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  1. ms9221

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    Let's Talk Senior Bowl
    Are guys let talk the Senior Bowl There alot Great Seniors at the Senior Bowl.:
    WR
    N1
    Brooks Foster
    North Carolina
    6-00.5
    204
    WR
    N2
    Derrick Williams Penn State
    5-11.2
    197
    WR
    N4
    Brandon Gibson Washington State 6-00.3
    204
    WR
    N9
    Juaquin Iglesias Oklahoma 6-00.5
    204
    WR
    N11
    Ramses Barden Cal Poly 6-06.0
    227
    WR
    N80 Brian Robiskie Ohio State 6-02.7
    207
    WR
    S1 Mo Massaquoi Georgia 6-01.3
    210
    WR
    S4
    Mike Thomas Arizona 5-08.0
    187
    WR
    S6 Quan Cosby Texas 5-8.6
    191
    WR
    S7
    Patrick Turner Southern Califrnia 6-05.1
    221

    OT
    N79
    Phil Loadholt Oklahoma 6-08.0
    343

    OG
    S79
    Herman Johnson LSU 6-07.3
    382

    T
    N90
    B.J. Raji Boston College 6-01.5
    334
    DT
    N92 Ron Brace Boston College 6-03.0
    329
    DT
    N94 Ziggy Hood Missouri 6-03.1
    298
    DT
    S75
    Fili Moala
    Southern California
    6-04.2
    303
    DT
    S90
    Corey Irvin Georgia 6-03.0
    296
    DT
    S98
    Peria Jerry Mississippi 6-01.5
    290
    DT
    S99 Vance Walker Georgia Tech 6-02.0
    295
    S
    N11 William Moore Missouri 6-00.1
    223
    S
    N15 Patrick Chung Oregon 5-11.1
    207

    I love both Boston College DTS B.J. Raji , Ron Brace
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    2009 Senior Bowl: Monday Recap

    By: Roshan Bhagat | Updated: 1/19 [IMG] Monday featured the start of the Senior Bowl, an event that fans, scouts, coaches, and front offices really love to watch and attend. In the morning, players were brought into a ballroom with representatives of every team. Here they were measured and weighed and their bodies evaluated. In the afternoon, the two sides began their first practice of the week and while the North team was featured on NFL Network inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the South team traveled to Fairhope Stadium to get their week underway. As I watched the North team practice, several big names jumped out, while a couple other smaller names began their climb. Of the three quarterbacks at practice, neither really looked too great. However, this was expected as two came from smaller schools and one came from a shotgun spread offense. Today, Graham Harrell was the most impressive of the bunch. While he never displayed an outstanding arm or a quick release, he rarely missed receivers. His accuracy looked great and his arm strength a little better than average. For Harrell, working under the center for the first time in years, it was a good day. Coming in a close second was Rhett Bomar, the transfer from Oklahoma. He showed the best combination of mechanics, release, and arm strength, but his accuracy wavered. Nathan Brown placed a distant third and looked like he was overwhelmed the entire day. His arm strength looked questionable and some of his balls floated to their target.
    The running backs didn’t receive the spotlight on the first day of practices and only one really stood out. The first was Kory Sheets, a sleeper out of Purdue. He was pretty quick getting up and down the field. He also caught the ball well out of the backfield. Cedric Peerman also had a couple nice runs, but measured in with very small hands. It could be no problem, but if he drops a couple balls this week, look for that measurement to be heavily scrutinized.
    Of the receiving group, Brooks Foster from North Carolina looked very impressive. It seemed like he always had the ball in his hand when he was on the field. He found a way to separate from defensive backs in the one-on-one and the team drills, but also showed nice hands catching the ball away from his body. Brandon Gibson was the other name finding the ball. He found a way to beat Mike Mickens deep for six, but looked somewhat sluggish in and out of cuts. The best outside matchup on the field belonged to Derrick Williams and Darius Butler. Both are great athletes that move sharply and fluidly. Williams was quick in and out of cuts and managed to get just enough separation from Butler. Ramses Barden was the hot name of the group coming into the Senior Bowl. He began the day measuring in at 6’6, 227 pounds, carrying nice body, with the largest arms and hands of the group. He intimidated corners who bumped him down the field in what would have been penalties. Barden isn’t the quickest in and out of cuts, but he’s a big athlete and can get down the field to make plays.
    It was interesting to see the tight ends today that featured a first round selection, a sleeper, and a defensive sleeper. Connor Barwin was invited as a tight end because there wasn’t enough room on defense. Playing at a position he hadn’t played in a while, he looked surprisingly good. The key note to make here is that Barwin’s future will be on the defensive side of the ball and scouts realize that. Brandon Pettigrew really has an impressive frame. He moves and catches well. More importantly, he’s a very good blocker that can really extend his arms and lock onto a defender.
    As the focus turned away from the outside to the big uglies, the real fun began. Alex Mack had a difficult day, but faced the best competition. He was beaten on several occasions by Ziggy Hood out of Missouri, but also held his own several times. The other center on the team, Max Unger was really humiliated several times. As many mentioned prior to the event, he’s needs add some weight to handle the larger tackles. He was bull rushed and abused by several players. He has the versatility to play on the outside so maybe he should be moved back there. Tackle Xavier Fulton and guard Ryan Shuman looked as if they didn’t belong. Fulton struggled with the speed rush, while Shuman was left helpless on the highlight of the day by Ziggy Hood. That will be explained a little later. William Beatty, the athletic tackle from Connecticut flashed some potential and proved why he’s considered to be a first/second round prospect. He slid well and handled the speed rushes, but struggled a little with the power moves. The two biggest winners on the day were Kraig Urbik and Phil Loadholt. Urbik showed good technique and knee bend standing up the best of bull rushes and moving his feet to neutralized double moves. Loadholt looked quick out of his stance and demonstrated once again that defenders don’t stand a chance once he locks onto the defender. He was moved to the right side and didn’t face a great speed rush all day.
    The biggest winner on the day was Missouri’s Ziggy Hood who may no longer fly under the radar after this week is done. Facing Ryan Shuman, he brilliantly set up the guard to execute a perfect and lightning-quick spin move. He went to that same spin move twice more with great success and also showed a variety of rips to be victorious on many occasions. Aside from Hood, BC’s defensive tackles also had good days. B.J. Raji measured in at 6’1 5/8, 334 pounds with only 31 ¼” arms, the second worst on the defensive line. However, he used his large body and moved impressively quickly. His counterpart, Ron Brace, looked like the better fit at nose tackle, pushing interior linemen backwards. At the same time, he was much slower than Raji. Mitch King also stood out for the entirety of practice. He was consistently around the ball, in the backfield, and beating offensive linemen. The only problem came earlier in the day when he measured in at 275 pounds with 31” arms. He’s an outstanding player and competitor with no true position. DE/OLB Tim Jamison displayed a good body, flashed good moves and impressed overall. He wasn’t especially quick off the snap, but he knew how to beat offensive tackles on the right side.
    The linebackers worked a lot on their pass coverage today. For the converted safety, Nic Harris, it was a good day. He was very smooth and didn’t panic. On the other hand, Clint Sintim and Scott McKillop didn’t look so great. On the very little I saw of the linebackers, they both looked a little stiff in coverage unable to hang with their assignments.
    For the most part, the defensive backs took a backseat to the wide receivers today, though nothing spectacular came from either side. The best of the bunch was Connecticut’s Darius Butler. He might have been beaten a couple times, but he broke quickly on the ball and his transition from back pedal to sprint was smooth. Oregon’s Patrick Chung was probably the best safety out there today. On the outside, he managed to keep it competitive with wide receivers, which for a safety is impressive. Mike Mickens, on the other hand, didn’t look 100% and was beaten deep once by Brandon Gibson. I like to see Mickens competing on the field, but if he’s still not at full health, the game could hurt his stock. Notre Dame’s David Bruton really looked bad in the one-on-one matchup taking too many extra steps and showing a slow drive to the football. He appeared to be getting on himself after each of those catches he allowed which shows some passion and competitiveness.
    Overall, for the North team, it wasn’t an eye-opening practice for any prospect. The players just got their feet wet today with nothing impressive or shattering from anyone. It was still a solid practice with some tough match-ups. As coach Marvin Lewis concluded, look for the team to continue learning their responsibilities. Expect the fireworks to heat up as both the North and South teams hit Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday. The NFL Network will cover practices of the North team from 10:30AM-12:00PM (ET) and the South team from 5:00PM-7:00PM (ET).


