2013 Senior Bowl

01/25/2013:

10:46 a.m.:  Several reports have emerged that Tyler Wilson (QB, Ark) has won the Senior Bowl practice award for QBs.  It’s a great sign that Wilson is starting to re-emerge as the top QB in the 2013 Draft.  FRG had Wilson as our #1 QB entering the 2012 season, but a sub-par campaign has made his stock suffer a bit.  It would not surprise us to see Wilson build momentum toward being Kansas City’s pick at #1.

01/23/2013:

9:47 p.m.:  

OL:  I’m really intrigued by David Quessenberry (OT, San Jose St).  He’s displayed some nice technique and adequate strength to project as a potential starter in the NFL (at either Guard or Tackle).  Coming into Senior Bowl week, he looked like a Day 3 pick.  However, he’s really enhanced his stock with his versatility as a swing lineman initially in his career.  If he can bulk up a bit, he may develop into a viable Tackle.  Larry Warford (OG, Kentucky) is a big-bodied, strong player.  But I think he’s solidly behind Warmack (OG, Alabama) and Cooper (OG, UNC).

DL:  Datone Jones (DE, UCLA) continues to shine.  He was a Day 3 guy to start the week for me, but he’s absolutely jumped into possible 2nd round discussion.  Violent hands, great motor.  Don’t sleep on Alex Okafor (DE, Tex).  He’s going to be one of the better defensive players to come out of this Draft when we re-evaluate three years from now.  Brandon Williams (DT, Miss Southern St) is making himself some money.  He’s consistently wining in his 1-on-1′s.  Keep an eye on him.  He’s firmly entrenching himself into a Day 2 guy.  Kawaan Short (DT, Purdue) is doing a nice job putting himself into late-1st round consideration.  Better than expected quickness in his first-step.

WR:  I liked Aaron Mellette  (WR, Elon) coming into the season.  Had him as one of my top WRs, regardless of small school status.  From the footage I’m watching, I’m more confident in my analysis.  He is going to be a guy that makes plays in the NFL.  He has a little “Anquan Boldin” in his game.  Terrance Williams (WR, Baylor) looks the part.  Big, fluid, fast.  Getting open with ease.  Absolutely in 1st round consideration.   Quinton Patton (WR, La Tech) will make an impact in the NFL, but not as a big play guy.  Possession WR.  Great hands.  Lacks separation speed.

RB:  Johnathan Franklin (RB, UCLA) is going to have to time well at the Combine.  Doesn’t appear to have a lot of pop in his legs.  Productive player, but I don’t see a “wow” back.

QB:  Lots of check-downs from the QBs in the footage aired.  These guys have to let it rip a bit.  Show some confidence in your arm.  I was critical of Geno Smith (QB, WVU) for not participating this week.  But his stock is going up by doing nothing.

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01/22/2013:

8:50 p.m.:  

QB:    A very underwhelming showing by all the QBs today.  If you could shield yourself from the mass-media and NFL Draft analyst conversation, the practice performances (taken alone) would fail to reveal a first round quality QB.  Both Mike Glennon (QB, NC State)  and Zac Dysert (QB, Miami Oh) showed less than adequate arm strength/velocity on several throws, while Tyler Wilson (QB, Ark) failed to seize the opportunity to really distance himself from the pack.  While some are down on EJ Manuel (QB, Fla St.), I tend to like his upside and overall arm strength.  His accuracy on the deep ball is an issue, and it will ultimately keep him somewhere between rounds 3-5.

RB:  Robbie Rouse (RB, Fresno St) lost a lot of money today.  He was beaten, badly, in pass protection.  His size is a liability; he won’t hold up as a pass protector in the NFL.  That said, he won’t be expected to fill that role.  Rouse looks like he is working his way into a sub-package projection/depth player. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rouse goes undrafted in April.   On the other end of the spectrum, I was impressed with Johnathan Franklin (RB, UCLA) and what he flashed in pass protection.  He delivered a nice jolt on contact and had good hand placement.  Franklin is a guy to watch as we head into the Combine.

WR:  Many are touting Quinton Patton (WR, La Tech) as a guy that could sneak into the 1st round.  I will say this:  He does the most important thing well…he catches the ball!  But I question his ability to gain separation on the next level.  He’s a good route runner, but the speed and recovery ability of NFL corners will close those gaps quickly.  I don’t think he is quick enough to be a top-tier pass catcher in the NFL.  He did nothing in his practice reps to make me think otherwise.  Denard Robinson (WR, Michigan) really impressed me.  He has a great initial burst and exceptionally quick feet.  He’s going to make it as a WR in the League.  He is going to rise up the board.  Another WR that jumped off the practice footage to me was Tavarres King (WR, UGA).  He ran smooth, sharp routes and flashed reliable hands.

