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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 Rising and Falling: South Team

January 26, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Rising:

QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

-Wilson proved to be the South's top QB this week by showing poise and awareness in the pocket, while also displaying a strong, accurate arm. In addition, he had nice footwork and touch on his throws.

RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford:

-Taylor showed both good burst and vision this week in both the running and passing game. He didn't show any weaknesses in his game this week, and Senior Bowl week has helped him rise up draft boards.

WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech:

-Patton may not be the most physical receiver in Mobile, but was very fluid, had nice awareness, strong hands and showed excellent quickness. While most scouts thought Terrance Williams was the #1 receiver on the South team, Patton made sure people took notice of him and is drawing more attention.

TE Mychal Rivera, Tennessee:

-Rivera may not wow you in any one area of his game, but caught the ball well this week and shown he has an upside.

OL Brian Schwenke, Cal:

-Schwenke showed a lot of nice traits this week that you look for in a lineman: technically sound, good anchor, nice feet, a little movement to block out in space. Solid lineman and had a good week in Mobile.

DL Montari Hughes, Tennessee Martin:

-Temporarily sidelined with an injury, Hughes still came back to practice and proved himself. At 6'4" 328, he's a force out there and it showed. He was in the backfield quite a bit and really finished plays well. Really impressed by his work ethic and dedication.

DB B.W. Webb, William & Mary:

-A small school standout that had a nice week.  An all-around good defensive back that showed the ability to reroute receivers and not be fooled by double moves.

Falling:

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

-Jones came to Mobile with a lot to prove to scouts, and fell short of proving he could play well from under center and make progressions. His deep ball is pretty, but rarely on target. He excelled more in the short passing game, but if the 1st or 2nd read wasn't there, he was in trouble.

OT Oday Aboushi, UVA:

-There were high hopes for Aboushi this week, but he seemed to struggle overall and looks to be falling down draft boards. Hopefully he plays better in game action Saturday.

LB Chase Thomas, Stanford:

-I was able to interview Thomas this week and liked his enthusiasm. Unfortunately his play this week didn't match and wasn't as high as most expected.

DB Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

-Rambo had a poor week, as he would look good in individual drills, but struggle when going up against the receivers  He was biting on the double move and really struggling in coverage all week.

DB Robert Lester, Alabama:

-Lester was a bit of a disappointment this week as he was inconsistent and while he didn't necessarily struggle in any one area. He didn't show dominance either.

 

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Senior Bowl South Team Practice Report – Day 3 Led by WR Terrance Williams

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

South Team Practice Report from Wednesday. North Team Practice Report here!

Quarterbacks:

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

-Jones didn't help himself again with a poor overall performance in practice. He struggled with his footwork coming from under center and didn't look too comfortable throwing intermediate or longer routes. He has a nice deep ball, but it was rarely on target. He was much more precise on shorter quick passes, but got uncomfortable quick when his first or second read weren't there. Too many times when you saw a poor throw he was the culprit.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Manuel had a really strong day overall, he showed good mobility in the pocket to buy time and still deliver a strike on the move. His footwork wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad and allowed him to throw a number of strong accurate throws down the field. A couple times in 7-on-7's and team drills he made some poor decisions or was inaccurate with his throw, but he had a very good practice overall. I thought he rebounded nicely from a poor Tuesday practice and his potential is very apparent. You will need to have some patience with him, but you could find a good quarterback if you handle him correctly..

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson probably had the best day of any of the signal callers. He did throw a bad interception late during team drills, but that was really his only blemish of the day. He showed good poise and awareness in the pocket and displayed a strong accurate arm on a number of throws down field. Overall he did a really good job of placing the ball in the strike zone of his receiver and away from defenders. Wilson definitely opened some eyes with this practice and if he keeps it up this week could move up some draft boards.

Running backs:

Stephan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor had some concerns about speed coming into the draft process, but showed good burst today, both in rushing and receiving. He might not be the fastest running back, but it didn't appear to be a liability for him either. He showed good vision finding his hole and finding it quickly. I really liked his decisiveness, which is an underrated trait for the next level. Taylor was also really impressive catching the ball as well, he was good in space and ran crisp routes getting separation from the defender.

