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User Mock Drafts: January 31st

January 31, 2015 in OTC: User Mock Drafts

Here are three user Mock Drafts I liked this week: Feel free to share some of your favorite mocks in the comments below:

1. Jack, Redskins:

 

5: R1P5
OT BRANDON SCHERFF
IOWA

38: R2P6
G TRE' JACKSON
FLORIDA STATE

69: R3P5
CB MARCUS PETERS
WASHINGTON

102: R4P6
S DETRICK BONNER
VIRGINIA TECH

133: R5P5
DE MARKUS GOLDEN
MISSOURI

166: R6P6
QB TYLER HEINICKE
OLD DOMINION

197: R7P5
WR TRE MCBRIDE
WILLIAM & MARY

 

Mock 2: Dav: Denver Broncos,

 

28: R1P28
OLB ERIC KENDRICKS
UCLA

59: R2P27
OT TY SAMBRAILO
COLORADO STATE

92: R3P28
DE ZADARIUS SMITH
KENTUCKY

135: R5P7
TE JESSE JAMES
PENN STATE

156: R5P28
TE JEFF HEUERMAN
OHIO STATE

187: R6P27
C MAX GARCIA
FLORIDA

Mock 3: Jack, Kansas City Chiefs:

 

18: R1P18
WR KEVIN WHITE
WVU

49: R2P17
G LAKEN TOMLINSON
DUKE

80: R3P16
TE DEVIN FUNCHESS
MICHIGAN

115: R4P19
DE HENRY ANDERSON
STANFORD

146: R5P18
ILB TAIWAN JONES
MICHIGAN STATE

177: R6P17
OT TYRUS THOMPSON
OKLAHOMA

208: R7P16
DE SHAQUILLE RIDDICK
WVU

All-Star Game Losers

January 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

NFLPA Game:

Brandon Bridge, QB, South Alabama

A common theme when looking at all-star game losers are the QBs because no one really shined. Many draftniks are excited about Brandon Bridge and for good reason. He is 6’4 226 pounds with a good arm and athletic ability. Battling injuries throughout this season, Bridge had the chance to make a statement in the NFLPA game and did not take the opportunity by the horns. The accuracy issues that plagued Bridge all season continued to rear its ugly head in practices and the game. He could be drafted based on physical tools alone, but has not shown he can play at the professional level.

Chad Slade, OG, Auburn

Slade isn’t a bad player by any means, but he doesn’t show much flash. With a ton of college experience (45 straight starts,) one would expect Slade to be a legit prospect and go to the Senior Bowl. But, Slade is a mediocre pass protector and struggled with his pass protection through NFLPA week. With more teams leaning on guards to both run and pass block, Slade did not help himself against the NFLPA competition. Slade is a late round pick at best.

Shrine Game

Taylor Heinicke, QB, Old Dominion

Heinicke was extremely productive this season throwing for nearly 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns and looked like he could develop into an NFL backup. The Shrine Game was not kind to Heinicke as he struggled with advancing his ability to read a difference and put the ball in catchable locations for his WRs. He looks like more of a project than he did at times during the season and likely put himself in the undrafted range.

Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry

Small schooler Robinson didn’t have a bad week as he definitely showcased the athletic ability that will get him drafted. At 6’3, 251 pounds with 34 inch arms, Robinson looks the part of a dominant linebacker, but he really struggled with both the physical and mental fundamentals of the game. He did not show improvement in reading and reacting or his hand usage in the pass rush, two major flaws. Robinson’s combine will likely reinvigorate his stock, but for now, it is bullish.

Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan

Ryan is a longtime starter who has been extremely productive for the Wolverines. He looks like a future NFL thumper and the Shrine Game was a big opportunity to showcase that he could be even more than that. Unfortunately, Ryan struggled mightily in practice in coverage and with his lateral mobility. He looked more like a backup and special teamer than a top 100 pick and pushed himself down into the latter rounds.

Senior Bowl:

TJ Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

Clemmings was coming into the Senior Bowl with a lot of hype after a fantastic season at RT. The Pitt standout led the way to one of the most prolific rushing offenses in the country and it was only his second year playing offense in college. He showed just how raw he was at the Senior Bowl as he struggled with pass rush diversity and inside moves when going one on one in drills. Clemmings had the chance to push himself into the top half of the first round, but ultimately looks more like a late first round pick with raw upside.

Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

Montgomery was discussed as a first round pick back in October, but a rough end to the season left his place in the draft in doubt. The Senior Bowl would be an ideal place for the all around threat to establish himself as a top WR option. Montgomery was overshadowed by WRs such as Phillip Dorsett, Devin Smith, and Sammie Coates. Montgomery didn’t flash exceptional ability or dominate like many thought he could and should. This could push him down team’s boards in a pretty stacked WR class.

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

Bryce Petty’s draft stock is hotly debated with many feeling that he is the 3rd or 4th best QB in this class to many putting him in the late rounds (he ranks 8th on my QB board). Petty has flashed NFL potential leading a successful Baylor offense and showcasing a great arm strength with the zip on his passes. With Brett Hundley skipping the Senior Bowl, Petty could have shown he was worth a top pick in a weak QB class but did just the opposite. His accuracy was erratic and in the game itself he struggled mightily reading the defense and going through progressions. The adjustment to the NFL will be a big one and after having a concussion and spinal injury this past season, his stock is trending way down.

