Senior Bowl Coverage

 

 

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Day 3 South Notebook
 
By: Sanjay Kirpalani
 
The next time the south squad takes the field in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in full pads, the 2013 Senior Bowl will be officially underway.
 
The final padded practice saw some added intensity, with Lions coach Jim Schwartz and his staff urging their club to pick up the pace. 
 
With this afternoon’s session serving as the final dress rehearsal of sorts before Saturday’s game, several players matched the call to step up their level of play. 
 
Find out about all the happenings from Wednesday’s practice for the South squad in this notebook.
 
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Quarterbacks
 
Tyler Wilson of Arkansas continued his strong week by remaining the most consistent signal-caller in drills.
 
In the pecking order to become the starter on Saturday, Wilson clearly looks like the favored option thanks to the accuracy he’s displayed all week long. 
 
Florida State’s EJ Manuel and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones have each shown flashes of the ability that made them hot commodities in draft circles in the preseason. 
 
Manuel has gotten better with downfield throws—something that he struggled with throughout his career at FSU and earlier during the week. 
 
Jones has shown the ability to be accurate on rollouts—which is helping to erase the doubts about his lack of mobility. 
 
 
Skill Players
 
The tight end segment has been quiet on both sides, but Tennessee’s Mychal Rivera had the best day I’ve seen from a player at that position this week. 
 
Rivera has brought a mean streak as a blocker, but his best impressions were made as a route-runner—with the 6’3”, 244-pounder running crossing routes, posts and sideline patterns with equal success. 
 
Rivera was a mismatch in coverage throughout the scrimmage, and he appears to fit in as a flex tight end option in the NFL. 
 
Florida running back Mike Gillislee had his best effort of the week today, breaking several long runs and displaying the ability to break tackles and the speed to get outside and run away from linebackers and safeties.
 
At receiver, Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton and Baylor’s Terrance Williams continue to be the leaders of a solid pass-catching group. 
 
 
Offensive Line
 
In a week filled with small-school standouts making an impression, Chadron State offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey is the latest player from a non-BCS school to flash his talents for the legion of scouts in attendance. 
 
The best player on this unit has been Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson—who maintained that distinction with another sound display. 
 
Virginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi has been solid all week, and he survived some battles with BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah—even winning his share of those. 
 
 
Defensive Line
 
Ansah is a player that is far from a finished product, but his thick build and athleticism combined with a high motor will make him a coveted player when April rolls around. 
 
Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington left practice early with an injury, but he was able to flash some pass-rushing skills before departing. 
 
Tackles Montori Hughes of UT-Martin and John Jenkins of Georgia each picked up their intensity, and both players were able to get consistent penetration in the scrimmage. 
 
 
Linebackers
 
The most impressive player today was Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden. 
 
Gooden is one of the few linebackers in this group with the ability to play three downs thanks to his instincts in pass coverage.
 
Florida State’s Vince Williams is also continuing to make the most of an opportunity considering he was added to the roster late last week. 
 
Despite the typical middle linebacker frame (6’1”, 250 pounds), Williams has remained active in pass coverage and has displayed enough athleticism to potentially line up as an outside linebacker at the next level. 
 
 
Defensive Backs
 
With San Diego State’s Leon McFadden carted off the field early in today’s practice, the South team needed a corner to step in fill a huge void. 
 
California’s Marc Anthony is a big corner that has gotten more comfortable in this setting with every rep. 
 
Anthony uses his size to jam receivers in press coverage, but he has broken up several passes when the ball was in the air and up for grabs. 
 
Georgia corner Sanders Commings has struggled all week at corner, and his ultimate home in the NFL may be at safety. 
 
Alabama star Robert Lester has continued his improvement this week and he had his best day of the week this afternoon. 
 
 
Top 5 Players
 
5.  Robert Lester
 
4.  Ezekiel Ansah
 
3.  Tyler Wilson
 
2.  Mike Gillislee
 
1.  Zaviar Gooden
 
 
Odds and Ends
 
While Saints head coach Sean Payton caused a stir amongst the media with his return to the sidelines, the Jets combo of coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson quickly made their way to the exits immediately at the end of practice.
 
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland followed shortly after. 
 
New Eagles head coach Chip Kelly monitored the entire practice by standing near the NFL Network set on the field. 

 

 

Day 3 North Notebook


The North squad wrapped up their final practice in pads just three days away from facing the South on Saturday in the 2013 Senior Bowl.

There were several intriguing position battles worth monitoring, and the action got so intense that a few scuffles broke out.

With Raiders coach Dennis Allen and his staff paying close attention, several players had impressive showings, while others need to pick it up through the rest of the week.

Find out which players fell on either side of that line in this notebook wrapping Wednesday's practice for the North squad.

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QB


The trio of Mike Glennon, Ryan Nassib and Zac Dysert all had similar showings.

Glennon hit the best pass of the day on a beautiful play-action strike to Elon WR Aaron Mellette.

But his heavy feet in the pocket showed when the pass rush cranked up in the scrimmage.

Nassib and Dysert both showed flashes, yet mirrored the inconsistencies shown by Glennon.

Skill Players


PAC-12 stars Jonathan Franklin and Kenjon Barner came into this week with strong reputations, and they are backing up those assertions.

Barner has shown the ability to run in between the tackles, and his pass-catching ability is easily the best of any back on either squad.