Tight End:

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald is an underrated tight end, but had a really strong day that could start pushing him up draft boards. He did everything well today. He ran good solid routes getting separation from both safeties and linebackers. He caught everything that he got his hands on and displayed nice speed. He also did well as a blocker in team drills, showing nice two-way ability.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams isn't the fastest tight end you will every see, but that doesn't mean you can ignore him in the passing game. Linebackers struggled all day to cover him as he used his big frame to shield them from the ball, and displayed nice strong hands. Williams really excelled in the blocking game though as he was essentially a 6th offensive linemen out there. He swallowed up both defensive ends and linebackers with ease.

Wide Receiver:

Conner Vernon, Duke:

Early on Vernon had a strong practice showing nice quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. Latter in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's he struggled on a couple reps, not getting off a jam and double catching a ball, but overall it was another really solid day for Vernon, who has made the most of this opportunity.

Quinton Patton, LA Tech:

Patton had a really strong day, he was very fluid and showed nice short area quickness. He also showed nice awareness and strong hands. Patton made a number of highlight reel catches and is challenging Williams for the best receiver on this squad.

Terrance Williams, Baylor:    

Terrance Williams running routes at South practice.

Terrance Williams running routes at South practice.

Had by far the best practice of any receiver. Only guy who was consistently able to get behind the coverage and gain separation throughout the practice. He made a number of highly acrobatic catches and tracked the ball well on long passes. Williams looks to be the whole package and will definitely be someone to watch going forward.

Offensive Line:

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford had the best all-around day by any offensive lineman, he was quick off the ball and showed a good anchor, rarely letting anyone push him back or control the point of attack. He also showed surprising quickness for his size and handled speed well. He just battles thoughout and is great watching him due to his technique and anchor.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Really thought he had a great all-around practice, he lined up at both tackle spots and really showed quick feet and a nice sound base. He anchored well and didn't allow much penetration. He wasn't as good versus the run, but it was by no means a bad showing.

Defensive Line:

Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

Up-and-down practice, looked very quick in individual drills and and 1-on-1's, but struggled some in team drills he didn't win as many battles as you'd hope. Showed some natural bust and edge ability, but needs to get more wins with that talent level. He did show better awareness than you'd expect for a guy who has such little football experience.

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was a monster in middle, nearly impossible to block 1-on-1, and  disrupting a number of plays with his penetration. He plays with excellent leverage, and despite his size he's very quick off the ball getting into defender's pads. Watching him face off with Larry Warford is one of the best match-ups you will see.

Malliciah Goodman, Clemson:

Goodman was very impressive today, got off the line quick and was perhaps the 2nd toughest defensive lineman to block after Jenkins. He showed a good ability to rush the quarterback and nice recognition against the run.

Defensive Backs:

Robert Lester, Alabama:

Lester looked good early on in practice in both individual and 1-on-1 drills, but disappeared or struggled later. He didn't match-up well with tight ends, and really didn't excel in any one area. He was pretty inconsistent in the team drills, with one rep showing nice recognition and back peddle and then the next rep missing his assignment. Overall below average day.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo looked flawless in the individual position drills setting the bench mark everyone else was compared to, but he all but disappeared once he started going up against receivers/tight ends. He still made a play or two, but overall he was late recognizing a number of passes, and took bad angles to the ball. Given how he started and his overall hype it was a poor overall showing. It's getting to be groundhogs day with Rambo as each day he starts off well and then all but disappears.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

Wilcox has gotten better each day, he's not fully there yet, but he's doing better in 1-on-1's and team drills. He really struggled in the positional drills, especially with his ability to flip his hips and his back peddle. While there is some legitimate promise there, he's very much a developmental prospect.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

McFadden had one of the better performances today among defensive backs. He was very fluid in the drills, displaying good speed and quickness. He really excelled when faced with receivers. He showed physicality and great reaction time, and was constantly the toughest draw for a particular receiver.

