GBNReport: Thats a wrap, winners and losers:

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    That's a wrap ... With the full contact phase of practice at the Senior Bowl in the books, here's a review of some of the big winners and losers from this week's practice sessions, as well as some other general thoughts on what transpired in Mobile this week from our crack staff.

    Baylor DT Phil Taylor: Originally a heralded Penn State recruit who showed flashes for a couple of years before wearing out Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions' coaching staff. Then was expected to be a one-and-done transfer to the Bears before heading to the NFL in the 2010 draft, but barely caused a ripple his first year in the Big XII. However, the light finally flickered on for Taylor this fall and he showed up in Mobile as a fit 337-pounder who was just dominant on the field. Indeed, he had to be double-teamed on just about every play he was in for but was still very disruptive with his size and athleticism. Baylor OG Danny Watkins: Sticking with the Baylor Bear theme for a moment, the former Canadian-born hockey player may have been the most consistent offensive lineman in Mobile this week. Watkins, who actually played LT at Baylor, was technically solid in pass protection, while showing a real nasty streak drive blocking; athletic, Watkins also showed the ability to pull and make a block in space, although he coulod improve the angles he takes on the move. The only real issue for Watkins, who has already been drafted by the CFL, is that at 26, he's a little older than the average NFL draftee. Florida G/T Marcus Gilbert: Other OTs came to Mobile with bigger reps, but the Gators' Gilbert really impressed especially in pass protection. Gilbert is a solid 6-6, 330-pounder who used a great punch and long arms to jolt and keep off defenders, while showing surprisng agility with his feet in mirroring his opponent. Wisconsin C/G John Moffitt: Played in the shadow of Badgers' All-american OT Gabe Carimi at Wiscosnin, but was something of a relevation in Mobile where he was still as nasty as he'd ever been back in Wisconsin, but showed unexpected quickness and agility whether he was working at C or OG. And with Mike Pouncey likely to be pencilled in at OG when the draft rolls around and the rest of the 2011 C class somewhat undersized, Moffitt could conceivably be the 1st designated C off the board this coming April, perhaps as early as the late second round. Mami WR Leonard Hankerson: Miami WR Leonard Hankerson continued to stand out. The former Hurricanes star isn’t going to win many foot races, but just keeps getting open and making catches. In particular, he got wide open deep behind a couple of South DBs for an easy big gainer, although he did drop a catchable ball from Ponder on a slant route later on.

    Hawaii WR Greg Salas: Hugely productive collegeiate wideout who put up off the chart numbers at Hawaii but was considered more a system receiver coming into the Senior Bowl. Still has to prove that he has ext level wheels, but played fast and smooth in Mobile as he continually found holes in the coverage and caught everything coming his way; he even managed to get deep on occasion. Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter: Just about everybody figured that Hunter could run the ball with the guys at the Senior Bowl and most figured he'd catch it fine. What no one expected was that the 200-pound Hunter would be as feisty a blocker as he emerged as the best all-around back at the Senior Bowl with the chance to move way up on the second day in a somewhat thin 2011 RB class. Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks: Is never going to be a great blocker, but looked more like a WR runing routes and catching the ball in traffic. Iowa DT Christian Ballard: Has been all over draft boards in the past few months as pro scouts try to figure out what he is, a 3-4 DE, or a 4-3 DT or even DE. The issue with Ballard is he may not have quite the strength for either a 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT or the speed and quickness to be a traditional 4-3 DE. And while scouts left Mobile still wondering where exactly Ballard will fit, what they certainly saw was a guy who could make plays; Ballard showed a nice swim move rushing the passer, along with a high level of intensity all week. Colorado CB Jalil Brown: Played in the shadow of fellow corner Jimmy Smith at Colorado but had a coming out party of his own in Mobile where he was very physical in press coverage and quick and instinctive coming out of his backpeddle.

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