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    The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    Please keep all Senior Bowl related news contained in this one thread!

    Weigh ins and measurements taking place right now! Let's get some numbers, people!



    Senior Bowl Top-20 Preview
    Sunday, January 20, 2013

    With a record 73 underclassmen declaring for the draft, the number of top college players using all four years of eligibility is dwindling. Despite a few big-name dropouts (QB Geno Smith, QB Matt Barkley, G Chance Warmack, WR Tavon Austin, DT Star Lotulelei, ILB Manti Te’o, OLB Dion Jordan, CB Johnthan Banks, S Kenny Vaccaro) the 2013 Senior Bowl remains loaded with early-round talent.

    The Senior Bowl squads will be coached by two current NFL staffs (Lions and Raiders), adding an extra dimension to their evaluations. Be sure to keep in mind which prospects get called up due to injuries, as A.J. Jenkins and Alfred Morris were two examples last year.

    Just like my Shrine Week coverage, I will be constantly tweeting (@JoshNorris) and producing frequent articles. For now, here is a position-by-position preview along with my top 20 prospects (excluding QBs) entering the week.

    All heights and weights are projected until weigh-ins take place early Monday.

    1. DE Ezekiel Ansah (6’5/270), BYU - The sky is the limit for this inexperienced, not raw, prospect. I’d expect to see Ansah practice from an end position, inside, and as a pass rusher in a two point stance. “Ziggy” flashes technical aspects to his game, including strong hands and length, but the Cougar is at his best when displaying the draft’s top closing burst to make an impact in the backfield. Fatigue issues may be Ansah’s biggest hurdle.

    2. T Eric Fisher (6’7/305), Central Michigan - Plenty of attention surrounds texas A&M Luke Joeckel, and deservedly so, but I expect Fisher to make a statement this week as a potential top-10 pick. While the rest of the Central Michigan offensive line crumbled, Fisher stood tall and consistently limited the opposition’s top pass rusher with length and balance.

    3. LB Arthur Brown (6’1/231), Kansas State - This draft’s top inside linebacker, Brown will likely see practice reps in the middle of the formation and on the weakside. The former Hurricane transfer is quick to close and nasty when needing to make contact against blockers. He can do it all and should be a first-round selection.

    4. T Lane Johnson (6’6/303), Oklahoma - The Sooner finally found a home at left tackle in 2011, and consistently displayed excellent footwork with strong hands to punch and length to control. He reminds me of a longer Riley Reiff and could cement a top-25 grade with a strong week against the likes of Ansah and LaVar Edwards.

    5. WR Quinton Patton (6’2/195), Louisiana Tech - The smooth receiver is one of the class’ best, contorting his body to adjust to poorly thrown passes and creating separation with excellent routes. There is a lot of Reggie Wayne to his game and Patton could end up being a “surprise” top-32 selection.

    6. DL Datone Jones (6’4/275), UCLA - The versatile defensive lineman wins from the three technique, five technique, and en spots in a variety of fronts. Jones has a nice first step and powerful hands to shed and quickly find a home in the backfield if he wins off the snap. The Bruin has played every single position along UCLA’s line, including nose tackle, but his best fit is at strong side defensive end. He does tend to play too tall, however.

    7. DE Alex Okafor (6’4/265), Texas - Another strong side end and solid run defender, Okafor had a hot and cold 2012 season but ended it on a high note against Oregon State. The Longhorn does his best work when extending his arms and pressing in a straight line then shedding when getting depth in the pocket. Sadly, that doesn’t happen often enough and Okafor gets caught hand fighting at the line of scrimmage. He also has experience rushing from a two point stance and dropping into coverage.

    8. OL Kyle Long (6’6/311), Oregon - Along with being blessed with NFL bloodlines, Long is a physical blocker who came into his own in 2012 at both left guard and left tackle. You can’t teach his mobility and mirroring skills, but if Long can reign in his tendency to overextend, he can be a long time starter at a variety of offensive line positions.

    9. DT Sylvester Williams (6’3/305), UNC - Williams’ parts seem to be greater than the sum, as the Tar Heel consistently finds contact through his hands, displays strength shed with force, and quick feet to work around blocks despite going through stretches of ineffectiveness. After one block was beaten, another would frequently appear, slowing Williams’ momentum. His two biggest issues seem to be a productive counter move after resetting and giving up his shoulder in the running game.

    10. RB Andre Ellington (5’9/195), Clemson - The lean runner could weigh in taller and heavier than his listed measurements, which isn’t common. Ellington displays excellent straight-line speed, but his willingness to stick close to blocks and balance to spin or break tackles is what makes him the best senior running back.