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Senior Bowl South Team Practice Report Day 2 Led by Lane Johnson

January 23, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

North Practice Report

Notes on Day 2 (Tuesday's) South Practice:

Quarterbacks:

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson followed up a good day with an even better day today. He missed on a couple passes in the early going during 1-on-1's, but he really picked it up after that. He showed really good touch, and I really liked his footwork and the way the ball came out of his hand.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

Manuel has been very up-and-down. He'll complete 2 or 3 really tough throws, then miss on some easier ones. Love his size and ability to move around the pocket, but accuracy and decision making are more questionable. He does have a really nice deep ball, but was a hair off on a number of his throws down the field. That could just be working with unfamiliar receivers.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

In the early going Jones threw perhaps the best pass thrown by any of the six quarterbacks today, unfortunately he didn't come close to repeating that throughout the rest of practice. On quick/short throws he's really good and gets the ball out quickly. But when dropping back from under center or making progressions he struggles.

Running backs:

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor has had back-to-back tremendous practices and has not really shown any weaknesses to his game. The worst you can say about him is he doesn't have elite speed, but few backs who weigh 216 lbs do. He's strong, he's physical, he's showing excellent vision. I love how decisive he is in finding his hole and exploding through it. Really love the burst, the hands, and his cutting ability. He's very much putting on a show and is pushing his way into the 2nd day.

Tight End:

Mychal Rivera, Tennessee:

Jim Schwartz coaches South team in practice.

Jim Schwartz coaches South team in practice.

He hasn't stood out, but he's quietly having a nice week. He catches the ball well, shows some burst. For a smaller tight end he's done okay blocking. Doesn't excel in any one area, but shows some upside.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Another really good day, for such a big tight end he sure seems to be catching the ball well and getting open. He won't challenge you vertically, but he's not a blocking (still his strong suit) tight end only.

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald didn't have a very good day dropping a couple passes throughout the day. On just about every drop the ball was placed right in the strike zone, which should make that an automatic catch. He did redeem himself some with his blocking and route running, but the drops will hurt him.

Wide Receiver:

Terrence Williams, Baylor:

Didn't have as great of a day, but was still very impressive. He is the fastest and most explosive receiver on this roster, and is at his best when asked to get vertical. Reminds me some of Mike Wallace. A couple reps he was beaten or re-routed too easily, but overall a strong day.

Conner Vernon, Duke:

Had a really nice day, and with Ryan Swope out definitely showed he can be the sure-handed slot receiver that works the middle of the field and eats the zone alive. Vernon had a number of really nice catches and was very fluid in his route running.

Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech:

Had a great second day, showed really nice strong hands, snatching the ball away from defenders on a couple of reps. He showed good speed and was not easily pressed at all.

Offensive Line:

Brian Schwenke, Cal:

Good solid day for Schwenke, showed a lot of nice traits that you look for in a lineman: technically sound, good anchor, nice feet, a little movement to block out in space. He also looks to be a hard worker and seems to get good feedback from the coaches.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Johnson had another great day, really stonewalled a number of defenders. Shows really nice feet and a good punch. I think he's still better against the pass than against the run.

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Great day of practice, rarely see him give an inch of ground and in the run game really gets on the defense. I like the way he gets to the second level for a guy his size. He is looking like a day one starter for some team and a top 75 pick.

Defensive Line:

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins had a great day, the only offensive lineman that did anything against him was Warford, other than that he dominated the line of scrimmage. Loved to see his hustle getting down the line on stretch plays. Also saw him chasing from behind on a short pass, he wasn't conceding even though it was a wide receiver and he had a 5 yard head start. Coaches (and they should) will love that kind of heart.

Montari Hughes, Tennessee Martin:

Hughes was out yesterday due to injury and was even told by his reps that he shouldn't risk it, but he went out there today and had a huge practice. At 6'4" 328, he's a force out there and it showed. He was in the backfield quite a bit and really finished plays well. Really impressed by his work ethic and dedication.

Lavar Edwards, LSU:

Shows some edge rushing ability, but needs to get more consistent, Also he overpursued on a couple of run plays.

Defensive Backs:

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

Not as strong as yesterday, but still a really nice practice.

