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Mike Glennon Scouting Report

April 8, 2013 in Scouting Reports

Mike Glennon Scouting Report

Measurables:

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 225

Arm length: 33 1/8”

Hand: 9 5/8”

40 time: 4.94

Pros:

  • Really Good two year production as a starter at NC State
  • Big, tall quarterback who is an ideal fit as a pocket passer
  • Big time arm, arguably the best in the draft
  • Experience in a pro style offense, has a lot of experience working under center
  • Solid accuracy, particularly in the intermediate areas
  • High character and a hard working quarterback
  • Constantly looking down the field to make a play
  • Scans the field well, and reads defenses well

Cons:

  • Though he has a big arm, his accuracy gets shaky as he goes down the field
  • Lacks good mobility and isn’t as effective out of the pocket
  • Will be very scheme dependent
  • Doesn’t have the cleanest delivery
  • Will probably need a little development time

Overall:

Glennon is one of the more interesting quarterbacks in this class. In the right system he could be the next Joe Flacco, but if he’s put in the wrong system and isn’t allowed to play to his strengths he will likely struggle. Glennon has good size, a big arm and the work ethic you like to see from your quarterback. Accuracy though could be an issue, especially since he will likely be under more pressure at the next level, and he lacks the ability to move away from it. Glennon could sneak into the first round, but is really more of a 2nd round prospect.

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: 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 North Practice Report – Day 3 Led by Eric Fisher & Mike Glennon

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Wednesday's North Practice Report. Check out South's Wednesday Practice Report here!

Quarterbacks:

Mike Glennon, NC State:

Glennon continues to be the best quarterback on the North Squad. He is at his best when he can set his feet and throw deeper and intermediate routes. When asked to move around he struggles a bit more and always seems to sail a couple of throws. Overall though he had a strong practice and did a nice job improving his touch, especially in 1-on-1's.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Nassib doesn't have the big arm or velocity of Glennon, but makes up for it with his mobility and decision making which both are above Glennon. Overall he might not be able to match Glennon this week, but he's done a good job of keeping his draft stock on the plus side. He had a number of really nice throws in 7-on-7's and did a good job overall.

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Zach Dysert in North practice.

Zach Dysert in North practice.

Dysert continues to struggle at practice, he'll make some big throws, but follows them up with too many mistakes. He's got nice toughness and you can see some mobility, but right now he's a guy that will need to develop for a couple of years.

Running backs:

Jonathan Franklin, UCLA:

Franklin has had a big week overall, but this was probably his best practice. He is so fluid in his running that he changes direction on a dime and doesn't  slow down when making moves. He was very effective throughout practice but was at his best during the scrimmage. He runs with nice pad level and decision making.

Kenjon Barner, Oregon:

Barner can really run, and he looks explosive when the ball is in his hands, unfortunately some limitations are clear as well. He doesn't have natural hands dropping a reception and bobbling another (something that has occurred throughout the week), and he really struggles in pass protection drills. It's also not clear if he'll be capable of breaking too many tackles, seems to be wrapped up easily enough.

Wide Receiver:

Aaron Mellette, Elon:

Mellette had another strong showing. He has nice speed and quickness and is one of the best route runners down here this week. He had a really good day catching the football and getting separation on some big plays. I also like that even when he doesn't get separation he still makes a fair number of catches. That is what he's going to have to deal with in the NFL, so it is nice to see him able to get an early start on catching the football in tight windows.

Aaron Dobson, Marshall:

Dobson had a really nice day showing his size and speed. He catches just about everything thrown his way and does well when working outside the numbers. I like that on more than one occasion he did a nice job of making sure to toe tap or drag his feet along the side line/end zone.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton really looks to be a nice slot receiver prospect. He is very fluid in his route running and shows a lot of short area quickness as well as some long speed. His hands are pretty good as well as he doesn't let many balls get into his body. My lone concern is his ability to get off a jam, but other than that he looks to be a very interesting WR.

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

It may have been a bit better for Robinson in his first day of full contact, but for every nice play he made there were 4-5 poor plays. The biggest concern continues to be his inability to field punts and kicks cleanly. He's going to have to make it as a special teamer to start, and right now that is very shaky. While he does show great quickness, his long speed isn't perhaps as elite as advertised. Corners had little issue running with him down the seem or on a post route.