TE:  Lance McDonald (TE, Rice) has been making the most of his opportunities in Mobile.  He’s getting a lot of positive press, and I was impressed by his smooth and athletic skillset.  He’s a well-built guy who plays a lot lighter than his 260lb frame would suggest.  I think he’s jumped up a round or two.

OL:  For all the talk about the QBs, I think the #1 pick in the NFL Draft is going to come down to a battle of the Offensive Tackles.  Eric Fisher (OT, Central Mich) looks every bit the part of a #1 overall selection.  With the exception of Datone Jones’s (DE, UCLA) speed rush to the inside, Fisher stoned everyone he faced.  He dominated Alex Okafor (DE, Tex) who is widely considered to be a late-1st, early-2nd round pick.  Fisher is going to catch Luke Joeckel.  And Joeckel and Fisher might not be the only Tackles to go in the top-10 come April.  Lane Johnson (OT, Oklahoma) really “wowed” me in the footage I watched.  He’s a big, long, athletic Tackle who displays a great combination of strength and speed.

DL:  The shine is wearing off of both Ziggy Ansah (DE, BYU) and Margus Hunt (DE, SMU).  While both players are physical specimens, I saw guys that will struggle to get to the edge in the NFL.  At times, Hunt looked like he was running in quicksand.  Ansah flashed better athleticism than Hunt, but I still don’t see a top-20 pick when I study Ansah.  Datone Jones (DE, UCLA) really impressed me.  He has some violent, fast hands and has a really good first step.  He’s opening eyes this week.

LB:  Incomplete

CB:  Jordan Poyer (CB, Oregon St) is climbing his way right into the first round.  This kid can flat out play.  He has great footwork, stays compact in his drop, and reacts well to the ball.

S: Incomplete

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01/21/2013:

11:01 p.m.:  With Justin Pugh (OT, Syr) and Kyle Long (OT, Ore) both measuring in with “short” arms, the Tackle class appears to have weakened a bit.  That said, with both players now projecting as Guards, Pugh and Long add to an already impressive trio at the position (Warmack, Cooper, Warford).

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The 2013 Senior Bowl got started today with the weigh-ins and the first day of practices.  Below is a list of the reported weigh-ins.  Highly regarded Ezekiel Ansah (DE, BYU) is incomplete due to his late arrival to Mobile.   While I’m not personally attending the Senior Bowl this year (I will be in 2014), there are several NFL Draft analysts from Twitter that are there in person.  The following analysts should be followed this week for live updates and analysis:

@NFLDraftMonster  @TMeltonScouting  @JoshLiskiewitz  @OptimumScouting  @AFC2NFC

Starting tomorrow, 01/22/2013, I will be updating this page with my thoughts on the practice footage aired by NFL Network.  I will also be evaluating the comments made by many of the respected Draft analysts to get a sense of what is going on during this week’s NFL job interview.

SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN NUMBERS

(as reported by TheFootballStandard.com)