Franklin has excellent change of direction skills, and can cut quickly without losing acceleration.  I heard an interesting comparison to Brian Westbrook for Franklin, and I think it fits considering he looked great as a receiver today.

At receiver, Texas speedster Marquise Goodwin stole the show after displaying hands and crisp routes in addition to his world-class speed.

Another standout pass catcher was Oregon State's Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton showed a burst off the snap and the ability to beat the jam off the line.

Offensive Line


Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher remains the class of this group, but two more tackles boosted their reps today.

Justin Pugh of Syracuse and David Quessenberry of San Jose State both showed great flexibility and balance in pass protection.

Notre Dame center Braxston Cave struggled dealing with several talented nose tackles lining up across from him.

Defensive Line


This group may have been the most impressive segment I've seen all week.

At defensive end, the trio of Alex Okafor, Margus Hunt and Datone Jones all held their own against some elite tackles.

Okafor showed a high motor, while strength is Jones' biggest asset.

Hunt is a tantalizing package of athleticism wrapped in a 6'7", 280-pound frame.

At defensive tackle, Sylvester Williams, Brandon Williams and Kawann Short all proved to be disruptive penetrators in drills.

However, Sylvester Williams is the one guy that jumped out to me.

At 313 pounds, he displayed great footwork and played with good leverage on the ball.  The North Carolina product put a wicked spin move on Wisconsin's Ricky Wagner that left him grasping at air.

Linebackers


The class of this group is Khaseem Greene of Rutgers.

Greene showed surprising range in coverage, and was stout as a run stuffer near the line.

A player that disappointed was North Carolina's Kevin Reddick.  Reddick looked stiff in coverage and did not possess the same burst as Greene.

Defensive Backs


One of the most impressive performers all week long has been Washington corner Desmond Trufant.

At first glance, nothing wows you about Trufant.  But, when he lines up in man coverage, he sticks to receivers like Velcro.

Oregon state's Jordan Poyer and UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson have ideal size to match the trend of bigger corners, but both corners had a day of ups and downs.

Wreh-Wilson was slightly better because of his willingness to mix it up and play physical at the line of scrimmage, but Wheaton left him in the dust on one play that he attempted to jam him.

At safety, USC's TJ McDonald certainly passes the eyeball test.  He had a solid day, but Id like to see more range from him in coverage.

CB Jamar Taylor of Boise State and S Phillip Thomas of Fresno State are both solid all-around players that move well and play physical in run support.

Top 5 Players Wednesday


5.  Eric Fisher/David Quessenberry
4. Marquise Goodwin/Markus Wheaton
3. Jonathan Franklin
2. Desmond Trufant
1. Sylvester Williams

Odds and Ends


The biggest news of the day came from the return of Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Payton addressed the media for nearly an hour after practice ended.

Other coaches spotted include Mike Tomlin of the Steelers, Mike Smith of the Falcons, Andy Reid of the Chiefs and Ron Rivera of the Panthers.

Also amongst the crowd were former Arkansas running back and early draft entry Knile Davis and former NFL player and Mobile native Pat White.


 

1/23
 

Senior Bowl Notebook Day 2, North Squad
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Players were in full pads today during Tuesday’s practice. 
 
There were a few notable players missing practice due to injury.  LB Arthur Brown from Kansas State will miss the entire week because of a shoulder injury.  LB Trevardo Williams (UConn) was on the sidelines in street clothes today as well.  OL Kyle Long (Oregon) missed practice due to dehydration, but he should be back on Wednesday.
 
OT Eric Fisher from Central Michigan has been the best player at the Senior Bowl.  He looked dominant in pass protection on Tuesday.  He has the size, long arms and quick feet.  Once he locks on, he sustains his blocks.  He shut down DE Alex Okafor (Texas) and DE Michael Buchanan (Illinois) during one-on-one drills.  He just needs to continue to work on his run blocking.  If he continues to perform at a high level leading up to the draft, he will be a top 10 pick. 
 
UCLA’s DE Datone Jones is the only player that has given Fisher some trouble.  Jones beat Fisher on a nice inside move during the drills.  He also showed his strength and strong hands against Justin Pugh of Syracuse and quickness against Rick Wagner (Wisconsin).  Jones had a big senior campaign and with a strong week here in Mobile, I think that he has moved into the first round. 
 
DT Kawann Short (Purdue) had a big practice on Tuesday.  He displayed powerful hands and quickness off the snap.  He beat Braxston Cave (Notre Dame) with a swim move.  Then he came back on the next play against Cave and beat him with an effective bull rush.  Short demonstrated a good motor.  Cave had a tough afternoon.  He lacks strength and power at the point of attack. 
 
DE Okafor used his quickness to beat Rick Wagner on one play, but he was relatively quiet all afternoon.  He struggled to disengage from blocks. 
 
DE Michael Buchanan (Illinois) had a bad practice.  He struggled getting off blocks.  He needs to learn how to use his hands.  He lacks strength.  Buchanan tried using his quickness to get around the edge all afternoon without any success.  He lacks any type of pass rush moves. 
 
DE Margus Hunt from SMU has the size (6’8, 272 pounds with an 82 plus inch wingspan), strength and athleticism.  But the guy has been quiet during the first two days of practice.  Those physical traits simply haven’t translated onto the football field.  He has been handled by the OL.  He is extremely raw.        
 
OT Justin Pugh (Syracuse) looked better in pass protection today.  Due to his short arms and his terrific run blocking skills, he is a better fit inside at guard. 
 
