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Senior Bowl Rising and Falling: North Team

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Rising:

QB Mike Glennon, NC State:

-Glennon cemented his status as the best quarterback down here in Mobile, and could be now firmly in the first round discussion.

RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA:

-Franklin has had a really nice week and in a running back class that has been pretty up in the air this year, he has put himself in the discussion for being one of the top 5 backs in the class.

WR Aaron Mellette, Elon:

-Came in with a lot to prove coming from a small school and has shown himself to be up for the challenge. He's been able to match-up with anyone in terms of size, speed and route running. He should be moving up draft boards to the top 100 picks.

WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

-Everyone knew Goodwin would be fast, but people might not have known he'd be this fast. He's also been very impressive in his route running and with his hands, two areas that were question marks coming in.

WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

-Dobson didn't have big numbers at Marshall, but showed this week that he wasn't the reason his stats weren't better. He had a strong week all-around and very much helped improve his draft stock.

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

-Wheaton didn't have as good of a week as some players on this list, but he has been steadily climbing up draft boards. This week he checked off speed, quickness, and 6' size in the boxes of what G.M.'s are looking for. He also had some of the more memorable acrobatic catches this week as well.

TE Nick Kasa, Colorado:

-Kasa was a bit of an unknown heading into this week. He's a former DL who moved to TE two years ago. While he seemed to do okay, no one knew just how real of an NFL prospect he was. Against top notch competition Kasa proved himself as a blocker and more importantly as a receiver.

OL Eric Fisher, Central Michigan:

-Had probably the best week here of any player and will likely be rewarded with a top 10 selection. He can definitely handle the blindside and should be the highest drafted player from this game.

OL David Quessenberry, San Jose State:

-Quessenberry showed great versatility throughout the week working at tackle, guard and center. He probably fits best as a tackle and looks like he could start early on the right side. He was considered more of a late round guy prior, but now legitimately could go in the top 100 picks.

OL Brian Winters, Kent State:

-Winters had such a good week of practice that even though he moved off the tackle position he increased his draft value. He was a 4 year starter at tackle, but took the transition to guard very well this week showing a lot of upside.

DL Datone Jones, UCLA:

-Jones was one of the best defensive linemen on either side of the football this week and really helped his draft stock. He's a bit of a tweener, but has the frame to add more weight to play the 5 technique in a 3-4 or play as a base end in a 4-3. He may be getting some first round consideration at this point.

DL Alex Okafor, Texas:

-Okafor had a really nice week and looks to be every bit the edge rusher that his potential always dictated. He showed nice burst/leverage and should be firmly in the top 25 picks right now.

DL Kawann Short, Purdue

-Short had a big week showcasing himself as one of the better defensive tackles in a very strong tackle draft. He showed nice power and should be off the board in the top 2 rounds.

LB Ty Powell, Harding University:

-A small school guy, Powell had a big week and showed himself capable of playing with anyone. He has nice pass rush potential and could fit well in a 3-4 system.

LB Kevin Reddick, UNC:

-After a questionable senior season Reddick needed a big week and that is exactly what he had. He showed excellent leadership on the field and has been solid in coverage.

DB T.J. McDonald, USC:

-McDonald is another player coming off a down year, but he's made up for it this week in Moblie. Some may knock him for the lack of big plays, but he's been really good in coverage, locking down on receivers and tight ends, and that is what coaches want to see.

DB Desmond Trufant, Washington:

-Trufant has had a big week making exciting play after exciting play. He should be shooting up draft boards.

DB Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International:

-Cyprien really looked good this week despite not having the same hype level as a number of prospects here. He showed really nice range and can definitely make his presence felt with his hitting ability.

Falling:

QB Zac Dysert, Miami OH:

-Dysert came to Mobile with high hopes, but too many mistakes plagued him this week. He's going to fall to the 4th-5th round range and may slide even further if he can't improve by the combine.

WR Denard Robinson, Michigan:

-Robinson came into this week trying to answer questions about his conversion to wide receiver, but unfortunately the result isn't the answer he was hoping to give. He struggled all week to catch the football and run routes. On top of that he was unable to effectively catch kickoffs and punts, making it extremely unlikely that he'd be able to offer any production as a rookie.