    11. OL Dallas Thomas (6’5/310), Tennessee - Tackle or guard? Thomas has experience and good tape at both spots, and that kind of versatility should impress decision makers in April. The question is, can he play at a high level at either position? Thomas certainly has the arm length and athletic lower body to absorb talented pass rushers.

    12. DL Margus Hunt (6’7/280), SMU - I was not impressed with Hunt during the first two weeks of the season, but it all made sense after reading he was limited due to an injured back. The Mustang’s pad level and ability to work around the edge or bend to make plays was much improved when healthy. Five technique ends are usually drafted earlier than expected, and Hunt fits the bill.

    13. OLB Khaseem Greene (6’1/234), Rutgers - I struggle to evaluate run and chase linebackers correctly. Greene is a physical hitter when lined up and he is comfortable in coverage, but the issue is with his lack of hand use while working through trash. There’s no doubt Greene can be an effective weakside linebacker in the NFL, but the Scarlet Knight needs to improve how he handles second level blocks.

    14. WR Markus Wheaton (6’1/182), Oregon State - Wheaton is an absolute burner in the mold of Mike Wallace, but the Beaver’s catch radius is probably larger. He is much more than a vertical target, however, since Wheaton consistently creates separation when breaking off his routes and can take any catch to the endzone thanks to his great speed.

    15. OLB Chase Thomas (6’4/238), Stanford - Thomas lacks ideal edge speed and quickness off the snap, but few players have the same technical shedding ability. The Cardinal played from a variety of spots while in college and completed each with a gap sound mentality. He will likely spend the week in Mobile at strong side linebacker.

    16. CB Jamar Taylor (5’11/196), Boise State - The Bronco was asked to play a variety of coverage, but seemed to thrive in press bail situations where he frequently ran the receiver’s route for him. Taylor takes tight angles and keeps a good distance when trailing. To top it off, he consistently makes plays in the open field and brings his arms when tackling. This could be a real coming out party.

    17. S Jonathan Cyprien (6’0/210), FIU - The ultra physical safety displays comfort in the box against the run or getting aggressive with tight ends hoping to find open area. Cyprien’s game is not limited there, however, since he shows enough range to make plays in cover two situations and is at his best when disrupting at the catch point.

    18. G Larry Warford (6’3/343), Kentucky - The massive guard wins despite poor technique, but there is no reason in trying to fix that if Warford continues his consistent domination. he reminds me a lot of Cordy Glenn in that regard, especially for a player that is so mobile despite his monstrous size.

    19. CB Robert Alford (6’0/185), SE Louisiana - Speaking of corners that could have a coming out party, Alford is another strong possibility. The small schooler just makes plays, whether it be undercutting passes from shallow zones or quickly closing on outside breaking routes. He tends to ball watch in zone coverage, but this week should be a nice test for Alford.

    20. OLB/DE John Simon (6’2/263), Ohio State - Simon is slated to play strong side linebacker, but expect him to see a handful of snaps each practice near the line of scrimmage. His frame is not exceptional, but Simon’s motor, power, and leverage will allow him to stick on a roster for a very long time.
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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    From NFLDC's Scott Wright:

    #Alabama OT D.J. Fluker is HUGE! 6-4 7/8 and 355 pounds, 36 3/8 Arms, 10 1/4 Hands with a 87 Wingspan!!! WOW!

    From Shane Hallam of NFLDC:

    Players who did not come due to injury: Jon Adams, Kiko Alonso, Johnthan Banks, Matt Barkley, Tank carradine, Tyler Eifert, DJ Hayden, Brandon Jenkins, Dion Jordan, Travis Kelce, Brendan Williams, Jesse Williams

    Other injury players who accepted but could not come: Tavon Austin, Jonathan Bostic, Reid Fragel, Khaled Holmes, DJ Swearinger

    Ziggy Ansah is at the doctors, no height or weight right now.

    Illinois DE Michael Buchanan with 33 1/4 inch arms and 79 1/2 inch wing span. Might becoming an underrated prospect IMO

    Georgia Dt John Jenkins comes in under 360. 359 pounds, 6'3 and 7/8ths

    OT Lane Johnson comes in at 6'6 1/4 and 302 pounds

    But Fluker carries it so well RT @NFLMocks: @ShanePHallam D.J. Fluker is basically bigger than Jenkins didn't see that coming

    QB EJ Manuel comes in at 6'4 3/8ths and 237 pounds

    Kentucky OG Larry Warford a little saggy but he comes in at 6'3 1/4 and 333 pounds

    OT Eric Fisher at 6'7 1/4 and 305 pounds

    Oregon OT Kyle Long at 6'6 1/8 and 304 pounds to go with shorter arms than expected