    Today I watch both Boston Defense Tackles B.J. Raji look good really good again I love to have his Teammate if decide to stay with the 3-4 instead of the 4-3, Ron Brace who 6/3 325ibs is very strong and good feet with fit a need we needed for awhile. Also I would move Phil Loadholt Oklahoma to right tackle he would very good RT . Also I like the S Patrick Chung Oregon did real well today to.
  3. ms9221

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    Tuesday morning North practice:

    The big news pehaps from this mornings North pracice was that the offensive line, which appeared to have missed the wake-up call from their pre-practice naps yesterday afternoon, was collecively much sharper. C Alex Mack and Okalhoma OT Phil Loadholt have looked good. In fact, I haven’t witnessed Loadholt getting beat in either practice so far. Loadholt has consistently gotten great arm extension and has displayed much more active feet than expected. Mack hasn’t been as dominate but is taking care of business in his own right. He gives himself a solid base and can anchor against the big men like 340-pound Boston College DT Ron Brace. Meanwhile, Illinois OT Xavier Fulton also had a solid workout this morning as he also showed quick feet in transition. Oregon State T/G Andy Levitre also showed plenty of strength, but didn't show much in the way of lateral quickness and doesn’t appear to have the feet to play tackle. I’d like to see him at guard where he wouldn’t have to battle the quicker defensive ends on an island.

    While the North offensive line was improved today, Boston College DT B.J. Raji continued to dominate. The 334-pounder is living in the backfield making interior lineman look ridiculous. The backside of this stud defensive tackle is enormous and he looks like he was born to demolish the squat rack. That strength transfers to the field as he can bull rush anyone. In individual drills he threw Oregon OL Max Unger to the ground in a move reminiscent of Reggie White in Super Bowl XXXI. However, brute strength isn’t the only impressive aspect of this mauler’s game. His pass rush repertoire is special. Raji’s first step is very quick and he gets his hips underneath him to create great leverage. He can turn the corner and make himself small to beat the man in front of him. Honestly, I have to make myself focus on other players because I could watch him all day. Raji is a top five pick in my opinion and has been by far the most impressive player on the North. Raji's BC teammate Ron Brace is also stout along the defensive front, but seems to lack the pass rush moves necessary to beat his man on a consistent basis. Missouri DT Ziggy Hood has looked solid; he could use some refinement, but the strength and talent is evident. Same for Purdue DT Alex Magee who demonstrated a quick first step and good lateral movement. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois DE Larry English has the quickest first step among the North DEs and consistently turned the corner on the offensive tackle across from him, although he also got stuffed a couple of times when he spent too much time at the line of scrimmage head-faking rather than exploding into the backfield. On the other hand, UConn DE/OLB Cody Brown really struggled to disengage from blockers and got engulfed on a couple of sequences.

    Nobody was describing the North passing attack as a clinic this morning. None of the three North QBs - Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar and Nathan Brown of Central Arkansas - threw the ball all that well. Bomar, the one-time big-time recruit at Oklahoma, at least showed plenty of arm strength and a smooth release, but needs to improve his footwork team. Meanwhile, both Harrell and Brown needed too much wind-up to get on even intermediate routes, while too many of Brown's passes wobbled. Scouts, though, have reportedly been impressed by Harrell's work while tying to learn the intricacies of working under center. It also wasn't the greatest day for the North receivers. Brandon Gibson of Washington State did a nice job getting open underneath, however, dropped a couple of easy passes when he let the ball get into his body, while 6-6, 227-pound Cal Poly WR Ramses Barden was almost impossible to cover on a couple of simple slant routes, but didn'tlook very smooth or quick on other routes. On the other hand, Penn State WR Derrick Williams continued to look like the quickest guy on the North team.

    While the North receivers struggled at times, several DBs had very good days. Virginia Tech CB Victor ' Macho' Harris was very physical at the line of scrimmage jamming receivers and also was very quick running with receivers in the open field. Oregon CB Keenan Lewis, who has nice size for a cover corner, was also very smooth on the break. Meanwhile, North safeties Patrick Chung of Oregon and Louis Delmas of Western Michigan had excellent practices, however, Missouri FS Will Moore, one of the highest rated players coming into Mobile continued to struggle, Moore just hasn't looked very quick or smooth and has fallen down way too much.Tuesday morning North practice:

    The big news pehaps from this mornings North pracice was that the offensive line, which appeared to have missed the wake-up call from their pre-practice naps yesterday afternoon, was collecively much sharper. C Alex Mack and Okalhoma OT Phil Loadholt have looked good. In fact, I haven’t witnessed Loadholt getting beat in either practice so far. Loadholt has consistently gotten great arm extension and has displayed much more active feet than expected. Mack hasn’t been as dominate but is taking care of business in his own right. He gives himself a solid base and can anchor against the big men like 340-pound Boston College DT Ron Brace. Meanwhile, Illinois OT Xavier Fulton also had a solid workout this morning as he also showed quick feet in transition. Oregon State T/G Andy Levitre also showed plenty of strength, but didn't show much in the way of lateral quickness and doesn’t appear to have the feet to play tackle. I’d like to see him at guard where he wouldn’t have to battle the quicker defensive ends on an island.