B.W. Webb, William & Mary:

Great all-around practice, did a really nice job throughout. Rerouted receivers, stayed on them despite double moves. He also looked good when lined up off man and was able to react to the ball.

Shawn Williams, Georgia:

Non-descript day, didn't really stand out, but wasn't beaten that much either.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Another poor day, he struggled in coverage. Biting on a double move and just slow to move to the ball. His pursuit was off both against the pass and run. Yet once again he showed all the proper tools in the position drills.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

Still struggled some in the drills, but looked better in the 1-on-1's and team scrimmage.Obvious that he's still one of the more raw players out there, but was tighter in coverage today and showed better reaction time.

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Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day One South Team Led by Tyler Wilson

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Here is a look at the South team's first practice today, including what players helped their stock and who struggled in the early going. The South team is coached by the Detroit Lions staff headed by Coach Jim Schwartz. Players were hit helmets and shells so full contract wasn't allowed. Here is the North team practice report

Quarterbacks:

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

Is Landry Jones stock falling?

Is Landry Jones stock falling?

-Jones didn't help himself earlier in the day at the weigh-in, coming under 6'4" and not having any outstanding measurable, and then had a poor overall performance in practice. He struggled with his footwork coming from under center and didn't look too comfortable throwing intermediate or longer routes. He has a nice deep ball, but it was rarely on target. He was much more precise on shorter quick passes, but got uncomfortable quick when his first or second read weren't there.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Manuel had a really strong day overall, he showed good mobility in the pocket to buy time and still deliver a strike on the move. His footwork wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad and allowed him to throw a number of strong accurate throws down the field. A couple times in 7-on-7's and team drills he made some poor decisions or was inaccurate with his throw, but he had a very good practice overall. He's still a work in progress, but the potential is very much there for him to have an impact at the next level.

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson probably had the best day of any of the signal callers. He did throw a bad interception late during team drills, but that was really his only blemish of the day. He showed good poise and awareness in the pocket and displayed a strong accurate arm on a number of throws down field. Overall he did a really good job of placing the ball in the strike zone of his receiver and away from defenders. Wilson definitely opened some eyes with this practice and if he keeps it up this week could move up some draft boards.

Running backs:

Stephan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor had some concerns about speed coming into the draft process, but showed good burst today, both in rushing and receiving. He might not be the fastest running back, but it didn't appear to be a liability for him either. He showed good vision finding his hole and finding it quickly. I really liked his decisiveness, which is an underrated trait for the next level. Taylor was also really impressive catching the ball as well, he was good in space and ran crisp routes getting separation from the defender.

Andre Ellington, Clemson:

He had an up and down day, but he did show  nice speed and quickness. Also made some really nice plays in space. He had a couple poor plays where he slipped when he tried to make a cut or ran into the pile instead of hitting the hole, but overall it was solid.

Tight End:

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald is an underrated tight end, but had a really strong day that could start pushing him up draft boards. He did everything well today. He ran good solid routes getting separation from both safeties and linebackers. He caught everything that he got his hands on and displayed nice speed. He also did well as a blocker in team drills, showing nice two-way ability.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams isn't the fastest tight end you will every see, but that doesn't mean you can ignore him in the passing game. Linebackers struggled all day to cover him as he used his big frame to shield them from the ball, and displayed nice strong hands. Williams really excelled in the blocking game though as he was essentially a 6th offensive linemen out there. He swallowed up both defensive ends and linebackers with ease.

Wide Receiver:

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M:

Early on Swope had a strong practice showing nice quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. Latter in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's he struggled on a couple reps dropping two easy catches, one time really drawing the ire of the coaching staff. He also struggled to get any deep separation, and looked most comfortable on quicker routes.

Quinton Patton, LA Tech:

Patton had a really strong day, he was very fluid and showed nice short area quickness. He also showed nice awareness and strong hands. Patton did struggle on some deeper routes as he wasn't able to separate,  and got out muscled a couple of times. He will need to show that he can be more physical, and it will be something to watch going forward.

Terrance Williams, Baylor:

Had by far the best practice of any receiver. Only guy who was consistently able to get behind the coverage and gain separation throughout the practice. He made a number of highly acrobatic catches and tracked the ball well on long passes. Williams looks to be the whole package and will definitely be someone to watch going forward.