OL David Quessenberry (San Jose State) and Brian Winters (Kent State) were moved to guard during today’s practice.  Quessenberry won his battles inside especially against DT Jordan Hill (Penn State).  He showed good balance, nice hand placement and surprising strength. 
 
None of the quarterbacks on the North team have separated themselves up to this point.  Mike Glennon (North Carolina State) looked more comfortable today.  He had a better overall day than Nassib or Dysert, but he didn’t wow me.  He delivered a couple of beautifully thrown balls downfield.  Glennon has the arm strength to fit the ball into a tight window.  But he forced some throws today.  He also tends to put too much air under this throws especially on the deep ball.
 
Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) looked strong early in practice, but then tailed off.  He has the quickest release and shows good anticipation on his throws here.  He threw well on the run.  He also can match Glennon in terms of arm strength.  But Nassib missed some underneath throws.  His ball placement has been an issue.  He was streaky today. 
 
Zac Dysert (Miami, Ohio) had the worst afternoon.  He is at his best throwing outside the pocket.  His mechanics are not consistent enough.  At times, he throws a wobbly ball.  He had a difficult time completing passes beyond 15 yards. 
 
RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon) has shown the willingness and the toughness to run between the tackles.  I was also impressed with his pass blocking skills today during the drills. 
 
WR Markus Wheaton had another strong day.  He made an impressive catch downfield from Glennon.  He showed good concentration.  The speedy wideout from Oregon State has displayed terrific hands in Mobile.   
 
WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall) has displayed good speed in practice.  He is able to locate the ball downfield.  He has also shown the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls.  His ball skills have been solid. 
 
Elon’s Aaron Mellette and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin were the two least impressive receivers on the North team.  Mellette dropped a couple of passes.  He lost the physical battle at the line of scrimmage on a few occasions.  Goodwin had a difficult time against press coverage and showed inconsistent hands.    
 
CB Desmond Trufant from Washington is the most technically sound corner on the North.  He has nice size and has demonstrated good recovery speed this week. 
 
CB Dwayne Gratz (UConn) continued to stand out.  He has good short area quickness.  He likes being physical at the line of scrimmage.  He picked off a pass in one-on-one drills.  He delivered a big hit and had two pass breakups during the scrimmage.  His long speed is questionable, but he looks like a good cover 2 corner at the next level. 
 
There was a lot of buzz about CB Will Davis (Utah State) coming into the Senior Bowl practices.  So far, he has been the least impressive corner here.  He has gotten burned by just about every WR on the North team.  He struggles with his technique and doesn’t have the recovery speed to make up for his mistakes. 
 
Safety Phillip Thomas from Fresno State has shown good instincts and quick feet in coverage against TE’s and RB’s.  He also made some plays against the run.                          
Punter Jeff Locke (UCLA) displayed his strong leg and good hang time all afternoon. 
 
While CB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State), CB Jamar Taylor (Boise State) and WR Denard Robinson had a difficult time fielding punts. 
 
Robinson had a tough day in particular.  He muffed two punts and had three drops during the receiver drills.  He continued to wear the no contact jersey. 


 

Senior Bowl Notebook Day 2, South Squad

By: Sanjay Kirpalani

 
The pads came on for the first time on Tuesday, as the South squad continued preparations for the 2013 Senior Bowl.

There were spirited battles all over the field, and the intensity ramped up with several NFL coaches and scouts in attendance.

Who rose to meet the challenge and which players struggled on Day 2?

Find out in this notebook from South team's second day of practice.

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QBs

Tyler Wilson from Arkansas continued his strong effort this week by firing lasers all afternoon in Ladd-Peebles stadium.

Wilson showed zip on his passes and was able to make several throws into tight windows down the field.

Wilson maintained his status as the South's top performer at quarterback.

Florida State's EJ Manuel had a much better afternoon today.  Manuel was much more decisive with his throws and appeared to settle into a rhythm.

Oklahoma's Landry Jones also had a better effort.  Jones displayed a soft touch on short throws and intermediate routes to the tight ends.

Skill Players

After a slow day yesterday for the running back group, Florida's Mike Gillislee and Stanford's Stepfan Taylor both stepped up to record solid days.

Gillislee looked much more fluid as a pass catcher and displayed some elusiveness in the open field.

Taylor ran with authority and looked like the bruiser we saw at Stanford.

At receiver, Louisiana Tech star Quinton Patton looked like the class of the pass-catching group today.

Patton exploded in and out his breaks, displayed soft hands and he was a handful in the open field.
Duke’s Conner Vernon displayed great hands and precise route running skills all afternoon.  He doesn’t create much separation, but looks like a possession receiver that is worth taking a flyer on in the later rounds.

 
Cobi Hamilton from Arkansas had a tough afternoon.  He showed very inconsistent hands.  Hamilton dropped a total of four passes.  After a strong practice on Monday, Baylor’s Terrance Williams struggled today.  He dropped three passes.  One of the passes hit him right in the numbers.  Williams let balls get into his body.  He also rounded off his routes.    
Offensive line

I was impressed with Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson and Virginia's Oday Aboushi.

Both players displayed light feet and tremendous athleticism on the edges.

Defensive line

UT-Martin defensive tackle Montori Hughes was a guy that stood out to me last week in the Raycom All-Star Classic.

He has continued that trend after showing off his brute strength, power and motor today.

BYU’s defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is still very raw, but his physical tools are hard to deny.

Ansah has shown flashes of becoming a freakish pass rusher if he can continue to refine his overall game.

Linebacker

Texas A&M standout Sean Porter continues to display his versatility on the outside.

Porter excels at covering a lot of ground and he has some pass-rush skills when he's unleashed off the edge.

A player that jumped out today in the middle was Florida State's Vince Williams.

Williams came in with a solid reputation as a run-stuffer, and while he's done nothing to change that opinion, he's shown he has some coverage skills (he even recorded an interception off a tipped Wilson pass in the scrimmage).

Defensive Backs

The top two corners yesterday were SE Louisiana's Robert Alford and San Diego State's Leon McFadden.

Those two players continued to impress, but another standout corner today was California's Marc Anthony.

At 6'0", 200-pounds, Anthony has shown quick feet and the ability to turn his hips and press big receivers at the line of scrimmage.

With the trend of NFL teams coveting bigger corners, Anthony is a name to watch as the week moves along.

At safety, Alabama's Robert Lester and Georgia Southern's JJ Wilcox both showed great ball instincts against the run and the pass.

Lester (who had 14 career picks at Alabama) is a guy that could move up draft boards with a relatively weak safety class.

Wilcox plays a physical style of football and he runs to the ball with bad intentions.
S Shawn Williams from Georgia continued to struggle in pass coverage.  He has tight hips and doesn’t change directions well.   

Top 5 Performers Tuesday

5.  Montori Hughes

4. Stepfan Taylor

3. Tyler Wilson

2.  Quinton Patton

1.  Lane Johnson

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Tuesday brought out some more heavy hitters in the NFL world.

Head coaches spotted in attendance included Pittsburgh's Mike tomlin, Miami's Joe Philbin, and Kansas City's Andy Reid.

Other names of note include new Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and South Carolina junior running back and early entry Marcus Lattimore.

Stay tuned for more coverage from the Senior Bowl on nfldraftblitz.com.

1/22

 

Senior Bowl Notebook Day 1, North Squad
 
By: Alex Khvatov
 
Players were wearing shoulder pads, helmets and shorts during Monday’s practice.  The full pads will be on tomorrow.
 
The quarterbacks on the North team looked rusty.  I guess that was to be expected since it is the first day of practice.  They are picking up the new offense and getting their timing down with receivers. 
 
The best QB on the North team was Ryan Nassib from Syracuse.  He showed good arm strength and a quick release.  He scanned the field, went through his progressions and demonstrated good, clean footwork.  He also threw well on the move during individual drills.  He needs to work on his ball placement.  He underthrew a few balls including one deep ball which resulted in a pick.  Mike Glennon (NC State) had some good and bad moments during practice.  He is a tall, pocket passer with very good arm strength.  He has a smooth and clean delivery.  He makes it look so effortless.  Glennon needs to step into his throws more and work on his footwork.  His accuracy was shaky today.  He overthrew a pass during scrimmage which was intercepted by safety T.J. McDonald.  Zac Dysert (Miami, Ohio) struggled today.  He was late with a lot of his throws.  He was accurate on short throws, but struggled with the deep ball.  I was impressed by a couple of the throws, but he had a difficult time finding a rhythm out there.  He threw a couple of picks.    
 
RB Johnathan Franklin (UCLA) showed his quickness throughout practice.  He had a burst through the hole and good vision.  He also was very consistent catching the ball out of the backfield.
 
The best receiver on the North squad was Markus Wheaton from Oregon State.  He stood out in drills and during scrimmage.  He used his quickness to get off the line and beat press coverage.  Wheaton also demonstrated strong hands.  He made a few tough catches during scrimmage.  He made a great leaping catch near the sideline.  Aaron Dobson (Marshall) is an athletic receiver who was able to create separation.  He uses his size and quickness to get off press coverage.  Marquise Goodwin from Texas is a speedy wideout.  He used his quickness to get off the line and get behind the defense.  But he struggled when defensive backs got physical with him. 
 
Elon’s wide receiver Aaron Mellette struggled in Monday’s practice.  He is a big wideout (6’2, 216), but he is more of a finesse player.  He had a tough time defeating the jam and failed to create separation from the DBs.  He also showed inconsistent hands by dropping three passes.  Chris Harper (Kansas State) looked slow coming out of his breaks.  He didn’t run good routes today and failed to create separation as well.     
 
OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) had an impressive performance during the first day of practice.  He was playing left tackle and his pass protection was superb.  He demonstrated quick feet, good lateral movement and good knee bend.  He also had an impressive showing at the weigh-in (6’7, 305, 10 3/8 inch arms and 82 inch wingspan). 
 
DE Datone Jones from UCLA was the most active DL.  He used his size, strength, strong hands and quickness to defeat Justin Pugh from Syracuse on a couple of occasions.  DE Alex Okafor from Texas and DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina) had good days. 
 
LB Kevin Reddick from North Carolina showed impressive sideline to sideline speed.  He showed good gap responsibility and blew up a couple of run plays.  He was able to stick with the quick RB Robbie Rouse in pass coverage.  Khaseem Greene (Rutgers) was terrific in pass coverage.  He broke up a few pass plays.  He is a former safety and he looked very comfortable back there.  He is athletic with great speed and excellent change of direction skills.  He can cover backs and tight ends.      
 