All-Star Game Winners

January 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

With the NFLPA, Shrine, and Senior Bowl in the books, many prospects helped themselves while a few hurt their draft stock in the process. All-Star games often give opportunities for players to be tried at new positions or for small school players to prove their skills against better competition. The following is not a fully extensive list (the number of players who helped themselves in these games is easily over a dozen per game). Through practice reports, TV coverage, and the games themselves, here are the winners and losers of the all-star games.

NFLPA Game:

Malcolm Agnew, RB, Southern Illinois

Agnew showcased his versatility and speed by being the most dominant RB at the NFLPA Game. Though he didn’t have the best stats in the game, he was the most impressive RB through the week showcasing no ill effects of his ankle injury from October and being multifaceted in both catching the football and pass protection. Agnew’s performance will garner him some consideration in the 6th-7th round or as a priority free agent.

Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M

Harrison looked like a man amongst boys at the NFLPA Game. He weighed in at nearly 6’4 344 pounds and still looked light on his feet in practices, able to carry and maintain that weight. Harrison has an impressive blend of size and athletic ability that should intrigue NFL teams. With his good NFLPA week, Harrison could be a top 5 OG off the board come April.

Vernon Johnson, WR, Texas A&M Commerce

Texas A&M Commerce is no powerhouse program, but WR Vernon Johnson proved that he belonged against prospects from top programs. The 5’11 188 pound wideout showcased solid down field speed and soft hands on intermediate routes through the week of practice. He is a draftable prospect who could develop into a #3 or #4 for an NFL team.

Leon Orr, DT, Florida

Leon Orr’s talent is undeniable and he showcased that talent through NFLPA week. At 319 pounds, Orr dominated from both a leverage and strength perspective consistently when playing one on one. Orr’s issues are off the field where he up and left the Florida team before playing Vanderbilt because he wouldn’t be starting in the game. He proved at the NFLPA game that he can play, but the question is if team’s will overlook his transgression against his team.

Shrine Game:

Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami (FL)

Chickillo was inconsistent while at Miami and often played out of position, not rushing the passer or utilizing his talents. At the Shrine Game, Chickillo was able to pin his ears back and get after the passer with a ton of success. With pass rushers always in demand, Chickillo played his way to being a potential midround pick.

John Miller, OG, Louisville

Though offensive linemen don’t always have flashy all-star games, Louisville’s John Miller played extremely well getting a great push in practice and showcasing NFL upper body strength. A power run blocker, John Miller is could be in the Top 100 after his Shrine Game performance.

Za’Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky

With teammate Bud Dupree getting most of the publicity, Wildcat DE Za’Darius Smith is often overlooked. He made a name for himself at Shrine practices by consistently beating the offensive tackles and showing in 11 on 11s that he can stop rushers in their tracks. Smith has moved himself into the Early 3rd Day and could sneak into the Top 100.

Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech

Waller is a TE/WR tweener who could even make the full move to being a slot TE after weighing in at over 6’6 ½ and 242 pounds at the Shrine game. With his size, Waller showed some fluidity in practice and that he is a reliable pass catching option at the next level. Look for Waller to be a late round project that entices a few teams.

Senior Bowl:

Nick Marshall, CB, Auburn

Marshall may have been the QB to help himself the most at any all-star game this year, and it was because he chose to switch to another position entirely. Marshall made the move to CB (which he played while at Georgia,) and had a solid week of practice and a good game for someone who hasn’t played the position in 3 years or so. Marshall flashed the athletic ability combined with size to develop into an NFL CB. He is now draftable at this new position.

Quentin Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)

Rollins story is now well known of only playing organized college ball for one year but using his athletic ability from the basketball court to the football field. Rollins showed dominance at the Senior Bowl shutting down big and small WRs alike. In the game, he was a stand out player with an interception and nearly another. He looks like he can be a starting NFL CB with a little more experience and is firmly in the top 50 at this point.

Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

Smith was a 4 year Junior who played in the Senior Bowl and is worthy of the “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane” moniker. In Mobile, however, Smith came to play and had a better week and game than any stretch as a college player in State College. At almost 6’6 and 341 pounds, Smith is a physically imposing OT who often is bet by even finesse defensive ends. During practice, he showed that he could not only maul with his size but also keep up with speed rushers. Smith could rise into the top 100.

Ty Varga, RB, Yale

Varga was largely an unknown after not playing half of 2013 with a foot injury, but he had an excellent 2014 for Yale. He was pegged as a fullback for the Senior Bowl, but quickly proved that he was a capable halfback as well. Varga is often discounted because of his height (just a shade above 5’10,) but he is 227 pounds and very difficult to locate and tackle. In the game, Varga had over 7 yards a carry and ran for 2 TDs. He put himself in position to definitely be drafted now.

Clive Walford, TE, Miami (FL)

With a weak TE class, the TEs of the Senior Bowl had a chance to really put themselves in position to separate in the class. Clive Walford stepped up and showcased both great blocking ability (especially in the game where he had some great pancaking run blocks,) and catching the football with his athletic ability. Walford put on a show with his range and hands, flashing starting TE talent. Walford’s performance puts him in the top 100 of the NFL Draft.

Senior Bowl Recap: Creating a Line-up from Senior Bowl prospects

January 25, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

To recap the Senior Bowl week (Game plus practices) I thought i would create a line-up with starters and key back-ups at every position. There will be a few extra "starters" given how teams use various offensive and defensive packages.

QB: starter- Garrett Grayson, back-up- Bryce Petty

-Not much to say here for the quarterbacks as none of them were great. Grayson had some issues, but was probably the most consistent QB of the week. Petty was inconsistent but may have the most talent of the bunch. Honestly though it is tough to consider any of these guys before the 4th round (and even then that is a push).