Offensive Line:

Eric Fisher, CMU:

Another great day for Fisher who dominated all day. He rarely gives and inch showing a great base, footwork and power.

Defensive line:

Margus Hunt, SMU:

A bit of an up-and-down day for Hunt, but he continues to show excellent power and speed as a bull rusher.

Cornerback:

Desmond Trufant, Washington:

Trufant continued to have a great week of practice. He did get beat a couple of times initially, but recovered on just about every play. The one concern is can he still recover when the receivers he's going against are guys like A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson, and Roddy White. Still makes a lot of flashy plays, but would like to see him show better technique.

Jordan Poyer, Oregon State:

Poyer didn't have many memorable plays today, but partly that is due to not allowing receivers to get separation in the first place. He's probably the most technically sound corner here and should easily be able to start right away.

Safety:

T.J. McDonald, USC:

He did get beat once, but otherwise had a really strong practice, he all but shut down tight ends today, and diagnosed the play multiple times during full team scrimmage drills. He's got really good athleticism and is playing far better this week than his senior year at USC.

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Senior Bowl Practice Report Day Two: North Team Led by Mike Glennon

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Quarterbacks:

Mike Glennon, NC State:

Glennon showcased his big arm with a number of nice deep throws throughout practice. He showed nice zip on the ball and probably had the best intermediate-to-deep accuracy of the quarterbacks. Despite his size he had nice overall footwork and showed some ability to move around a bit in the pocket, while keeping his eyes down field. He did underthrow a couple passes in team drills later that would have been easy interceptions. On working some of the out route throws Glennon sailed the ball well over his receivers' heads. Overall it was a strong practice, but it wasn't great.

Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Ryan Nassib at North Senior Bowl practice.

Ryan Nassib at North Senior Bowl practice.

Nassib had a pretty good day himself, he threw a number of nice strong, accurate passes giving his receivers a great opportunity to make the play. Overall he had the best ball placement of any of the quarterbacks and was the most consistent. The only real issue about his day was he lacked the number of big plays that Glennon and even Dysert had. That shouldn't be an overall knock on him, but you'd like to see him challenge some tighter windows given that is what he'll see at the next level. He avoided mistakes, but the wow factor wasn't there.

Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio):

Dysert had an up-and-down day. He struggled at times with his accuracy down field, and didn't seem to be making his decisions as fast as you'd like. On the flip side though he came up with some big plays, including one pass during the scrimmage where he avoided the sack and scrambled to his right with a defender in pursuit throwing a 20-25 yard strike to his receiver. Consistency was a big issue with him and you can see that he's maybe a bit more raw then some of the other quarterbacks here.

Tight End:

Nick Kasa, Colorado:

Kasa had a strong practice, he's a big physical tight end who can run. He blocked really well in team drills and gave linebackers and defensive backs fits trying to cover him. He showed nice hands and got in and out of his breaks quickly without much extra movement. It was an impressive all-around practice, and one that will make NFL teams take notice.

Wide Receiver:

Denard Robinson, Michigan:

Robinson struggled throughout the day dropping a number of passes, even some without any coverage. Other catches he did make were balls that he allowed into his body. And on another play after making a nice catch he failed to secure the ball and the safety punched it out. He did have one really nice route where he faked out the cornerback on a double-move. Robinson also had a lot of problems fielding punts and was admonished multiple times by the Raiders coaches. He still has some upside given his natural ability, but he's not close to being polished.

Markus Wheaton, Oregon State:

Wheaton had a strong day, showcasing really nice speed and agility. He did have one bad drop, but other than that he caught just about everything he got his hands on. He struggled a little with the press coverage, but not enough to really knock his performance.

Aaron Mellette, Elon:

Mellette is a small school guy, but he definitely is playing like he belongs. He was probably the best receiver on the North squad, showing good speed, route running and hands. He was good about coming back to the ball aggressively and not waiting for it to come to him. He also tracked a couple deep balls despite being in tight coverage. Given that he's one of the taller receivers out there, the fact that he displayed good speed and quickness makes you believe he could start on the outside.

I'll have more from the North practice later this evening!

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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)

QB’s

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.

RB’s

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.

TE’s

-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.

