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"It's settled, Mike Iupati is the best player in this year's Senior Bowl. When he's played guard here in practices, he's been unstoppable. The question now becomes how high does he get drafted? I thought he was an early second-round guy before this week. Now I don't think he gets passed Dallas' pick in the first."
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Mike Iupati had a good practice and showed great quickness in short areas. On one play he pulled offensive right and completely took two defenders out of the play.
LeGarrette Blount had another strong outing. He’s really playing well out there when he runs between the tackles. First contact just will not bring this guy down. He looked quick on his feet and was patient but quick through the hole. He ran less upright than we’re used to seeing, which is a good sign.
As for what teams were talking to players after practice today, we observed the following:
Houston Texans: Thomas Welch, Mike Iupati, Lonyae Miller
Cleveland Browns: Kurt Coleman, Thomas Welch
New York Jets: Mike Windt
Baltimore Ravens: Syd’Quan Thompson, Joique Bell
Kansas City Chiefs: Syd’Quan Thompson
Detroit Lions: AJ Edds (were working Edds out as a long snapper off to the side – I know they’re coaching but this was odd to me)
Atlanta Falcons: Donald Jones
St. Louis Rams: Mike Neal, Sean Weatherspoon
Washington Redskins: Austen Lane
Jacksonville Jaguars: Vladimir Ducasse
Oakland Raiders: Phillip Dillard
MOBILE, Ala. -- News, notes and observations from day three at the Senior Bowl:
1. I was pleasantly surprised with the improved performance of Oregon State standout Sean Canfield. He was by far the most decisive quarterback on the North squad today, showcasing good accuracy and timing on all levels of the field. Although at times Canfield was able to fit the ball into some tight windows outside the numbers, it still takes far too long for his throws to get there, and he doesn’t have the type of arm strength necessary to not be on time with a throw. Overall, I think he’s definitely taken some positive steps this week, but he still projects as a limited backup-type QB in the NFL.
Mardy GilyardAPCincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard
2. One player who hasn’t shown well for himself is Cincinnati wideout Mardy Gilyard. He lacks the physicality needed to consistently fight his way through physical corners, hasn’t looked real explosive out of his breaks and has had a tough time separating vs. man. He has exhibited some flashes of being able to beat pressman and cleanly snap off routes vs. a free release, but overall, Gilyard has had a tendency to drop the football and hasn’t had the week many envisioned.
3. Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour again failed to impress and has looked out of his element all week. Unlike Canfield, he appeared indecisive with the football today, failing to decipher information quickly and struggling with his accuracy any time he was asked to throw the ball down the field. LeFevour has a tendency to force throws into coverage, and when you evaluate his physical and mental skill sets, they just don’t add up to an impressive QB prospect.
4. There’s no denying that Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has some natural leadership qualities and can close on the football sideline to sideline. However, I still worry about his ability to hold up at the line as he too often gets washed out of plays inside. He does a nice job locating the ball quickly and can sidestep opposing linemen in space, but when he’s asked to play in tight quarters, the guy isn’t nearly as effective.
5. One prospect who’s flying under the radar on the North squad is Iowa linebacker A.J. Edds, who is simply Mr. Dependable on defense. He possesses good size, showcases great instincts inside and knows how to play off blocks and find the football. He was around the action all day, finishing off practice with a big tackle inside and then was asked to long snap after the session ended. He’ll never be a star in the league but is a versatile guy you can win with in the NFL.
Ed WangAPVirginia Tech OT Ed Wang
6. Another player who seems to be improving throughout the week is Virginia Tech OT Ed Wang. Wang is a tall, gifted athlete who did a nice job dropping his base on contact and playing with a little more anchor than he’s shown in the first two practices. He still needs to get a little stronger and improve his flexibility out of his stance, but it was an encouraging day for Wang off the edge. He looks like an intriguing developmental-type left tackle prospect.
7. California cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson once again looked uncomfortable in press-coverage, providing little resistance off the line and struggling to turn and run down the field. There’s no denying he can close in space when he anticipates throws, but at this stage, I don’t think he has the footwork or fluidity needed to hold up in man-to-man coverage in the NFL.
8. Arkansas State DE Alex Carrington again displayed impressive power on contact during one-on-one drills this morning, generating a lot of explosion from his lower half and consistently jarring opposing lineman into the backfield.
