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01-25-2011, 01:23 PM
Rob Rang draft blog...

Before we can get to the field in Mobile, Alabama for the first Senior Bowl practices we had the weigh-in this morning. Rather than simply copy and paste the results, I thought it best to list the ten biggest surprises of the session.

Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan surprised by weighing in at "only" 255 pounds. He'd been listed at Purdue at 263 pounds and many expected that he'd put on weight to come in bigger and stronger. Instead, he came in at a chiseled 255 and looks poised to make the switch to outside linebacker if he can demonstrate the fluidity in coverage this week.

Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller eased concerns over his listed 6-2, 240 pound frame by coming in at 6025. It might not sound like much to come in 5/8" of an inch taller than initially projected, but at nearly 6-3, Miller does have enough length to project as a 3-4 rush linebacker. Clearly, the Butkus Award winner is a terrific pass rusher. Some teams however, had concerns whether he had the size to fit this role in the NFL. That 5/8 of an inch could make Miller millions and help him retain the title as the best and most versatile linebacker in the 2011 draft.

Two relatively "small school" receivers showed off a couple of the most impressive physiques, instantly providing some evidence that they deserve to be in this contest. South Alabama's Courtney Smith (6040, 220) and San Diego State's Vincent Brown (5110, 184) sported chiseled frames. In all-star games such as this one, the first step towards making a jump up draft boards is by making a first impression; Smith and Brown certainly helped their cause by doing precisely that.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker came in slightly shorter than expected at 6022, 228 pounds. He had been listed at 6-3, 230. Again, the 3/4 of an inch doesn't sound like a big difference, but one of the elements that scouts had liked about Locker was his prototypical size. It isn't fair to list Locker's size as an attribute when he's only a 1/4" inch taller than TCU's Andy Dalton and 3/4" of an inch taller than Alabama's Greg McElroy -- two QBs who have been often knocked for their lack of ideal height in the past.

Two highly touted Big 12 pass rushers came in smaller and with less than impressive builds than expected. Texas' Sam Acho (listed at 6-3, 260 by the Longhorns) came in at 6016, 257 pounds. Oklahoma's Jeremy Beal (listed by Oklahoma at 6-3, 267) came in at 6023 and 268 pounds. Acho's significantly shorter frame and Beal's sloppier build won't help either combat the growing sentiment among scouts that each has been a tad overrated due to their high motor play for major programs.

I've been pretty outspoken about my feeling on Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan, but today's weigh-in only added to the reason why I believe he'll ultimately rank as one of the more impressive players in Mobile this week. Jordan measured in at 6041 and 287 pounds. More impressively, he had 11 1/4" hands and 34.5" inch arms, one of the reasons why I believe he can be successful playing inside or out in either front.

Derek Sherrod measured in with 35.5" arms and 11" hands -- the biggest of each among this highly competitive offensive tackle class.

The most impressive build among the offensive tackles, however, was surprisingly turned in by Boston College's Anthony Castonzo. I've been critical of Castonzo's thinner than ideal frame in the past, but the former 260 pound tight end looked very comfortable at 6071 and 305 pounds. Few offensive linemen can boast a six pack. Castonzo's is slight, but it is there. His long arms and defined pecs prove that his weight gain is legitimate and likely to remain (and increase) in an NFL weight-room.

As expected, Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor was the heaviest man in the Senior Bowl. He measured in at 6034 and 337 pounds. Taylor's bulk was evenly distributed, however. In fact, he showed less jiggle than many linemen closer to the 300 pound frame.

Also as expected, West Virginia running back Noel Devine was the smallest and lightest player in this game. Devine measured in at 5070 and 160 pounds. He wasn't the lightest by much, however. Miami cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke weighed in at 168 pounds despite being just a shade under 6-1.

01-25-2011, 01:25 PM
Here's a look at the most notable performance, both good and bad, from Monday's practice:

Jake Locker/QB/Washington: Locker struggled almost the entire first day in Mobile. He has an NFL arm, but the accuracy of his throws leaves much to be desired. Locker was constantly high of the mark, forcing receivers to leave their feet as they attempted to make the reception. His passes were also late as pass catchers were usually waiting for the ball to arrive.

Colin Kaepernick/QB/Nevada: Kaepernick entered the week with a lot of questions surrounding his game yet answered many of them in the early going. On Monday he displayed the ability to play in a disciplined NFL passing system after spending most of his college career in a spread offense which allowed him to carry the ball almost as much as he threw it. Kaepernick showed a strong arm and most importantly was on target with most of his throws. He was very accurate with his short and intermediate throws, and had the ball to receivers as they left their breaks. Kaepernick needs to improve his longer passes but it was a terrific initial practice for the senior.

James Brewer/T/Indiana: Brewer pulled off a dominant performance on the first day of Senior Bowl practice and quickly established himself as the best blocker at the event. He looked big and powerful during morning weigh-ins then played that way in the afternoon. Brewer moves well on his feet and also annihilates opponents once he got his hands on them. He was never beat today and drew praise from coaches on a number of occasions.

Cameron Jordan/DL/California: Jordan flashed brilliance today as well as a variety of skill. He showcased his terrific athleticism and easily moved about the field, quickly getting up the field to rush the passer or displaying speed chasing the action in pursuit. Jordan is not the strongest defensive lineman but his 6-foot, 4-inch, 287-pound frame has room to grow and add bulk. It was an impressive start for Jordan.

Leonard Hankerson/WR/Miami: Hankerson proved to be a handful for whomever attempted to cover him. He continually created separation and beat multiple cornerbacks deep to make the downfield catch. Hankerson did not drop a pass all day and made several difficult receptions in practice.

Gabe Carimi/T/Wisconsin: Carimi was better than advertised and looked effective as a run blocker and in pass protection. He played with good fundamentals and worked his blocks hard all afternoon. Carimi was stronger than most expected and also displayed solid footwork. He constantly showed the ability to knock pass rushers away from the action.

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01-31-2011, 03:15 PM
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Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (6-4 1/2, 225): The Patriots obviously don’t need any immediate help here, and Brian Hoyer has shown enough promise to keep developing him, but Kaepernick was by far the best quarterback of the week. Very accurate. Needs to improve on the deep ball a bit, but there’s time for that. The Vikings and Dolphins seemed very interested in him, and they should be.

Running back
Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska (5-11 1/2, 216): The Patriots could use another every-down running back if Fred Taylor retires as expected, and Helu was the most complete back in Mobile. Has a good burst and ran away from defenders. Also was very sound in his blocking and showed good hands out of the backfield.

Honorable mention: Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State (5-7 1/2, 199). If the Patriots need another Danny Woodhead, this is their guy, and Hunter is much better at blitz pickup.

Owen Marecic, Stanford (6- 1/2, 246): The Patriots haven’t had much use for a traditional fullback since Heath Evans left town, and the selection isn’t great. Marecic was the most well-rounded fullback at the Senior Bowl and did everything above average. Good feet.

Tight end
Luke Stocker, Tennessee (6-5, 255): This position certainly isn’t high on the Patriots’ list of needs after the drafting of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez last year. When it comes time to replace Alge Crumpler, a gifted blocker such as Stocker would fit the bill. An adequate receiver who needs to work on agility drills.

Wide receiver
Titus Young, Boise State (5-11 1/2, 174): This is where the Patriots’ needs start — with a big-play deep threat, and Young is that. For most of the week, he was the most explosive receiver on either team and easily got separation. Reminiscent of the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson — even with his questionable attitude. Hands were a little uneven, but he had a good week.

Niles Paul, Nebraska (6-1, 225): A strong and physical receiver in the Larry Fitzgerald mold, but will he run a 4.48 like the Cardinals star? Paul is versatile. Can win the battle on the outside but also in traffic.

Honorable mention: Vincent Brown, San Diego State (5-11, 184): Sneaky-fast and able to put his foot in the ground and cut without losing any speed. May not time well but he knows how to play.

Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State (6-5 1/2, 312): Was a bit inconsistent during the week but the skills are there, along with 35-inch arms. Had some memorable battles against Texas A&M speed rusher Von Miller and was not outclassed.

Honorable mention: James Carpenter, Alabama (6-4, 313). Might be the most game-ready of the group because he’s fundamentally sound for this level.

Left offensive guard
Danny Watkins, Baylor (6-3 1/2, 312): Probably the best interior lineman in Mobile. Holds his own against bigger and more physical linemen. Shows a nasty disposition on the field and displays explosion when he needs it. Really interesting prospect because he’s 26, having gone the firefighter route in his native Canada before being discovered.

Kristofer O’Dowd, Southern Cal (6-4 1/2, 303): Not a great year for centers, and O’Dowd was decent. Needs to hold up better but showed good hand work. Could flourish under the right coach, such as Patriots offensive line guru Dante Scarnecchia.

Right offensive guard
John Moffitt, Wisconsin (6-4, 314): Displayed some nastiness and loves to compete. Not great in space or as an athlete, so in the Patriots’ system, he’d have to be on the right side. They like guards that can pull on the other side.

Honorable mention: Steve Schilling, Michigan (6-4 1/2, 302). Had his struggles, but the potential is there.

Right offensive tackle
Anthony Costanzo, Boston College (6-7, 305): Had his struggles when moved to guard, but was very consistent at tackle and probably could play either side in the NFL. Scouts remarked on his improved footwork since the Eagles’ season concluded.

Honorable mention: Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (6-7, 315). Excelled in the run game, as most Badgers linemen do. Also looked uncomfortable at guard. Wisconsin linemen usually don’t get appreciably better in the pros. They’re solid from the start.

Honorable mention: Nate Solder, Colorado (6-8 1/2, 314). Bends well for a tall player and has solid tools. Needs to add strength.

Right defensive end
Christian Ballard, Iowa (6-4, 288): Might be a bit of a stretch for him to play end in the 3-4. More of a one-gap player than two-gap, which the Patriots use. But Ballard is a very good pass rusher and was tough to handle for any of the linemen he went against.

Nose tackle
Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-3 1/2, 337): Showed the ability to stand up against double teams and also to split them to apply pressure on the quarterback. Type of guy who could spell Vince Wilfork but also rush the quarterback in sub packages.

Left defensive end
Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (6-4, 309): Showed good burst and pass-rush moves but had a tough time finishing plays. Always hustling and seemed to take coaching well.

Outside linebacker
Von Miller, Texas A&M (6-2 1/2, 237): Wouldn’t appear to be a fit for a team such as New England that prefers bigger outside linebackers, but he’s an unbelievable athlete and pass rusher who was also good at dropping into coverage. Can carry more weight effectively, and the success of a Clay Matthews shows there’s a place for a player like Miller in any 3-4.

Cameron Jordan, Cal (6-4, 287): Had a terrific week and showed off great athleticism and versatility that will endear him to both 4-3 and 3-4 teams. Several scouts mentioned Adalius Thomas as a comparison. Has a great attitude and would make a top-notch 3-4 outside linebacker who can rush, hold the point, and cover.

Honorable mention: Brooks Reed, Arizona (6-2 1/2, 257). Was an end in college but looked natural standing up. Very solid at the point and showed a good burst in pass rush.

Honorable mention: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (6-4, 255). Jury is still out on whether he can make the transition to standing up. Also had trouble disengaging from blocks.

Inside linebacker
Kelvin Sheppard, LSU (6-2, 250): Plays bigger than his size against the run and can also cover. Not the ideal size but a tough player who will be in the league a while.

Mark Herzlich, Boston College (6-3 1/2, 250): Did not show much of the pass rush scouts were looking for but has a future inside if he’s not asked to cover man-to-man. Teams have a lot of concerns about his cancer battle and the two rods he has in his leg. Herzlich will have a long day of medicals at the combine but he has shown the character and determination to battle through anything.

Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech (5-10, 185): Did not look good in drills but seemed to always be on point in scrimmages. Battled an ankle injury during the week. Not a first-round talent but could be developed.

Kendric Burney, North Carolina (5-9, 181): Shows great footwork and quickness, and can flip his hips naturally in coverage. Doesn’t appear to make a lot of plays, so that will have to be developed.

Free safety
Quinton Carter, Oklahoma (6- 1/2, 211): Earned a spot off his performance in the East-West Shrine Game, so scouts like what they’ve seen. Tends to play a bit high but he’s physical. How he times at the combine will be important.

Strong safety
DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (6-0, 213): Showed good instincts coming up in support and can take on tight ends in coverage. Would make an immediate impact on special teams.

Honorable mention: Ahmad Black, Florida (5-9 1/2, 183). Lack of size will cause him to slide down the draft, but Black is just a good football player who will find a way to stick. We all know how Bill Belichick loves former Gators.

03-06-2011, 04:05 PM
Tuesday's Senior Bowl Practice Notes

North Practice Notes

* Once again, Washington QB Jake Locker seemed to struggle with consistency as he continues to have too many of his passes sail on him. I overheard one NFL executive explaining off Locker's difficulties as being due to having different receivers, but that sounds like wishful thinking as his team is in the market for a QB.

* Nevada's Colin Kaepernick looks to be having the best start to Sr. Bowl practices of the three QBs (Iowa's Ricky Stanzi is here too) as he has thrown the ball with relative accuracy and has shown a solid arm.

* Here is a "WTF" moment for you. At one point during the morning session, the North QBs were taking turns being flanked by a RB on each side. The ball would be snapped to the QB (out of the gun) and they would fake a dive to one RB and then run an outside option pitch to the other RB. For what????

* UCLA Kicker Kai Forbath showed a strong leg and accuracy on kicks from 45 and 52.

* East Carolina WR Dwayne Harris dropped not only passes, but also a punt. Not a good day for Harris.

* Boise WR Titus Young looks like he might be a better NFL prospect than his teammate, WR Austin Pettis. Pettis looks like he lacks the speed that teams are looking for while Young was fluid in his routes and caught the ball well when I was watching.

* Virginia Tech CB Rashard Carmichael showed terrific athleticism and ball skills all morning, but was beaten deep by Nebraska WR Niles Paul for a TD. One scout told me Carmichael is one of his favorite CBs here at the Sr. Bowl, but he's a little worried about his deep speed.

* Nebraska H-back, Mike McNeill delivered a big hit as a lead blocker on a sweep play knocking the helmet off of North Carolina CB Da'Norris Searcy.

* SDSU WR Vincent Brown has put together a couple of solid practices and has NFL scouts and coaches taking notice.

* The star of the day on the defensive side of the ball was Cal DE Cameron Jordan. At 6'4 / 286, Jordan used a variety of pass rush moves as well as quickness off the snap to beat many of the linemen he faced both outside and inside. Jordan uses his hands extremely well and doesn't spend much time engaging the offensive linemen in front of him. Jordan has the size to fit as a strong-side DE in a 4-3 or as a 5-technique DE in a 3-4

* Texans fans take note - one of the new NT prospects to keep your eye on in the draft will be Stanford's Sione Fua. Fua is a shade taller than Oregon State's Stephen Paea (who hurt his lateral meniscus early in practice on Monday) and 12 pounds heavier and he held his own at the point of attack for most of the morning.

* Very good practice session for Notre Dame DT Ian Williams. Williams was terrific with his pass rushing moves and use of hands. Williams was equally impressive speaking to a member of the New Orleans Saints and discussing what keys he reads from offensive linemen that tell him when to expect a power run and when to expect a pass. He also had some interesting ideas about attacking guards when pass rushing. Williams told me that he thinks he can play in a 1-gap 3-4 like the Texans are playing now.

* Wisconsin OG John Moffitt showed very sound technique and had a good practice overall, but there were some snaps that made me wonder if he had as much core strength and anchor as he'll need in the league.

* I continue to be impressed with Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi. Carimi gets his hands on the defender early on and does a good job of anchoring in against bull-rushes. I know the common sentiment is that he needs to move to RT since he's such a physical run blocker, but I'm starting to think that he might be sound enough to continue to play LT on the next level.

* Solid practices for both Nate Solder (Colorado) and Anthony Castonzo (Boston College), but Castonzo did struggle a little bit at guard when he was bumped inside. Why a 6'7 player would be bumped inside is beyond me.

* Michigan State MLB Greg Jones was admonished by Marvin Lewis with a stern "Greg, don't tackle him" after dragging down Nebraska RB Roy Helu on one play. Jones smacked Kendall Hunter in the hole on one play during scrimmage.

* Iowa DE Christian Ballard had a solid day in pass rushing drills while Toledo's Kevin Kowalski and Slippery Rock's Brandon Fusco really struggled along the offensive line all morning long.

* Colorado CB Jalil Brown was solid and is considered one of the more underrated prospects at that position according to a couple of personnel people I spoke with.

South Practice Notes

* Hawaii WR Greg Salas showed nice hands and body control in the afternoon practice, but he looks like he might lack the speed necessary on the next level.

* Texas CB Curtis Brown had an up and down day today. He was beaten deep by both Miami's Leonard Hankerson and Greg Salas, but he also showed good ball skills at times and made a couple off quick breaks on the ball to break up passes. Brown's weight is at 180 right now thanks to a stomach problem he's had recently, but he's getting that taken care of and should be closer to 190 pounds sooner than later.

* Von Miller was finally able to rush the passer in pass rushing drills today and he destroyed Mississippi State LT Derek Sherrod on the first rep. On the second rep, Miller beat him around the corner, but Sherrod got some extension of his arms and managed to push Miller around the corner. It would still be considered a win for Von, but Sherrod showed some recovery skill.

* Speaking of Miller, he was sought out for a ton of interview requests by different media outlets including print and television and he spent about 10 minutes in a one on one discussion with Arizona head coach Ken Wisenhunt.

* TCU's Andy Dalton continues to impress at the Sr. Bowl with a compact delivery, sound accuracy and an obvious confidence. My best guess on his draft stock right now would be in the 3rd round.

* While I thought Christian Ponder was better today than yesterday, some insiders believe that his arm problems he suffered through this year are continuing to take a toll on his accuracy. On the other hand, accuracy hasn't been much of a problem for Alabama's Greg McElroy who has been solid if not spectacular.

* Louisville had a couple of players who caught my eye today. RB Bilal Powell showed good vision and decent burst and caused one scout in the stands sitting near me to say, "I need to watch that kid a little closer, I guess." CB Johnny Patrick looked fluid in his backpedal and closed ground quickly on passes in front of him.

* According to a couple of wide receivers on the South team, USC CB Shareece Wright is one of the better cover corners on the roster.

* Mississippi State LB K.J. Wright is a good looking athlete and is having pretty good practices. Scouts tell me that he's locked in as a 2nd/3rd round guy.

* Arizona DE Brooks Reed wasn't quite as dominant in pass rushing drills today as he was yesterday. While he didn't dominate, he still showed a very good motor and interests me as a pass rusher for the Texans on 3rd downs. Reed got handled on pass rushing drills in back to back reps by Georgia's Clint Boling who was ready for his shoulder dip move as well as his inside club move.

* One of the offensive linemen at these practices who is really flying under the radar but who is gaining more and more attention is Alabama's James Carpenter. Carpenter is handling speed rushers and bull rushers and can play tackle or guard. Keep an eye on Carpenter in the 2nd round.

* Arkansas TE D.J. Williams did what he does best - catch the ball - but at just under 6'2 and only 236, there are going to be plenty of teams who will shy away from him.

* Arkansas' DeMarcus Love moved from tackle down inside to guard but still had his fair share of problems in pass protection drills. One of the guys who gave him problems today was Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins who had a nice bounce-back practice today.

* TCU center Jake Kirkpatrick struggled at times with bullrushes today and Baylor's Phil Taylor was the primary culprit. Taylor was handing out bullrushes to several offensive linemen today.

* I felt really badly for Auburn offensive linemen Lee Ziemba who was abused all day long. Every year, a player from Auburn or Alabama get invited to the Sr. Bowl who probably don't deserve to be here just based on the fact that the game is in Mobile and Ziemba's confidence has to be shot as HE is that player this year. Ziemba has issues with strength at the point of attack and is being pushed around way too frequently.

* Texas DE Sam Acho didn't look all that impressive today in pass rushing drills and he also didn't look very fast when he was pursuing plays.

* Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee was on the ground too often for one coach's liking who happened to be sitting up in the stands near me, but he redeemed himself as practice wore on.

* West Virginia NT Chris Neild was salty and tough and did a nice job of fighting off double team blocks in drills today. Neild has a good motor and is strong at the point of attack.

* The two WRs who I really enjoyed watching today were Miami's Leonard Hankerson and TCU's Jeremy Kerley. One former NFL WRs coach confided that Hankerson looks like "he really works hard on his routes". While that same coach guessed that Hankerson will run an unimpressive 4.6, he still commented on how much he liked him. Kerley's speed is giving CBs trouble and with his ability as a top-notch return man, you will begin to hear his name brought up more and more as a rising prospect at WR.

03-06-2011, 04:08 PM
Monday's Senior Bowl Notes - South Practice

* Baylor NT Phil Taylor is one of the few legitimate 3-4 NTs who will be looked at within the first two rounds of the NFL draft and I see why after standing next to him. Taylor had some nice bull rushes against TCU center Jake Kirkpatrick, but he had a tendency to play a little higher than teams would like. It is worth noting that Taylor was one of the first guys Texans scouts went to talk to after practice.

* Baylor's LT turned LG Danny Watkins had one of the best practices of the day in my opinion. Not only did Watkins shut down Phil Taylor in one on one pass protection drills, he stoned pretty much everyone who tried to rush against him. Watkins has great strength and sound feet and is known for having a nasty disposition on the field. Watkins is from Canada and has only been playing football for 4 years and has a background as a firefighter and a youth hockey player. Unfortunately, his age (26, I believe) could be a detriment for him, but he was surrounded by teams including the Eagles, Vikings, Browns and Ravens who all wanted to find out more about him.

* Texas DE Sam Acho showed his motor off today and looked good off the edge. While Acho showed good edge presence, he lacked the ability to disengage and beat blockers when he was bumped inside during pass rush drills.

* Good practices for guards Clint Boling from Georgia and Rodney Hudson from Florida State. Boling showed great hand placement and strength while Hudson is one of the better technicians in this draft. The problem for Hudson is that he is less than 290 pounds and the only teams he can play for will be zone blocking teams. I'm also wondering if Hudson will eventually move to center even though one offensive line coach in attendance told me he thinks Hudson looks like he has enough anchor to stay at guard.

* Texas CB Curtis Brown did a nice job in coverage today in the 7 on 7 drills, but he was trucked by big 6'5 / 230 WR Courtney Smith out of South Alabama on a catch and run.

* I didn't get to seen enough of TCU QB Andy Dalton to give you an update, but I was underwhelmed by what I saw from FSU's Christian Ponder.

* West Virginia RB Noel Devine hurt his draft stock just by being measured and weighed. Devine came in at just 5'7 and 160 pounds which will cause teams to drop him in their draft rooms despite his speed.

* I know that Miami WR Leonard Hankerson is not the most explosive athlete out on the field and he won't win any foot-races, but there is just something I like about the way he makes plays and battles for the ball. I also like that he his a willing blocker.

* Clemson DT Jarvis Jenkins had me excited after watching him work in drills, but he didn't live up to my expectations in his one on one battles today. Tomorrow is a new day so we'll see how he bounces back.

* Out of all the RBs, I thought Derrick Locke from Kentucky looked like he showed the best burst and play-making ability.

* Arkansas tackle DeMarcus Love looked really bad at times today. Love was beaten routinely in pass protection by athletic pass rushers and his technique looked very sloppy.

* Mississippi State LT Derek Sherrod came into the practice as one of the top rated tackles in this draft, but he had problems with not bending knees and getting a proper anchor when dealing with speed rushers like Arizona's Brooks Reed.

* Speaking of Arizona DE Brooks Reed - WOW! He had three terrific pass rushes in a row. The first was against Sherrod who he beat by dipping his shoulder and turning the corner on him. On his second battle against Sherrod, he dusted him with an inside spin move. On his next snap, he went up against Auburn RT Lee Ziemba and this time the 262 pound Reed bull-rushed Ziemba back to where the QB would be. Three snaps, three different pass rush moves for Reed. I will be keeping my eye on him as he could end up as a 3-4 OLB prospect.

* A couple of scouts standing near me commented on LSU LB Kelvin Sheppard's inability to read and react quickly to run plays during the scrimmage portion of practice.

* Texas A&M OLB Von Miller worked exclusively with the LBs today as teams probably wanted to get a look at how Miller handled himself in space and in coverage. I thought Miller showed fluid hips in drills while he looked average in coverage in the little bit that I got to see him. Hopefully tomorrow Miller will get to rush the passer in one-on-one drills. It is worth noting that Miller weighed just 237 pounds which was lighter than people expected.

03-17-2011, 03:54 AM