RB: starter- David Cobb, back-up: David Johnson, 3rd down back- Ameer Abdullah, Fullback- Tyler Varga

-A lot of good running back talent down here. Cobb was the most complete back of the week. He's not a game breaker, but he is a guy who will keep the chains moving. Johnson had a similar week and a similar skill set though maybe a bit more athletic. If you do want a game breaker, Abdullah is your guy and he fits perfectly in a 3rd down back type of role. If you are a team looking for a playmaker who can pick up chunks of yards both on the ground and through the air, Abullah is your guy. He's not a guy who is going to run the ball 17-20 times a game, but 8-10 carries and 4-7 catches a game is where you want him. Varga isn't really a natural fullback, but he played here this week and he showed some nice lead blocking ability as well as some rushing ability. He's a guy you want on your team and will help you in a variety of ways.

TE: starter- Clive Walford, back-up- Nick Boyle

-Walford and Boyle were clearly the top two tight ends down here this week. both are all around players who can help as in line blockers and are quality receivers as well. Walford has more athleticism and is a guy who could even split out in a Joker role.

WR: starters- Tony Lippett, Phillip Dorsett, slot receiver- Tyler Lockett, back-ups: Dezmin Lewis and Jamison Crowder

-Lippett, Dorsett and Lockett all had really strong weeks and it was pretty clear they were the most consistent receivers down here (though there were a number of solid guys). Dorsett and Lockett are guys with great speed who are playmakers. Lippett brings a good size/speed combo and is a very good route runner. As for the back-ups small school Dez Lewis really impressed this week and he's a guy who has a ton of upside. He should find his way into the top 125 picks and could be a riser to watch. Crowder is undersized, but all he did was catch the ball and make plays this week. His size will limit his draft stock, but he will get a shot on the third day to be a slot receiver special teamer.

Offensive tackle: starters-  La'el Collins and Rob Havenstein, back-up-Ali Marpet (better as a guard though)

-Collins had an up-and-down practice week, but played much better in the game. I still think he is similar to a Zack Martin or Joel Bitonio from a year ago where he could play LT and probably be above average there or he could kick inside to guard and quickly become elite. Either way he's a good football player and a guy who should go in the top half of the first round. Havenstein is a guy who won't come close to going in the first round, but day-in-day out he proved he could play at the next level. He probably won't go until the 3rd day, but he had a very good week of practice. Marpet is best suited at guard at the next level and practiced there a lot, but he was listed on the game day program at tackle so I'm fitting him in there. He comes from a small school and played LT there, and could probably back-up the tackle spots as an emergency option at the next level. As a guard though he could be a very good starter as he already has excellent technique and does a great job using leverage.

Offensive guard: starters- Laken Tomlinson and Tre Jackson, back-up- Arie Kouandjio

-Tomlins and Jackson were the best guard from each team and both showed very similar skill sets of strong power, good feet and an ability to anchor. Kouandjjio is another similar offensive guard, but was just a tick behind the rest. All three of these guards should go in the top 75 picks and should quickly become starters.

Center: starter- Max Garcia, back-up: Reese Dismukes

-It was not a strong week for centers, but I thought Max Garcia did the best job of the week. He was a tough blocker and did a nice job anchoring against Danny Shelton. He doesn't have the best prospect status, but expect his name to be called sometime during the 3rd day of the draft. Reese Dismukes is thought to be the top center in the class though based on this week he hasn't played up to that level. He was much better in the game and that definitely helped some, but he needs to do a better job anchoring vs power.

Defensive end: starters- Preston Smith and Owamagbe Odighizuwa, back-up- Henry Anderson

-Now most edge rushers lined up as outside linebackers this week so we didn't see as much of them. With a weaker slate of ends, Preston Smith really looked the best of the bunch. He excelled at both pass rush and run defense drills and did so without much in the way of refined technique. He's a guy that NFL teams will look at as a guy who can get solid production now, but if they really develop him he could become a very good starter. Odighizuwa got a lot of hype this week from a lot of people and some of it was deserved. For me I saw a solid-to-good week, but not a lot to really rave about. Odighizuwa is a physical specimen, and there is some potential, but I am not sure if it will ever click with him. Anderson was hit or miss this week. Some reps he got pushed around like he wasn't even there and other reps he looked fantastic. Two things that stuck out for me is he's really only a 5 tech guy, when he lined up in some other sets he got more easily pushed around. Also his pass rush is ahead of his run defense. A lot of times where he lost was in run blocking when he couldn't hold his ground. He may need to be a situational guy early in his career who plays in pass sets, until he gets stronger.

Defensive tackle: starters- Carl Davis and Danny Shelton, back-up- Grady Jarrett

-Between the game and the week of practice Carl Davis was the most dominant defensive tackle. He was quick off the line and extremely disruptive in the back-field. He plays with excellent power as well and can hold his ground even vs a double team. Shelton had the most hype and for most of the practice week he lived up to it, but he did not have a strong game. He was getting handled by offensive guards and centers that didn't even play well during the week. One of the biggest problems with Shelton during the game was he was slow to get off the line. That is a bad trait to have as a defensive tackle and it can lead to you losing the leverage battle. Shelton is still a really good prospect, but the game raised some concerns. For the back-up spot it came down to either Grady Jarrett or Gabe Wright, both had strong weeks, but Jarrett's was slightly better so he gets the nod.