OL Hugh Thornton, Illinois:

-Thornton looked to be one of the better guard prospects heading into this draft with a solid mid-round grade, after getting manhandled a number of times by the North's top tackles, he will likely slide to more of a later round guy.

OL Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin:

-Wagner had the chance to come here and prove his doubters wrong, but he was unable to do that with a poor showing all week. He had some positive moments, but he doesn't look to be an early starter at even RT and will slide to the last couple rounds of the draft.

DL Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern

-There was a lot of hype surrounding Williams, but the production this week didn't warrant it. He'll still get drafted due to his upside, but he should probably not go in the top 5 rounds.

DL Michael Buchanan, Illinois:

-Buchanan was hoping to work his was into the top 3 rounds and possibly even the 2nd round with a good week, but he was just far too inconsistent. He looks to be just a pass rush specialist, which is nice, but unless he shows he can be elite in that role he's not getting drafted in the top 100.

DB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn:

Wreh-Wilson came in with high hopes, but he had a poor showing this week and really hurt his draft stock. He looks to be a late round guy for me as he allows way too much separation.

DB Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

-Thomas was a guy who was really trending upwards prior to the draft but he just didn't look good this week. He got beat far too often in coverage, particularly when he was asked to man up on a receiver or tight end. His reaction time also appeared slow, and cost him on other plays as well.

 

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Senior Bowl Day Two Practice Report: North (Part 2) Led by Alex Okafor

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

In part 1 of my North practice report I highlighted some quarterbacks and receivers that had strong days, here are the rest of my thoughts on the days practice.

Wide Receivers:

Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Goodwin showed great speed and was really crisp in his route running as well. He missed a couple of catches, but for the most part caught the ball extremely well. My one concern with him is he jumped for almost all his catches. Granted he's under 5'9" and some of those he needed to jump for (note: he had a very impressive vertical), but others he needs to be able to snatch out of the air and not leave his feet.

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had a good all-around practice though he did leave due to injury for about a third of it. When he came back though he looked back to full strength as he showed good speed and quickness. I liked his hands and route running ability the most.

Alec Lemon, Syracuse:

Lemon was a late add, but turned on an impressive performance in his first practice. He really was a nice route runner and displayed good hands. Lemon doesn't have great speed, but did show some change of direction quickness. He looks like he could be an interesting slot receiver or possession guy.

Offensive Line:

Braxston Cave, Notre Dame:

Cave struggled some in 1-on-1's lacking the anchor or strength to win versus some of the top DT's here. He also had a couple poor center exchanges though without really breaking down what happened via replay it is tough to say if they were his fault or the quarterbacks.

David Quessenberry, San Jose State:

Quessenberry doesn't have the profile of some of the bigger names here, but he's more than held his own. Like everyone he's struggled some versus Okafor, Hunt and Jones, but he hasn't made it easy for them. He shows good quickness and nice footwork overall. His punch isn't the best, but other than that there is a lot to like for his future.

Brian Winters, Kent State:

Winters had an extremely strong practice, he didn't give up much ground and it didn't seem to matter who he was facing. He also has a bit of a mean streak as would take guys to the ground. He showed both power and movement, though I still don't think his feet are good enough for left tackle full time.

Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin:

Disappointing practice for Wagner as he looked to be a step behind the other tackles. He won his fair share of battles, but when he lost (usually to Okafor) he lost bad. Some times when a lineman loses in a drill or scrimmage you think that it might have only ended up a pressure or QB hit (which still isn't good), since you really don't know always if the defender would get home. Wagner though lost his man so quickly/badly that it clearly would have ended up a sack. Some promise is there, but the footwork is inconsistent.

Justin Pugh, Syracuse:

Pugh had a really good day overall, he fared well at times versus both Okafor and Jones (the two guys who were the standard for every OT), but he also lost them a couple of times. He's much more a finesse blocker, who fits in a movement system. I love his footwork and athletic ability.

Eric Fisher, Central Michigan:

Fisher was pretty dominant all day, swallowing up defender after defender. He did lose bad to Jones on one play, but had no problem with him the very next go. He's incredibly athletic and shows really nice footwork and an anchor. He's got everything you are looking for in a starting LT and is moving his way up draft boards to the top 15.

Defensive Line:

Michael Buchanan, Illinois:

Buchanan shows some nice edge speed, but he's not strong enough or have any counter moves to get past any of the better tackles. Really looks to be only a situational player right now.

