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Senior Bowl Game Recap: Who helped and hurt themselves

January 27, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Helped Themselves:

North:

DT Jordan Hill, Penn State:

-In a game with some bonafide defensive line stars, Hill did a good job showcasing himself. He played with really nice power and showed some good quickness getting to the quarterback on one play.

DL Datone Jones, UCLA:

Jones continued his big week with a nice game, showing both pass rush ability and run defense.

DT Kawann Short, Purdue:

-Short had a huge game showing excellent quickness off the snap and got quite a bit of penetration. Really good all-around game.

LB Sio Moore, UConn:

-Moore might have been a late add, but he came up with a great game. He showed pass rush ability, coverage ability and was good against the run. Great all-around game for him.

S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International:

-Cyprien had a really nice game all around particularly versus the run. He had 5 overall tackles including one stop for a loss.

CB Jordan Poyer:

-Poyer had a great game in coverage and coming up against the run. He forced one interception and almost had another one himself. He played with good technique and showed some versatility as a return man as well.

QB Mike Glennon, NC State:

Glennon was far from perfect, and his first couple of series were really ugly, but he showed well later in the game. Given how the other quarterbacks fared he did enough to keep his place as the 3rd best quarterback in this class.

RB Jonathan Franklin, UCLA:

-Franklin showed good patience and acceleration, throughout the game. He didn't get many touches, but he did the most with the ones he got.

WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Goodwin showed great speed, he caught the ball well and ran nice routes. He also showed some potential as a return man as well. Really good game all around.

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

-Wheaton looked quick out there and got out of his breaks with a lot of fluidity. He caught the ball well, including one very impressive catch along the sideline.

OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan:

-Fisher showed why he was the best offensive lineman down here this week. He had a really strong game showing good form and great potential.

OL Kyle Long, Oregon:

-Long missed the two full days of pads for being sick, so it was nice to see him get a little work with live hitting. I wouldn't say he looked great, but he didn't do poorly either which is big for his stock.

South:

G Larry Warford, Kentucky:

-Warford showed really good technique and power throughout the game. He rarely let people get into his pads and showed a good anchor.

C Brian Schwenke, Cal:

-Had a really strong game, particularly run blocking, definitely looks like he can develop into a starter quickly at the next level. Really love his competitiveness and quickness.

TE Michael Williams, Alabama:

-In addition to continuing to be a devastating blocker, Williams caught a nice touchdown pass where he got by the safety. His receiving was a big question going in, and one that teams should feel a bit better about after a really solid week.

WR Conner Vernon, Duke:

-Really looked good getting in and out of his breaks, and caught the ball well. Really showed that he could be a nice slot receiver at the next level.

QB E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Not a great game by any standard, but he showed some scrambling ability, threw a beautiful touchdown strike, and just looked far better than most of the other quarterbacks.

DL Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

-Huge game for Ansah in addition to a sack and a half, he batted down a pass and looked great in run defense.

DL Cornelius Washington, Georgia:

-Really looked good as an edge rusher, not elite, but he showed that he could be a role player at the next level.

DL Montori Hughes, Tennessee Martin:

-Small school guy had a good game on a big stage. Showed nice power and leverage.

LB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri:

-Gooden had a big interception and return and looked strong in coverage all game. He definitely appears to be a three down linebacker at the next level.

DB Robert Alford, Southeastern LA:

-Alford had a huge opening kick-off return, then looked really strong in coverage all day. Really nice performance for Alford and one that should help him move up draft boards.

Hurt Themselves:

North:

LB Ty Powell, Harding:

Powell lit it up this week in practice, but he struggled at times today in pass coverage showing just how raw he is, and potentially exposing him as a role player only.

CB Dwayne Gratz:

-After a solid week of practice, Gratz was in poor position throughout the game, and looked very overwhelmed.

QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

-Nassib came in with high expectations, but didn't come close to living up to them. With so many other quarterbacks performing poorly or just slightly above average he had a chance to really shine, but just didn't do it. His interception was a really poor throw/decision.

WR Denard Robinson, Michigan:

-Despite a high number of snaps he was fairly ineffective. He couldn't consistently gain separation, and muffed a kick-off.

OL Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin:

-Looked very slow and unable to anchor throughout the game. Really poor all-around show, though he did finish a couple of nice run blocks.

OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse:

-Pugh struggled to anchor throughout the game, giving up quite a bit of pressure including a sack. In the run game he was better, though a couple of times missed his assignment despite being in proper position.

South:

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

-This game saw a lot of lackluster quarterback performances, but Jones had the worst day. He looked very uncomfortable back there and was wildly inaccurate. His decision making was very poor and really could only complete the screen passes.

OL Dalton Freeman, Clemson:

-Gave up far too much ground/penetration throughout the game, does not look like he can anchor effectively.

