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Senior Bowl Game Recap: Who helped and hurt themselves

January 27, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Helped Themselves:


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.


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:


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.


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 North Practice Report Day 4 Led by TJ McDonald

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

It was just shells and helmets again today and they were typically working on certain drills (two minute, inside the 10 yard line etc.) so it isn’t the best evaluation day. The linemen weren’t really hitting so little can be gleaned from them. One note, Offensive lineman Kyle Long was on the field and working at both guard and tackle after missing the past two days due to illness.

Also, check out our Thursday South Practice Report here!


Mike Glennon, NC State:

North Senior Bowl practice

North practice 11 on 11.

Glennon wasn’t as on target today and missed on more passes than he had earlier in the week. He sailed a couple of throws in 1-on-1’s working inside the 10 yard line. He looked sloppy with his footwork despite there being no pass rush. He was better in the rest of practice hitting a couple key throws in the two minute drill, but he still wasn’t great.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Nassib looked to be the best quarterback today. He had a couple miscues himself, but looked fairly sharp overall. I liked a number of his throws inside the 10 yard line. He had nice placement on his passes and gave his receiver a chance to make the catch. During the two minute drill and 7-on-7 he looked pretty good as well. A good end to an up-and-down practice week, for Nassib who .

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Dysert started off pretty well in practice having some nice throws in 1-on-1’s. He did struggle though later in practice, including a bad interception during the two-minute drill. Dysert is clearly behind the other two quarterbacks and lost a little hype this week.

Wide Receivers:

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had two early drops in drill work, but once he started going against live competition he put on a show. In 1-on-1’s, 7-on-7’s and team drills he had a number of nice catches. He got open quite a bit and was a favorite target of all three quarterbacks in 7-on-7 and team drills. He showed good adjustment to a couple off target throws and really put together a good final day of practice.

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

Robinson caught the ball better today, but he still wasn’t anything spectacular. He got pushed around by more physical cornerbacks and would have easily been called for offensive pass interference on a couple reps. He didn’t hurt his stock as much as previous days, but he didn’t help it much today either.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton had a really nice practice including making a couple spectacular grabs. While the catches were nice the route running was perhaps the highlight for him. He created some nice separation on some throws, but unfortunately the throws were off target for him to get them.

Marquise Goodwin, Texas:

Goodwin had another really nice day, flashing his speed and route running. He was very fluid every time he cut and left more than one defender trailing behind him. He came up with a couple of big catches today and very easily should become a capable slot receiver.

Tight End:

Nick Kasa, Colorado:

Kasa continued to have a nice week catching the football, making some really tough catches in 1-on-1’s. Unfortunately you couldn’t see how his blocking was today, but he did his part receiving.


Desmond Trufant, Washington:

Trufant continued to have one of the better weeks of any player in Mobile. He played with good technique during the 1-on-1’s and was complimented by the coaching staff a number of times. He also came up with a big interception during the two-minute drill. He showed good speed throughout the day and was rarely fooled, something that had been a nagging issue in some earlier practices.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Poyer struggled on one of his first reps in 1-on-1’s but made up for it with a really strong practice the rest of the way. I like his positioning and the way he would break on the ball. He really displays nice ball and coverage skills and rarely let his man outright beat him. His week wasn’t as flashy as say Trufant, but he did all the little things right.

Phillip Thomas, Fresno State:

Thomas struggled some in 1-on-1’s and really looked lost at times later in the practice. He couldn’t match some of the tight ends physicality and just got beat inside too often. While he was trending up quite a bit, it’s been a week that has brought him back to earth somewhat.

T.J. McDonald, USC:

Huge day for McDonald, he looked great in 1-on-1’s, he did allow one catch, but his coverage was great the quarterback (Nassib) just made an excellent throw. He flowed to the ball well in other drills and really was strong in every area. You saw good angles and awareness which were the two biggest concerns coming into this week.

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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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Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day 1 North Team Led by Eric Fisher

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

By Cody Bauer, NFL's Future

Monday- North Practice Notes (South Team Notes)


Not a lot of live throws for the quarterbacks in today’s practice but they had good work with the QB coach from Oakland. They were also able to throw a few to receivers while the DB’s were covering them.