    USC Safety TJ McDonald comes in at 6'2 3/8 and 211 pounds

    OT Ricky Wagner at 6'6 1/8 and 310 pounds

    DT Brandon Williams at 6'1 7/8 and 341 pounds

    From Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting:

    Virginia OT Oday Aboushi, 10 4/8 hands, 80+ inch WS,...6052, 310

    My weigh in GOOD notables: OT Fluker/DE Goodman 87 inch WS; QB Manuel/Nassib 10+ hands, OT Long 10.8 inch hands, OT Fisher 10.4 hands, 82 WS

    May have been said, but my notables (bad): WR Dobson and Cobi Hamilton w/8.5 inch hands, Swope w/ 8.1 inch hands, OT Pugh w/31.5 inch arms.

    DJ Fluker, #Alabama OT, with 87 inch WS, is 6'4 7/8 and 355 pounds

    Rice TE Vance McDonald at 6041, 262, looks the part build wise across. I know Phil Savage was talking him up.

    Quinton Patton, LaTech WR JUST over 9 inch hands, 6'0 plateau for WRs. Should be BEST WR here.

    Ryan Swope at 6002, 204. Smaller than thought he'd be for a physical runner and former RB. Not too bad for a slot WR though

    Larry Warford, #Kentucky OG, a sloppy looking 333 pounds.

    Terrence Williams at 201, but he needs to get stronger across his body, based on his body type #Baylor

    Tyler Wilson over the 6'2 mark at 6021, and 218.

    Michael Buchanan, Illinois DE, at 6051, 252...a fringe 1st for us at this point. Good looking NFL 4-3 DE body.

    OT Eric Fisher at 6072, 305, with 82+ inch Wing Span. Top 8 overall pick.

    Mike Glennon at 6066 and 220. Good start to his big week

    Khaseem Greene, #Rutgers LB, at 6004 and 236. Bigger than I thought he'd be.

    Margus Hunt, #SMU DE, at 6082, 277c could add a lot more weight if needed...Freak athlete, 1st round upside.

    Colorado TE Nick Kasa at 6054, 271, and could get a lot bigger. Like him at TE, but could have OT size/upside

    Ryan Nassib at 6'2 even. All QBs here at 6'2 or higher. No Russell Wilson's this year.


    #Syracuse OT Justin Pugh at 6047 with just 31.5 arms. Not a good start for the OT hopeful. But still doable

    Denard Robinson at 5104, 196 pounds with 10 inch hands. #Michigan

    Hugh Thornton, OG from Illinois, at 6'3, 313, with an 82 inch wingspan. One to track this week, loads of upside.

    Matt Miller of Bleacher Report...

    Marcus Hunt. 6'8. 277. He's a man.

    From a physical standpoint, loved how Lane Johnson looked. Had one NY Giants scout tell me, "that's my left tackle."

    From Josh Norris

    Notable arms: Ansah 34” 5/8, Lane Johnson 35”, Fisher 34”, Hunt 33” 3/8, Long 32 1/8, okafor 33 1/8, Pugh 31” 4/8, Simon 32 6/8, Winters 32”
    Long's arm measurements not ideal of an OT. More indicative of an OG.


    Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout & CBS Draft

    Short arms likely to push Kent State's Brian Winters (32"), Tennessee's Dallas Thomas (32") & Syracuse's Justin Pugh (31.5") to OG in NFL.
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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    2013 Senior Bowl: Fluker, Glennon highlight weigh-in surprises
    By Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
    January 21, 2013 11:09 am ET

    The naked truth that comes quite literally at the Senior Bowl exposed some players as undersized while others proved to be as rock solid as advertised. Over 100 players weighed in before taking to the practice fields on Monday.

    The biggest surprise, figuratively and literally, appeared to be Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker, listed at 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds at Alabama but weighing in at 355 pounds and at 6-foot-4 and 7/8 inches. Fluker, who gained Senior Bowl eligibility thanks to graduating early while being on campus for four seasons, has some weight to lose before the NFL Combine before NFL personnel start to ask questions about his body.

    Other players who came in under their listed height and weight included Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings (5-11 7/8, 223), Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford (5-9 7/8, 186), Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton (6-0, 202), Stanford running Stepfan Taylor (5-9, 216), Nevada safety Duke Williams (5-11, 201), Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse (5-5 7/8, 186) and Elon receiver Aaron Mellette (still an impressive 6-2 ½, 216).

    But others actually came in bigger than expected with North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon the most prominent name of them all. Glennon showed up nearly two inches taller than he had been listed at with the Wolfpack, measuring 6-6 and ¾. Immediately, analysts began dropping the name 'Brock Osweiler' in reaction to the news. Some believe Glennon's height could work against him in the draft process.