Outside linebacker: starter- Lyden Trail and Nate Orchard, back-up- Hau'oli Kikaha

-Trail had one of the best weeks of any player as he showed a complete range of skills (including some offensive ones). He's a raw guy, but the upside is there so teams will be highly intrigued with him. He might not go as high as some of the other guys in the draft, but the upside is there for him to be very good at the next level. Orchard followed up his break-out senior year with a really strong week of practice. He needs to work on coverage and run defense more, but he showed up where it mattered most; rushing the passer. He was relentless throughout the week and would have had a number of pressures/sacks if they were live game situations. Kikaha had a similar week to Orchard, but I felt he was slightly behind him. Still he's a very good rusher and should go in the top 50 picks.

Inside linebacker: starters- Denzel Perryman and Stephone Anthony, back-up- Hayes Pullard

-This was one of the toughest groups to decide. Perryman for me was the best ILB coming in and though his practice time was cut short I think he flashed that talent when he was on the field. Anthony was the best ILB who played throughout the week and he shows up as a very violent hitter with good instincts. Pullard I thought had a solid week, though he didn't do anything extra flashy that really made him stand out. He also didn't do anything really negative either.

Cornerback: starters- Josh Shaw and Ladarius Gunter, slot corner- Kevin White, back-ups- Quinten Rollins and Eric Rowe

-For me Josh Shaw had a great week of practice at corner for the North team. He's physical at the line and doesn't allow receivers to get a free release. When he's in off coverage he can still run with the top receivers and he does a nice job playing the football. The best corner on the South team was Kevin White who probably could play outside in a number of schemes but fits well here as the slot corner. For the other starter corner I thought Gunter from Miami had a really strong week. He's another big corner who can run pretty well. A number of the north receivers mentioned him as one of the tougher guys to face this week (Shaw was another guy who got a lot of mentions), and you could see how he competed throughout the week. For the back-ups I went with the high upside Rollins and the utility guy Rowe. Rollins has a ton of potential, but he's still raw overall, Rowe I actually like more of as a safety, but he's another who can be physical off the line and match-up vs bigger receivers.

Safety: starters- Cody Prewitt and Jaquiski Tartt, back-up- Clayton Geathers

-This is an all South line-up as I felt their safety play was superior this week as a whole. Prewitt was the best all-around safety down here, and Tartt has excellent size and the potential to be an in the box safety (and great special teamer) at the next level. Geathers strong week as well and shows the versatility to play either safety spot. North teamers Kurtis Drummond and Adrian Amos had solid weeks as well and definitely deserve a mention.

2015 Senior Bowl Gameday Twitter Notes

January 24, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

Fanspeak.com is covering the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl LIVE today in Mobile! Stay tuned for postgame recap & photos here tomorrow! But during the game, check out Steve Shoup's thoughts on the game & players:    reeses-senior-bowl-logojpg-a7309e4d0d54c5e5

 

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2015 Senior Bowl Interview – OLB Nate Orchard

January 24, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

 

Nate Orchard – OLB (Utah)

Measurables:  Hgt:  6’3”

Wgt:  251lbs.

Hand:  10 1/8”

Arm:  33”

 

PROFILE:

All-American his Senior year … won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end … set a Utah single-season record with 18.5 sacks … led the nation in sacks per game (1.46) … finished fourth in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.6) and fifth in total tackles for loss (21.0).

 

On what it means to him to have been invited to play in the Senior Bowl

 

Oh man, it’s a huge honor. You look back in the day, the names that have been a part of this bowl, it’s a huge honor.  Words can’t express how grateful I am to be here.

 

On what one or two things he really wants to showcase to scouts here at the Senior Bowl

 

My versatility. Being able to drop back in coverage and rush the passer. Having my hand down on the ground and playing the run really well.

 

On what areas he thinks he needs to work on as he goes through this draft process

 

Holding my ground on the run and dropping back in coverage. Those are kinda the two things that I lacked a little bit and just need to improve more.

 

On what kind of feedback he has been getting from scouts as to whether they see him as more of a down guy or one who can be versatile

 

A little bit of both. Some teams say if I can bulk up a little bit I can play with my hand down. But then there’s 3-4 teams that like me at outside linebacker. So getting a little bit of both in feedback right now.

 

On what advice his college coaches gave him about entering the draft process

 

Enjoy it. You only get drafted once and the moment will fly by really fast. Just relish it, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

On his Senior Bowl experience of working with NFL coaches for the first time

 

It’s great.  It’s a huge honor to be here and be a part of this – working with them. The Titans have been great to us.  My defensive line coach, Coach Smith, he’s awesome, his assistant has been great to us. Loving every second.

 

On how he approaches the fact that there are a lot of good pass rushers at the Senior Bowl with whom he is competing but yet for this one week they are also his teammates

 

I’m used to it. I’ve had it over the years at Utah with Trevor Reilly there. This year with Hunter Dimick. Hunter was a great competitor. Being here with all these guys, the best in the nation. I know you’re on the same team, but at the same time you want to do your job and just be successful.

 

On who was the best offensive lineman he went up against in college

 

I wish I could actually give you his name, but he was the left tackle at Colorado, I want to say two years ago and he’s playing for the Green Bay Packers now, starting for them. He was definitely the best. (David Bakhtiari)

 

On what he will bring to an NFL team beyond the technical/fundamental aspects of the game

 

Passion and energy. I love my job, I love what I’m doing. You know, there’s guys who love it but at the same time dread it. I live and breathe it every second. I take advantage of every opportunity and every moment that I’m playing this game.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Senior Bowl Interview – CB Josh Shaw

January 24, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

Josh Shaw – CB  (USC)

Measurables:  Hgt:  6’

Wgt:  198lbs.