    While the North offensive line was improved today, Boston College DT B.J. Raji continued to dominate. The 334-pounder is living in the backfield making interior lineman look ridiculous. The backside of this stud defensive tackle is enormous and he looks like he was born to demolish the squat rack. That strength transfers to the field as he can bull rush anyone. In individual drills he threw Oregon OL Max Unger to the ground in a move reminiscent of Reggie White in Super Bowl XXXI. However, brute strength isn’t the only impressive aspect of this mauler’s game. His pass rush repertoire is special. Raji’s first step is very quick and he gets his hips underneath him to create great leverage. He can turn the corner and make himself small to beat the man in front of him. Honestly, I have to make myself focus on other players because I could watch him all day. Raji is a top five pick in my opinion and has been by far the most impressive player on the North. Raji's BC teammate Ron Brace is also stout along the defensive front, but seems to lack the pass rush moves necessary to beat his man on a consistent basis. Missouri DT Ziggy Hood has looked solid; he could use some refinement, but the strength and talent is evident. Same for Purdue DT Alex Magee who demonstrated a quick first step and good lateral movement. Meanwhile, Northern Illinois DE Larry English has the quickest first step among the North DEs and consistently turned the corner on the offensive tackle across from him, although he also got stuffed a couple of times when he spent too much time at the line of scrimmage head-faking rather than exploding into the backfield. On the other hand, UConn DE/OLB Cody Brown really struggled to disengage from blockers and got engulfed on a couple of sequences.

    Nobody was describing the North passing attack as a clinic this morning. None of the three North QBs - Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar and Nathan Brown of Central Arkansas - threw the ball all that well. Bomar, the one-time big-time recruit at Oklahoma, at least showed plenty of arm strength and a smooth release, but needs to improve his footwork team. Meanwhile, both Harrell and Brown needed too much wind-up to get on even intermediate routes, while too many of Brown's passes wobbled. Scouts, though, have reportedly been impressed by Harrell's work while tying to learn the intricacies of working under center. It also wasn't the greatest day for the North receivers. Brandon Gibson of Washington State did a nice job getting open underneath, however, dropped a couple of easy passes when he let the ball get into his body, while 6-6, 227-pound Cal Poly WR Ramses Barden was almost impossible to cover on a couple of simple slant routes, but didn'tlook very smooth or quick on other routes. On the other hand, Penn State WR Derrick Williams continued to look like the quickest guy on the North team.

    While the North receivers struggled at times, several DBs had very good days. Virginia Tech CB Victor ' Macho' Harris was very physical at the line of scrimmage jamming receivers and also was very quick running with receivers in the open field. Oregon CB Keenan Lewis, who has nice size for a cover corner, was also very smooth on the break. Meanwhile, North safeties Patrick Chung of Oregon and Louis Delmas of Western Michigan had excellent practices, however, Missouri FS Will Moore, one of the highest rated players coming into Mobile continued to struggle, Moore just hasn't looked very quick or smooth and has fallen down way too much.
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    I want us to draft Ramses Burden he's going to be good.
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    Tuesday afternoon South practice:

    Unfortunately, there was less to be taken from this afternoon’s South practice than from the North practices this week. The practice ended early and a significant portion of it was dedicated to special teams which made it difficult to evaluate the individual players at their resoective positions. Plus, a lot of the plays run when the South went into an 11-on-11 series were gadget type plays - screens, draws, reverses and the like - which may have been just as well as the South defense appears to be way ahead of the defense.

    And if the South ever needs a nickname for its squad they could call them the 'Late Bloomers' as most of the best players on the field today were less heralded prospects who really didn't emerge as national prospects unil their senior campaigns. Georgia DT Corey Irvin, for example, combined with Georgia Tech DT Vance Walker for a thunderous sack on the 11-on-11 and then later blew up a running play for a TFL. On both plays Irvin bested Louisville C Eric Wood. Wood was also victimized for a sack by Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry who literally ran through an attempted double team by Wood and Arkansas C Jonathan Luigs. On the afternoon, Jerry consistenly got great leverage as he kept his pads low and was relentless in pursuit. Meanwhile, small school DE Lawrence Sidbury of D-1A Richmond flashe plenty of explosion and quickness coming off the edge, as did DEs Robert Ayers of Tennessee and Kyle Moore of Southern Cal. Moore, though, wasn't the only USC player to make his presence felt as DT Fili Moala showed both the ability to spin off a block and get to the passer as well as collapse the pocket off a bull-rush.

    While he struggled in the 11-on-11 series, C Wood held up better in the one-on-one drills when he battled to draws with Irvin. Alabama C Antoine Caldwell also more than held his own in the one-on-one drills involving offensive and defensive linemen as he anchored well against both Irvin and Walker. Caldwell was able to lock on to his opponent, set a firm base and shut them down in individual drills.

    Something of a hush came over the gathering of pro scouts when Ole Miss OT Michael Oher, arguably the highest rated player in Mobile this week, made like a statue on his first series in the one-on-one drills. Indeed, unheralded Hawaii DE David Veikune blew past Oher like he was standing still - well actually he was standing still - on their first two reps. Clearly, someone on the Jacksonville coaching staff, which is running the South practces, got in Oher'sear hole as he dominated on his next series; in fact, Oher pretty much shut everything done in front of him the rest of the day. The fact that he needed to be jumpstarted isn't going to enhance Oher's grade as he came to Mobile with a reputation for turning it on and off at times during his Ole Miss career.

    While the South defense has generally dominated the offense so far this week, arguably the most impressive player on the South team has been Southern Mississippi TE Shawn Nelson. Regarded mostly as a WR in a TE's body, Nelson has proven to be a solid all-around playerat the position ashe has blocked well and caught everything in sight with soft hands and great body control when the ball is in the air. Arizona WR Mike Thomas, a late addition to the Senior Bowl lineup after an outstanding week at the Shrine game, also looked good showing excellent quickness out of his breaks' Thomas, though, isn't overly big and did struggle at times to beat the jam at the line of scrimmage. Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi also looked smoth coming off the line of scrimmage, although he dropped a pass today that was a little underthrown, but he should have come up with.

