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|1||Trent Richardson Scouting Report||Alabama||5094||228||1|
|2||Doug Martin Scouting Report||Boise St.||5090||223||2|
|3||Lamar Miller Scouting Report||Miami||5103||212||1-2|
|4||David Wilson Scouting Report||Virginia Tech||5096||206||2|
|5||Bernard Pierce Scouting Report||Temple||5116||218||2-3|
|6||Isaiah Pead Scouting Report||Cincinnati||5097||197||2-3|
|7||Ronnie Hillman||San Diego St.||5091||200||3-4|
|8||Chris Polk Scouting Report||Washington||5106||215||2|
|9||LaMichael James Scouting Report||Oregon||5081||194||3|
|11||Robert Turbin Scouting Report||Utah St.||5095||222||4|
|13||Brandon Bolden||Ole Miss||5110||222||6|
|14||Terrance Ganaway Scouting Report||Baylor||5114||239||4-5|
|15||Lennon Creer||Louisiana Tech||5111||219||5-6|
|16||Vick Ballard Scouting Report||Mississippi St.||5101||219||4-5|
|17||Dan Herron||Ohio St.||5095||203||5-6|
|18||Cyrus Gray Scouting Report||Texas A&M||5102||206||5-6|
|19||Bobby Rainey||Western Kentucky||5090||205||6-7|
|20||Edwin Baker||Michigan St.||5081||204||6|
The week that we in the draft world have affectionately known as ‘Senior Bowl week’ is in the books for 2012. Many have a tendency to put too much stock into this week and forget that these players have a bunch of film to fall back on–positive or negative. The actual game means so little that most NFL personnel head out of Mobile on Wednesday night. That said, this game has served as a springboard for past participants to future prosperity (Phillip Rivers). Here’s a look at a position by position breakdown of what we saw during the week on defense.
The South defensive line was the more dominant of the two on paper but the North came to play in the actual game.
For the North, a couple of guys really stood out from the other. Alameda Ta’amu, Mike Martin, Derek Wolfe, and Kendall Reyes battled it out all week to take home top North honors. Ta’amu needed a good week after a senior season that was fairly inconsistent. He didn’t disappoint this week as he looked quick and more balanced than he did all season. Mike Martin may have been the North’s most dominant DL. He showed off his wrestling background with his use of inside leverage. Martin impressed with the use of counter moves once he was initially stopped. If you can make money in this setting, Martin did. Derek Wolfe showed off his lateral agility all week and in the game. He may be best suited as a five-technique in the NFL with his movement abilities. Really solid week for Wolfe and he may make some check out more film on him…I will be. Kendall Reyes was another guy that needed some solid film after a relatively disappointing senior season. Reyes showed a powerful burst off the ball and more strength than I had seen on tape. Billy Winn was non-existent this week and may have caused a little slide for himself. He was inconsistent on tape and showed the same this week. The North DE’s were well represented by Cam Johnson (listed as a LB) and Vinny Curry. Johnson looked more natural as a 4-3 end this week and showed the quickness to wreak havoc on tackles. I was impressed with his pass rush moves as well and think he will look good as a DE in the 4-3. Curry showed off his non-stop motor on his way to dominating one-on-one drills. Curry solidified himself as a 2nd round pick this week. Jack Crawford was average at best and didn’t show the burst of the other ends on this squad.
The South team was loaded at DE with Courtney Upshaw, Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram, and Malik Jackson. All four looked really solid this week. Upshaw is the most explosive of the bunch but Ingram wasn’t far behind. Both will be gone by the middle of round one. Quinton Coples was unblockable at times this week but wasn’t consistently dominant. He played very average in the game and during team drills but excelled in the one-on-one’s. I’m at a loss with Coples as far as a grade. He’s a first rounder but I’m not sure that I could take him in the top-10. Malik Jackson came from nowhere to really impress. He isn’t the caliber of Upshaw or Coples but he could be a mid-round steal. Jackson isn’t a 10 sack/season guy but he can pressure the QB and hold up against the run. The DT’s on the South were paced by Brandon Thompson and Jaye Howard. Thompson isn’t spectacular but he does everything fairly well. I thought it was a strong week which culminated in a solid showing in the game. Howard is eerily quick for a DT but doesn’t hold gap responsibility well. He excelled in one-on-one’s but didn’t look as good in team drills. That said, he looks to be a guy that could be a situational pass rusher inside early in his career. Tony Jerod-Edie had a good week and may have opened some eyes. Tydreke Powell and Kheeston Randall didn’t look good which is a continuation of their senior season’s. They will both be drafted but it could be later than expected.
Biggest winner of the defensive line group: Mike Martin – Martin was impressive this week and could have earned himself a little extra coin with his performance.
Ht. 6-4 Wt. 258
Strengths: Koger is an big target that can go up and get the football in traffic. He has long arms that uses to extend in jump ball situations. Solid hands and is a natural plucker that rarely catches with his body. He has a strong frame that should lend itself to being a good blocker in the NFL when he grasps technique.
