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Scott Wright: Senior Bowl Report - Day 2

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    January 25, 2005
    Senior Bowl Week Begins
    Scott Wright
    President, NFL Draft Countdown


    As if the prospects playing in the game weren't enough the stands have been littered with other top prospects who are working the NFL circles as well. I had a chance to speak with Arizona St. QB Andrew Walter who said his rehab is coming along fine and that he isn't ruling out being able to take part in the combine workouts but if nothing else he will definitely be able to show his wares before the Draft in late-April. Clemson CB Justin Miller was in attendance and while he may not have great height I can tell you from standing next to him he is solidly built. At this point he has not decided whether or not he will work out in Indy. Others in attendance were ILB's Channing Crowder of Florida and Odell Thurman of Georgia, RB Ciatrick Fason of Florida, athlete C.J. Leak of Tennessee, OT Trai Essex of Northwestern, WR Dante Ridgeway of Ball St. L.S.U. C Ben Wilkerson was also making the rounds and he told me that he is still about 1-1 1/2 months away in his rehab and won't be able to work out at the combine but he will be in attendance. Then there was also the smattering of others big names including "The Shark" himself, Drew Rosenhaus, making the rounds.

    Now, onto the football! The North squad practiced first this morning with K Mike Nugent of Ohio St. and P Cole Farden of Oklahoma St. the first two guys on the field about an hour early. Nugent looked very impressive and was showing off his leg strength with kick attempts in the high-50's and he even nailed a 63-yarder. DE / OLB Trent Cole of Cincinnati looked much better at his new position today which bodes well for his ability to make the move. Ronald Bartell, a sleeper CB prospect from Howard, looked big and smooth and worked at both corner as well as safety again. In my mind his best pro position might be at safety though because he really struggled in man-to-man coverage. CB Abraham Elimimian of Hawaii looked very small but he made some plays today and stood out among the cornerbacks and was especially impressive in coverage. U.N.L.V. S Jamaal Brimmer struggled in coverage and showed poor hands, unable to catch anything clean. On the other hand O.J. Atogwe of Stanford showed good ball skills and continued to make plays.

    On the offensive side of the ball Akron QB Charlie Frye continued to look sharp making all the throws and showing a nice touch on the deep ball. The standout of the day however may have been WR Mark Clayton of Oklahoma, who doesn't have ideal size at just a little over 5-9 but runs tremendous routes, has good hands, is quick and a terror after the catch and has the speed to separate. Some team is going to have a steal if they can overlook his stature. Taylor Stubblefield of Purdue also continued to impress at wideout doing everything well and just making the play every opportunity he got. Vincent Jackson of Northern Colorado has garnered serious praise from scouts for how well he moves at his size but he struggled to catch the ball a little again, although he did make a great play near the end of practice when he got seperation and caught a bomb. Finally, Craig Bragg of U.C.L.A. did a nice job on the short and intermediate routes and looks like a nice possession receiver. Along the offensive line Michael Roos of Eastern Washington continued to hold his own and did a nice job when matched up against Matt Roth in one-on-one drills.

    When the South took the practice field in the afternoon there was a noticeable difference in the attitude and intensity of the players and the team was much more spirited and feisty than their counterparts. Coach Jon Gruden was working with the quarterbacks on their cadence early and a guy who really stood out was David Greene of Georgia, who showed off his accuracy and was able to make most of the throws. Jason Campbell of Auburn showed nice touch and accuracy, dropping the ball down the chimney to Reggie Brown on one throw, but Brock Berlin of Miami seemed to have to put everything he had on his throws and it still took a while for them to get to their target. Cadillac Williams of Auburn, perhaps the biggest star in attendance, showed off his quickness and was absolutely explosive while Kay-Jay Harris of West Virginia drew oops and ahhs when he absolutely leveled Vincent Fuller on a running play. The two Georgia wideouts, Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown, made some plays with Gibson certainly looking the part but Brown had a little trouble holding onto the ball. TE Alex Holmes of USC is thick and physical but looked stiff and unathletic and didn't leave me all that impressed. One of the big stories of the week is Matt Jones, who is making the move to wide receiver and didn't embarrass himself at all. He is very tall and a little lumbering but he has the speed, quickness and athleticism to make it and even made a nice play where he held onto a ball over the middle despite getting laid out by a big hit. After practice Jones said he just needed reps and is more than willing to make the move from quarterback and appreciates all the top coaching he is getting this week. The secondary is a star studded group and while I hope to spend a lot more time focusing on them tomorrow but a couple of guys who stood out were Carlos Rogers of Auburn and Bryant McFadden of Florida St., while Corey Webster of L.S.U. was very disappointing. James Butler, the S from Georgia Tech was also very impressive in drills.