    There has also been a bit of a buzz growing in Mobile about San Jose State CB Coye Francies, yet another South prospect who is hardy a household name outside his own neighborhood. Francies, a track star who originally signed at Oregon State before transferring because of some legal difficulties was very aggressive in press coverage, although he won't be able to hand-check like he was doing in Mobile in the pros. Francies also showed that he can turn and run with any receiver in town this week. And in keping with the 'no-mame' theme, West Virginia CB Ellis Lankster, yet another South late bloomer who may not even be a household name in his own home, also provided consistently tight coverage.
    2009 Senior Bowl: Tuesday South Recap

    By: Roshan Bhagat | Updated: 1/20 [IMG] 2009 Senior Bowl: Tuesday North Recap

    By: Roshan Bhagat | Updated: 1/20 [IMG] As the North team took the field for the second time inside Ladd-Peebles stadium, you could really see the players looking more comfortable. The temperature dipped a bit and the wind picked up, making for difficult connections between the quarterbacks and receivers. One key note to make was that Cincinnati cornerback Mike Mickens wisely withdrew from the Senior Bowl which opened up a spot for DT Alex Magee. Again, the quarterbacks for the North roster looked very average. There really appear to be no starters in the bunch, all with average arm strength. Both Graham Harrell and Nathan Brown failed to cut the ball through the wind with enough velocity. While Harrell still has some work left to be done, surprisingly, he had the best footwork of the bunch, though all three quarterbacks come from spread offenses. He is having some issues handling the ball under center though. Rhett Bomar, along with the other two quarterbacks struggled to throw accurate balls, but unlike the other two, he’s had career-long problems with this. Brown looked terrible on the day and just hasn’t looked like an NFL quarterback. He changes his throwing motion to a sidearm for deeper passes, as witnessed by his attempted deep outs, and even struggles to get the ball to his target. His footwork was sloppy, taking extra hitches after his dropback. None of these three quarterbacks belong in the first three rounds of the draft.
    The running backs were put to the test today as they were asked to take on blitzing linebackers. Of the bunch, Kory Sheets showed pure toughness and determination in taking on California’s Zack Follett head-on. He may easily be the best blocking back in the draft, which is a huge asset that will allow him to see playing time as a rookie. In that blitz pick-up drill, Navy’s fullback, Eric Kettani, made the biggest noise when he destroyed Ohio State’s Marcus Freeman, revving the coaches up. Jeremiah Johnson, though, is the best pure runner on the North team. He showed good speed in turning the corner and vision getting through the middle. He also displayed good hands out of the backfield.
    On the outside, Derrick Williams and Brandon Gibson tied as the best receivers on the day. I’m truly impressed with Williams’ ability to get in and out of cuts and continually find ways to get open. He understands how to eat up cushion and possesses the elite speed to still run by defensive backs. Also when shown off-man coverage he understands how to set up the underneath route and secure the football quickly. He’s making a strong case to be considered a first round prospect here in Mobile. Equally impressive, Gibson was catching everything thrown in his direction. For the second day in a row, he made a nice effort going deep. Ramses Barden is certainly played like a day one selection as well. Not only does he appear to be a natural athlete with great size, but he also has natural hands and a feel for what he needs to do. He uses his large frame well to create good angles to the quarterback. Brian Robiskie had another up and down day making some nice plays, but also dropping a ball.
    Brandon Pettigrew is the only name that needs to be heard from the North squad at tight end. It’s becoming rare to see the top tight ends in the mold of Pettigrew. He’s a great blocker that has learned the proper technique. On his best play today, he locked onto a linebacker right of the snap, extended his arms and drove him towards the sideline. He’s smooth getting into his routes and makes up for a lack of killer speed with his frame and hands. Pettigrew is a first round lock and will likely be gone by the middle of the first round.
    The player that jumped out in the one-on-one drills in the trenches was Oregon’s Max Unger. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in a good way. He’s too easily overpowered by defensive tackles, which makes me wonder. Might he be a better fit at left tackle, a position he also has experience playing? In the team drills, he looked okay, but also stumbled trying to get out for a screen. Phil Loadholt is biggest unknown lineman at the Senior Bowl. He’s not unknown as in name recognition, but does he have the tools to succeed at the next level. You know he has the size and talent, but will he really be able to handle edge rushers? His footwork isn’t that bad for a man his size, but he plays too upright rather than bending his knees. William Beatty from Connecticut is nearly the opposite prospect. He has a good frame, but doesn’t have the weight to fill it out yet. He’s a great fit on the left side because of his excellent footwork. Back-to-back fights with teammate Cody Brown really captured his biggest strengths and weaknesses. On the first play, he allowed Brown to get to his body and was pushed backwards into the direction of the quarterback. The next play, he slid well and cut off the edge. He has great potential and will only improve with coaching. On the interior, Trevor Canfield, one of my favorite offensive line prospects really dominated. He’s a nasty guard that plays to the whistle, sometimes even beyond that. Today he showed the ability to anchor a bull rush and defeat everyone he faced in the one-on-ones.


    On the defensive line, I was surprised at how quiet Mitch King was today and how quiet Larry English has been this week. King didn’t repeat from a year ago looking like he tried to focus a little more on power moves today. It’s interesting he tried that because of his lack of a true position, but it didn’t go as according to plan. On the other hand, I was fully expecting English to be a terror off the edge, but he’s been anything but. He’s won a couple battles in one-on-ones but hasn’t done much aside from that. No matter what they had done today, it would have still been overshadowed by B.J. Raji’s dominant performance. He’s a well-built nose tackle who moves well. He showed off his bull rush, rip, and a variety of other power moves to collapse the pocket in the one-on-one drills. He then translated his work to the team drills where he blew up several plays in the backfield. He is easily the most NFL-ready defensive linemen this year. Missouri’s Ziggy Hood also had another great day demonstrating several more perfectly-executed spin moves. Ron Brace on the other hand wasn’t quite as spectacular as a day ago. His bull rushes worked with less success and he looked very sloppy moving. He’ll only be a one-dimensional space eater until he shows something else not in his repertoire.
    None of the North team linebackers really brought their A-games today. Clint Sintim showed some improvement, but switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3 defense may be impacting his play. He’ll be playing the SAM linebacker should he be drafted by a 4-3 team, but he’ll need to show improved footwork to be able to hang with backs and tight ends in coverage. Nic Harris might be having the best week of any linebackers. He hasn’t really had to shed many blocks and has struggled a bit when asked to do so. In coverage, he looks alert and does a good job clinging to his man. Linebackers Zack Follett and Marcus Freeman were both blown up today as they were blocked by backs, but had good days otherwise. Both Scott McKillop and Tyrone McKenzie struggled to get off blocks all day. McKillop didn’t read and react very well in team drills either.
    The secondary showed much improvement from Monday all the way down the roster. Macho Harris had the best day showcasing his press man coverage that he learned at Virginia Tech. He stuck close to the receiver and didn’t bit on double moves. He finished plays tough by knocking the ball out of the air, or even once stripping the receiver after the catch, showing some hustle. In the box safeties Patrick Chung and Louis Delmas also had great days. Chung has flashed an ability to come down compete opposite receivers play after play. He could easily be overtaking William Moore as the top safety, who has been nothing but stiff this entire week. Delmas played incredibly physical in practice even laying a good hit on Ramses Barden as he caught a slant route. He’s the most aggressive safety here in Mobile and has looked great as a result. Keenan Lewis improved mightily from a day ago where he looked very slow to drive on routes. Today, he looked comfortable playing press coverage, blanketing receivers from the get go. Darius Butler, one of my favorite cornerbacks looked like the most natural cornerback on the field, but was a little inconsistent. He was beat deep on one play, but came back and didn’t allow the receiver to get off the line of scrimmage on the next.
    The second day of practice ran much smoother than the first. The players knew their assignments better and they competed harder. Several players already improved their play with a day of coaching, while others looked a little tired from yesterday. It was a much better practice from the North side who will look to execute even better tomorrow. The NFL Network will cover the North team practice from 10:30AM-12:00PM (ET)