-Ryan Nassib showed good arm strength throughout the day, tight spirals for the most part. He was corrected once by the coach on his weight balance while they were working on play action. Displayed decent foot work on rolling out drills. Did have one ugly miss on an easy out route throw. Overall decent first day.

-Mike Glennon showed his impressive arm strength while working with the coaches, good spirals, ball had some zip. There was one duck thrown by Glennon that wasn’t pretty. For being a tall QB his delivery was still compact, I don’t foresee a problem with it. When working in the minimal live drills he did show that he was hesitant. Got picked off by TJ McDonald on an over throw. He also got coached up on his play action.

-Zac Dysert also showed good arm strength throughout the day. His ball came out nice with a good delivery and nice spiral. In live drills he went to throw a quick out to Wheaton but pump faked and then still threw the ball which was an easy interception by Whre-Wilson. Bad decision on his part to throw it. He later had a nice deep throw to Wheaton who went up and made a great catch. Dysert also had some footwork issues, while rolling out to his left tripped over his own feet and fell down. Didn’t show great anticipation.


Not a lot to show off for the running backs to day. Did some drill work early then also got some live work without tackling.

-Jonathan Franklin impressed the most today. Looked good in drills showing quick feet and nice explosion. On one live play had great vision to cut it back on a designed slant run to the left, good quickness to get back around.

-Robbie Rouse looked a little hesitant in the drills. Was corrected to keep his head up and to keep the ball high and tight. Watching him run in some live drill didn’t stick out but I will say it’s tough o find him behind the big o-line.

-Kenjon Barner looked good in drills, very fast feet. Did fumble the ball when it was just o-line vs d-line. Datone Jones came knifing in fast to knock it out of his arm.


-Ryan Otten showed some good speed running down the seem

-Nick Kasa was complimented on his blocking by the coaches


Offensive Line/Defensive Line

Good battles today between the offensive line and defensive line. They did some one on one work as well as some live work.

-Most impressive today was Eric Fisher. He was an absolute rock today. He first started by stoning Datone Jones, later he destroyed Michael Buchanan. The next time vs. Datone Jones he initially got rocked back a bit by a strong punch but recovered beautifully to deny him. The next time Fisher battled Buchanan he again easily got the better of him. The coaches then put Okafor on Fisher’s side where Okafor tried a speed rush around the outside but was easily pushed wide of the pocket. Fisher definitely helped himself today, if he continues to have days like this there should be no reason he gets past San Diego at #11.

-Justin Pugh the late addition had a mixed day. Early he was lunging too much and allowing his man to get by. He settled down a bit and had some wins against Buchanan. Buchanan did have a good 2nd move that allowed him to get by. Pugh did a good job vs. John Simon stoning him twice.

-Kyle Long played both Left Guard and Right Tackle. He had his share of wins but was also beaten a fair share of times. When on the inside he got the better of Brandon Williams, he later played Sylvester Williams tough not allowing much penetration. When out at Tackle Okafor was able to bend the edge with a good shoulder dip and get by him. Another play Okafor showed a great punch to Longs inside shoulder and rocked him back. On another play Buchanan was able to get into Long’s frame and rock him back. When back on the inside going against Sylvester Williams he was able to eliminate Williams after Williams tried to do a spin move and fell down.

– Ricky Wagner also had a mixed day at right tackle. He was battling with Okafor most of the day. Coaches complimented Wagner early for coming out of his stance low and was able to stop Okafor. The next play Okafor was able to get around Wagner with a nice outside speed move.  Wagner then stoned Trevardo Williams and was again complimented by the coaches. Okafor again went against Wagner and tried a speed move but Wagner showed good arm extension to push Okafor wide of the pocket.

-Braxton Cave started the day lunging but eventually got his feet under him and did a decent job. He was able to stuff Sylvester Williams on one play and later had a good battle vs Jordan Hill where Hill eventually got the better of him. Later he went again vs. Sylvester Williams where Williams fired off the ball and abused Cave with a speed move. Cave later went up against Kawaan Short and absolutely destroyed Short by putting him on the ground. The next play Short was able to get by Cave with a speed move.