    Others with better-than-believed measurables include SMU defensive end Margus Hunt (6-8 ¼, 277 pounds) and Southern Miss linebacker Jamie Collins (6-3 3/8, 245 pounds).

    And though it's probably not possible to truly get draft stock help at the weigh-in, some players passed the eyeball test with flying colors. Two linemen especially, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, drew plenty of attention from the onlookers.

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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    I am particularly interested in seeing how some of the LBs do, including Khaseem Greene, Chase Thomas and Jamie Collins. These are all guys I think could potentially be worth considering for the Rams' SLB spot.

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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    Surprised at Fluker weighing in at 355 lbs, but I heard he carries it "very well" and looks "great". Guy is a mammoth of a man.


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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    "Larry Warford was dominant in 1 on 1's, when he got his hands on you its over"

    " EJ Manuel/Florida State has made some throws that made scouts go WOW then others when they sadi WTF "

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    Robert Alford and Terrence Williams battling today. Both of their talents are evident IMO "

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    #SanDiegoState CB Leon McFadden certainly seems to be the player generating the most buzz in Mobile in the early-going."

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    Chase Thomas/Stanford badly beaten by Michael Williams in coverage drills. Not good."

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    Vance McDonald/Rice smokimg the Lbs and S's in one-on-one drills."

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    Robert Alford/CB just got smoked by Terrance Williams/Baylor who ran by him and made a beautiful catch."

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    Terrence Williams struggling a bit. Some body catches losing focus"

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    It's very early in the first practice but so far #BYU DE Ziggy Ansah is impressive. Very smooth athlete with quick feet. #SeniorBowl"

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    Garrett Gilkey/Chadron State looks good. Not intimidated. Attacking. Stunned John Jenkins on one play."

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    Chase Thomas/Stanford again beaten by Michael Williams in passing drills. Not good when you can't cover a 5.0-sec tight end."

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    Mike Gillislee my favorite RB at this practice so far. Tough and even a bit elusive. Fitting through tight spaces"

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    Marqise Goodwin is impressive. Catching everything underneath."

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    Stepfan Taylor/RB/Stanford having a sensational practice."

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    NFL scout on John Jenkins body type; "perfect for an NT- his ass in encroaching on his neck!"

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    Dysert the best athlete of the North QBs. Quick, strong. Like his motion."

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    Rough start for #OhioState John Simon trying to cover RBs out of the backfield. New territory for him #SeniorBowl"

    "Markus Wheaton is doing excellent in 1 on 1's. Beating CB's and good hands."

    -Shane Hallam, Tony Pauline, Scott Wright
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    Rams Seen Talking to RB Andre Ellington

    As the title says, one Rams scout was seen chatting it up with RB Andre Ellington. It may not mean anything because a lot of scouts talk to almost all the players, but its still interesting.

    5'10 and 190lbs Ellington is actually very similar to both Pead and Richardson. Ellingtons had a knack for the endzone over the past 3 years scoring 29 TD's. He is productive rushing as well, he's had 1,000 yards the past 2 seasons and averaged 5.3 and 5.1 YPC.

    Nothing special, just thought it was interesting!


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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    I really like Ellington but yes he's similar to Pead and Richardson. I'm sure we will see quite a few players in this game that end up drafted by the Rams.

    I prefer Stepfan Taylor over Ellington, Lacy and Bernard and etc. He will be around later in the draft and is a better complement to our current rb's.

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    Re: The Official 2013 Senior Bowl Thread

    SMU defensive end Margus Hunt measured at 6-8 and almost 280 pounds... dudes a monster!

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    Draft Tweets From the Senior Bowl: Day 1

    There are many Draftniks/Reporters Tweeting from the Senior Bowl. Here is some from Bucky Brooks, along with the link to 7 other Senior Bowl observers with today's tweets--

    Bucky Brooks ‏@BuckyBrooks –Former NFL player and scout who now works as an Analyst for NFL.com/NFL Network.

    Notes from the 1st day of practices @seniorbowl: 1. Eric Fisher is legit. Big, athletic edge blocker w/great feet and hands. Dominated 1on1s

    2. A.Okeafor, K.Short and S.Williams stood out among D-Line. Short and Williams showed outstanding quickness & agility as interior defenders. Okeafor is a power player off the edge. Looks more like a Base End, but could be an effective rusher in the right scheme.

    3. M.Glennon looks like a classic drop back passer. Exceptional arm talent. A+ arm strength, accuracy and touch. Can make all of the throws

    4. Nassib shows impressive arm strength, but questions about touch. Throws all fastballs, but scout worry about touch on intermediate passes,

    5. M.Wheaton and M.Goodwin were standout WRs. Wheaton is a polished rt. runner w/ strong hands. He has tools to be a strong No.2 as a pro.