    After the practice I was able to speak with top defensive lineman Shaun Cody of USC and Marcus Spears of L.S.U. Cody is training with Athletes Performance in Los Angeles and hopes to stay inside at tackle while Spears said he is open to playing either end or tackle but feels he has made a lot of progress outside the last couple of years. Both players looked very impressive physically and carry their weight well and look like they would each be able to pack on some more pounds if necessary. And finally, you can take it for what it is worth but after practice scouts usually rush to talk with certain players and here is a list of some of the things I saw: DT Anttaj Hawthorne of Wisconsin was mobbed by Dallas scouts, Carolina talked with J.J. Arrington, Michael Roos and Manuel White, who they told he was a good fit for their system, Baltimore spoke with Adam Terry, Taylor Stubblefield talked with San Francisco and New Orleans, Cincinnati and New Orleans sought out OG Marcus Johnson of Ole Miss, Ben Wilkerson spoke with Kansas City and Corey Webster conversed with Carolina as well as former NFL safety Marcus Robertson, now working with the Titans. Could any of this be a sign of things to come? We shall see.
  2. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    Thanks TB ....Keep them coming
  3. fishspill

    fishspill Well-Known Member

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    Hawthorne, huh?

    3-4 here we come?

    If that's the case I'd rather draft Merriman and Spears and hope to the Lord we can nut-up to get a fat bastard in the middle via FA. Then draft another fat body later in the thing.

    I'm just not so sure about this Hawthorne guy...

    Anyone have a better perspective than seeing him play a total of 20 plays? I don't catch a lot of Big 10 football.
  4. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    He can dominate at times....and disappear at times. I like him late 1, early 2. I think he could be really good if properly motivated and conditioned.
  5. Nors

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    I had him at #32 on my board. He's dropping mid 2 to 3.

    I'd draft Anthony Bryant at 345 DAY 2 as a rotation guy and sign a vet DT like Ferguson.

    In the NFL you need 2 and 3 at EVERY position. Not best 22 - best 53
  6. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    I agree with your statement about 2-3 at every position. I think it is imperative that Dallas signs a DT and drafts one.

    However, I don't agree that Hawthorne is bland and would drop to 3. I would be shocked. Stranger things have happened though.
  7. RCowboyFan

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    He is not a good Pass rusher at all. Pure run clogger more like. So might be a perfect fit for 3-4 shceme most likely. He is not movable indeed, but doesn't seem to have that burst or quickness to him that can allow him to get to QB.

    Either that or his moves are not good enough to be able to get to QB. I dont think I would spend if I were a scout more than mid 2nd round on him. But sincce teams are hard up for good DTs, he might go higher.
  8. Rack Bauer

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    From what I've read, Anthony Bryant is a 3rd to 4th round pick.


    I wouldn't be surprised. Randy Starks dropped to the 3rd last year, and IMO Starks had more hype behind him then Hawthorne has now.
  9. Duane

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    You're right Rack. I read a lot of mocks last year with Starks going in the first round. There are guys that fall like that every year.
  10. Bobo

    Bobo New Member

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    And if you look at how Starks played this year, he should have gone higher than 3rd.
  11. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Yeah, but not much higher. Mid 2nd maybe.
  12. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    Good point on Starks. I thought of him later after submitting that. I would still be giddy to see Dallas get Hawthorne in 2.
  13. Rack Bauer

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    Yeah I wouldn't mind one bit.

    It would be extremely nice if our first three picks were Derrick Johnson, Shawne Merriman, and Antaj Hawthorne.
  14. Bobo

    Bobo New Member

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    He lead all rookie dt's in sacks and only started half the season. The hype Starks had was deserved and he could have gone to a few teams even before mid 2nd.
  15. Portland Fanatic

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    Speaking of Bryant...he apparently is having a very good week at practices. His stock may be rising based off of his game tomorrow...he may turn out to be the best NT in the draft.
  16. Rack Bauer

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    Playing defense is more then just getting sacks.




    He's definitely got the size to be a good NG. I don't know if BP would "allow" him to stay at that weight though.
  17. Bobo

    Bobo New Member

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    Well obviously. He had more tackles than most dt's taken before him. He's a big, super strong guy, great against the run.
  18. Rack Bauer

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    I agree. It's just too soon to say he should of been a first round pick.

    I wish we would of taken him though.


    Let me think... Jacob Rogers or Randy Starks? Hmmm...
  19. Bobo

    Bobo New Member

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    Now that's an easy one to answer hehe. Starks also played in a 3-4 in college, think he played both NT and DE. So at least he's proven he can fit either scheme.

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