9. One guy to keep an eye on is Murray State DE Austen Lane. He’s a tall, with long arms and impressive lateral suddenness off the edge for his size. He’s still learning how to use his hands and play with more leverage, but with some time, Lane looks like he could develop into an effective pass rusher.
10. Finally, Michigan DE Brandon Graham has been one of the real standouts here, using his hands and lateral suddenness to consistently sidestep opposing linemen and accelerate around the edge. He makes everything look easy and is one of the most NFL-ready prospects at this year’s Senior Bowl.
Jacoby Ford is clearly the best WR early in the morning session. His speed is obvious and he's finding all the right creases in the defenses.
Alabama DT Terrence Cody was limping a bit with what appeared to be a minor foot or ankle injury after finishing a one-on-one battle with an offensive lineman. He has stayed out on the field and is competing, but is stll limping between plays.
Ole Miss WR Dexter McCluster is very explosive. His initial burst is quicker than any prospect that I've ever seen.
Arkansas State DE Alex Carrington put on a show today. The lines were doing a drill where the D-linemen twisted, and Carrington flew into Shawn Lauvao and flattened him with such force that Lauvao’s helmet hit the ground. Later on Carrington drove BC center Matt Tennant backwards into the pseudo-QB, showing great pad level and leg drive. Then in 11-on-11 drills he quickly diagnosed a bootleg by Central Michigan’s Dan Lefevour and chased him out of bounds, staying with him step for step. My enthusiasm is somewhat tempered by the poor quality of North OL play (more on that later), but Carrington has shown great burst, energy, and base power all week.
Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman stayed with Gilyard nicely. One longtime NFL WR standing nearby opined that Gilyard is tipping off his moves, and the Lions coaches talked to him about consistency of how he lines up.
–Kyle Wil*son (Boise State) had another impres*sive day and I think it is safe to say he is the best senior cor*ner*back in this class. While he is not a big guy, he was just killing receivers at the line with his press cov*er*age. He made Don*ald Jones look silly in the one-on-one drill which resulted in Can*field not even throw*ing the ball because of how bad Wil*son roughed him up.
Jacoby Ford – WR – Clemson
His speed was on an entirely dif*fer*ent level than any*one on the field today. He got the ball in space a few times and sim*ply made the defen*sive backs appear as if they were wear*ing bricks as shoes. He even beat Boise State cor*ner Kyle Wil*son on a deep route with plenty of sep*a*ra*tion for the QB to work with.
Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
Has out*stand*ing length and strength which makes him a fac*tor at the line. But he showed some nice hip move*ment and def*i*nitely has the tools to play cor*ner at the next level.
Don*ald But*ler – LB – Washington
Looked very weak in traf*fic today. When an offen*sive line*man got a clean look at him, he was com*pletely over*whelmed and pushed back a few yards. With a guy that small, he needs to show more ath*leti*cism than what I saw today.
Don*ald Jones – Youngstown State
Didn’t show the speed or quick*ness. Couldn’t catch the passes in traf*fic. And his strug*gles to get off jam cov*er*age was notice*ably weak. With lim*ited time to show his abil*ity today, he cer*tainly dropped the ball (pun intended).
Last edited by PatsChamp88; 01-27-2010 at 04:54 PM..
This was by far his best session over the three days of practices. Canfield threw the ball with good touch and terrific accuracy. While the ball doesn't come out of his hands with any noticeable velocity, he still was able to put the ball right where his intended target could catch the ball.
He also did a better job with timing with his intended passing options. He tried to lead the receiver to go get the ball. That's a good sign that he understands the passing game and progressions.
After two sub par days, the southpaw passer really helped himself to gain the attention of personnel evaluators.
Offensive Line - Today was an interesting day on the offensive line. Idaho’s Mike Iupati looked good at guard, but then he was moved to left tackle and tried on the outside. To say that it’d be a work in a progress would be the best bet to describe how he did there. He showed the skills to play on the outside, but his lack of experience out there and the different technique needed to play the position, which he doesn’t know, are the reasons why he didn’t do well. He certainly has the size and long arms needed to play outside in the NFL, but for now guard is definitely his best bet.
Can we merge this with the existing Wednesday Senior Bowl thread?
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