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    2013 Senior Bowl: Monday North practice Report/Brugler

    2013 Senior Bowl: Monday North practice
    By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst
    January 21, 2013 7:23 pm ET

    2013 Senior Bowl: Monday North practice - CBSSports

    Monday started well for the quarterbacks at the weigh-in portion of the day, but the afternoon practice was a different story for the signal callers on the North squad. Mike Glennon (NC State), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) and Zac Dysert (Miami, Ohio) all struggled through practice on day one, battling issues with timing, ball placement and touch. With some hiccups expected on the first day, their inconsistencies weren't entirely unexpected, but with Geno Smith and Matt Barkley not participating, this year's Senior Bowl is where one of these three quarterbacks (and Tyler Wilson on the South squad) could shine and vault up draft boards.

    Glennon (6-7, 220) definitely looks the part and towered over Nassib and Dysert on the practice field with his tall, lean frame. He displayed his powerful arm and made some impressive throws to all levels of the field, but his touch appeared off much of the afternoon with many of his passes sailing past the intended target or falling short. Glennon also struggled with his timing and needs to improve his comfort in his drops to stay poised, make his reads and deliver.

    Nassib (6-2, 223) has a snap delivery with very good arm strength on his short-to-intermediate passes, and he earned some praise at one point Monday for his smart, quick decision-making in the pocket. However, his deep ball touch and overall ball placement were an issue all day as he struggled to control the velocity on his throws, which led to incompletions. Nassib is the type of quarterback who will try and throw the ball through his receiver at times and scouts want to see improved touch throughout the week.

    Dysert (6-3, 224) didn't necessarily stand out in any one area, but he didn't disappoint either. He looked balanced in his drops, made quick reads and stepped into his throws, usually delivering catchable passes to his target. However, he did make several head-scratching throws as well, struggling to get into a rhythm. Dysert plays with the poise and confidence to steal the show. He just needs to play with the consistency to get it done.

    When thrown into an all-star environment such as this with new coaches and teammates, it can be tough for quarterbacks to adjust to the surroundings, causing issues with timing. While Monday wasn't a strong performance for any of the three, it will be important to see which quarterback on the North team returns strong Tuesday, Wednesday and the rest of the week.

    Other notes:

    It was a rough day for Ohio State linebacker John Simon, who looked like a fish out of water attempting to cover running backs and tight ends one-on-one in man coverage. He often found himself turned around, lacking the natural hip movement or footwork to quickly adjust and blanket his man. As a college defensive lineman, it's unfair to judge him based on the first practice, but it's obvious Simon will need a lot of coaching if he wants to stay at linebacker.

    After a great weigh-in Monday morning (6072, 305, 34” arms), Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher finished strong with an excellent Monday practice, doing terrific in pass-protection drills. He showed off his nimble feet and natural body coordination to square his frame and control the rusher in front of him. Fisher's lack of elite upper- and lower-body strength showed at times, but overall it was a great start to the week as he competes with Oklahoma's Lane Johnson to be the first senior offensive tackle drafted.

    A pair of pass rushers made noise all of Monday's practice on the North squad: Texas defensive end Alex Okafor and UCLA defensive end Datone Jones. Okafor was playing with a full tank and beat blockers with aggressive power and a fiery attitude ripping through the line of scrimmage. Jones was similar with his short-area burst, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Considered second rounders entering the week, both Okafor and Jones made strong cases as to why they should be considered top-32 selections.

    During the North's practice, there are three different color jerseys: white (offense), blue (defense) and then also yellow (quarterbacks). And Michigan's Denard Robinson, who played quarterback in Ann Arbor but is listed at wide receiver on the Senior Bowl roster, also had a yellow jersey despite not taking any snaps from center. He participated in several wide receiver and special teams exercises but wasn't involved in many contact drills, which is probably due to the arm/hand injury he suffered last fall. Robinson looked natural with the ball in his hands, but he didn't display ideal ball skills, something that will take some time as he adjusts to a different position on offense.

    In a talented safety group, Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien stood out on Monday with his aggressive playing style and active demeanor. He practiced at full speed and left it all out on the field, not shying away from getting physical. Whether it was a contact drill or not, Cyprien is going to meet the ballcarrier with a pop, refusing to let up. With Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) deciding to skip Mobile, Cyprien has a chance to emerge as one of the top safeties at this year's Senior Bowl.

