Senior bowl winners and losers
Senior Bowl: Winners and Losers
By TFY Draft Preview
Date: Jan 29, 2005
The game is today, but as far as NFL scouts are concerned, the book is almost totally written on the 2005 version of the Senior Bowl.
Flights full of scouts, coaches and general managers lifted off from Mobile starting Wednesday as they now decipher the players that gained the most from last weeks experience and who went in the other direction.
The Big Winners
1) Khalif Barnes - The big offensive tackle entered the week with plenty of question centering around his injured wrist and tenacity. The only question that remained after Thursday's practice is how high Barnes will go in round one. Barnes was consistently dominant in all aspects and "wowed" scouts every day.
2) Mark Clayton - Clayton proved he is much more then a receiver that benefited from Oklahoma's wide open offense rather a complete pass catcher with a variety of skills. While some may doubt whether or not he is a number one receiver in the NFL there's no question his skills warrant a pick in the middle of the first frame.
3) Matt Jones - Not since Antwaan Randle-El several years back has a college quarterback come to the Senior Bowl and made a seamless transition to another position. Jones looked like a natural catching the ball and did so anywhere on the field with ease. The former Arkansas passer also impressed with his willingness to long snap and even field kick returns. Whether he stays at the wide out position or grows into a tight end is for another debate but there is no question that Jones leaves Mobile greatly enhancing his draft stock.
4) Jason Campbell - While he was not asked to throw the ball downfield much, the former Auburn quarterback displayed a command of Jon Gruden's west coast offense and quickly picked up the timing of the passing game. Campbell has stated his case to be the first or second senior signal caller selected.
5) Kirk Morrison - Considered a one-dimensional run stuffer and two-down defender coming into the week, Morrison proved his critics wrong. In fact, the San Diego State star spent most of his time at weak-side linebacker and was effective playing in space. Morrison moved himself into the draft's top 70 picks and from here on out many may list him as an OLB rather then an MLB.
6) Courtney Roby - Quietly coming away with one of top weeks of the Senior Bowl, all Roby did was catch every pass thrown in his direction. Injured most of his junior season, he has been building towards this and took advantage of the talented quarterbacks at his disposal, something he did not have at Indiana.
7) Charlie Frye - Frye made the right choice coming back to Akron for his senior season and the passer looked sharp in Mobile. Very effective inside of 30-yards, he has a few technicalities to fine-tune which would help his long passing game (Frye's pulls his non-throwing shoulder down). He stated his case to be a top 45 choice in April.
8) Chris Myers - After playing guard at Miami, Myers did an excellent job all week on the pivot. He also long snapped, though not very well, yet comes out of the week improving his stock almost two rounds.
9) Darrent Williams - The explosive cornerback from Oklahoma State shut down opponents all week, picking off passes every day. Yet there is not a huge market for cover men who measure just 5'8"/170 pounds.
10) DeMarcus Ware - The Troy State pass rusher stood out at defensive end and caused a lot of havoc up the field. Whether or not he can remain at defensive end or must move to outside linebacker is another story altogether but Ware improved his stock this week.
11) Marcus Johnson - Shocked everyone with the ability to move laterally and block in motion. The 'Ole Miss lineman dominated the opposition at guard but would have been in higher demand had he played well at right tackle.
12) Junior Rosegreen - The former Auburn safety improved daily and had the Tampa Bay scouts raving about him on Thursday. Moved into the first day with his performance this week.
1) Carlos Rogers - Played well until he hurt his hamstring late in the week.
2) Eric Green - Another who was moved to the sidelines with injury after good initial showings.
3) Michael Boley - One of the better weak-side linebackers all week.
4) Roydell Williams - Late addition who made the most of his opportunity.
5) Cadillac Williams - Looked natural as a pass catcher, answering big questions about his receiving skills.
6) David Baas - Dominated at guard yet could not complete the deal at center.
7) Logan Mankins - Did a solid job in Tampa's WCO blocking system.
8) Jim Davis - Got a lot of penetration up the field and displayed plenty of explosion.
9) Evan Mathis - Did everything the coaches wanted him to at several blocking positions.
10) Alex Smith - Played to his athleticism and size looking like a solid blocker and downfield threat catching the ball.
1) Rob Petitti - Looked out of shape, played poorly then got hurt.
2) Ronald Bartell - Just looked out of place and struggled almost every day.
3) Craphonso Thorpe - Did not prove himself to be a downfield threat and struggled battling to make the reception.
4) Jason Brown - Not the dominant center everyone was expecting to see.
5) Vincent Fuller - Seemed confused and blew plenty of assignments from his safety position.