Name Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size Wing Span School
Oday Aboushi, OT 6052 310 32 7/8 10 1/2 80 7/8 Virginia
Robert Alford, DB 5097 186 31 3/8 9 3/8 74 1/2 Southeastern Louisiana
Ryan Allen, P 6013 231 31 3/4 9 5/8 76 Louisiana Tech
Ezekiel Ansah, DE 34 5/8 10 82 1/4 BYU
Marc Anthony, CB 5113 191 31 1/2 9 74 3/8 Cal
Tommy Bohanon, FB 6005 247 29 3/4 9 7/8 72 1/2 Wake Forest
Jamie Collins, LB 6033 245 33 3/8 9 7/8 80 Southern Miss
Sanders Commings, CB 5117 223 31 1/8 8 1/4 76 1/4 Georgia
Everett Dawkins, DT 6021 288 32 1/4 10 3/8 79 FSU
Lavar Edwards, DE LSU
Andre Ellington, RB 5094 197 30 5/8 9 1/4 72 5/8 Clemson
DJ Fluker, OT 6047 355 36 3/8 10 1/4 87 Alabama
Dalton Freeman, OL 6042 286 31 9 7/8 77 1/4 Clemson
Garrett Gilkey, OL 6057 314 31 3/4 10 3/8 78 Chadron State
Mike Gillislee, RB 5112 207 30 3/4 8 3/4 74 1/4 Florida
Zaviar Gooden, LB 6014 233 31 10 76 1/4 Missouri
Malliciah Goodman, DE 6035 272 35 7/8 10 7/8 87 3/4 Clemson
Corey Grissom, DT 6013 313 32 1/2 9 1/8 79 1/8 South Florida
Cobi Hamilton, WR 6016 199 32 1/4 8 5/8 76 5/8 Arkansas
Dustin Hopkins, K Florida State
Montori Hughes, DT 31 5/8 10 1/8 80 1/4 Tennessee-Martin
John Jenkins, DT 6037 359 33 1/8 9 1/2 80 1/8 Georgia
Nico Johnson, LB 6017 249 32 7/8 9 1/4 77 1/4 Alabama
Lane Johnson, OT 6062 302 35 9 3/4 83 Oklahoma
Landry Jones, QB 6035 221 32 1/8 9 78 Oklahoma
Tavarres King, WR 6002 192 32 5/8 9 3/8 78 5/8 Georgia
Robert Lester, S 6012 212 31 1/4 9 3/4 77 3/8 Alabama
Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE 6031 255 33 10 1/8 80 5/8 Auburn
EJ Manuel, QB 6043 237 35 10 1/8 83 1/4 FSU
Ontarrio McCaleb, RB 5101 164 30 1/8 8 3/4 74 1/8 Auburn
Vance McDonald, TE 6041 262 34 1/2 10 81 5/8 Rice
Leon McFadden, CB 5096 193 31 1/4 8 5/8 73 3/4 San Diego State
Xavier Nixon, OL 6054 311 33 3/4 10 1/2 80 3/4 Florida
Quinton Patton, WR 6000 202 32 1/4 9 1/8 76 3/4 Louisiana Tech
Sean Porter, OLB 6013 231 31 7/8 9 3/8 77 1/4 Texas A&M
Bacarri Rambo, S 6004 215 30 1/2 9 1/8 73 1/4 Georgia
Mychal Rivera, TE 6032 237 32 1/8 10 1/4 78 5/8 Tennessee
Brian Schwenke, OL 6030 307 30 7/8 9 1/2 76 3/4 Cal
Ryan Swope, WR 6002 204 30 3/8 8 1/8 72 1/2 Texas A&M
Stepfan Taylor, RB 5090 216 29 5/8 8 3/8 72 3/4 Stanford
Chase Thomas, OLB 6031 241 31 3/8 9 1/2 75 5/8 Stanford
Dallas Thomas, OT/OG 6052 308 32 10 3/8 80 Tennessee
Carson Tinker, LS 6001 231 31 3/8 9 1/8 76 3/8 Alabama
JC Trotter, OL 6035 302 32 1/4 10 1/8 78 1/8 Cornel
Conner Vernon, WR 6002 193 29 3/4 9 1/8 72 3/8 Duke
Larry Warford, OG 6032 333 31 7/8 9 5/8 79 1/4 Kentucky
Cornelius Washington, DE 6040 264 33 7/8 9 1/4 81 5/8 Georgia
B.W. Webb, CB 5102 183 30 1/8 9 5/8 72 1/2 William and Mary
J.J. Wilcox, DB 5113 214 30 1/2 8 7/8 74 1/4 Georgia Southern
Michael Williams, TE 6056 269 32 3/4 10 1/8 81 3/8 Alabama
Shawn Williams, S 5117 211 30 8 1/4 73 7/8 Georgia
Terrance Williams, WR 6017 201 30 5/8 8 3/4 74 1/8 Baylor
Vince Williams, LB 6004 247 31 1/2 9 1/8 75 3/8 Florida State
