boykin has definitely let it be known that he needs to be in that discussion. He showed natural instincts covering receivers, rare foot quickness, loose hips and the speed to run with receivers all over the field. Best of all was that Boykin seemed to enjoy being physical with the big receivers and not only held his own, but was able to consistently keep his man from catching passes.
3. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, 6-6, 281, 4.75; projected Top 20 pick. Coples was viewed as the best 4-3 defensive end prospect in the country coming to Mobile, and he showed why all week. For a 280-plus pound defensive end, he displayed an uncommon burst off the ball and quick hands to defeat pass blocks. He also showed good hand use and great strength to be a dominant power rusher. He displayed versatility, producing when lining up outside as an end and inside when he slid over to tackle. SN came away from Mobile convinced that Coples is as physically talented as former teammate Robert Quinn, who was a first-round pick in 2011.
4. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State, 6-2, 209, 4.85; projected second-round pick. After a senior season in which he flashed elite play but made too many mistakes, Cousins stepped up this week and drastically improved his draft stock. While he no doubt looks very thin at 209 pounds, he displayed very good arm strength to make every NFL throw with excellent zip. He got rid of the ball quickly and decisively and was able to fit passes between defenders into tight spots. Many had serious questions about him before this week, but he answered them in a big way and has begun what SN, along with many NFL scouts, believe will be a fast rise up draft boards, similar to what Andy Dalton did a season ago.
Janoris Jenkins showed the skills that made him a top cornerback in the SEC. (AP Photo)
5. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona, 6-2, 220, 4.55; projected second-round pick. Criner may not be well known outside of NFL scouting circles, but after his week in Mobile, his name will be on everyone’s lips. With many big receivers in attendance, Criner was the best of the group. He displayed quick feet and excellent route-running ability for a big receiver and was consistently able to get separation to get open. Even better than his ability to get open were his incredible hands. He made circus catches every day in practice and consistently showed the ability to pluck the ball away from his body.
6. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, 4.6; projected Top 20 pick. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw gets more publicity, but this week in Mobile, Ingram showed that he is the more explosive and athletic prospect. He has shocking explosiveness off the ball as an edge rusher from an outside linebacker alignment, and combined with his polished hand use and variety of pass rush moves, he made it pressuring the quarterback look easy. He also displayed the strength to be a force at the point of attack against blockers. He could be a fast-rising player this spring and could challenge to be a Top 10 pick.
7. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama, 5-10, 191, 4.35; projected late first-round, early second-round pick. The former Florida cornerback, who ended up at North Alabama after being dismissed by the Gators for his off-field behavior, shined all week. He displayed rare athleticism, especially foot quickness and explosiveness. He proved that if teams are comfortable with his character, he should be in the mix to be the third cornerback drafted. He did a great job of reading the quarterback from off coverage to close fast and break up passes. The only area in which he had issues was that he lacked ball awareness when his back was to the quarterback in downfield man coverage.
8. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 219, 4.85; projected first-round pick. From the first practice on Monday, Weeden not only showed the strongest arm, but also was the most consistent all-around passer. He displayed the touch to put balls in spots where only the receiver had a chance to make a play. He did an excellent job of setting up and getting rid of the ball quickly, and made intermediate and deep throws look easy. According to numerous NFL sources, Weeden impressed teams even more when they interviewed him as he displayed the maturity, football intelligence and confidence with which few college quarterbacks enter the NFL. We have a feeling that after his performance this week, Weeden is going to climb draft boards in spite of his age (he will turn 29 in 2012) and will end up being a first-round pick.
I really like Adams in the 2nd round. We should definitely consider him a realistic prospect to be taken there. But I dont think T is as big a hole as some, so I would look at many other positions too. Perhaps Janoris, because we're no longer boy scouts. I'd also heavily consider Criner/Dwight Jones in the 2nd if we didn't take Blackmon in the 1st.
My dream first two rounds would be trading to Cleve for their two first rounders.
Im totally for taking another CB early. Its becoming a passing league and our CBs are questionable injury-wise. We need another lock down CB for Williams D.
However, if we can sign Finnegan I'd take a DT in the late first.
Pick up a OLB in the 3rd or 4th
Right they I feel like we already plugged alot of holes on the team and thats not even the whole draft or FA.