    Bj Rajia DT from Boston College is blow up plays guys and teammate Ron Brace is not have bad either he pushing through the offense of Line today.
  6. Manwiththeplan

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    Raji seems like he can be more than a 3-4 NT, but possibly a huge dominant 4-3 DT like John Henderson, Kris Jenkins or Marcus Stroud. While Brace seems like a one dimensional prospect who would only excell as a 3-4 NT or a role player in a 4-3 who only plays on goal-line and short distance plays.
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    Can't help but be intrigued by Conner Barwin. He won't get much publicity, especially since he's not playing LB at the senior bowl, but I have a hunch he's going to impress scouts nonetheless. He's reportedly an outstanding special teams player too.
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    Man, I really hope we land Mitch King. He's gonna rule so much.
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    Can we please draft this guy.
  11. ms9221

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    Wednesday morning North practice:

    GBN Staff report

    This morning’s North practice was a sloppy affair which included as many as four botched snaps as well as at least one fumbled hand-off. In fact, it was another rather pedestrian day all-around for the North QBs. Texas Tech gunslinger Graham Harrell at least showed some nice touch and accuracy as well as a smooth delivery, but the ball takes awhile to get there. Sam Houston State’s Rhett Bomar, on the other hand, has a live arm and a compact delivery, but too many passes ended up on the receiver’s back shoulder.

    Wednesday’s practice also confirmed what we’d seen the first couple of days from the North receivers. Ohio State possession WR Brian Robiskie has excellent size, runs nice routes, and has sticky hands, but isn’t going to run by anyone. Same for Brandon Gibson of Washington who can find the open space and uses his body effectively to shield off defenders from the ball, but struggles to get much separation on deep routes. Meanwhile Derrick Williams of Penn State is super-quick but not all that physical, while Cal Poly Ramses Barden is a huge target with decent hands, but lacks much in the way of agility or explosion. Oklahoma WR Juaquin Iglesias also hasn’t looked very smooth running, but seems to get open and has good hands and concentration.

    And speaking of North receivers, arguably the most interesting story of the day involved Connor Barwin of Cincinnati. Barwin lined up at TE the first two days of practice, the position he played earl in his career at Cincinnati, but switched back over to DE, the position he played in 2008, at this morning’s practice. And Barwin, who has also played for the Bearcats hoop squad in the past, didn’t look at all out of place on the defensive side of the ball. Barwin showed some very good quickness and explosion coming off the edge in the one-on-one pass rush drills as he blasted past Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt, and then blew up a running play with some great penetration in the 11-on-11 portion of practice.

    As with this week’s earlier practices, the best player on the field for the North was Boston College DT BJ. Raji. Raji was unblockable in both the one-on-one pass rush drills and the full scrimmage sequence; in the latter, Raji personally stuffed two running plays in the backfield, the second of which he ranged far down the line of scrimmage, and also regularly collapsed the pocket rushing the passer.

    Illinois DE Will Davis also had a strong practice, as did Northern Illinois DE Larry English. Davis showed a nice swim move as well as a solid change of direction, while English was consistently able to beat his man to the corner. UConn DE Cody Brown also had his best day of practice. While more of a tweener, Brown was able to get into the pads of Illinois OT Xavier Fulton and put the bigger man on his back and generally showed a little more quickness and creativity than earlier in the week.

    For the most part, it was an up-and-down day for the North offensive line. Two guys who had more downs than ups were the afore-mentioned Loadholt and Oregon State G/T Andy Levitre. With Loadholt, its game over when he gets his long arms into an opposing DE, however, he struggles to cut off the edge by quick outside rushers and has limited ability to change direction. Same story for Levitre, who was strong enough at the point of attack, but really struggled to move laterally. On the other hand, UConn William Beatty, Oregon C/G Max Unger and Virginia Tech C Ryan Shuman were solid enough on the day. The unheralded Shuman, in particular, got big Ron Brace, the other Boston College DT in Mobile, on the ground on several plays.

    Back in the secondary, Western Michigan DB Louis Delmas continued to provide very aggressive run support, while Uconn CB Darius Butler, also filled nicely on one run. There were a couple of nice coverages by LBs Nik Harris of Oklahoma and Pitt’s Scott McKillop. Meanwhile, Virginia LB Clint Sintim, who led all NCAA backers in sacks this fall, got a few reps with the defensive linemen in the one-on-one pass rush drill with the offensive linemen and showed some initial quickness off the snap, but not much in the way of lateral movement. Sintim also got caught flat-footed reacting to a running play.
  12. dmoore

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    Louis Delmas (DB Western Michigan) is a player. Glad to see he's looking good in practice.
  13. bpfred

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    BJ Raji looks like the best player in the Senior Bowl to me. That dude is ROUGH.

    Three other players I like a lot are Derrick Willliams of Penn State, Macho Harris of Virginia Tech, and DE Robert Ayers of Tennessee.

    Derrick Williams reminds me a little bit of Terry Glenn. He's so quick in and out of his cuts, and has plenty of speed.