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    Tony Pauline's Day 1 Stock Report

    Pauline's Day 1 Stock Report

    Pauline's Day 1 Stock Report

    By Tony Pauline

    MOBILE, Ala. -- The 64th edition of the Senior Bowl got underway this morning as over 100 future NFL players individually stepped onto a stage in Mobile, Alabama to be measured and weighed in front off all 32 franchises. Later in the afternoon it was time for practice as college prospects were run through NFL formations on the field and asked to display their skills. Here's a breakdown of who did well on the first day for the South team, as well as the players who disappointed.

    Winners

    Leon McFadden/CB/San Diego State: McFadden was strong the entire day and by far the best cornerback on the South squad. He was technically sound, displaying both quickness and athleticism in his game. McFadden showed good footwork, moving in reverse with the ability to quickly flip his hips then run downfield with opponents. His ball skills were outstanding as McFadden picked off one pass and almost came away with a second interception. It's quite possible that McFadden was the biggest winner of practice on Monday.

    Larry Warford/G/Kentucky: Warford was a blocker who was not to be beat on Monday. He was dominant all day and controlled opponents in drills as well as scrimmage. Once Warford got his hands on a defender it was game over. He's a big, strong lineman with a wide body and the type of prospect who will be sought out by a power running offense.

    Johnathan Jenkins/DT/Georgia: Jenkins tipped the scales at 359 pounds this morning but looked more like a 250-pound linebacker moving around the field. He was cat-quick off the snap and quickly penetrated the open gaps of the offensive line or bull rushed blockers into the backfield. Most impressive was Jenkins' ability to immediately change direction and pursue the action outside the numbers to the sidelines. He offers rare athleticism for a big man, though scouts question Jenkins' desire to play with that athleticism every time the ball is snapped.

    Garrett Gilkey/OL/Chadron State: Most times players from small schools like Chadron State show some trepidation at the Senior Bowl facing off against players who hail from national powerhouses. Not Gilkey. Lining up at both guard and tackle, Gilkey was not intimidated by anyone and attacked his assignments. On one occasion, he knocked big John Jenkins off the line with a violent punch of his hands. Gilkey stayed on his feet and stayed with the action all day.

    Stepfan Taylor/RB/Stanford: Taylor was the most effective ball carrier of day one at the Senior Bowl. The compact running back displayed terrific vision, instincts and burst. Taylor showed the ability to explode through the hole and made defenders miss in the open field. He also proved himself to be effective catching the ball out of the backfield. Taylor is a complete back and will rise up draft boards if he continues the momentum of Monday's practice.

    Vance McDonald/TE/Rice: McDonald had a strong practice as a blocker and pass catcher. He made several tough receptions down the middle of the field, coming away with errant passes or making the difficult catch in a crowd. As a blocker, McDonald showed a willingness to attack assignments and the strength to finish off opponents. He's an under the radar tight end who displayed a lot of skill today.

    Terrance Williams/WR/Baylor: Williams was sensational throughout practice on Monday. He was fast off the line, ran good routes and showed the speed necessary to beat defenders down the field. Williams showed tremendous focus and came away with several acrobatic receptions throughout the day. The receiver class in the 2013 NFL Draft leaves a lot to be desired but Williams made his mark Monday at the Senior Bowl and ranks near the top of the senior class at the position.

    Losers

    Chase Thomas/LB/Stanford: Thomas has been rated by some as a second round pick. Today, he looked like a last round selection. During coverage drill Thomas was routinely beaten by slow tight ends. He showed minimal quickness and athleticism in his game. Thomas is what teams consider a "tweener"; to small for defensive end and too slow for linebacker.

    Bacarri Rambo/S/Georgia: Rambo comes off a sensational senior season but looked indecisive and hesitant in Monday's practice. He was constantly late to the action and made plays after the fact.

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    Players With Up-and-Down Performances Monday/Lande

    Players who need to do better the second day at the Senior Bowl.

    Russ Lande breaksdown ten players who did not shine in Monday's Senior Bowl practices.
    January 21, 2013

    Players who need to do better the second day at the Senior Bowl. | National Football Post

    Players With Up-and-Down Performances Monday

    1. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas (6045, 261 and 4.90): Okafor impressed in one-on-ones today with his first step quickness. He won his first rep with an inside countermove and his second with speed on the edge. However, when linemen were able to meet him at the edge they were able to tie him up at the POA and he was easily eliminated. He used his hands well to set up pass rush moves, but struggled to consistently shed blocks.

    2. Kyle Long, OT/OG, Oregon (6061, 304 and 5.00): Although Long tended to get upright at the snap; he demonstrated the foot quickness needed to cut off the edge from speed rushers. When he played with good knee bend and leverage, he flashed the ability to anchor and hold the POA. For an offensive lineman, he showed the quicks and speed to easily get to the second level to block LB’s.