I doubt Adams is there at the top of the second round. In fact, I had him in my latest first round mock which was before the Senior Bowl buzz.
I really liked Ta'amu today. Got double teamed most of the time and still got penetration. Mike Martin did really well too.
After the senior bowl today, I seen some prospects I really like. I mocked us taking Zach Brown and Nigel Bradham in another Mock and they both played good today. Bradham was all over the field making tackles. Brown diagnosed a screen well and can stay with anyone in coverage.
Ta'amu had a nice day. He is going to be a plugger at the next level and we could definitely use him to help stop the run.
Criner had an excellent day. May look out for him in the 2nd round.
Mike Adams had an amazing day. He shut down the 3 best pass rushers in Upshaw, Ingram, and Coples. Osemele struggled at T, but hes an OG at the NFL level anyways.
I also liked Doug Martin and Isaiah Pead. Pead had some nice punt returns and Martin is an excellent runner with a nice wiggle.
From Rob Rang @ NFL Draft Scout...
The Senior Bowl is scheduled to begin at 4 pm eastern time and you can bet there will be plenty of NFL scouts who will be watching the game.
Not nearly as many will be watching the game, itself, however, as took in the practices throughout the week. Quite frankly, the Senior Bowl is like any other all-star game in football or other sport, the players participating in it are largely decided based on popularity rather than talent.
It remains to be seen which players will help their stock during the game, itself.
Here are the players from the offensive units on the North and South squads making my All-Practice Team.
QB: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State -- Accurate, poised and athletic, Cousins could enjoy a late Andy Dalton-like rise up draft boards this spring.
RB: Doug Martin, Boise State -- Quick, powerful and performing well as a pass blocker and receiver, Martin's strong week places thrusts him into the conversation to be the No. 2 running back drafted behind Alabama's Trent Richardson.
FB: Brad Smelley, Alabama -- Is more of an H-back than a traditional human pile-driving lead blocker. Reliable hands. Consistent effort.
TE: Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette -- Athletic receiver hybrid that some teams will envision as a poor man's Jimmy Graham.
WR: Marvin Jones, California -- May have boosted his stock more than any other player this week. Good size, routes and caught everything.
WR: Joe Adams, Arkansas -- Narrowly beat out Arizona's Juron Criner but speed kills... and Adams certainly has speed.
OT: Mike Adams, Ohio State -- More inconsistent than I'd like but was able to handle some of the game's best due to his length, athleticism.
OG: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin -- Again, a bit inconsistent but mostly during one on one drills. During scrimmages, Zeitler played well.
OC: Ben Jones, Georgia -- Not flashy, but a tough matchup for the South's defensive tackles all week long.
OG: Tony Bergstrom, Utah -- Got beat early on but improved throughout the week. Solid performance from a player many were unfamiliar with.
OT: Mitchell Schwartz, California -- Like Bergstrom, struggled a bit early but improved throughout the week. Even saw some time inside at OC when injuries forced the North squad to shufle their linemen. Projects best as a RT.
And the defensive players:
DE: Quinton Coples, North Carolina -- Unquestionably the most talented player in this game. Has been unblockable, at times.
DT: Mike Martin, Michigan -- Possesses great strength in the hole and a relentless that coaches will love.
DT: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut -- Possesses a better combination of athleticism and strength than some of the more hyped DTs in attendance.
DE: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama -- Solidified his ranking as my No. 1 rated senior prospect in the 2012 draft. Powerful, versatile, instinctive.
OLB: Shea McClellin, Boise State -- Saw a lot of time at weakside linebacker and really impressed... not just me, but scouts, Mike Singletary...
ILB: Audie Cole, NC State -- The biggest ILB here and moved as well as most of the smaller ones.
OLB: Lavonte David, Nebraska -- So fluid that some teams will look at him as a SS convert. Athletic, instinctive and a terrific open-field tackler.
CB: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama -- Beaten on occasion, but his agility, speed make him the elite senior cornerback in the 2012 draft.
S: George Iloka, Boise State -- Big, athletic and instinctive. Made an impressive interception Tuesday...
S: Antonio Allen, South Carolina -- Demonstrated some fluidity as well as a willingness to make some big hits.
CB: Dwight Bentley, Louisiana Lafayette -- Few players helped themselves more than this late addition. Proved he belonged.