-Kent St. O-lineman Brian Winters held his own against some of the better competition he faced. He went against Short on three consecutive plays, the first play he put Short on his knees, the next play he put Short on the ground and again the third time he won the battle. He later went against Jordan Hill and battled him tough, Hill showed good effort but was stalled. Winters again later went against Short, on the first play Short destroyed Winters, but then on the second try Winter was able to stone Short. Later on Winters went against Brandon Williams and was able to put him on the ground.

-Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton had a rough day. He was rocked back by Short so badly that Thornton tired sticking his leg out to trip Short. Later Datone Jones lined up on the inside and had a beautiful swim move to get by Thornton. Thornton then got kicked out to right tackle where Okafor abused him with a great dip of his shoulder to run right by him. Eventually Thronton did get the best of Jordan Hill on a play.

-Joe Madsen also had a rough day. First Jordan Hill did a good job of getting under Madsen’s block, later Short gave Madsen all he could handle. Brandon Williams then had a nice spin move to get by Madsen.

-David Quessenberry held his own at practice today. He first denied Brandon Williams, later denied Margus Hunt, and then had a good battle with Datone Jones.

-Aside from the plays mentioned above Brandon Williams was able to penetrate the line and get a nice tackle for loss, and Datone Jones showed good quickness to force a fumble.

-The real winner from the defensive line was Okafor, his speed rush was almost unblockable as he displayed a good shoulder dip.

-All of the d-lineman and o-lineman had their share of wins but it was hard not to notice Eric Fisher and Alex Okafor as the guys who looked the best.


The wide receivers and defensive backs were playing mostly on the other side of the field but I was able to catch some of the one on one drills where the DB’s were pressing the WR’s.

-Markus Wheaton started the day strong and ended it strong. He showed good pop off the line to avoid being jammed, and looked smooth. I noticed he was rounding off some of his out routes and also missed a block. He did have the great leaping catch in live work.

-Will Davis was too aggressive with his jams, leading to him getting burnt too many times.

-Marquise Goodwin had trouble getting off the jam, but looked very fast in and out of his cuts. He showed good speed on a catch and made CB Jamar Taylor look silly trying to tackle him.

-Jordan Poyer looked good jamming receivers, he had a solid day overall, natural punt catcher.

-Aaron Dobson had some trouble getting off the line of scrimmage in the jam drill, he was too often dancing at the line.

-Chris Harper had a beautiful move to get off jam and toasted Jamar Taylor

-Denard Robinson tried returning punts but didn’t look natural or comfortable. He muffed several punts in the afternoon.

-Jeff Locke had consistent hang time around 4.8 seconds but wasn’t consistent with his kicks. His wind up seemed a little long as well.

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Archived Mock Draft Round 2, 12/7

December 7, 2012 in Mock Drafts

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33. Kansas City – QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

34. Jacksonville- DT Shariff Floyd, Florida

Cleveland- no pick

35. Philadelphia- OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama

36. Carolina- WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

37. Cincinnati (from Oakland)- RB Giovani Bernard, UNC

38. San Diego- DE Kawaan Short, Purdue

39. New York Jets – QB E.J. Manuel, FSU

40. Tennessee-S Matt Elam, Florida

41. Arizona- OT Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

42. Detroit- DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

43. Buffalo-QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee

44. St. Louis- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

45. Washington- CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

New Orleans- no pick

46. Dallas- OL Oday Aboushi, UVA

47. Miami – TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

48. Tampa Bay- CB/S David Amerson, NC State

49. Minnesota- OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

50. Cincinnati- DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn

51. Seattle- WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

52. Pittsburgh- QB Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio)

53 New York Giants- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

54. Miami – from Indianapolis- OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

55. Green Bay- OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford

56. Chicago-OG Larry Warford, Kentucky

57. New England- LB Kevin Minter, LSU

58. Denver- RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

59. San Francisco- FS T.J. McDonald, USC

60. Baltimore- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

61. Houston- QB Aaron Murray, Georgia

62. Atlanta- RB Andre Ellington, Clemson