Tyler Wilson, QB 6021 218 31 8 5/8 74 1/4 Arkansas
North Roster
Kenjon Barner, RB 5092 188 29 5/8 9 1/4 72 3/8 Oregon
Steve Beauharnis, LB 6006 236 32 9 76 Rutgers
Michael Buchanan, DE 6051 252 32 1/4 9 7/8 79 1/2 Illinois
Braxton Cave, OL 6030 304 33 1/4 9 1/4 75 Notre Dame
Jonathan Cyprien, DB 6002 209 30 3/8 10 1/8 76 5/8 FIU
Will Davis, CB 5113 182 31 1/4 8 3/4 74 Utah State
Aaron Dobson, WR 6025 203 33 1/2 8 1/2 79 Marshall
Jack Doyle, TE 6052 254 32 1/8 9 3/8 77 3/8 Western Kentucky
Zac Dysert, QB 6027 224 31 3/4 9 78 1/8 Miami Ohio
Eric Fisher, OT 6072 305 34 10 3/8 82 1/8 Central Michigan
Jonathan Franklin, RB 5100 201 29 1/4 9 1/2 71 7/8 UCLA
Mike Glennon, QB 6066 220 32 3/8 9 3/8 78 3/4 NC State
Marquise Goodwin, WR 5087 179 30 3/4 8 5/8 75 1/8 Texas
Dwayne Gratz, DB 5111 200 30 7/8 10 1/2 76 5/8 Connecticut
Khaseem Greene, LB 6004 236 31 7/8 9 1/2 77 1/2 Rutgers
Chris Harper, WR 6006 228 32 9 5/8 76 1/2 Kansas State
Jordan Hill, DT 6014 294 32 1/8 10 79 1/2 Penn State
Margus Hunt, DE 6082 277 33 3/8 9 5/8 82 1/4 SMU
Luke Ingram, LS 6052 251 31 3/4 9 1/4 78 Hawaii
Datone Jones, DE/DT 6041 280 32 1/8 9 3/4 79 UCLA
Kyle Jusczczyk, FB 6013 248 31 3/8 9 1/8 75 3/4 Harvard
Nick Kasa, TE 6054 271 32 1/8 9 77 5/8 Colorado
Jeff Locke, P 6007 203 29 5/8 8 1/2 73 1/8 UCLA
Kyle Long, OT/OG 6061 304 32 1/8 10 7/8 79 1/8 Oregon
Joe Madsen, OL 6034 301 29 1/8 9 1/2 71 7/8 West Virginia
TJ McDonald, S 6023 211 32 1/4 8 7/8 78 1/4 Southern Cal
Aaron Mellette, WR 6024 216 32 1/8 9 5/8 78 1/8 Elon
Ryan Nassib, QB 6020 223 31 10 75 Syracuse
Alex Okafor, DE 6045 261 33 1/8 9 79 7/8 Texas
Ryan Otten, TE 6052 235 32 1/8 9 5/8 78 7/8 San Jose State
Ty Powell, LB Harding
Jordan Poyer, CB 5116 182 30 5/8 9 1/2 73 5/8 Oregon State
Justin Pugh, OT 6047 301 31 1/2 10 78 1/2 Syracuse
David Quessenberry, OL 6050 294 33 7/8 10 1/2 81 1/8 San Jose State
Kevin Reddick, LB 6014 246 31 5/8 9 3/8 75 5/8 North Carolina
Denard Robinson, WR 5104 196 32 7/8 10 77 Michigan
Robbie Rouse, RB 5057 186 27 1/2 9 1/8 65 7/8 Fresno State
Quinn Sharp, K 6010 193 29 3/4 9 1/8 71 7/8 Oklahoma State
Kawann Short, DT 6032 308 33 3/4 9 1/2 82 3/8 Purdue
John Simon, DL/OLB 6014 256 32 3/4 9 3/8 78 3/4 Ohio State
Jawan Taylor, CB 5106 192 29 3/8 9 3/8 73 Boise State
Phillip Thomas, S 6005 210 30 1/4 9 1/4 74 3/8 Fresno State
Hugh Thornton, OL 6032 313 33 5/8 9 7/8 82 1/8 Illinois
Desmond Trufant, CB 5111 190 30 5/8 8 1/4 73 1/2 Washington
Ricky Wagner, OT 6061 310 33 1/2 10 1/8 81 Wisconsin
Markus Wheaton, WR 5110 183 32 1/4 8 1/2 76 1/2 Oregon State
Brandon Williams, DT 6017 341 32 3/4 9 5/8 80 1/8 Missouri Southern
Duke Williams, S 5110 201 31 3/4 9 5/8 75 1/2 Nevada
Sylvester Williams, DT 6026 313 32 5/8 10 1/2 78 3/8 North Carolina
Trevardo Williams, OLB 6013 235 32 9 1/4 76 5/8 UCONN
Brian Winters, OT/OG 6034 310 32 9 1/2 78 1/8 Kent State
Blidi Wreh Wilson, CB 6005 192 32 1/2 8 3/4 77 1/2 UCONN

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