Cornerbacks on the North team had a good day.  Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz from UConn played well.  Wreh-Wilson has good speed.  He changes directions well and has the ability to stay with receivers downfield.  He intercepted a pass during scrimmage.  Gratz is a tough and physical corner.  He challenged receivers at the line of scrimmage and disrupted their timing.  He intercepted Dysert’s pass during 7 on 7 drills.  Jamar Taylor from Boise State and Washington’s Desmond Trufant had good showings.  Taylor demonstrated good speed and fluid hips.  Trufant displayed great discipline in coverage.  He didn’t bite on a double move.  Will Davis (Utah State) had a rough day.  He was getting beat in one on one drills.  He tried to get physical with receivers, but they used their quickness to get off the jam.  He gave up a couple of big plays.  He didn’t have good closing speed and displayed tight hips.
 
Denard Robinson (Michigan) is a work in progress at receiver.  He participated in the drills, but I didn’t see him out there during the scrimmage.  He had a difficult time locating the ball during the punt drills.  He dropped a couple of them.  Let’s see how he improves throughout the week.                  


 

Senior Bowl Notebook Day 1, South Squad
 
By: Sanjay Kirpalani
 
The preparations for the 2013 Senior Bowl kicked off earlier today as the South team practiced in Fairhope Stadium under bright blue skies on the Alabama gulf coast.
 
Being that Monday represents the first practice, the team dressed out only in shells—with full pads coming on tomorrow. 
 
Under the guidance of Jim Schwartz and the rest of the Detroit Lions coaching staff, the team practiced for nearly two hours.
 
Which players stood out in front of legions of NFL personnel closely watching their every step?
 
Here’s a recap of all the happenings from the South’s first practice.
 
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All eyes were on the trio of quarterbacks lining up under center for the South squad. 
 
Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, EJ Manuel of FSU and Landry Jones of Oklahoma all enter this week with their draft stock a narrative that could change drastically by the end of the week. 
 
While it’s worth noting that things could play out differently when the pads come on, Wilson looked head and shoulders above his counterparts this afternoon. 
 
In fact, Wilson is the only signal-caller that had any success throwing the ball downfield. 
 
The 6’2”, 218-pound Wilson showed tremendous arm-strength, accuracy and an advanced level of footwork in comparison to his peers. 
 
Jones and Manuel both showed flashes of their talent, particularly in pass skeleton drills with throws less than 10 yards. 
 
However, both quarterbacks struggled at times finding their accuracy when they tried to throw post corner or go routes. 
 
The top skill players on the first day were Clemson running back Andre Ellington and Baylor receiver Terrance Williams. 
 
Ellington was a nightmare to cover out of the backfield as a receiver, and Williams was the only pass-catcher that did not display a clear weakness against a solid group of defensive backs. 
 
One of the stronger groups on the South team is their offensive line. 
Particularly, tackles Dallas Thomas (Tennessee), Oday Aboushi (Virginia) and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) all are athletic linemen with good size that move well. 
 
Thomas stood out to me—even when he slid down to play guard for a few plays in the scrimmage portion of practice. 
 
He moved his feet well in pass protection, and withstood speed rushers and bull-rushers with equal success. 
 
On the defensive line, BYU’s Ezekial Ansah is a player that has some buzz coming into the event and he displayed a good motor and active hands at the line of scrimmage. 
 
On one particular play in the scrimmage, Ansah drew a few “oohs” from those in attendance by destroying Rice tight end Vance McDonald, who was attempting to block him to seal the edge on a run play. 
 
Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter displayed tremendous athleticism and looked fluid in his movements during drills.
 
Also in pass skeleton, Porter excelled at dropping to cover tight ends and running backs. 
 
Stanford’s Chase Thomas, Missouri’s Zaviar Gooden and Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins rounded out a strong showing for the linebacker group. 
 
In the secondary, a couple of corners from non-BCS schools stole the show. 
 
San Diego State’s Leon McFadden had the strongest showing, as he recorded an interception off Manuel in skeleton drills, and showed the ability to jam receivers on the line and stay with them in man-to-man coverage. 
 
Another standout was Southeastern Louisiana’s Robert Alford, who had some pretty intense battles with Williams in one-on-one drills. 
 
At safety, Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo showed great range and ball instincts in pass coverage—more so than any other player in his position segment. 
 
Overall, a few players helped themselves with their showings today. 
 
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Top 5 Player Performances
 
5.  Dallas Thomas
4.  Terrance Williams
3.  Sean Porter
2.  Tyler Wilson
1.  Leon McFadden
 
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A couple of notable names in attendance were Alabama head coach Nick Saban and new Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. 
 
The former Oregon boss and college football’s reigning coaching icon were spotted briefly chatting while viewing practice. 

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was also on hand to see former stars Ellington and Malliciah Goodman. 
 
More NFL coaches and personnel are expected in for the next two days, with the intensity in practices bound to ramp up with the pads coming on. 

 

1/21
 

2013 Senior Bowl Weigh-in Results

The weigh-in opened up with the Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage taking the podium.  He was glowing with excitement when he announced that fourth year juniors OT Justin Pugh (Syracuse) and OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama) were going to participate in the festivities.  He announced that 24 players, which were originally invited to participate in the Senior Bowl, will miss the game.  Some of the bigger names that decided to bypass the game include QB Geno Smith (West Virginia), RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin) and OG Chance Warmack (Alabama).  Some of the bigger names that will miss the game due to injury include QB Matt Barkley (USC), CB Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) and DL Jesse Williams (Alabama). 
 