Offensive Line:

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford had the best all-around day by any offensive lineman, he was quick off the ball and showed a good anchor, rarely letting anyone push him back or control the point of attack. He also showed surprising quickness for his size and handled speed well.

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee:

Thomas played both guard and tackle in practice and handled his own at both positions. He didn't have the best anchor and didn't finish guys off, but he showed quick feet and re-routed a number of defenders keeping the pocket generally clean. A couple times he did get beat, but overall it was a pretty solid practice.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Really thought he had a great all-around practice, he lined up at both tackle spots and really showed quick feet and a nice sound base. He anchored well and didn't allow much penetration. He wasn't as good versus the run, but it was by no means a bad showing.

OT Oday Aboushi, OL Garrrett Gilkey and OL Xavier Nixon all looked solid or better as well.

Defensive Line:

Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

Up-and-down practice, looked very quick in individual drills and and 1-on-1's, but struggled some in team drills he didn't win as many battles as you'd hope. Showed some natural bust and edge ability, but needs to get more wins with that talent level.

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was a monster in middle, nearly impossible to block 1-on-1, and  disrupting a number of plays with his penetration. He plays with excellent leverage, and despite his size he's very quick off the ball getting into defender's pads.

Malliciah Goodman, Clemson:

Goodman was very impressive today, got off the line quick and was perhaps the 2nd toughest defensive lineman to block after Jenkins. He showed a good ability to rush the quarterback and nice recognition against the run.

Defensive Backs:

Sanders Commings, Georgia:

Commings is thought to be more of a corner, but after today's practice he may be viewed more of a free safety prospect. He was not fluid in flipping his hips, and really struggled when asked to run with receivers. He did some nice things when he played off in a zone and the play was in front of him, but other than that it was not a strong day.

Robert Lester, Alabama:

Lester looked good early on in practice in both individual and 1-on-1 drills, but disappeared or struggled later. He didn't struggle particularly in any one area, but he didn't show dominance either. He was pretty inconsistent in the team drills, with one rep showing nice recognition and back peddle and then the next rep missing his assignment. Overall solid day, but not spectacular.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo looked flawless in the individual position drills setting the bench mark everyone else was compared to, but he all but disappeared once he started going up against receivers/tight ends. He still made a play or two, but overall he was late recognizing a number of passes, and took bad angles to the ball. Given how he started and his overall hype it was a poor overall showing.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

It quickly became apparent that Wilcox has just one year at safety under his belt. While he flashes big play ability he looked simply lost out there at times. He really struggled in the positional drills, especially with his ability to flip his hips and his back peddle. While there is some legitimate promise there, he's very much a developmental prospect.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

McFadden had the best all-around showing today among defensive backs. He was very fluid in the drills, displaying good speed and quickness. He really excelled when faced with receivers. He showed physicality and great reaction time, and was constantly the toughest draw for a particular receiver.

 

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Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results: South Team

January 21, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

South Team: (note: a Height of 6033 equals 6'3" 3/8)

OL Oday Aboushi, UVA: Ht: 6052 Wt: 310 Hand: 10.48 Arm: 32.78

DB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana: Ht: 5097 Wt: 186 Hand: 9.38 Arm: 31.38

P Ryan Allen, LA Tech: Ht: 6013 Wt: 231 Hand: 9.62 Arm: 31.75

DL/LB Ziggy Ansah, BYU Ht: DNP Wt: DNP Hand: 10 Arm: 34.62

DB Marc Anthony, Cal: Ht: 5113 Wt: 191 Hand: 9 Arm: 31.5

FB Tommy Bohanon, Wake Forrest: Ht: 6005 Wt: 247 Hand: 9.87 Arm: 29.75

LB Jamie Collins, S. Missouri: Ht: 6033 Wt: 245 Hand: 9.87 Arm: 33.37

DB Sanders Commings, Georgia: Ht: 5117 Wt: 223 Hand: 8.25 Arm: 31.12

DL Everett Dawkins, FSU: Ht: 6021 Wt: 288 Hand: 10.37 Arm: 32.25

DL Lavar Edwards, LSU: Ht: DNP Wt: DNP Hand: DNP Arm: DNP

RB Andre Ellington, Clemson: Ht: 5094 Wt: 197 Hand: 9.25 Arm: 30.62

OL D.J. Fluker, Alabama: Ht: 6047 Wt: 355 Hand: 10.25 Arm: 36.37

OL Dalton Freeman, Clemson: Ht: 6042 Wt: 286 Hand: 9.87 Arm: 31

OL Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State: Ht: 6057 Wt: 314 Hand:10.37 Arm: 31.75