Kawannn Short, Purdue:

Very strong practice, liked how he got off the ball quickly, showed excellent power and strength inside. Showed nice pursuit and hustle on plays that went away from him.

Jordan Hill, Penn State:

Hill looks the part and was very quick off the snap, but too often lost leverage by playing too high. When he stayed low he usually won inside and got penetration, when he stood up he was pretty ineffective.

Margus Hunt, SMU:

You can tell that there is a rawness to his game, but you can also quickly see that he has dominant potential. He has a lot of athletic ability and really good strength. Some times his play recognition or technique is off, but overall the potential is through the roof.

Datone Jones, UCLA:

Really had a nice day for the most part. He had by far the best run versus Eric Fisher, running right over him. He also had some nice runs versus Quesenberry and Pugh where he showed his strength. He also got handled at times, and was quieter in the scrimmage portion of the practice.

Alex Okafor, Texas:

Okafor had the best day of any defender, consistently beating his man, getting a ton of penetration/pressure. He definitely looks like he can handle staying a 4-3 defensive end, and should go in the late first round.

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Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Really liked Poyer's practice today, he was all over the field making a number of good plays. I thought he broke on routes well, displayed a nice back pedal and flipped his hips well. He still struggled some running deep, but he's not getting burned. He's at his best when the play is in front of him and he can break to the ball, but he seems very capable of starting right away.

Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International:

Crprien displayed nice athleticism and good hitting ability (even though it there wasn't big hitting), he struggled a couple of times in coverage, but overall had a nice all-around practice.

Dwayne Gratz, UConn:

Really good day for Gratz, it wasn't elite, but I thought it was a day that exceeded expectations. He did get beat a couple times by receivers, but he also beat them a number of times as well. He showed really nice ball skills I thought.

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

Didn't really wow me today in what I considered an underwhelming performance. Allowed too much separation by both tight ends and receivers on a couple of plays. Didn't take good angles to the ball, which one time would have allowed the receiver an easy path to the end zone if the CB didn't make the tackle. Really didn't see many standout plays from him.

T.J. McDonald, USC:

McDonald made a couple of nice plays in coverage, but for the most part didn't have many opportunities. He did do well in some other areas though. He was probably the best at covering tight ends in man, running with them stride for stride each time, and not conceding the inside leverage. He also took really good angles in pursuit. One time on a run Barner got to the edge, and McDonald did a nice job of not overcommiting, using the sideline to his advantage.

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Archive Mock Draft (Willy) Round 3, 12/7

December 7, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archived Mock Draft Dec. 7th, 2012

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63. Kansas City- TE Jordan Reed, Florida

64. Jacksonville- QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

65. Philadelphia- DT Sylvester Williams, UNC

66. San Francisco – from Carolina (3-8)- LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

67. Oakland- DE John Simon, Ohio State

68. Cleveland –CB Nickell Roby, USC

69. New York Jets- RB Monte Ball, Wisconsin

70. Tennessee- CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

71. Arizona- OT Brennan Williams, UNC

72. Detroit- RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State

73. Buffalo- WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

74. San Diego- OLB Brandon Jenkins, FSU

75. St. Louis- S Robert Lester, Alabama

76. New Orleans – Dominique Easley, Florida

77. Dallas- QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

78. Miami- DE Morgan Breslin, USC

79. Washington- OT Kyle Long, Oregon

80. Minnesota- WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

81. Cincinnati- S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

82. Tampa Bay- DE Datone Jones, UCLA

83. Pittsburgh- OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

84. Seattle-CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame

85. Indianapolis- LB Nico Johnson, Alabama

86. New York Giants-LB Shane Skov, Stanford

87. Green Bay- RB Stephan Taylor, Stanford

88. New England- C Khaled Holmes, USC

89. Denver- DT Akeem Spence, Illinois

90. Miami – from Chicago- WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

91. San Francisco- WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall

92. Baltimore- DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

93. Houston- RB Mike Gillislee, Florida

94. Atlanta- S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Archived Mock Draft: Round 4

December 3, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archived Mock Draft: Round 4

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94. Kansas City- WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall

95. Jacksonville- LB Nico Johnson, Alabama

96. Carolina- S Shawn Williams, Georgia

97. Oakland- RB Mike Gillislee, Florida

98. Philadelphia- WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

99. Cleveland-  RB Ray Graham, Pitt

100. San Diego- QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

101. Buffalo- LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M

102. Jets- OL Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

103. Tennessee- S/CB D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

104. Arizona- WR Denard Robinson, Michigan

105. Vikings (via Detroit)- RB Jonathan Franklin, UCLA

106. St. Louis- LB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

107. Miami- LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida

108. Washington- OT Rick Wagner, Wisconsin

109. New Orleans- DT Jordan Hill, Penn State

110. Dallas- TE Dion Sims, Michigan State

111. Cincinnati- S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame

112. Tampa- WR Stedman Bailey, WVU

113. Seattle- LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State

114. Pittsburgh- CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State

115. Minnesota- OT Brian Winters, Kent State

116. Indianapolis- CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State

117. New York Giants- WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

118. Green Bay- DL Joe Vellano, Maryland

119. Denver- C Braxton Cave, Notre Dame

120. Tampa (via New England)- S Rashard Hall, Clemson

121. Chicago- OG Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia tech

122. San Francisco- LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon

123-Baltimore- LB Kevin Reddick, UNC

124.Atlanta- OL Xavier Nixon, Florida

125. Houston- TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA

Archive Mock Draft Round 3, 11/30

November 30, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archive Mock Draft Round 3, 11/30

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63. Kansas City- TE Jordan Reed, Florida

64. Jacksonville- QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

65. Philadelphia- DT Sylvester Williams, UNC

66. San Francisco – from Carolina (3-8)- LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

67. Oakland- DE John Simon, Ohio State

68. Cleveland –CB Nickell Roby, USC

69. New York Jets- RB Monte Ball, Wisconsin

70. Tennessee- CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

71. Arizona- OT Brennan Williams, UNC

72. Detroit- RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State

73. Buffalo- WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

74. San Diego- OLB Brandon Jenkins, FSU

75. St. Louis- S Robert Lester, Alabama

76. New Orleans – Dominique Easley, Florida

77. Dallas- QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

78. Miami- DE Morgan Breslin, USC

79. Washington- OT Kyle Long, Oregon

80. Minnesota- WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

81. Cincinnati- S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

82. Tampa Bay- DE Datone Jones, UCLA

83. Pittsburgh- OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

84. Seattle-CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame

85. Indianapolis- LB Nico Johnson, Alabama

86. New York Giants-LB Shane Skov, Stanford

87. Green Bay- RB Stephan Taylor, Stanford

88. New England- C Khaled Holmes, USC

89. Denver- DT Akeem Spence, Illinois

90. Miami – from Chicago- WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

91. San Francisco- WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall

92. Baltimore- DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee

93. Houston- RB Mike Gillislee, Florida

94. Atlanta- S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Archive Mock Draft (Round 4) 11/26

November 26, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archive Mock Draft (Round 4) 11/26

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94. Kansas City- WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall

95. Carolina- S Shawn Williams, Georgia

96. Jacksonville- LB Nico Johnson, Alabama

97. Oakland- RB Mike Gillislee, Florida

98. Philadelphia- WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

99. Cleveland-  RB Ray Graham, Pitt

100. San Diego- QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

101. Buffalo- LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M

102. Jets- OL Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

103. Tennessee- CB Terry Hawthorne, Illinois

104. Arizona- WR Denard Robinson, Michigan

105. Vikings (via Detroit)- RB Jonathan Franklin, UCLA

106. St. Louis- LB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

107. Miami- LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida

108. Washington- S/CB D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

109. New Orleans- DT Jordan Hill, Penn State

110. Dallas- TE Dion Sims, Michigan State

111. Cincinnati- S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame

112. Tampa- WR Stedman Bailey, WVU

113. Seattle- LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State

114. Pittsburgh- CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State

115. Minnesota- OT Brian Winters, Kent State

116. Indianapolis- CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State

117. New York Giants- WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

118. Green Bay- OT Rick Wagner, Wisconsin

119. Denver- C Braxton Cave, Notre Dame

120. Tampa (via New England)- S Rashard Hall, Clemson

121. Chicago- OG Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia tech

122. San Francisco- LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon

123-Baltimore- LB Kevin Reddick, UNC

124.Atlanta- OL Xavier Nixon, Florida

125. Houston- TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA