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01-27-2012, 04:53 PM
Senior Bowl Stock Report
Which players have improved their draft stock with impressive performances at the Senior Bowl?
Marvin McNutt, Wide Receiver, Iowa
Marvin McNutt's stock rose considerably after Tuesday's practice as he showed off his versatility as a wide receiver. McNutt showed an ability to get off the line and beat press coverage as well as run precise routes. His big, strong hands effortlessly plucked nearly every throw out of the air and he was quick enough to juke opposing cornerbacks. -- Charlie Bernstein
Alameda Ta’amu, Defensive Tackle, Washington
He looked average during one-on-one drills, but once the action moved to the team portion he pushed the pocket on several occasions, showing good leverage and strength. -- Tim Yotter
Cam Johnson, Defensive End, Virginia
Cam Johnson looked dominant at times coming off the edge during one-on-one drills at Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound end caused headaches for the offensive tackles all day, including a win over Ohio State’s Mike Adams, who barely made it out of his stance by the time Johnson was in the backfield. -- Kevin Carden
T.J. Graham, Wide Receiver, N.C. State
After a solid first day in which T.J. Graham showed off his world-class speed, the former N.C. State cornerback struggled mightily on the second day of practice. Graham muffed two consecutive punts and struggled with drops all day long. -- Charlie Bernstein
Zebrie Sanders, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
Billed as arguably the best offensive tackle on display at the Senior Bowl and a possible first-round pick come April, Sanders struggled to keep stronger pass rushers at bay Tuesday in Mobile. It's natural for the defensive line to be ahead of the offensive line in the setting of an all-star game as there's less to learn from a playbook perspective, but Sanders has spent too much time in his own backfield -- and on his own backside. While the former Seminole played on both ends of the line as a senior, the Washington Redskins coaching staff decided to put him at right tackle and instead play Georgia's Cordy Glenn at the potentially more lucrative left tackle position. -- John Crist
Terrance Ganaway, Running Back, Baylor
He had a hard time reading his blocks Tuesday and spent too much time running laterally instead of taking the ball up the field. He also had a couple of drops as a receiver out of the backfield. He needs to show more toughness and be more decisive with his cuts if he is to win over scouts this week. -- Michael Lombardo
01-27-2012, 08:16 PM
I've watched a lot of FSU football this year - color me unsurprised at the news about Zebrie Sanders.
01-27-2012, 08:30 PM
I'm a big Marvin McNutt fan...I don't care what the stopwatch says his 40 yd dash time is, McNutt can just flat out play.
01-27-2012, 11:51 PM
Man that sig pic of the DL is flat out awesome.
01-28-2012, 12:35 AM
Man that sig pic of the DL is flat out awesome.
01-28-2012, 11:03 AM
Man that sig pic of the DL is flat out awesome.
It should also serve as a reminder that we shouldn't be looking at 6-5" NTs with our top pick. :tt2
01-28-2012, 12:54 PM
2012 NFL Draft Stock - Senior Bowl
This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2012 NFL Draft stock at the Senior Bowl practices.
By Charlie Campbell
2012 NFL Draft Stock Up
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The highest-ranked prospect at the Senior Bowl validated that evaluation with a dominant week. Quinton Coples regularly destroyed offensive linemen with a combination of strength and speed. He was a tough run defender while being an overwhelming pass-rusher. In the one-on-ones, Coples won the vast majority of his reps. He repeatedly and resoundingly beat Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders. Coples also had wins against Georgia' guard/tackle Cordy Glenn. Both of those linemen entered the week as potential first-round picks. Not only does Coples (6-5, 281) possess ideal size and speed, he is a developed pass rusher. He uses speed and power to execute a dynamic set of moves. Coples can speed rush to either direction. He also has a good rip move, a spin move and he can bull rush. He just needs to become more consistent.
Some draft pundits have knocked Coples because his production declined, but that was clearly from teams double blocking him constantly and rolling away from him. As a senior, he totaled 55 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He broke out in 2010 with 10 sacks, 15.5 tackles for a loss, and 59 tackles. After the show Coples put on for scouts in Mobile, he looks like a secure top-10 pick in April.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
One of the top offensive playmakers in Mobile was Juron Criner. He transitioned the strengths he showed in college to the All-Star week practices. Throughout his collegiate career, Criner made a steady habit of bailing out quarterback Nick Foles with big catches downfield. He did that at Senior Bowl for Foles and the other South quarterbacks. Criner beat quality cornerbacks all weeks with tough catches over them. He also showed the ability to generate separation and get open against smaller quick defensive backs. Criner runs good routes, has reliable hands and possesses excellent body control.
From practice to practice, Criner was consistent. He performed well each practice. He excelled in one-one-ones, seven-on-sevens and in the team scrimmage. After his strong week in Mobile, Criner made the case to move up into the second round. In speaking to NFL coaches at the Senior Bowl, they felt that Criner was perhaps the most impressive receiver.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
For those who may have forgotten, Jenkins showed why he was viewed as a top-15 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after he decided to stay for his senior season. Jenkins was arrested multiple times for pot possession, and that got him kicked out of Florida. After a dominant season at North Alabama, Jenkins matched up against the top senior wideouts in the nation and showed blanket coverage. Jenkins is an excellent athlete with flexible hips and speed to burn. That allows him to turn with receivers in their routes and not allow separation. When receivers do get a step Jenkins, he quickly recovers and closes in an instant.
Even though Jenkins (5-9, 191) is undersized, he battles tall receivers and does not allow them to beat him with their height advantage. Jenkins' strong week could have solidified his draft stock as a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft assuming he can convince teams that his troubles are behind him.
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Running backs are the hardest position to evaluate at Senior Bowl because practices don't allow tackling. As a result, it is impossible to know if backs would break tackles and get yards after contact. Despite those limitations, Martin stood out above the other breaks for a few reasons. The top one being his third-down abilities. Martin was one of the half backs who performed the best in blitz pickup drills against linebackers. He has the strength to take the hits from linebackers and fits up well on them at the point of attack. He also was one of the best backs for running routes out of the backfield. He burned linebackers with quickness and showed good hands.
Martin showed a burst through the hole and ripped off some good runs in the team scrimmage. At the weigh-in, Martin looked like a body builder. There isn't an ounce of fat on the 5-foot-9, 219-pounder. Martin has the muscular armor to take the hits that come with the position in the NFL. He also is expected to run well at the combine. After a strong Senior Bowl, it wouldn't be surprising to hear Martin's name called in the second round.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Ingram was one of the most dangerous defensive playmakers in college football in 2011, and he showed off his amazing athleticism in Mobile. Ingram was dominant in pass rushing one-on-ones all week. He has fabulous speed to go along real power. Ingram bull rushed linemen while also blazing by them around the corner. Ingram has a good rip move and spin move to beat offensive linemen.
As a senior, Ingram had 48 tackles with 10 sacks. He had two fumbles returned for touchdowns and a 68-yard touchdown run on a fake punt. He showed why he is a future first-round pick with his performance in the Senior Bowl. Ingram (6-1, 276) is such a good athlete with rare explosion off the snap. Even though he is short and has short arms, he uses his height to his advantage to play with natural pad level. It wouldn't be surprising if some 3-4 defenses consider him as an outside linebacker.
Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
With the South defensive line, it was a pick your poison between Coples, Ingram and Upshaw. Upshaw got his week started when he caused murmurs from the crowd at the weigh-in. The muscular Upshaw checked in at 6-foot-1, 273-pounds. That was heavier than expected, but he carries that weight extremely well and looks like a bear. On the field, it is amazing how much speed and flexibility that Upshaw has at that weight. As result, he remains an option for 3-4 defenses as an outside linebacker.
Like Ingram, Upshaw has natural pad level. Combining that with his power and weight, Upshaw routinely beat offensive linemen with bull rushes. He also had the speed to turn the corner, and like Coples, Upshaw won a lot of battles against Sanders. He should go in the top 25 picks and has the ability to be a special 4-3 defensive end in the NFL.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Weeden was the most impressive signal-caller at the Senior Bowl. He has a strong arm to make all the throws in the NFL. Weeden carved up Big XII secondaries with a prolific passing attack the past few seasons, but the terrible defenses in his conference never consistently challenged him. At the Senior Bowl, he showed the ability to throw the ball into tight windows against better defensive backs. Weeden definitely has the arm and pocket stature to start in the NFL. As a senior, he completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,727 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Weeden (6-3, 219) has advanced field vision for a prospect entering the NFL, and does a good job of working through his progressions. The big issue for Weeden is his age. He will be a 29-year-old rookie in the NFL. Thus by the end of his rookie contract, his skills could be declining. That puts pressure on Weeden and the team that drafts him to get him ready to play very quickly. However, his strong week in Mobile has Weeden moving into the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
Another defensive lineman who had a strong week was Reyes. He routinely beat offensive linemen in the one-on-one drills. Reyes has a powerful bull rush to go along with some surprising speed rushes. The North defensive linemen really struggled with blocking him all week. He is fast closing on the quarterback with quickness off the snap. Reyes would be a good fit in a 4-3 defense. A 3-4 team could also consider him to be a five technique defensive end.
Reyes (6-3, 300) never had a big season of sack production, and that is curious considering how well he rushed the passer in Mobile. As a senior Reyes had 4.5 sacks with 46 tackles and 13.5 tackles for a loss. With how he performed at the Senior Bowl, Reyes should be a solid second-day selection.
Marvin Jones, WR, Cal
At the Senior Bowl, Jones was able to escape the shadow of college teammate Keenan Allen. Jones was the secondary receiver at Cal, but at the Senior Bowl, he really stood out as one of the more polished wideouts. Against quality defensive backs, Jones got separation with quickness and route running. He is a smooth, well-rounded receiver who has good hands. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder has good speed to go along with quality size.
As a senior, Jones was the second option behind Allen, but he recorded 62 receptions for 846 yards and three touchdowns. There is no doubt that Jones would have had better production if he had been the primary receiver. Allen looks like a potential first-round pick, but Jones showed that he is worth consideration on the second day of the NFL Draft after entering the week as a third-day prospect.
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
Martin was a powerful load at the Senior Bowl. Throughout the week, he was overpowering offensive linemen straight back into the quarterback marker during the one-on-one scrimmages. When Martin would expect that they were prepared for the bull rush, he would hit them with a speed rush and rip move to get by the tackles. There were many plays in the nine-on-nine and team scrimmages that Martin would burst through the line and blow up plays in the backfield.
Martin may have helped his stock more than any other player at the Senior Bowl. He entered the week as a third-day pick and now could go early in the second round. Martin (6-1, 307) is a huge man; a mound of muscle. It is a head-scratcher as to why Martin didn't produce more at Michigan. He had a career total of 10 sacks despite being a three-year starter and getting playing time as a freshman.
Honorable Mentions: Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson, Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry, Cincinnati defensive end Derek Wolfe, Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson, North Carolina outside linebacker Zach Brown, Nebraska outside linebacker Lavonte David, Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn, Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams, Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Dwight 'Bill' Bentley, LSU safety Brandon Taylor, Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith, Texas defensive tackle Kheeston Randall, Troy offensive tackle James Brown, Cal offensive tackle Michael Schwartz and Iowa wide receiver Marvin McNutt.
01-28-2012, 07:07 PM
Cam Johnson from UVA will be a solid pick for someone mid round.
01-28-2012, 08:12 PM
I know he's not mentioned here but, i like the RB lennon creer from la tech maybe as a mid round prospect if we decide to spend a pick on a back.
after washing out at TN, he has appeared to get his act together.
with the uncertainty around mendenhall maybe we take a mid round flyer on a back.
01-29-2012, 07:24 PM
Senior Bowl All-Practice Teams
Posted on: January 28, 2012
Here are the players from the offensive units on the North and South squads making my All-Practice Team.
QB: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State -- Accurate, poised and athletic, Cousins could enjoy a late Andy Dalton-like rise up draft boards this spring.
RB: Doug Martin, Boise State -- Quick, powerful and performing well as a pass blocker and receiver, Martin's strong week places thrusts him into the conversation to be the No. 2 running back drafted behind Alabama's Trent Richardson.
FB: Brad Smelley, Alabama -- Is more of an H-back than a traditional human pile-driving lead blocker. Reliable hands. Consistent effort.
TE: Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette -- Athletic receiver hybrid that some teams will envision as a poor man's Jimmy Graham.
WR: Marvin Jones, California -- May have boosted his stock more than any other player this week. Good size, routes and caught everything.
WR: Joe Adams, Arkansas -- Narrowly beat out Arizona's Juron Criner but speed kills... and Adams certainly has speed.
OT: Mike Adams, Ohio State -- More inconsistent than I'd like but was able to handle some of the game's best due to his length, athleticism.
OG: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin -- Again, a bit inconsistent but mostly during one on one drills. During scrimmages, Zeitler played well.
OC: Ben Jones, Georgia -- Not flashy, but a tough matchup for the South's defensive tackles all week long.
OG: Tony Bergstrom, Utah -- Got beat early on but improved throughout the week. Solid performance from a player many were unfamiliar with.
OT: Mitchell Schwartz, California -- Like Bergstrom, struggled a bit early but improved throughout the week. Even saw some time inside at OC when injuries forced the North squad to shufle their linemen. Projects best as a RT.
And the defensive players:
DE: Quinton Coples, North Carolina -- Unquestionably the most talented player in this game. Has been unblockable, at times.
DT: Mike Martin, Michigan -- Possesses great strength in the hole and a relentless that coaches will love.
DT: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut -- Possesses a better combination of athleticism and strength than some of the more hyped DTs in attendance.
DE: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama -- Solidified his ranking as my No. 1 rated senior prospect in the 2012 draft. Powerful, versatile, instinctive.
OLB: Shea McClellin, Boise State -- Saw a lot of time at weakside linebacker and really impressed... not just me, but scouts, Mike Singletary...
ILB: Audie Cole, NC State -- The biggest ILB here and moved as well as most of the smaller ones.
OLB: Lavonte David, Nebraska -- So fluid that some teams will look at him as a SS convert. Athletic, instinctive and a terrific open-field tackler.
CB: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama -- Beaten on occasion, but his agility, speed make him the elite senior cornerback in the 2012 draft.
S: George Iloka, Boise State -- Big, athletic and instinctive. Made an impressive interception Tuesday...
S: Antonio Allen, South Carolina -- Demonstrated some fluidity as well as a willingness to make some big hits.
CB: Dwight Bentley, Louisiana Lafayette -- Few players helped themselves more than this late addition. Proved he belonged.
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