    3. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia (6037, 359 and 5.30): Jenkins was a frustrating player to watch today as he at times showed flashes of greatness, but disappointed too often with his inconsistent play. He clearly has the natural strength needed to hold the POA against multiple blockers and can drive pass blocker with a powerful bull rush. Where he struggled was with his motor, as he did not consistently play with a high level of intensity and was repeatedly prodded by Lions’ coaches to finish plays.

    Players Who Hurt Their Stock Today

    1. Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida (6054, 311 and 5.40): Nixon struggled throughout practice, as he simply did not display the foot quickness needed to play on the edge. His feet audibly sounded heavy during individual drills (The only OL who feet sounded loud) and he often seemed out of breath. He demonstrated limited lateral movement skills and consistently struggled with speed off the edge. He was not able to stay square to his target and got out of control with his upper body movements.

    2. Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (6002, 204 and 4.59): Swope had a terrible day catching the ball as he consistently let the ball get into his body, resulting in five drops over the course of practice. He was able to create separation off free releases with his foot quickness, but did not demonstrate the strength needed to beat the jam. Because he is not an explosive athlete with great deep speed, if he continues to struggle catching the ball this week his stock will likely drop considerably.


    3. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas (6021, 218 and 4.90): Wilson was for the most part sound fundamentally today, but he sprayed the ball all over the field and did not demonstrate the consistent accuracy expected out of a first round prospect. He overthrew multiple receivers badly on downfield routes and threw a bad interception during team drills when he failed to read the safety dropping down into the box. Day one of the Senior Bowl is always difficult on QBs as they try to gain chemistry with brand new receivers, so scouts will be paying particular attention to how he progresses throughout the week.

    4. Robert Lester, SAF, Alabama (6012, 212 and 4.70): Lester looked the part at the weigh-in this morning but was extremely disappointing during practice in the afternoon. He looked stiff and upright in his pedal and consistently lost a step in transition. He showed no discernible burst moving forward on passes in front of him, and consistently gave up easy receptions over the middle. Because of his athletic limitations, teams may consider trying to bulk Lester up and convert him to LB.

    5. Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin (6061, 310 and 5.25): Although he is willing to punch his man off the snap, today he at times got overaggressive and lunged at his man, causing him to fall off blocks. He showed poor lateral movement throughout practice and struggled to set his feet and anchor at the POA. Too often he stopped his feet on contact and did not display the foot quickness needed to protect the edge.

    6. Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon (6024, 216 and 4.55 E): While there is no doubt about Mellette’s size and athleticism, he did not look comfortable today. He lacked suddenness in routes and was more of a smooth route runner, but struggled to consistently get separation. Most disappointing were Mellette’s hands. For a receiver who was so dominant at a lower level of football, he consistently allowed the ball to get into his chest and fought the ball before getting it tucked away. Overall, Mellette looked a long way from being able to contribute to an NFL team today.

    7. Zac Dysert, QB, Miami-Ohio (6027, 224 and 5.00 E): Of the quarterbacks on the North Squad, it was clear Dysert had the worst day of practice today. His footwork and release were not quick and he struggled to set-up and get rid of the ball fast. Additionally, he struggled with accuracy today and with his slow release, defenders were able to close fast to break-up and/or intercept his passes. Dysert needs to practice much better the next few days to avoid falling way down draft boards.

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    Re: Tony Pauline's Day 1 Stock Report

    Larry Warford/G/Kentucky: Warford was a blocker who was not to be beat on Monday. He was dominant all day and controlled opponents in drills as well as scrimmage. Once Warford got his hands on a defender it was game over. He's a big, strong lineman with a wide body and the type of prospect who will be sought out by a power running offense.
    If the Rams don't like the value of a guard when they're on the clock in the first round, Warford will be a name to keep in mind on Day Two of the draft.


    Losers

    Chase Thomas/LB/Stanford: Thomas has been rated by some as a second round pick. Today, he looked like a last round selection. During coverage drill Thomas was routinely beaten by slow tight ends. He showed minimal quickness and athleticism in his game. Thomas is what teams consider a "tweener"; to small for defensive end and too slow for linebacker.

    Bacarri Rambo/S/Georgia: Rambo comes off a sensational senior season but looked indecisive and hesitant in Monday's practice. He was constantly late to the action and made plays after the fact.
    Not great news for two Rams fans' favorites.

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    Re: Tony Pauline's Day 1 Stock Report

    Senior Bowl Festivities Underway
    Posted by nickwagoner on January 22, 2013 – 3:26 AM

    St. Louis Rams – Blog | Senior Bowl Festivities Underway

    MOBILE, Ala. -

    - Greetings from Mobile, where they claim one of the nation’s largest Mardi Gras parties but for this week at least is the home to the premiere annual College All Star game, the Senior Bowl.