    Also, I haven't been impressed with any of the quarterbacks.
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    It was actually a very comfortable morning at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, even though the temperature was in the 30's. It's amazing what a difference getting rid of that cold Mobile wind that harassed us yesterday makes. The North came out for what was most likely their last full pad practice of the week and with many scouts preparing to leave Mobile today and tomorrow this might be their last chance to impress. ? In case anybody missed Boston College DT B.J. Raji 's dominating performance this week he offered a recap on consecutive plays. On the first he bullrushed Andy Levitre and put the guy who many feel is the best guard in this draft on his back. Then on the very next rep he used his quickness and a swim move to blow by the blocker. Talk about being able to do everything! I don't think there is any doubt that Raji is the best defensive tackle in this draft, it's now just a question of /how/ high in the first round he goes. Top 15? Top 10??? ? Cincinnati's Connor Barwin finally got his opportunity to play some defensive end today and he looked much better there than he did at tight end. Barwin really gets upfield fast and he displayed the quickness and explosion that helped him lead the Big East in sacks this year. Back at tight end the results were once again very lackluster and he looks out of position there. Let this man rush the passer! ? Cal Poly WR Ramses Barden made a diving catch on a post route, caught the ball in traffic and showcased his leaping ability and body control. He looked better on short and intermediate routes than he did going deep though. ? Virginia Tech CB Victor "Macho" Harris was very active and I was impressed with his effort in run support. With that said he fell down twice while trying to cover crossing routes, whiffed on a tackle and as we feared speed appears to be an issue. All in all it was not a great day for Macho. ? Virginia OLB Clint Sintim is still a very good prospect but I have not been impressed with what I've seen from him this week. Once again Sintim struggled to get off blocks and on one play he got pushed back in 11-on-11's. On a positive note I did see him flash and blow up a screen pass. ? Northern Illinois DE Larry English had a very good day, flashing on a number of occasions and appearing to have a good motor. Early on English looked real impressive in bag drills then later he showcased a nice inside move and even recorded a sack in 11-on-11's. English is solidifying himself as a Day One pick. ? Purdue DT Alex Magee may have arrived late but he did a nice job of making up for lost time and he got the best of Trevor Canfield in "The Pit". Magee is definitely built like a defensive tackle and I think that is where he will play at the next level. ? For the first time this week I really saw something from Connecticut OT William Beatty . In addition to doing a nice job against Larry English in pass protection he was also very physical in the run game and was able to get a push on Ziggy Hood. ? Oklahoma star Nic Harris ' transition to outside linebacker continues to come along swimmingly. One play that stood out for me was when he was physical with Brandon Pettigrew at the line then turned and ran with him in coverage. ? Oklahoma OT Phil Loadholt played both sides today was beat a handful of times. Call me crazy but I think he has looked better on the left than he has on the right but maybe he is still adjusting to the mental aspect of that move. When Marcus McNeill was down here a few years ago everyone was saying he'd have to be a right tackle in the NFL but he's done a very good job on the left side for the Chargers. Perhaps Loadholt can prove the doubters wrong as well. ? Oregon's Max Unger saw action at both center and guard today. He once again showcased his mobility and also got a good push in the run game. ? Virginia TE John Phillips looks like a better receiver than blocker and did a nice job of running routes over the middle and catching balls with his hands. Overall Phillips had a good day and helped himself. ? Oklahoma WR Juaquin Iglesias beat Darius Butler for a catch and run and also did a nice job on a couple of long balls. ? Missouri S William Moore gave the impression that he's a good player and has a nasty attitude about him. However, he is definitely a strong safety prospect and when put back in half cover he went /way/ back. Moore's biggest flash of the day was when he came up and laid a big hit on Rashad Jennings. ? Connecticut DE Cody Brown bounced back a bit today after struggling earlier in the week. Brown looked very quick and fluid, flashing terrific change of direction skills and penetrating to make a play in the backfield during team drills. ? Penn St. WR Derrick Williams looked good in 1-on-1's and they had a hard time covering him. He's very quick coming out of his break and gets great separation. ? Ohio St. OLB Marcus Freeman had another strong performance, making a play in the backfield then later intercepting a pass that Kory Sheets bobbled. ? Navy FB Eric Kettani runs with some power but is a straight-ahead type. ? ? Not much has changed with the quarterbacks today. Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar still looks like the best of the bunch, although he did drop three snaps from center and one shotgun snap. Was it a product of working with new centers? ? Oregon St. OG Andy Levitre had his fair share of struggles today but he did a great job once locked on. Not a real strong showing though. ? Boston College DT Ron Brace did an excellent job of holding his ground against the double-team but Alex Mack flattened him on the ground later on. ? Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell can make all the throws, he just doesn't have the same velocity or quick release that Bomar does. As far as working under center goes, it's obvious that he's raw and needs to speed up his drop and setup but with time and practice he shouldn't have a problem adjusting. ? Today I saw the first signs of life from Virginia Tech C Ryan Shuman , who did a nice job of stonewalling Ron Brace in 1-on-1's. ? Iowa DT Mitch King may not look the part but he just keeps making plays. I liked how he was able to split a Phil Loadholt / Alex Mack double-team today. ? Central Arkansas QB Nathan Brown has definitely improved some since earlier in the week but he's still a clear-cut third behind Bomar and Harrell. ? Purdue RB Kory Sheets had his best day of the week, standing out from his counterparts. He ran with some speed and power and showed a little elusiveness too. He's a late round pick in my opinion. ? Virginia RB Cedric Peerman looked average and doesn't have much speed or a burst. Nothing fancy. ? Ohio St. WR Brian Robiskie ran a little hot and cold today, looking good on one play and then not so good on the next. Pretty inconsistent. ? Washington St. WR Brandon Gibson was solid but not quite as impressive as he was yesterday. Basically he did what he was supposed to do. Later in practice his hamstring tightened up and he sat the rest of the session out. ? Oklahoma St. TE Brandon Pettigrew once again did a fantastic job in the blocking drills but he looked stiff as a receiver. ? UConn CB Darius Butler is almost aggressive to a fault and it looked like he was jumping things and taking some risks. He doesn't really recover well when beat, which is surprising since he figures to time well in workouts. Part of the problem may be that when he got beat he really got beat. ? Cincinnati CB DeAngelo Smith is still giving a huge cushion yet he somehow managing to get beat deep twice. His stock may be dropping. ? Oregon S Patrick Chung seemed to be slow to react in coverage but he did show good form as a tackler and was aggressive in run suppoort. ? Oregon St. CB Keenan Lewis had good coverage on one deep pass but allowed the receiver to catch the ball right over him without even getting his arms up. ? Illinois DE Will Davis got the best of Andy Levitre and Phil Loadholt at different points today but he didn't look very powerful in drills. ? We nearly had our first fight of the week today when South Florida OLB Tyrone McKenzie and Oregon St. OG Andy Levitre began to mix it up a bit. ? Oregon's Jeremiah Johnson fumbled a kickoff return today, which drew the ire of coaches as they yelled "Can't do that!". He didn't stand out as a running back today either after looking good earlier in the week. ? Utah K Louie Sakoda once again failed to impress with his leg strength and to me he is very similar to former Louisville star Art Carmody, who went undrafted last year and hasn't gotten much of a sniff from the NFL. After seeing him up close this week I would not invest a draft pick on Sakoda. I hate to sound like a broken record but once again there weren't a lot of impact performances outside of B.J. Raji. This is a good team with a lot of guys who will play in the league but there just aren't a lot of stars. Perhaps that would've been different if Eugene Monroe and James Laurinaitis had opted to compete. It will be interesting to see whether style or substance wins out on gameday. Nevertheless there were plenty of guys who helped themselves and for me today's winners were Ramses Barden, William Beatty, Larry English, Alex Magee and John Phillips. © 2009. All Rights are Reserved. 