LB Nico Johnson, Alabama:

-Looks to be just a 2-down linebacker at the next level, really didn't show up well in coverage, and had the quarterbacks been more accurate would have given up far more yards/completions.

LB Chase Thomas, Stanford:

-Thomas didn't look like he could cover effectively, he did better versus the run, but the real question with him was defending the pass.

S Robert Lester, Alabama:

-Didn't look great in coverage, gave up way too much ground. A nondescript performance was the last thing he needed.

S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

-Had an interception, but that was more right place, right time than anything special he did. He got lost too much in coverage, and took poor angles to the ball carrier.

 

Senior Bowl Preview: Who and What to Watch

January 26, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

The first thing to remember when watching the Senior Bowl game today is that this is just a very small portion of the scouting process. The practices, the interviews, and even the weigh-in all play a much bigger role than their performance in the game in evaluating a player this week.

This is due to two main reasons: 1. the sample size in the game is extremely small, quarter backs may be lucky for 10-12 attempts in this game, compared to practice when they were throwing the ball probably 50-60 times (at least). 2. the game is more restrictive in terms of what you can do from a defensive perspective, where as in practice you had guys blitzing more or playing press coverage making things much more difficult. Now that is not to say that you can't watch this game from a draft perspective to gain some insight, but don't focus on the results.

Two years ago Jake Locker had better "numbers" than Collin Kaepernick, but if you watched the game and saw that Locker got a lot of "yards" from the screen game and Kaepernick's interception wasn't his fault. Scouts watch these games based on what actually happens in the play not what the play results in. A quarterback who throws a perfect pass but is intercepted because it bounced off the receivers hands, is going to be viewed far more favorably than a quarterback who throws a seven yard slant that the receiver runs for 80 yards for the score with.

Saying all of that there are still some great stories and players to watch:

South quarterbacks and receivers versus the North defensive backs:

The corners and safeties on the North squad have been far better this week than the South squad so this could be a wake up call for some of the South's top signal callers and receivers. Any time you see Terrence Williams or Quinton Patton lined up versus Jordan Poyer and Desmond Trufant it should be a fun battle to watch.

North Offensive Line versus the South Defensive Line:

The lineman battling in practice.

The lineman battling in practice.

Eric Fisher, Kyle Long, Justin Pugh and company could have their hands full with Ezekial Ansah, Malliciah Goodman, Montori Hughes and John Jenkins. It should lead to some really good match-ups and it will be interesting to see who gets the better of it.

Return Men, who can get the job done:

Both squads feature a number of receivers, running backs and defensive backs who will look to increase their value in the return game. A lot of focus will be on North receiver Denard Robinson, but expect a couple of other guys to look even better. RB Kenjon Barner and WR Marquise Goodwin from the North are two to watch, while on the South team look for DB Robert Alford and DB B.W. Webb to shine.

5 Players to Watch South Roster:

QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson has had a big week so far and it would be nice for him to cap it off with a strong game. He's shown a nice accurate pass and has been better than expected with his footwork. Wilson has worked his way up into the 2nd round range and could continue to see his stock rise.

RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford:

Has arguably had the best week of any player on the South squad and I'd expect him to keep it up today. Running backs are one position that can get a pretty fair look in these games (rule changes don't impact them as much), so it should be an intriguing test. He's shown great burst and vision throughout the week and I'd expect a big game for him.

Taylor cutting through the line at practice.

Taylor cutting through the line at practice.

WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech:

Patton wasn't as heralded as some other receivers down here this week, but he really was on par or better than the majority of them. Look for him to be a favorite target of the South quarterbacks this game.

OL Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford really showed well in practice versus the likely first round pick John Jenkins all week and has one more chance to wow scouts. I expect him to have a big day against a pretty formidable North defensive line.

DL Montori Hughes, Tennessee Martin:

Every time you watched him this week you came away more and more impressed, I would expect that to continue in this game. He's a big physical kid, with great power and quickness.

5 Players to Watch North Roster:

WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Not a high profile guy coming into this week, but he showed excellent speed. Expect him to fly around the field and come up with some big plays.

OL Eric Fisher, Central Michigan:

Kyle Long and Eric Fisher of North offensive line.

Kyle Long and Eric Fisher of North offensive line.

Just a tremendous all-around week for him, look for him to continue his dominance and to cement a top 15 pick status after this game.

DB Desmond Trufant, Washington:

He had a big week with a lot of highlight plays, will really like to see him versus Patton and Williams and what instincts he shows on the field.

DB T.J. McDonald, USC:

Really had a quiet, but strong week, showing nice coverage and decision making. I'd expect a big hit or two something that he really couldn't showcase in practice.

DL Margus Hunt, SMU:

One of my personal favorites, he had an up-and-down week, but the potential is there. I could see him making a flashy play or two, and don't be surprised if it is a blocked FG/extra point.

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