    - Practices got underway today and though I wasn’t able to arrive until early this evening, there is already some news to report in terms of the roster.

    - First, a player I know many Rams fans are interested in is Alabama OT D.J. Fluker. The big man weighed in this morning, checking in around 6’5, 356 pounds but I’m told his 356 isn’t like former Tide tackle Andre Smith and Fluker is built much more solidly. Unfortunately, reports tonight indicate that will be all for him this week in Mobile and he has already taken off to head home and train for the combine and the draft.

    - Also, a few players on the listed roster on the Senior Bowl website were late scratches. That includes Texas S Kenny Vaccaro and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball (also a St. Louis native).

    - I’ll do a full roster check with the rundown tomorrow. Also, for those planning, we’ll have a Senior Bowl chat on Wednesday this week. I’m thinking a 12:30 Eastern time start so get your questions in now.

    - One thing that jumps out about this Senior Bowl and this year’s draft in general is a lack of pop at the top. There’s not the usual clear cut top guys at many positions. That makes weeks like this one fun. There are a number of positions to watch this week where guys can start to separate from others.

    - Perhaps no spot will be better for that than offensive tackle. Even without Fluker, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, Wisconsin’s Ricky Wagner and many more are still here jockeying for position behind Texas A&M stud Luke Joeckel.

    - Spoke to Fisher at tonight’s media night. An impressive looking kid who is genuinely excited to be here and represent a MAC school. He takes great pride in following the footsteps of Joe Staley, the Super Bowl bound left tackle of the San Francisco *****.

    - Coming tomorrow, I’ll have a big piece on Oregon OL Kyle Long, the brother of Rams DE Chris. He has an interesting story and he explains why he could no longer put off joining the “family business.”

    - Long is an intriguing prospect in his own right. He started at left tackle for the Ducks but when injuries hit, kicked inside to guard. He can play both tackle spots and his versatility is valuable. As for playing for the Rams, he says he’d love to play with his brother but of course, he isn’t dead set on it and would be happy to play anywhere.

    - Another interesting position that the Rams could have interest in is safety. Right now, there is no consensus on the top guy though Vaccaro seems to be the early leader in the clubhouse. Still, there is a lot of movement possible there and some contenders are in attendance. Guys like USC’s T.J. McDonald, Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo and South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger are here and looking to make a statement.

    - Spoke to Rambo, who aside from winning the awesome surname award, is here on a mission to prove he is more than just a ballhawk. I’ll have plenty on him later this week but Rambo said he knows the perception is that he can’t tackle and he has come to Mobile to prove that perception wrong. By the same token, he’s also not shying away from his ballhawking reputation. He believes that’s a God given skill that one can’t be taught.

    - Baylor WR Terrance Williams was an interesting fellow in his own right. Williams credited his coaches for allowing the Bears offense to continue to thrive even without RG3 at QB. He also made it very clear that he intends to differentiate himself in what is a receiver class with no clear cut star. He wants to be the top wideout drafted.

    - Georgia DT John Jenkins wins the early award for player who is the most overwhelmingly massive. He’s a large man.

    - Michigan QB/WR Denard Robinson seems happy to be here and not upset with playing a position other than his normal quarterback spot. That’s a bit refreshing because not all players in his spot have moved as graciously. He cited Green Bay’s Randall Cobb as a prime example for him to follow.

    - Rumor has it Purdue DT Kawann Short made quite the impression today.

    - Oh, second prize in the massive human being contest is Kentucky G Larry Warford. I know there’s been a lot of talk amongst Rams fans about Alabama’s super impressive OG prospect Chance Warmack but Warford could be an interesting prospect. He’s big and physical and figures to be there into the second round. He’s the most touted interior prospect here this week and should be worth following.

    - Some really talented RBs in the house this week as well, including UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin and Oregon’s Kenjon Barner, among others. Barner seemed like a genuine kid excited to be here and show the football world what he can do. He didn’t get a ton of credit for making that Oregon offense go but he had a heck of a year.

    - Interesting to note, dismissed LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu aka The Honey Badger, is in town to meet with teams this week and do some damage control.

    - Plenty more to come the rest of the week as I’ll be here through Thursday with multiple updates each day, insight from scouts and much more.

    - The Rams contingent is here already though I’m told coach Jeff Fisher is not in attendance as he tends to other business (such as defensive coordinator hire). GM Les Snead and his group is here and doing the legwork though so we’ll try to catch up before the week is out.

    - In the meantime, thanks for reading and talk to you all tomorrow.

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