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    South took the field for their final full pad practice. The consensus is that the South practices have a little more pizzazz than those of their North counterparts and I wholeheartedly agree. The South sessions even feature celebrity appearances, with USC Head Coach Pete Carroll stopping by to check out all of the Trojan players in attendance and former #1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell hanging out in his hometown. There was obviously plenty to see in the stands but the real action was on the field and that is where my attention was focused. ? The player I was most looking forward to seeing today was San Jose St. CB Coye Francies and he did not disappoint. Francies is a great athlete who is super quick, has smooth hips and transitions well. Francies also stays low in his backpedal and as an added bonus he is very tough and physical. I especially liked a series in 1-on-1's when he got a good press at the line then recovered in time to break up a pass. Francies did get beat more than I like to see but all in all I was extremely impressed. In fact, Francies was probably the best defensive back I have seen all week. ? Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry was extremely impressive once again today. He is very quick, gets off the ball well and utilized good technique. Jerry also showcased a wide array of pass rush moves. If not for B.J. Raji everyone would be talking about Jerry this week and his stock is definitely on the rise. Is the Top 20 now a possibility? ? Southern Cal ILB Rey Maualuga is clearly an aggressive downhill player and does a nice job of squaring up and breaking down in space. While he hasn't been bad Maualuga certainly hasn't stood out like Keith Rivers did down here last year. ? North Carolina St. RB Andre Brown had a great day, displaying a burst up the middle and proving once again what a good inside runner he is. ? Southern Miss TE Shawn Nelson had another good day, even catching two touchdowns in live action. He did drop one ball in 11-on-11's though. ? Ole Miss OT Michael Oher had at least three take-downs where he just buried the defender. Oher even got matched up against his former teammate Peria Jerry at one point and they worked to a stalemate. ? West Virginia QB Pat White can move around in the pocket and scramble but it seemed like he was overthrowing his targets all day long. ? Alabama S Rashad Johnson showcased his first-rate ball skills today and also displayed good form and technique as a tackler. ? Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith wasn't quite as smooth as I anticipated but as usual he just makes plays. In addition to an interception in 1-on-1's Smith was also tenacious and showed the ability to fight off blocks. ? Brian Cushing has been the best of the three Trojan linebackers in Mobile. Today I thought he looked real smooth and got good depth in coverage. Coming into this week I felt Cushing was overrated but I am beginning to change my tune. ? I was actually very impressed with Ole Miss WR Mike Wallace today. He isn't real big but Wallace showed good footwork as a route runner and was real aggressive as a blocker. I think he is a draftable prospect. ? Alabama TE Travis McCall made a pretty nice catch on a low thrown ball but he certainly doesn't look very natural as a receiver. ? South Carolina WR Kenny McKinley got off to a bit of a slow start but rebounded and had another solid day overall. I particularly liked his route running. ? Southern Cal DE Kyle Moore looked athletic and quick with a good first step. ? Texas WR Quan Cosby made the best catch I saw all practice long, plucking a ball that was high and away on a deep route. Later on Cosby beat Ellis Lankster on a deep route. There is a place for him at the next level. ? L.S.U. ILB Darry Beckwith is speedy and athletic but he did not do a good job of taking on blockers in drills. He also showed poor awareness in coverage, with the ball almost hitting him on the head at one point. ? Arkansas C Jonathan Luigs did not move his feet very well and consistently got beat in 1-on-1's. He may be a little overrated as a pro prospect. ? For the most part I have been sticking with Clemson QB Cullen Harper but after what I've seen this week he will be dropping in my rankings. Harper really has to step into his throws and still doesn't get much zip on them. Even more troubling is that he consistently puts the ball on the wrong shoulder and makes things difficult for his wideouts. He did have arguably his best throw of the week near the end of practice when he threaded the needle and found Shawn Nelson in the endzone. ? Maryland OLB Moise Fokou did a pretty good job in the 1-on-1 stuff. He appeared strong, athletic and really moved his feet well. ? Tennessee DE Robert Ayers could not beat Michael Oher today. Those two have battled all week long but this round goes to "Big Mike". ? Southern Cal OLB Clay Matthews moves pretty well on his drops in pass coverage but he was getting blocked by tight ends. He did have a nice hit in 11-on-11's though. He is probably a second round pick. ? Tulane OT Troy Kropog 's feet looked slow today. He got beat on the outside by speed rushers and just overpowered and driven back a couple of times. ? Florida St. WR Greg Carr was added to the roster today and while I am not his biggest fan I was pleasantly surprised with his performance. Carr is not explosive off the line and doesn't look real pretty when he is running but he is physical and just kept flashing for me. The play that really stood out in my mind was when he engaged in a good battle with Sherrod Martin in 1-on-1's before eventually coming away with the catch. Carr also showed some aggressiveness as a blocker. It's not easy for guys to come in mid-week and make their presence known but Carr did it. ? L.S.U. FB Quinn Johnson really looks the part and he did a nice job of blocking in space. Johnson also showed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. ? To nobody's surprised Ole Miss OLB Ashlee Palmer looked good in coverage and broke up a pass in team drills. He sure doesn't look like a linebacker though and a move to safety might be in the cards for him in the pros. ? Jackson St. CB Domonique Johnson had a pretty rough day. Not only does he allow way too much separation but he also struggles to get off blocks. ? USC WR Patrick Turner had good and bad moments in 1-on-1's but did have a nice catch and run in 11-on-11's. Most of his catches seem to be contested though. ? Both James Davis of Clemson and Arian Foster of Tennessee showed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield today. ? Liberty RB Rashad Jennings failed to stand out for the most part, although he did show nimble feet to avoid trash on a run up the middle. ? Wake Forest S Chip Vaughn did a nice job of matching up in coverage, even locking down Mike Wallace in 1-on-1's. Maybe he is as fast as he claims... ? Mississippi St. S Derek Pegues was getting a lot of instruction on his tackling technique but he was able to stay in Quan Cosby's hip pocket in 1-on-1's. ? North Carolina St. TE Anthony Hill is awfully slow off the line. He also appeared to fight the ball on a short pass before eventually dropping it. ? Alabama QB John Parker Wilson has an average, wasn't very accurate and held the ball too long in the pocket. He also overthrew Patrick Turner on a deep ball. ? Louisville OL Eric Wood was slow and couldn't handle speed moves outside. ? Auburn OG Tyronne Green really struggled with power moves. ? Florida OT Jason Watkins did a decent job with defenders up the middle but he surprisingly had some trouble keeping them off the edge. ? L.S.U. OG Herman Johnson looked better today (how couldn't he?) but just like everyone else Peria Jerry really gave him fits. ? Georgia DT Corvey Irvin ran into a wrecking ball named Michael Oher today and did not stand out. It's hard to blame him for that though. ? Hawaii DE David Veikune mostly tried to speed rush off the edge and when that didn't work he was basically finished and rendered useless. ? USC DT Fili Moala displayed good quickness and was effective as a pass rusher. ? Richmond DE Lawrence Sidbury was not impressive and didn't look real strong. ? Georgia Tech DT Vance Walker was slow getting off the ball and with the exception of one bullrush against Tyrone Green he didn't look overly powerful either. ? Southern Methodist P Thomas Morstead utilized his time well and spend most of the practice working, unlike Pat McAfee and Jake Ingram who seemed to be goofing around a bit. Morstead appeared to get good hangtime on his kicks. ? West Virginia K Pat McAfee was able to consistently hit from 42 yards but missed on a 52 yard attempt. He looked pretty average overall. The North may have a better group of quarterbacks and wide receivers but other than that the South appears to have superior talent at every other position. Both Peria Jerry and Michael Oher continue to impress while Coye Francies may be as talented as any senior cornerback in this draft not named Malcolm Jenkins. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention those three USC linebackers again too. It will be interesting to see how the game plays out but based on talent alone I am inclined to think the South squad will come out victorious Saturday night. © 2009. All Rights are Reserved. 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    Mitch split an Alex Mack/Loadholt double team. HE IS RANDY WHITE I TELL YOU.