Hand:  9”

Arm:  30 7/8”

 

PROFILE:

3-year college career at Florida and USC … combined he had 119 tackles (including 8.5 for losses), 14 deflections and six interceptions with 22 starts … at USC, he had 97 tackles, including 7.5 for losses, plus 13 deflections and six interceptions while starting 21 games.

 

 

On what it means to him to have been invited to play in the Senior Bowl

 

It means a lot.  This is the premier college all-star game. So being able to be here and showcase my talent in front of all 32 teams – it’s really a blessing.

 

On the significance of being invited to the Senior Bowl after putting in a solid performance the week before at the East-West Shrine Game

 

It means that I’m doing something right. That guys wanted to see more of me, which is good. I just want an opportunity to go out and showcase myself and show these guys that I’d be a good asset to their organization.

 

On what he thinks he can bring to an NFL team

 

I think that I’m a corner who can play safety and nickel so I’m a guy that can be on someone’s roster that can play multiple positions at any given time. The coaches can feel comfortable that if a safety goes down I can move to safety and there will be no drop-off. Also, that I can play on special teams. I think I can be a key guy on every organization’s special teams.

 

On the fact that, as a bigger cornerback in college he enjoyed success playing with some physicality, and how he will approach playing against the big, physical receivers in the NFL like a Dez Bryant or Calvin Johnson

 

It starts with watching a lot of film. You get out there on gameday, you got to trust your preparation and trust everything the coaches have been telling you. You gotta have a plan each and every down you line up. If you’re in press coverage, you don’t want to show the receiver the same thing every time. You want to be able to have a toolbox and mix things up.

 

On coming from a storied college program that has produced numerous NFL players and any feedback he has gotten from USC guys who have made the jump to the next level

 

The feedback I always get is they come back and tell me that I can play in that league. At USC we got a lot of talent there. Most of the guys that come there are probably 5-stars coming out of high school, or at least a good majority of the guys. So year in and year out, I’ve faced guys from Robert Woods to Marquise Lee to now Nelson Aguilar, guys like that. So I think that has definitely prepared me for the next level.

 

On which of those top USC receivers was the toughest to cover

 

You know what, they’re all different, so I couldn’t even say one over the other. Because they’re all different, they all have different skill sets, they all possess a different challenge for every corner. 

 

On which receiver outside of USC was the toughest to cover and why

 

Brandin Cooks. Brandin Cooks of Oregon State. He’s really so explosive.  You really don’t see guys like him come around too often. He’s a smart player and he’s physical also. Usually when you get smaller receivers, they don’t like to be touched. You know, Brandin Cooks, he’s the type of receiver that he’ll bring the party to you. So I had a great time matching up against him.

 

On what experience he has playing special teams and if he feels that he can do that immediately in the NFL

 

Yes, I definitely think I can do it Day 1. I’ve had to do it throughout my collegiate career. It’s something you do especially being at the colleges that was at – one, at Florida and then the other at USC. Your key guys, your starters, you play special teams. They treat it like the NFL – you see starters in the NFL playing on special teams, so it would be no different.

 

On what kind of advice he’s gotten from the NFL coaches here at the Senior Bowl

 

They like how long I am and what I can do in press coverage. So I think now it’s about fine tuning some things and playing the technique they want me to play as opposed to what I have been taught all these years and what’s comfortable for me. So, it’s being able to show them that I can adjust to what they want out of me.

 

 

 

 

 

30 Players from the Senior Bowl Who Helped Their Draft Stock

January 24, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

*Note: Danny Shelton isn't included because he just reaffirmed his first round status. Also the order isn't important all these players boosted their stock with a strong week:

1. David Cobb-RB, Minnesota:

-Cobb was the best back on either team and looks to be the complete package for the next level. He can run, catch, and block and should quickly become an every down back for some team. He runs with nice vision and patience to fit in a zone scheme, but he also runs with some power as well.

2. Jamison Crowder-WR, Duke:

-Crowder is undersized at 5'8" 174 lbs, but he just kept making plays throughout the week. He's going to have to be a slot guy and probably limited in some of the things he can do, but he showed some ability to be a playmaker and valuable weapon in the NFL.

3. Quinten Rollins-CB, Miami (Ohio):

-Rollins is one of the more interesting cases down here as he has just one year of football experience (played college basketball before), but he showed the skills to be a good cover corner at the next level.

4. Ali Marpet- OG, Hobart:

-Marpet comes from a small school, but he quickly showed that he belong on the same field as Big 10, ACC, and Pac-12 guys. Marpet displayed the best technique of any offensive lineman on the North squad and he used that to win battles vs a number of North DT's. He did struggle some vs power guys, and may be best suited in a zone scheme, but he is a very intriguing guy to watch. He probably won't go until the 4th round and he represents a nice project.

5. Max Garcia- C/G, Florida:

-Garcia was considered an afterthought entering the week, but have a pretty decent week of practice (including good reps versus Danny Shelton) and the versatility to play multiple positions, Garcia should be moving up draft boards. At the very least he would represent a good utility offensive lineman, and in a weak center class he could develop into a starter down the line.

6. Laken Tomlinson- G, Duke:

-Tomlinson got better as the week went on and he ended up being the best guard prospect vs the top two North defensive tackles (Shelton and Carl Davis) thoughout the week. He needs to work on his technique and hand usage some, but overall he displays nice power and a strong base to build upon.

7. Rob Havenstein- T, Wisconsin:

-Though not a highly rated prospect, Havenstein had a great week from a consistency perspective. Whether in 1-on-1's or team work, he constantly was winning his battles and engulfing defenders. Now this doesn't make him into a top 100 prospect by any means, but he shows some promise of having a future at RT in the NFL.

