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Senior Bowl Players – Practices
Photo - QB Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St
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Senior Bowl Practices
Thursday’s North morning practice was moved inside due to rain.
QBs Nick Foles of Arizona and Ryan Lindlay of San Diego St displayed strong arms over the week. They struggled with accuracy at times. They need good performances in the game Saturday to elevate their stock. Oklahoma St QB Brandon Weeden showed a very good arm and a very accurate touch. He took command of the offense quickly and is a prospect who helped his cause significantly over the practices. With a strong game performance, he may be able to overcome his one liability his age. A baseball career postponed his college football career and he is currently 28 years old.
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson faced the tape on Monday and came in at just 5’10 5/8” that is too short for an NFL QB. He impressed with his mobility and accuracy on the move. He made a quick command of the offense, though his pocket passing was marginal with limited vision and passing lanes. QB Kellen Moore of Boise St has shown nice accuracy, though marginal arm strength. Both Wilson and Moore display very good intangibles and understanding of their offense. They need good performances in the game to elevate their stock and show they can play the position at the next level.
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Arizona WR Juron Criner has impressed in passing drills, showing excellent hands and good ball skills. He has moved up the charts significantly. WR T.J. Graham of NC St. came in at over 5' 11 and 182 lbs. He was quick off the line and had a burst to get by corners in the vertical game. He has good speed and a big NFL Combine could elevate him further. Arkansas WR Jo Adams was also very fast and quick while showing sure hands. Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller has had a tough week catching the ball and separating in coverage. He needs a good performance in the game to recover some lost ground. California WR Marvin Jones was impressive in passing drills showing good movement skills and body control. WR Brian Quick of Appalachian St. has fit right in to a bigger stage. He moves fluidly and snatches the ball naturally and uses his great size well.
DE Quinton Coples of North Carolina combines rare triangle numbers. He showed good power and leverage on the edge. He lacks a great initial burst, but he gets penetration on power and his ability to separate when he uses sound technique. South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram is a versatile positional fit for both front sevens. He comes in at under 6’2” and 31” arm length. He shows very good leverage and power to separate with the instincts to get to the ball. DTs Kendall Reyes of UConn and DT Kheeston Randall of Texas flashed quickness and power from the inside. Reyes was very quick and gained consistent interior penetration. Washington DT Alameda Ta’amu was an inside force and held the point well, showing excellent lower body power. Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw is one of the top OLB prospects who came in at 273 lbs. He fits both the ILB and OLB spot in a 3-4 scheme and holds the point of attack very well.
North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins has been very impressive in coverage. He came in just under 5’10” and a solid 191 lbs. He is very strong and aggressive that allows him to jam consistently at the line. He broke up a number of passes showing the ability to open his hips and run with receivers. He did get beat deep a few times being overly aggressive. CBs Dwight Bentley of Louisiana-Lafayette, Brandon Boykin of Georgia and Alfonzo Dennard of Nebraska has made strong showings in passing drills. Bentley is a smallish quick defender with excellent hips to run stride for stride with receivers. He has the ball skills to help a club in multiple sets. Boykin displayed a quick burst on the ball and oval good recognition skills. He matches up well and plays the ball nicely in coverage. Dennard shows a physical game in both run support and coverage. He has active hands and can push receivers off their route. Boston College CB Donnie Fletcher is a big agile corner who was physical at the line and capable of matchup up with bigger receivers. He has long arms to battle for the ball with good recognition skills. CB Josh Norman - 6'2" / 190 lbs. of Coastal Carolina was added to the game after a strong showing at the East-West game. He has excellent size with the ability to recognize and close on the ball. He plays the ball well relying on his long arms and fine leaping to deflect passes.
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.