RB Mike Gillislee, Florida: Ht: 5112 Wt: 207 Hand: 8.75 Arm: 30.75

LB Zavier Gooden, Missouri: Ht: 6014 Wt: 233 Hand: 10 Arm: 31

DL Malliciah Goodman, Clemson: Ht: 6035 Wt: 272 Hand: 10.87 Arm: 35.87

DL Cody Grissom, South Florida: Ht: 6013 Wt: 313 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 32.5

WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas: Ht: 6016 Wt: 199 Hand: 8.62 Arm: 32.25

K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State: DNP

DL Montari Hughes, Tenn Martin: Ht: DNP Wt: DNP Hand: 10.12 Arm: 31.62

DL John Jenkins, Georgia: Ht: 6037 Wt: 359 Hand: 9.5 Arm: 33.12

LB Nico Johnson, Alabama: Ht: 6017 Wt: 249 Hand: 9.25 Arm: 32.87

OL Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: Ht: 6062 Wt: 302 Hand: 9.75 Arm: 35

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma: Ht: 6035 Wt: 221 Hand: 9 Arm: 32.12

WR Tavarres King, Georgia: Ht: 6002 Wt: 192 Hand: 9.37 Arm: 32.37

DB Robert Lester, Alabama: Ht: 6012 Wt: 212 Hand: 9.75 Arm: 31.25

TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn: Ht: 6031 Wt: 255 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 33

QB E.J. Manuel, FSU: Ht: 6043 Wt: 237 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 35

RB Onterio McCalebb, Auburn: Ht: 5101 Wt:164 Hand: 8.75 Arm: 30.12

TE Vance McDonald, Rice: Ht: 6041 Wt: 262 Hand: 10 Arm: 34.5

DB Leon McFadden, San Diego State: Ht: 5096 Wt: 193 Hand: 8.62 Arm: 31.25

OL Xavier Nixon, Florida: Ht: 6054 Wt: 311 Hand: 10.5 Arm: 33.75

WR Quinton Patton, LA Tech: Ht: 6000 Wt: 202 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 32.25

LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M: Ht: 6013 Wt: 231 Hand: 9.37 Arm: 31.87

DB Baccari Rambo, Georgia: Ht: 6004 Wt: 215 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 30.5

TE Mychal Rivera, Tennessee: Ht: 6032 Wt: 237 Hand: 10.25 Arm: 32.12

OL Brian Schwenke, Cal: Ht: 6030 Wt: 307 Hand: 9.5 Arm: 30.87

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: Ht: 6002 Wt: 204 Hand: 8.12 Arm: 30.37

RB Stephan Taylor, Stanford: Ht: 5090 Wt: 216 Hand: 8.37 Arm: 29.62

LB Chase Thomas, Stanford: Ht: 6031 Wt: 241 Hand: 9.5 Arm: 31.37

OL Dallas Thomas, Tennessee: Ht: 6052 Wt: 308 Hand: 10.37 Arm: 32

LS Carson TInker, Alabama: Ht: 6001 Wt: 231

OL J.C. Tretter, Cornell: Ht: 6035 Wt: 302 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 32.25

WR Conner Vernon, Duke: Ht: 6002 Wt. 193 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 29.75

OL Larry Warford, Kentucky: Ht: 6032 Wt: 333 Hand: 9.62 Arm: 31.87

DL Corneilus Washington, Georgia: Ht: 6040 Wt: 264 Hand: 9.25 Arm: 33.87

DB B.W. Webb, William and Mary: Ht: 5102 Wt: 183 Hand: 9.62 Arm: 30.12

DB J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern: Ht: 5113 Wt: 214 Hand: 8.87 Arm: 30.5