8. Carl Davis- DT, Iowa:

-Davis weighed in at 321 and showed great quickness and production throughout the week. He didn't have a big career at Iowa, but after this week he will force some teams to go back and do some extra work on him to see if it was a fluke or more of a sign of his future at the next level.

9. Hau'oli Kikaha- OLB, Washington:

-Kikaha had some questions surrounding him despite his production these past two years, but he came through the Senior Bowl in a real positive light. He's very quick off the edge and shows the movement skills to drop into coverage as well. He's an excellent fit for a 3-4 team as an edge rusher.

10. Nate Orchard- OLB, Utah:

-Orchard had a breakout Senior campaign, but there were going to be questions about whether or not he was a one year wonder. Down here at the Senior Bowl Orchard started answering those questions by having a really good week in practice. Orchard is not as strong in coverage and his run support is a bit weak, but boy does he get after the quarterback. He displays nice speed and quickness and does a nice job setting up offensive linemen.

11. Josh Shaw- CB, USC:

-After a big Shrine Game week last week, Shaw followed it up with another strong week at the Senior Bowl. He's tall, long corner who is excellent in press coverage. He does a nice job in transition and can run with most guys. Some teams will look for him at safety and he could play there as well, but corner looks like his best position for now.

12. Eric Rowe- CB/S, Utah:

-Rowe looked good playing both safety and corner and will definitely get looks at teams in both spots. Either way you have a guy with good size and length, who is very good in coverage and has nice range and physicality.

13. David Johnson- RB, Northern Iowa:

-Johnson showed well as a small school back and opened eyes as a complete back down in Moblie. He fared well in pass protection (which is huge at the next level) and caught the ball well out of the backfield. He had a couple really nice runs as well.

14. Phillip Dorsett- WR, Miami:

-Dorsett is probably the fastest receiver not only down in Mobile, but in this draft. He was timed at a 4.21 40 at Miami, whether that holds up at the combine or not is meaningless as this kid can fly. Though deep balls were his primary focus at Miami, Dorsett showed good route running and fluid movements to create separation on other routes.

15. Dezmin Lewis- WR, Central Arkansas:

-Lewis is a small school receiver, but he showed up extremely well this week. He has excellent size and uses it well to his advantage. He doesn't have elite speed, or route running, but he's good in both areas. If you are looking for a mid-round receiver with big time upside, Lewis is going to be your guy.

16. Tyler Lockett- WR, Kansas State:

-Lockett might be undersized, but man can he fly. He's electric with the ball in his hands and he showed an excellent ability to track the football and win jump balls. Lockett is going to be a good receiver who can help inside, but also be a vertical threat and special teamer.

17. Clive Walford- TE, Miami:

-Walford was clearly the best tight end on either team and helped himself quite a bit showing well as both a receiver and blocker. Few tight ends are the complete package in today's NFL so Walford is going to appeal to all 32 NFL teams in some capacity.

18. Tre Jackson- G, Florida State:

-Jackson was probably the most consistent offensive guard on the South squad (which was a very impressive group), he displays good power and a strong anchor. He's very tough to move and once he gets his hands on you it is pretty much over.

19. Shaq Mason- G, Georgia Tech:

-As a run blocker Mason's game is already NFL ready, as a pass blocker Mason leaves something to be desired, but he helped himself this week. Though raw as a pass blocker, Mason improved throughout the week and overall did a nice job. He will still likely struggle to pick up pass blocking assignments early in his career, but he showed he has the potential to be very good here.

20. Arie Kouandjio- G, Alabama:

-Kouandjio early in the week had some issue anchoring vs power moves, but he improved as the week went on and was one of the fiercest interior offensive linemen in Mobile. He had some of the best battles of the week, and he's a guy who could start quickly at the next level.

21. Daryl Williams- T, Oklahoma:

-Williams was not the most highly rated OT down in Mobile, but he was clearly the most consistent on the South squad. He's a guy who is limited to RT, but he shows nice length, strength and a good base. He's not going to wow you and probably isn't ever going to be a Pro Bowl player at the next level, but he can play and probably start at RT in the future. He's also not much of a project so at worst he could be a solid back-up and be that early in his career.

22. Gabe Wright- DT, Auburn:

-Wright's week was cut short, but before his practice week ended he showed he could be a very good 3 tech penetrating defensive tackle at the next level. He maybe could get some 5 tech looks as well, but his strength is going to be getting after the quarterback with a quick first step.

23. Preston Smith- DL, Mississippi State:

-Smith is a raw pass rusher overall and kind of a tweener as he's undersized to play DT or a 5 tech, but probably too big to be a full edge rusher. He also doesn't play with the most consistent technique. What he does well though is produce. Smith consistently gave OT's problems and he's the type of guy who if you have a game plan (either get him to add or drop weight) and can coach him up a little bit he can be a good player at the next level. His draft stock is a bit up and down because of the uncertainty, but a smart team will find a way to use him.

24. Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson:

-Jarrett may be undersized, and some teams will knock him for that, but the kid can flat out play. He was disruptive throughout the week and was relentless on every snap. He's the type of guy who goes non-stop and is a vocal leader on the field. He's very quick off the snap which allows him to penetrate quickly and make plays in the backfield. Though his size will remain an issue, he proved he can make an impact at this size and NFL teams will take notice of that.

25. Joey Mbu, DT, Houston:

-Mbu quietly had one of the better Senior Bowl weeks among defensive linemen. Though not as hyped as many of his fellow DT's Mbu just consistently showed good reps in both 1-on-1 and team drills. Mbu isn't going to get a lot of sacks or blow up a lot of plays in the backfield, but where he wins is pushing back the interior of the line in pass rushing, limiting the QB from stepping up and holding up at the POA in run defense.

26. Lynden Trail, OLB, Norfolk State:

-One of the most impressive players down here this week, Trail was a small school guy who came in with a lot of intrigue but little certainty. Trail has impressive length and athleticism, and he used that to show case his pass rushing skills and even some nice coverage skills. He even got some work at TE showing some extra versatility. Overall this was a big week for a small school guy, he wasn't overwhelmed playing against a higher level of competition and he took to NFL coaching well. While he still probably is a 5th rounder type, Trail is a guy who made a positive impression on NFL teams.

27. Stephone Anthony- ILB, Clemson:

-It can be tough for non-pass rushing linebackers to really shine in these practices as there isn't full hitting and 1-on-1 coverage drills typically favor the TE's and backs vs ILBs. Anthony though held his own in coverage drills while looking good in blitzing drills and full team work. Anthony maybe wasn't allowed to fully hit running backs, but he showed good instincts and angles of pursuit.

28. Kevin White- CB, TCU:

-White is a smaller undersized corner, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the toughest cover guys down here. He's very smooth in transition and has nice speed to go along with good coverage skills. Despite his size he's probably not completely limited to the slot (though some teams will pass given their type of defense). White covered a number of the South's top receivers very well throughout the week and definitely helped his overall stock.

29. Cody Prewitt- S, Ole Miss:

-Prewitt came into this week trying to show he had the versatility, instincts, and speed to play safety at the next level and he passed that test with flying colors. Prewitt showed well both in the box and in a free safety role. His instincts, reaction time, and angles of pursuit were all top notch. He's not going to be the most athletically gifted safety, but I think he showed he deserves consideration at either safety spot. Prewitt is also a team leader and a special teamer so there is added value there.

30. Ladarius Gunter- CB, Miami:

-Gunter was a corner who hadn't impressed me much in the games I'd seen of his. He had size and length and it looked like he could run okay,but his game didn't seem overly special. This week though I think his potential really shined through and he looks like a corner who could develop into a starter down the road. He showed nice coverage and ball skills to go along with his size. He ran better on deeper routes than I expected, and stayed with some of the burners on the South squad.

Bonus: 31. Nick Marshall- CB, Auburn:

-Marshall came to the Senior Bowl as a quarterback and at the opening press conference the head of the Senior Bowl Phil Savage talked about him wanting to try QB before any possible position switch. The next day Marshall decided to make the move to corner before the first practice. Though some have questioned if he made the right move, I think he absolutely made the correct decision. At QB even in a weak class he was maybe a 6th-7th rounder at best, and a guy who would get drafted mainly because of his exceptional athleticism more than anything else. At 6'1", 205 he was undersized as a quarterback, but he's excellent size for a corner, add in that athletic ability and his potential is really high. By making the switch now, not only did Marshall get the chance to show off to scouts this week (and he did pretty well considering), but he now can spend the next 4 months working on developing as a corner so he is ready when Rookie Mini-camp happens right after the draft. Marshall probably rose his draft stock by at least a round, and increased his chances of sticking in the NFL.

Day 3 Senior Bowl Practice Notes:

January 23, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

I'm going to combine notes for the North and South squads. This time I won't break it up by position, but rather team and just list some guys who stood out:

North:

-It's always tough for a running back to stand out at these practices because since there isn't full hitting you don't always know if the RB would make the play or if the defender would . That being said David Cobb continued to flash in practice. Whatever he was asked to do he did it and he did it well. One thing you can notice in practice though is a player's vision and cutting ability, Cobb looked really good in both areas and has all the makings of a feature back at the next level.

-With Jeremy Langford dealing with an injury the other back to watch was Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah. Now Abdullah is definitely not an every down back, but from a quickness/speed perspective he brings a lot to the table. He can develop as a good change of pace/receiving option out of the backfield and looked the part in practice.

-Bryce Petty may win the "top QB" honor of the week (definitely on the North squad), but it is more by default than anything else. The only South quarterback who really showed himself this week was Garrett Grayson so the competition wasn't exactly fierce. Petty was very inconsistent in this final practice and missed on a number of targets. He had some issues handling the snap (which isn't surprising) and he was late on just too many throws. While Petty will still get drafted, he is clearly going to be a project as a team tries to get him NFL ready.

-Nick Boyle is the most complete tight end on the North squad. He's got great size, good speed and is a relentless blocker. He's not going to be a Jimmy Graham type of TE, but he can play and he routinely gave linebackers and safeties problems in coverage. Notre Dame's Ben Koyack has similar size and will intrigue teams the same way, but I feel he's a touch behind Boyle in every area except national exposure (and level of competition).

-There is a lot of good solid receiver play this week from the North squad, but two guys that I thought had a good last day were Tony Lippett and Antwan Goodley. Lippett is a great combo of size, speed and route running. There are no wasted movements when he's running a route and it helps him to create a lot of separation against opposing DB's. He had a strong week overall, but this final day was the icing on the cake for him. Goodley was a guy who didn't stand out to me earlier in the week, but I thought did well this final day. He isn't built like a traditional receiver which may give some people pause, but he still shows the requisite speed, quickness and fluidity to play the position. He was able to get open at a good rate, but at times it was wasted due to poor QB play.