    I really, really like Derrick Williams, too. Although I hope he isn't Terry Glenn, who is hilariously overrated by Cowboys fans.
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    Dallas Cowboys scouting director Tom Ciskowski and his staff found a surprising gem at last year’s Senior Bowl.
    The Cowboys got an up-close look at Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice, who was drafted in the fourth round. While he didn’t play a position of need, the Cowboys went with what they felt was the best player available.
    The selection of Choice proved vital because of injuries to Marion Barber and first-round pick Felix Jones. With the Cowboys’ past draft history, a future standout could be playing in tonight’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
    The Senior Bowl has produced Cowboys All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware, 2007 Pro Bowl kicker Nick Folk and Choice over the past four years. Offensive tackle Flozell Adams (1998) and center Andre Gurode (2002) also played in the game.
    The Cowboys do not have a first-round pick in the April NFL Draft. However, they will have nine overall selections.
    A look at five positions the Cowboys could target in the draft and Senior Bowl prospects at each spot:
    Strong safety
    William Moore, Missouri (6-1, 230) — Big hitter who makes plays in coverage.
    Patrick Chung, Oregon (6-0, 210) — Great run stopper who is highly productive.
    Louis Delmas, Western Michigan (5-11, 196) — Physical, but lacks great quickness and his level of competition could be a concern.
    Linebacker
    ILB Darry Beckwith, LSU (6-1, 232) — Butkus Award finalist built for weakside with solid sideline-to-sideline pursuit.
    OLB Clint Sintim, Virginia (6-3, 254) — Was at Virginia with Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett.
    ILB Rey Maualuga, USC (6-2, 260) — Disruptive player who is explosive, but can be overaggressive.
    Wide receiver
    Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma (6-0, 204) — Stock rising after a standout performance at workouts.
    Brian Robiskie, Ohio State (6-3, 199) — Son of Atlanta Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie had 19 touchdowns past two years.
    Derrick Williams, Penn State (6-0, 194) — Fast and very elusive, was the No. 1 player in the country coming out of high school.
    Defensive line
    DT B.J. Raji, Boston College (6-1, 323) — Think a bigger version of Pro Bowler Jay Ratliff. He regularly whipped linemen in one-on-one drills.
    DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee (6-3, 270) — Has potential but didn’t start until his senior year and had only nine career sacks.
    DT Fili Moala, USC (6-5, 295) — Perfect fit for end in 3-4 alignment; a cousin of Baltimore lineman Haloti Ngata.
    Quarterback
    Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State (6-2, 224) — Back on the radar with a big arm and outstanding athletic ability. If his stock rises, he could move into the second round.
    Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (6-2, 217) — Doesn’t have the arm strength or athletic ability of Bomar. Likely a middle-round prospect.
    Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas (6-0, 217) — It was hard to stand out in Mobile alongside Bomar and Harrell.
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    Strong safety
    William Moore, Missouri (6-1, 230) — Did not have a good week. In fact, they spoke with him about a possible move to LB. Sound familiar? Still, will go too high for us.
    Patrick Chung, Oregon (6-0, 210) — Supposedly had a really good week. Displayed better than expected coverage skills which was my concern about him.
    Louis Delmas, Western Michigan (5-11, 196) — Yes please.

    Linebacker
    ILB Darry Beckwith, LSU (6-1, 232) — Looks too stiff for me. Not a fan.
    OLB Clint Sintim, Virginia (6-3, 254) — Will go before we pick.
    ILB Rey Maualuga, USC (6-2, 260) — Will go before we pick :cry2:

    Receiver
    Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma (6-0, 204) — IMO only if he slips into the 4th round.
    Brian Robiskie, Ohio State (6-3, 199) — See above.
    Derrick Williams, Penn State (6-0, 194) — I like him but we have bigger needs (unless TO is booted)

    Defensive line
    DT B.J. Raji, Boston College (6-1, 323) — Was the star of camp. Will go too high for us.
    DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee (6-3, 270) — I like him but not sure what position he would play in a 3-4.
    DT Fili Moala, USC (6-5, 295) — Good player with a high motor. I knew his Dad and he's a USC guy, so I'd be thrilled.

    Quarterback
    Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State (6-2, 224) — Will go higher than we need to be spending a draft pick on.
    Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (6-2, 217) — Didn't impress at all.
    Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas (6-0, 217) — His lack of size worries me. Good arm though.

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