DB’s/WR’s

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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North Roster Preview – Denard Robinson and Mike Glennon Lead North

January 20, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

On my way to Mobile, Alabama, I wanted to preview the two Senior Bowl rosters and which players to keep an eye on in practice this week. Here are the North roster players to watch Senior Bowl week (or South Roster is here):

QB Mike Glennon, NC State:

Glennon is a big, strong-armed quarterback who has been rising up draft boards this season. While there is still some projections, Glennon is one of the most NFL ready quarterbacks in this class. He has good footwork and delivers a crisp ball on target. But questions still remain about his overall upside.

QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse:

Nassib doesn't have the measurables as some of the other quarterbacks in this class, but he has some of the highest upside. He's a balanced quarterback who has both a good arm and solid mobility. Nassib didn't have a lot to work with at Syracuse but still kept the Orangemen in a lot of games. He also has more experience in a pro-style offense. Look for Nassib to be a popular 2nd-3rd round quarterback with a chance to start in a year or two.

RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon:

Barner might lack feature back size, but teams won't push him too far down their draft board given his elite speed and explosiveness. Barner fits best in a team that runs more to the outside or a zone team that would utilize his quick cut capability. He also should be a valuable weapon in the passing game, given his ability to make people miss in the open field. He should get a lot of attention in the 3rd or 4th round.

WR Denard Robinson, Michigan:

Robinson was an option quarterback at Michigan, but will transition to a slot receiver/situational player/return man at the next level. Robinson has explosive speed and has shown himself to be incredibly quick but is very raw at the receiver and return man role. This will be a big week for him to show that he can run routes and catch the ball with some consistency. The track record of conversion quarterbacks is not great, but Robinson has the tools to defy the odds. Look for him to go off the board in the 3rd-4th round range.

OL Kyle Long, Oregon:

Kyle is the son of Howie Long and brother of DE Chris Long (Rams). He started his collegiate athletic career in baseball at Florida State, but quickly decided to follow his father's footsteps on the gridiron. Long transferred to a community college and eventually ended up at Oregon this past season where he became a starter along the offensive line. He has experience at both guard and tackle and he profiles best at a tackle at the next level. He's still a little raw and needs to add a little more strength. But he's got a good frame, and plays with good leverage.

DE Marcus Hunt, SMU:

Hunt is a track & field star from Estonia, who came to SMU to run track & field. After their program closed, he made his way to the football team. He's considered a "freak" athlete who has exceptional size 6'8" and 280 lbs., but still has good speed and excellent quickness. Hunt has become has become a premier defender on the line. While he still has some inconsistencies due to how raw he is, he still comes up with big play after big play. He has elite potential and profiles best as a 5 technique in a 3-4. He should go off the board in the 2nd round.

DE Alex Okafor, Texas:

Okafor is one of the better defensive ends in this draft and has shown a potential to become a premiere pass rusher. Okafor is a balanced defensive end, who excels at defending both the run and the pass. Prior to this season, there were some questions about his pass rushing ability, but after registering double digit sacks, those questions are no longer valid. This week Okafor will need to show his explosion and if he can get to the edge consistently  Right now he profiles best in a 4-3 but should get some looks as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He'll likely go off the board in the 2nd round, but could sneak into the end of the 1st round.

LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State:

Brown led the Wildcats defense this past year, and is one of the best run defending linebackers in the country. There remains some questions about how he defends the pass, but its not necessarily a negative for him. He's got good range and really solid instincts and shows an ability to shed blockers. He profiles as either an inside linebacker or strong side linebacker in a 4-3. He should get 2nd – 3rd round attention in the draft.

LB John Simon, Ohio State:

Simon is making a transition to linebacker, after playing much of his college career with his hand on the ground. He profiles best as 3-4 outside linebacker, given his ability to rush the passer. Questions will remain with how he plays in space and if he can remain in coverage as an outside linebacker. While a good pass rusher, isn't considered elite, and will probably fall to the late 2nd – early 3rd round.

S TJ McDonald, USC:

MCDonald is the son of pro bowler Tim McDonald. TJ has the potential and athletic ability to match his father's talent level, but it hasn't fully come together for him yet. Reaction time and tackling ability are the two biggest question marks surrounding him. This will be a huge week for him as he hopes to show scouts that he can fix those issues that what plagued him in college. If McDonald has a good Senior Bowl week/Combine, then he could work his way into the 2nd round. If he struggles, he could fall to the 4th or later.

 

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