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Jerry Reese (GM of the NY Giants).  He seemed like a nice guy.  He seemed calm and relaxed during the weigh-in.
 
The South team was up first.  DE Ezekial Ansah (BYU), DE Lavar Edwards (LSU), DT Montori Hughes (Tennessee-Martin) and K Dustin Hopkins didn’t participate in the weigh-in.  It was announced that they arrived late last night, and they were being examined by the doctors.  OT D.J. Fluker measured in at 6-foot-4 and 7/8 inches and 355 pounds.  He looked overweight.  He will not participate in the practices during this week because of an injury, but this was not a good first impression to make on the scouts and the coaches here.  NT John Jenkins from Georgia is also a big man (6-foot-3 and 7/8 inches and 359 pounds).  He was also carrying a lot of extra weight. 
 
OL Brian Schwenke from Cal checked in at 6-foot-3 and 307 pounds.  He looked chunky around the midsection.  OL J.C.Tretter (Cornell) had a broken nose at the weigh-in, but it was announced that he will tough it out and practice this week. 
 
DE Cornelius Washington from Georgia checked in at 6-foot-4 and 264 pounds.  He had a very muscular looking physique. RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford) checked in at 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds.  He had a good, compact build. 
           
 The North team was up next.  It was announced that LB Arthur Brown from Kansas State will miss this week due to injury.  The injury occurred during the pre-training for the Senior Bowl.  He will be replaced on the roster by LB Ty Powell from Harding.
 
OL Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) measured in at 6’7 and 305 pounds.  He also had 10 3/8 inch hands and 82 inch wingspan.  He looked the part of a blindside protector at the next level.  OL Kyle Long from Oregon is another played that impressed with his physique and broad shoulders.  He checked in at 6’6 and 304 pounds with a 10 7/8 inch hands.  OL Brian Winters from Kent State looked chunky.      
  
The two most impressive guys on the defensive side for the North team were DE Margus Hunt (SMU) and DE Datone Jones (UCLA).  Hunt measured in at 6-foot-8 and inches, 277 pounds with an 82 inch wingspan.  Jones checked in at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds.  He looked like a beast.  He had a great body with a muscular physique and thick thighs. 
 
QB Mike Glennon measured in at 6-foot-6 and inches, but he weighed in at only 220 pounds.  He looked skinny.    

 

South Roster
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last name First name Position College Height Weight Arm Hand Wingspan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Aboushi Oday OL Virginia 6052 310 3278 1048 8078
Alford Robert CB Southeastern Louisiana  5097 186 3138 938 7448
Allen Ryan P Louisiana Tech 6013 231 3168 958 7600
Ansah Ezekial DE BYU
 

 
3458 1000 8228
Anthony Marc CB California 5113 191 3148 900 7438
Bohanon Tommy FB Wake Forest 6005 247 2968 978 7248
Collins Jamie LB Southern Mississippi 6033 245 3338 978 8000
Cummings Sanders CB Georgia 5117 223 3118 828 7628
Dawkins Everett DE Florida State 6021 288 3228 1038 7900
Edwards Lavar DE LSU
 

 

 

 

 
Ellington Andre RB Clemson 5094 197 3058 928 7258
Fluker D.J. OL Alabama 6047 355 3638 1028 8700
Freeman Dalton OL Clemson 6042 286 3100 978 7728
Gilkey Garrett  OL Chadron State 6057 314 3168 1038 7800
Gillislee Mike RB Florida 5112 207 3068 868 7428
Gooden Zaviar LB Missouri 6014 233 3100 1000 7628
Goodman Malliciah DE Clemson 6035 272 3578 1078 8768
Grissom Cory DT South Florida 6013 313 3248 918 7918
Hamilton Cobi WR Arkansas 6016 199 3228 858 7658
Hopkins Dustin K Florida State
 

 

 

 

 
Hughes Montori DT Tennessee-Martin
 

 
3158 1018 8028
Jenkins John DT Georgia 6037 359 3318 948 8018
Johnson Lane OL Oklahoma 6062 302 3500 968 8300
Johnson Nico LB Alabama 6017 249 3278 928 7728
Jones Landry QB Oklahoma 6035 221 3218 900 7800
King Tavarres WR Georgia 6002 192 3258 938 7858
Lester Robert S Alabama 6012 212 3300 1018 8058
Lutzenkirchen Philip TE Auburn 6031 255 3128 968 7738
Manuel EJ QB Florida State 6043 237 3500 1018 8328
McCalebb Onterio RB Auburn 5101 164 3018 868 7418
McDonald Vance TE Rice 6041 262 3448 1000 8158
McFadden Leon CB San Diego State 5096 193 3128 858 7368
Nixon Xavier OL Florida 6054 311 3368 1048 8068
Patton Quinton WR Louisiana Tech 6000 202 3228 918 7668
Porter Sean LB Texas A&M 6013 231 3178 938 7728
Rambo Bacarri S Georgia 6004 215 3048 918 7328
Rivera Mychal TE Tennessee 6032 237 3218 1028 7858
Schwenke Brian OL California 6030 307 3078 948 7248
Swope Ryan WR Texas A&M 6002 204 3038 818 7248
Taylor Stepfan RB Stanford 5090 216 2958 838 7258
Thomas Chase LB Stanford 6031 241 3138 948 7558
Thomas Dallas OL Tennessee 6052 308 3200 1038 8000
Tinker Carson LS Alabama 6001 231 3138 918 7638
Tretter J.C. OL Cornell 6035 302 3228 1018 7818
Vernon Conner WR Duke 6002 193 2968 918 7238
Warford Larry OL Kentucky 6032 333 3178 958 7928
Washington Cornelius DE Georgia 6040 264 3378 928 8158
Webb B.W. CB William & Mary 5102 183 3018 958 7248
Wilcox J.J. S Georgia Southern 5113 214 3048 878 7428
Williams Michael TE Alabama 6056 269 3268 1018 8138
Williams Shawn S Georgia 5117 211 3000 828 7378
Williams Terrance WR Baylor 6017 201 3058 868 7418
Williams Vince LB Florida State 6004 247 3148 918 7538
Wilson Tyler QB Arkansas 6021 218 3100 858 7428


 

North Roster
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Last name First name Position College Height Weight Arm Hand Wingspan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Barner Kenjon RB Oregon 5092 188 2958 9238 7238
Beauharnais  Steve LB Rutgers 6006 236 3200 900 7600
Brown Arthur LB Kansas State
 

 
3228 978 7678
Buchanan Michael DE Illinois 6051 252 3328 978 7948
Cave Braxston OL Notre Dame 6030 304 3038 928 7500
Cyprien Jonathan S Florida International 6002 209 3048 1018 7658
Davis Will CB Utah State 5113 182 3128 868 7400
Dobson Aaron WR Marshall 6025 203 3348 848 7900
Doyle Jack TE Western Kentucky 6052 254 3218 938 7738
Dysert Zac QB Miami, OH 6027 224 3168 900 7818
Fisher Eric OL Central Michigan 6072 305 3400 1038 8218
Franklin Johnathan RB UCLA 5100 201 2928 948 7178
Glennon Mike QB North Carolina State 6066 220 3238 938 7868
Goodwin Marquise WR Texas 5087 179 3068 858 7518
Gratz Dwayne CB UConn 5111 200 3078 1048 7658
Greene Khaseem LB Rutgers 6004 236 3178 948 7748
Harper Chris WR Kansas State 6006 228 3200 958 7648
Hill Jordan DT Penn State 6014 294 3218 1000 7948
Hunt Margus DE SMU 6082 277 3338 958 8228
Ingram Luke LS Hawaii 6052 251 3168 928 7800
Jones Datone DE UCLA 6041 280 3218 968 7900
Juszczyk Kyle FB Harvard 6013 248 3138 918 7568
Kasa Nick TE Colorado  6054 271 3218 900 7758
Locke Jeff P UCLA 6007 203 2958 848 7318
Long Kyle OL Oregon 6061 304 3218 1078 7918
Madsen Joe OL West Virginia 6034 301 2918 948 7178
McDonald T.J. S USC 6023 211 3228 878 7828
Mellette Aaron WR Elon 6024 216 3218 958 7818
Nassib Ryan QB Syracuse 6020 223 3100 1000 7500
Okafor Alex DE Texas 6045 261 3318 900 7978
Otten Ryan TE San Jose State 6052 235 3218 958 7878
Powell Ty LB Harding
 

 

 

 

 
Poyer Jordan CB Oregon State 5116 182 3058 948 7358
Pugh Justin OL Syracuse 6047 301 3148 1000 7848
Quessenberry David OL San Jose State 6050 294 3378 1048 8118
Reddick Kevin LB North Carolina 6014 246 3158 938 7558
Robinson Denard WR Michigan 5104 196 3278 1000 7700
Rouse Robbie RB Fresno State 5057 186 2748 918 6578
Sharp Quinn K Oklahoma State 6010 193 2968 918 7178
Short Kawann DT Purdue 6032 308 3368 948 8238
Simon John LB Ohio State 6014 256 3268 938 7868
Taylor Jamar CB Boise State 5106 192 2938 938 7300
Thomas Phillip S Fresno State 6005 210 3028 928 7438
Thornton Hugh OL Illinois 6032 313 3358 978 8218
Trufant Desmond CB Washington 5111 190 3058 828 7348
Wagner Rick OL Wisconsin 6061 310 3348 1018 8100
Wheaton Markus WR Oregon State 5110 183 3228 848 7648
Williams Brandon DT Missouri Southern 6017 341 3268 958 8018
Williams Duke S Nevada 5110 201 3168 958 7548
Williams Sylvester DT North Carolina  6026 313 3258 1048 7838
Williams Trevardo LB UConn 6013 235 3200 928 7658
Winters Brian OL Kent State 6034 310 3200 948 7818
Wreh-Wilson Blidi CB UConn 6005 192 3248 868 7748

 

 

 

 

