Senior Bowl Practice... those who helped themselves

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  1. BSBEARS

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    • Here's C.L. and Pigskin Paul's Top ten guys who helped themsleves at this year's Senior Bowl (in no particular order ...)

      Notre Dame G/T Zach Martin - Career LT for the Irish lacks prototype measurables for the position in the pros as he about measurd in at @ 6-4 and with gator arms, but showed great feet and impeccable technique at this week's practice sessions. Martin still may end up OG at the next level, but the fact that he more than held his own at OT this week, likely solidified a mid-to-late first round call for the former Irish star.

      Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald - Pro scouts still don't know where he'll play at the next level as he's another guy who lacks prototype size at barely 6-0 and just 288 pounds. After this week, though, pro scouts know for sure that he's plenty quick with a strong hands and a devastaing punch alsong with a great motor and attitude. Indeed, Donald, the best defensive player in college football this past season was in the backfield all week in Mobile and has started to drawcomparisons to dynamic Cincinnati 4-3 DT Geno Atkins.

      Auburn DE Dee Ford - Another tweener sized guy (anyone starting to see a trend here!) at 6-2, 243 was unblockable at times playing DE although his pro future is likely as a rush LB in a 3-4 scheme. Came to Mobile rated as an early third day pick but could ultimately be an even better prospect at the position than Seattle's Bruce Irvin or Shea McClellin of the Beras who went 15th and 19th respectvely at the 2012 draft.

      Michigan OT Micheal Schofield - Didn't get much nationalpub at all playing opposite top 15 prospect TaylorLewan, but nobody in Mobile improved more on a day-to-day basis than Schofield. He's a rangy guy with long arms whose always been good in a short-area, but showed surprising quick feet and lateral agility.

      Florida State LB Christian Jones - Was quick and explosive all week.

      Virginia OT Morgan Moses - Like Michigan's Schofield has prototype size and strength, but showed a whole lot more foot speed and agility than pro teams were maybe expecting coming into the week and may have established himself as the next best thing at OT after the top 5 or so first-round guys.

      Washingon State S Deone Buchanon - Safeties seldom shine in the drills where quickness is at a premium and instincts and physicalility aren't, but more than held his own in coverage and always seemed to be around the ball in team situations.

      Wisconsin MLB Chris Borland - Another somewhat undersized guy made like the energizer bunny all week although with an attitude as he showed ealnice instincts and awareness. Same story for UCLA MLB Jordan Zumwalt, who was dinged late in the week and may not play in Saturday's game, but was always around the ball when it mattered in team practice situations.

      Utah CB Keith McGill - Maybe the one long tall CB - and at 6-3 he is definitely long and tall - in Mobile who also showed the kind of quick feet and fluid hips to also be effective in off coverage.

      Texas WR Mike Davis - The receivers geneally struggled in Mobile this week, but Davis was able to able to consistenly beat press coverage, did a nice job catching the ball, and showed plenty of deep speed.

      And a few honorable mentions include RBs Charles Sims of West Virginia, arguably the best all-around back in Mobile this week, along with unheralded Lorenzo Taliaferro of unheralded Coastal Carolina and Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews who both excelled in the pass-blocking drills; WRs Josh Huff of Oregon, Ryan Grant of Tulane and Mike Campanero of Wake Forest, Arkansas DE Chris Smith, DTs Ra'shede Hageman and Tennessee's DT Daniel McCullers, and safeties Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois and Florida State's Terrance Brooks.

      On the other hand, guys who likely didn't do a whole to help their draft stock this week included Arizona State DT Will Sutton who just didn't show much quickness or explosion; Baylor OG Cyril Richardson, who did get off the snap with authority on most plays, but didn't show much in the way of lateral agility and tended to give upon plays way to early; Stanford DE Trent Murphy who neededto show pro scouts that at barely over 250 pounds had the strength for adown DE, but didn't, although he did show decent quickness and a good motor; UConn DT Shamar Stephen, Tennessee State G/T Kadeem Edwards, and LBs Adrian Hubbard of Alabama and Florida State's LB Telvin Smith, .

      below is the link to the full article
      http://www.gbnreport.com/seniorbowlwrap.html
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    I like the idea of this type of practice and drills much better than the Combine.
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    Me, too. Teams have a chance to see players more in their element, not just predetermined drills. They get a chance to see how players are responding to coaching, obstacles, etc...
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    They need to have something for the underclassmen entering the draft. The Senior Bowl and the Shrine Game are (I believe) only for collegiate seniors.
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    That's one of the risks of going early.
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    I just watched the game. Dee Ford is terrific speed pass rusher. if bears go with 3-4 defense, he'd be a good LB pickup in second round.
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    Yea, Ford put on a nice show for himself.
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    If Ford has a great combine, he may not last to the 14th pick. On the nfldraftscout.com board (CBS Sports) he is currently listed as the #18 ranked player in the draft and the #3 DE.
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    This is why I like to capture rankings at the end of the season. CBS had Dee Ford ranked at 63 and and draftcountdown at 73. Suddenly after the senior bowl where more than 70% of the top ranked players were not present as juniors and this guy jumps to 14. As a first round pick I smell bust. Not to say this is not part of the entire body of work and he maybe should move up to the mid 50's but 14. CMON MAN:14_6_12[1]:
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    He is in no way shape or form a DE he is a 3-4 OLB. At 6'2" and 238 lbs he would be a speed bump as a DE, as a matter of fact he is a little light for 3-4 OLB.
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    Not saying he is a premier DE. I was surprised to see him listed as a DE (instead of a OLB). My comments were more a speculation on the buzz surrounding him.
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    I think it's important to note that someone helping themselves at the Senior Bowl practices/game doesn't mean they would/could/should be drafted early....or at all.

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