TE Michael Williams, Alabama: Ht: 6056 Wt: 269 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 32.75

DB Shawn Williams, Georgia: Ht: 5117 Wt: 211 Hand: 8.25 Arm: 30

WR Terrence Williams, Baylor: Ht: 6017 Wt: 201 Hand: 8.75 Arm: 30.62

LB Vince Williams, FSU: Ht: 6004 Wt:247 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 31.5

 

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South Roster Preview – Terrance Williams and John Jenkins Headline the South Roster

January 20, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

I've already previewed the North Roster for the Senior Bowl. Now here are the players to watch on the South Roster during Senior Bowl week:

QB EJ Manuel, Florida State University:

Manuel is a 2-year starter with the Seminoles, and has developed into a quality starting quarterback. He's got good size, a big arm and great speed, but has been inconsistent against some big opponents. Overall, he displays good accuracy, but it remains to be seen if he can throw into the tighter windows at the next level. With the success of the read option in the NFL this past year, Manuel could be a hot commodity given his speed. He still needs a little development time, but given his upside, expect him to go in the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

Jones took over for former 1st overall pick Sam Bradford at Oklahoma and was expected to have a similar career path. Through the start of his sophomore season, Jones looked to be a potential high 1st round pick. He's regressed these past two years, and questions have sprung up about his downfield accuracy, decision making and mobility. He played in a spread system in Oklahoma, and has struggled when asked to make reads and progressions. Jones needs to have a strong week in Mobile if he wants to overcome these concerns with his game. He remains a big, strong-armed quarterback that could go anywhere in the 3rd – 4th round range.

WR Terrance Williams, Baylor:

Williams is a big play receiver with great long speed. He led the NCAA in yards per catch this past season, and was still able to produce without Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright on offense. Right now he's still more of a deep threat, and needs to show he can run more of the entire route tree. He has high upside and should go off the board in the early 2nd round.

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M:

Swope had a starting role for the Aggies these past 2 years and has been an integral part of their passing attack. He profiles as a slot receiver, and shows good quickness in the short area. He doesn't have great long speed, but should still be attractive to teams given the greater use of the slot receiver. He should go off the board in a late 3rd to early 4th round.

TE Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams was essentially a 6th offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide. He's a big, strong, physical tight end who is a devastating blocker and can be a match-up problem for smaller defensive backs and linebackers. He lacks great speed, which will keep him from being drafted high, but a smart team who emphasizes the running game will get excellent value in the 5th round or later from Williams.

OT DJ Fluker, Alabama:

Fluker is a rare, highly-touted offensive lineman, in that he profiles almost exclusively as a right tackle. Fluker though was among the best right tackles in college and easily make the transition to the next level. He's a devastating run blocker, who still holds up well against the pass rush. He has a good anchor, and is the type of lineman when he gets his hands on you, he finishes the play. He should go off the board in the high 2nd round.

OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Johnson was Landry Jones blindside protector this past season and quickly made a name for himself in the Big 12. He shows good footwork and is quick enough to get to the edge. He helped keep Jones to be one of the least sacked quarterbacks in college football, despite the fact that Oklahoma is pass-first team and Jones has questionable mobility. He's trending upward, and could go in the top 20 picks of the 1st round.

DT John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was the star of the Georgia Bulldogs defensive line this year, playing primarily the nose tackle position. He forced constant double-teams that allowed the rest of the Georgia defense to make plays. Despite all the attention he was getting from offensive lineman, Jenkins still got a high level of penetration and made plays in the backfield. Jenkins fits in either a 4-3 or 3-4, but would have his highest value as a nose tackle on a 3-man line. Jenkins should be drafted in the top 25 picks.

S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo was the playmaker of the Georgia secondary and double digit interceptions over the last two years combined. He's a rangey free safety with good size and excellent speed. The biggest question mark that he faces is his ability against the run. Rambo does excel in coverage, which should keep him as one of the top safeties drafted this year. Expect him to go in the late 2nd or high 3rd round.

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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