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2013 Senior Bowl Rosters
 
North Roster

QB Zac Dysert (Miami, Ohio)
QB Mike Glennon (North Carolina State)
QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)
RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon)
RB Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)
RB Robbie Rouse (Fresno State)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard)
WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall)
WR Marquise Goodwin (Texas)
WR Chris Harper (Kansas State)
WR Aaron Mellette (Elon)
WR Denard Robinson (Michigan)
WR Markus Wheaton (Oregon State)
TE Jack Doyle (Western Kentucky)
TE Nick Kasa (Colorado)
TE Ryan Otten (San Jose State)
OL Braxston Cave (Notre Dame)
OL Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)
OL Kyle Long (Oregon)
OL Joe Madsen (West Virginia)
OL Justin Pugh (Syracuse)
OL David Quessenberry (San Jose State)
OL Hugh Thornton (Illinois)
OL Rick Wagner (Wisconsin)
OL Brian Winters (Kent State)
DE Michael Buchanan (Illinois)
DE Margus Hunt (SMU)
DE Datone Jones (UCLA)
DE Alex Okafor (Texas)
DT Jordan Hill (Penn State)
DT Kawann Short (Purdue)
DT Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern)
DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)
LB Steve Beauharnais (Rutgers)
LB Arthur Brown (Kansas State)
LB Khaseem Greene (Rutgers)
LB Kevin Reddick (North Carolina)
LB John Simon (Ohio State)
LB Trevardo Williams (UConn)
CB Will Davis (Utah State)
CB Dwayne Gratz (UConn)
CB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State)
CB Jamar Taylor (Boise State)
CB Desmond Trufant (Washington)
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (UConn)
S Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International)
S T.J. McDonald (USC)
S Phillip Thomas (Fresno State)
S Duke Williams (Nevada)
K Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State)
P Jeff Locke (UCLA)
LS Luke Ingram (Hawaii)

 
South Roster
 
QB Landry Jones (Oklahoma)
QB EJ Manuel (Florida State)
QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas)
RB Andre Ellington (Clemson)
RB Mike Gillislee (Florida)
RB Onterio McCalebb (Auburn)
RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford)
FB Tommy Bohanon (Wake Forest)
WR Cobi Hamilton (Arkansas)
WR Tavarres King (Georgia)
WR Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech)
WR Ryan Swope (Texas A&M)
WR Conner Vernon (Duke)
WR Terrance Williams (Baylor)
TE Vance McDonald (Rice)
TE Mychal Rivera (Tennessee)
TE Michael Williams (Alabama)
OL Oday Aboushi (Virginia)
OL D.J. Fluker (Alabama)
OL Dalton Freeman (Clemson)
OL Garrett Gilkey (Chadron State)
OL Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
OL Xavier Nixon (Florida)
OL Brian Schwenke (California)
OL Dallas Thomas (Tennessee)
OL J.C. Tretter (Cornell)
OL Larry Warford (Kentucky)
DE Ezekiel Ansah (BYU)
DE Lavar Edwards (LSU)
DE Malliciah Goodman (Clemson)
DE Cornelius Washington (Georgia)
DT Everett Dawkins (Florida State)
DT Corey Grissom (South Florida)
DT Montori Hughes (Tennessee-Martin)
DT John Jenkins (Georgia)
LB Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi)
LB Zaviar Gooden (Missouri)
LB Nico Johnson (Alabama)
LB Sean Porter (Texas A&M)
LB Chase Thomas (Stanford)
LB Vince Williams (Florida State)
CB Robert Alford (Southeastern Louisiana)
CB Marc Anthony (California)
CB Sanders Cummings (Georgia)
CB Leon McFadden (San Diego State)
CB B.W. Webb (William & Mary)
S Robert Lester (Alabama)
S Bacarri Rambo (Georgia)
S J.J. Wilcox (Georgia Southern)
S Shawn Williams (Georgia)
K Dustin Hopkins (Florida State)
P Ryan Allen (Louisiana Tech)
LS Carson Tinker (Alabama)


 

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10 players with the most to prove this week.
 
 
QB Mike Glennon (NC State) – Geno Smith and Matt Barkley will not participate at the Senior Bowl.  This opens the door for Glennon.  If he puts together a consistent week, then he has the opportunity to become the top signal caller in the draft and a possible top 10 pick.
 
QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) – He had an up and down senior season after being projected as a top 10 pick in the beginning of the season.  Wilson has a strong arm, but he needs to show scouts that he can make good decisions this week. 
 
WR Denard Robinson (Michigan) – He played QB in college for most of his career.  He has great speed and versatility.  He needs to show that he can catch the football.  Can he be the next Antwaan Randle El?
 
OT Kyle Long (Oregon) – He was a starter for only one season.  Long is incredibly raw.  But he has good size, athletic ability and strength.  He has a chance to move up because a couple of top underclassmen OL decided to return to school. 
 
DE Ezekiel Ansah (BYU) – Ansah has all of the physical tools that scouts drool over.  He has terrific size and great athletic ability.  He needs to show that he is more than just an athlete this week. 
 
DT Corey Grissom (South Florida) – He was one of the top defensive players in the Big East this season that no one is talking about.  He has good quickness for his size.  He was a disruptive player despite facing double teams. 
 
DT Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) - He is a Division II prospect and he has never faced competition like this before.  Williams has the size, athleticism and good lateral movement.     
 
LB Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi) – His team was winless in 2012.  But Collins put up some amazing numbers.  He recorded 92 tackles, 20.0 TFLs and 10.0 sacks during his senior year.  He is an athletic player with great quickness.  He is one of the better options in the draft at OLB for a 3-4 defensive scheme.      
 
CB Robert Alford (Southeastern Louisiana) – There is a lot of buzz surrounding Alford coming into this week.  He is a playmaker with good ball skills.  He has the good size and great speed.  With a strong week against top receivers, he has a chance to be drafted in the second round.
 
S Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) – He led the NCAA with eight picks this season.  He is all-around safety.  Thomas has quick feet and good coverage skills.  He needs to showcase those coverage skills against the best receivers in the nation.
 

 


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