Weaknesses: Koger was a highly recruited TE out of high school that fell into the wrong system. He’s raw from a technique standpoint as a blocker. He will need to learn to sink his hips and gain balance on contact. He isn’t real sudden and doesn’t possess great speed. Needs to work get in and out of breaks as he has a tendency to run through them rather than sell. Read the rest of this entry » «Kevin Koger Scouting Report»
Ht. 6-6 Wt. 253
Strengths: Chase Ford has excellent ball skills and sticky hands. He very rarely drops a ball and shows good coordination in the air. He’s a very savvy route runner and uses his big body well to shield defenders. He has a good feel for sitting down in zone coverage and finds the soft spot of the defense and adjust to the ball well.
Weaknesses: He’s a developmental guy that lacks explosion and straight-line speed. He doesn’t get a good burst off the line of scrimmage. He drifts into breaks and doesn’t gain separation in the initial stages of the route development. Read the rest of this entry » «Chase Ford Scouting Report»
The week that we in the draft world have affectionately known as ‘Senior Bowl week’ is in the books for 2012. Many have a tendency to put too much stock into this week and forget that these players have a bunch of film to fall back on–positive or negative. The actual game means so little that most NFL personnel head out of Mobile on Wednesday night. That said, this game has served as a springboard for past participants to future prosperity (Phillip Rivers). Here’s a look at a position by position breakdown of what we saw during the week on offense.
This appeared to be a two man race throughout the week of practice but Nick Foles decided to join the fold during the game. Russell Wilson was the standout on the North squad during the week despite measuring just over 5’10″. Standing out on the North squad wasn’t real hard, so I don’t know that is a complement. Wilson did show the ability to throw on the run but looked shaky in the pocket at times. The 28-year old gunslinger Brandon Weeden stood out this week in practice for the South squad but had an average performance in the game. He will have to battle the “age issue” throughout this draft process to be selected before the end of day two. Kellen Moore looked better in the game than in practice but wasn’t spectacular in either. He measured in at 5’11″ and with very average physical tools he may be a long shot to go before round five of April’s draft. The other North QB, Kirk Cousins had an up and down week and it pretty much summed him up as a prospect. He may have been the best QB among the group during the game. Ryan Lindley brought up the rear for the South team and he looked miserable this week. Lindley may get drafted late because of his physical tools but his erratic throwing is painful to watch.
Biggest winner of the quarterback group: Brandon Weeden — looked to be hands down the best quarterback in Mobile throughout the week. The game wasn’t a highlight for Weeden but he was successful in creating a buzz around himself. Read the rest of this entry » «Senior Bowl 2012 Wrap Up»
Ht. 6-5 Wt. 251
Hands: The former WR is a natural hands catcher that very rarely drops the football. He catches the ball away from his body and at the highest point. He’s got extremely large hands and long arms which make for a large catching radius. He tracks the ball on vertical routes as well as any TE in this draft and can go up and get it.
Speed: Egnew has above-average speed for a tight end. He can stretch the field vertically along with being dangerous after the catch. He has a shiftiness and burst to his game that make him dangerous with the ball in his hands. Read the rest of this entry » «Michael Egnew Scouting Report»
Ht. 6-6 Wt. 236
Strengths: Ladarius Green is a long limbed, lean athlete that is a natural plucker of the ball. He shows good body control and attacks the ball at its highest point. He runs well for his size with above-average straight-line speed. He can play multiple positions including Slot, TE, and H-back. He’s a much better blocker on the move and can seal. Could be a redzone threat with his length and body control.
Weaknesses: Green struggles as an in-line blocker. He pops straight up on the snap and lacks to strength to move defenders. His route running leaves a bit to be desired as he’s leggy and doesn’t change directions well. He can’t get in and out of breaks well or with any burst because he’s so linear. A slow twitched athlete with long speed and no burst. Read the rest of this entry » «Ladarius Green Scouting Report»
Ht. 6-6 Wt. 244
Hands: Coby Fleener is a natural catcher of the football. With his excellent size he’s a major threat in the redzone as he can high point the ball with the best of them. His combination of soft hand and giant wingspan give him a solid catching radius. He shows impressive body control in the air and comes down with the ball.
Speed: Fleener has solid speed but not overly fast. He has good long range speed but takes time to build up. He’s not explosive off the snap nor does he have the second gear to separate from safeties. Read the rest of this entry » «Coby Fleener Scouting Report»
The Senior Bowl is the premiere event of the pre-draft “all-star” bowl circuit. Each year Senior Bowl participants litter the top of the NFL Draft. This crop of Senior Bowl participants appears no different.
The Senior Bowl isn’t a make or break event as the players have years worth of film to fall back on but can be used as a springboard for the pre-draft process. There are always a couple of guys that put themselves on NFL maps during the Senior Bowl week that most never heard of. This year’s event was riddled with injuries that either didn’t allow for prospects to attend or shortened the stay for some of the participants. Either way it opened up spots for guys to shine.
This year some names have flashed that made me want to know more about them to find out why I didn’t see them earlier. Here’s a look at five guys that I will be watching some more tape on following their three days at the Senior Bowl.
Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Bentley isn’t getting the hype of the bigger name corners on the South squad but has been a standout. He got the best of Dwight Jones and owned Jeff Fuller on Tuesday in one on one’s. Bentley is an undersized corner with plus athleticism and isn’t afraid to come up and tackle. He was a standout at ULL but was a relative unknown in most circles. Bentley has proven this week that he can play with the big boys and really opened some eyes. He was considered a mid-round pick but he could jump into the end of day two. Read the rest of this entry » «Senior Bowl Primer: Five names you may not know but will need to watch»