-T.J. Clemmings is the best tackle on the North Squad from a draft perspective, but he really struggled in this final practice. He is of course a raw prospect overall with only 2 years on the OL, but you saw some issues creep up throughout the practice. Though he has the size, strength and quickness to play the position, he struggled with his consistency and technique. He was slow off the snap on multiple reps, which indicates that he's probably thinking more than just doing. When he did use good technique though you could easily see why he's earning himself consideration in the first round as he can finish blocks and take on the most talented pass rushers the North team has.

-One tackle that did continually stand out is Rob Havenstein from Wisconsin. Havenstein is not going to be a highly valued prospect, but was consistently solid throughout the week and handled the best DL the North had to offer. He might be the dreaded "RT only" type of prospect, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have some value.

-Three interior offensive linemen stood out in practice: G Laken Tomlinson, G Ali Marpet and C Max Garcia. Garcia really impressed as the best center of the week and had mostly clean snaps while showing a good anchor in pass protection. Tomlinson opened a lot of people's eyes with how physical he was versus NT Danny Shelton who was giving OL all sorts of problems. Tomlinson needs some work with using his hands better, but he showed a really nice base to go along with power to move even the biggest defensive linemen in drills. Marpet is a small school guy who quickly showed he belonged playing with the big boys. He's a bit undersized and with him moving inside to guard he could probably stand to add 10-15 lbs, but he is a true technician at the position that would fit perfectly in zone schemes. If he adds the weight and some strength (and there is no reason that he can't) he would be a good fit for power teams as well.

-Along the defensive line the two standouts again were Carl Davis and Danny Shelton. A couple other guys though had good final days of practice. Nate Orchard looks every bit the pass rusher you want him to be. And Hau'oli Kikaha has the athleticism to be the edge rusher from a stand-up role. But one guy who I really liked in practice was Za'Darius Smith from Kentucky. Smith shined at the Shrine Game last week and got the invite to play at the Senior Bowl. Early on in the week their was a noticeable drop in his performance, but he had a good 3rd day. He showed the ability to win with both speed and power, giving linemen problems thoughout the practice. He wasn't making "splash plays" and it probably best suited for a left end role in a 4-3, but he showed some nice things today.

-Two defensive backs that stood out for me today were Quandre Diggs from Texas and Josh Shaw from USC. Shaw has had now two great weeks of practice at All-Star games and has had to have impressed a number of NFL scouts. He checks all the boxes you are looking for, and though he maybe lacks elite speed you don't see him get torched that often. Diggs is a shorter corner and probably more of a slot guy in the NFL, but he came up with a number of nice plays in both one-on-ones and team drills. His size will limit his prospects, but he showed great quickness and ball skills today that will intrigue a number of teams in the mid-rounds looking for a slot corner.

South Team:

-Though I though Garrett Grayson was arguably the best quarterback of the week this wasn't his finest hour so to speak. He did have some nice throws, but he had too many throws making you wonder what was he thinking exactly. Blake Sims had probably his best practice of the week and it's good to see him get better each and every day, but he still misses far too many throws. South QB Bryan Bennett was only making his 2nd practice and has plenty of issues of his own, but one thing I liked was how well he threw the ball on the run and his velocity in general. A lot of the quarterbacks struggled to put anything on the ball and be accurate when they were moving, but Bennett did a nice job rolling out and hitting his target.

-David Johnson of Northern Iowa had a really nice day running the football. He runs with a nice combo of speed and power and he accelerates through the hole. As a smaller school guy he showed well down here.

-Tight end Clive Walford is still the best tight end down here, he was owning most linebackers and safeties down here and just putting on a show in receiving drills. Walford had one of the best all-around weeks down here and definitely helped himself in a weaker tight end class.

-Among offensive linemen I think the two most impressive of the day were Shaq Mason and Arie Kouandjio. Both are guards with a lot of power and routinely would just shutdown the defender they were facing. Kouandjio is probably a bit more complete and balanced right now, as Mason still struggles at times in pass blocking sets, but Mason is a good prospect as well. At tackle Daryl Williams remains the most consistent player on the South squad. He has good strength and for the most part handled his assignments in individual and team drills.

-Along the defensive line In addition to Grady Jarrett and Preston Smith, I liked what I saw from Joey Mbu from Houston. He doesn't have the hype of some other guys, but he plays with good power and was tough for guards to block one-on-one. At times he will play too high so he needs to work on maintaining leverage, but there is a lot of promise in his game as a run stopper. Owamagbe Odighizuwa is a good DE, and did some nice work on the edge, but I do question his consistency. At times in team drills he disappeared despite going up against OT's who were struggling.

-Lyden Trail was one of the biggest winners of the week, but really had a nice final day of practice. He's a long pass rusher, who shows nice quickness off the edge. He continued to excel in both pass rushing and coverage drills, but he got his chance to showcase his skill set on the other side of the ball in some tight end drills. Trail used his size and length to make a couple nice catches and while overall he's better as a pass rusher some teams may be intrigued at a conversion.

-Kevin White from TCU remains one of the more impressive defensive backs down here, but a guy who really showed well today was Ladarius Gunther from Miami. Gunther is a longer corner, but he did a real nice job running with speedier receivers in coverage and using his size and length to his advantage.

2015 Senior Bowl Practice Day 3 – Twitter Notes

January 22, 2015 in 2015 Senior Bowl

Fanspeak.com's Steve Shoup is covering the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl LIVE in Mobile, AL all week for practices, game & more!            SBpractice02

Here are Steve's tweets for both the North & South practices on Day 3:

 

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