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Senior Bowl, 6pm CST, NFLN

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  1. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Agent Coulson

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    30 more minutes folks... It should be fun to watch. Perhaps our next drafted QB, OL, LB, or Safety will showcase some talents tonight. We are likely going to see at least one person tonight that will don the Cowboys uni come draft time. Oh, & we'll probably get to see Jerry & Wade's mugs too.
  2. Yoshimitsu

    Yoshimitsu Lurch

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    Unfortunately, I don't i have the NFLN.
  3. Dayton Cowboy

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  4. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    I am really interested to see Brian Cushing from USC. Hope he has a good game tonight and somehow we can end up with him.
  5. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Please don't, Ok?

    Don't ruin the game!

    :(
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    [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-1]2009 Senior Bowl: Practice Review[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][IMG][FONT=Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-1]
    By NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The Sports Xchange

    MOBILE, Ala. -- Scouts usually arrive at all-star games knowing a player's deficiencies from studying film. Some players display unexpected skills working in a different system or when surrounded by talent superior to their college teammates, making the chances of a player moving up a draft board greater than they are of moving down based on these postseason practices.

    Consider that last year these players left Mobile having helped their standing with scouts: quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Chad Henne, wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Eddie Royal, cornerback Leodis McKelvin and defensive end Kendall Langford. The first 10 prospects listed below all excelled this week and could enjoy similar success on draft day 2009 and beyond.

    Prospects not impressing scouts the past few days should note that 2008 Senior Bowl disappointments wide receiver Adarius Bowman, wide receiver Dorien Bryant, defensive end Chris Ellis (a third-round pick) and quarterback Andre Woodson failed to make any kind of mark as rookies.


    Senior Bowl Practice Stars:

    DT B.J. Raji, Boston College: The most impressive player on the North team, hands down. He pushed his way into the top half of the first round, quite literally, with his dominant bull rush against some very talented interior blockers.

    C/OGs Alex Mack, Cal and Max Unger, Oregon: The battles between Raji and Mack/Unger were the highlight of the week. Raji would bully his way by them on the first one-on-one rep. On the second, Raji would be halted in his tracks by the Pac-10 pivots with a strong anchor and nasty attitude. Both displayed some versatility when shifting to left guard -- Indianapolis had success with 2008 draft picks OG/C Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard, which made teams think more about these position shifts.

    OT Michael Oher, Mississippi: Scouts and the media may take shots at Oher's background and perceived intelligence, but coaches will tell you the "eye in the sky doesn't lie." Anyone watching practice saw an amazing athlete at one of the more important positions on the field. Oher also took to coaching, learning how to deal with former Tennessee DE Robert Ayers' inside moves on Monday and controlling him on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi: In the very large shadow of Raji and his teammate, Jerry quietly proved he can be a force at the three-technique and just might wind up a first-round pick.

    CB Coye Francies, San Jose State: Used his wiry strength (6-feet, 179 pounds) to hit receivers whenever possible in the light-contact scrimmages. In addition to his toughness, Francies has fluid hips and good ball skills.

    TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State: His blocking skills, on the line and at the second level, were as advertised. Pettigrew displayed soft hands and an ability to use his body to shield and separate from linebackers in coverage.

    DE David Veikune, Hawaii: Even going up against a stud like Oher, Veikune never quit. His motor was always obvious on film, but scouts still liked what they saw whether he was lined up on the left or right side of the line.

    WR Patrick Turner, Southern California: After coming to life as a senior with 10 receiving touchdowns, his stock continues to rise. He looked good starting from the weigh-in (6-5, 220, 33-inch arms) and didn't stop shining when he hit the practice field. He looked very quick for his size and his hands were solid.

    CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest: Three interceptions in three practices. He was running the receiver's route for him and putting on a show with his ball skills. He's not very big and did struggle in press cover drills. But he'll learn that technique and is likely to go to a zone coverage team.


    Honorable mention:
    --QBs Rhett Bomar (Sam Houston State) and Nathan Brown (Central Arkansas): They weren't great, but they weren't overwhelmed.

    --RB Andre Brown (North Carolina State): Ran strong into the hole and over defensive backs.

    --FB Tony Fiammetta (Syracuse) and Quinn Johnson (LSU): Both guys made pads pop all week and caught passes better than expected, especially in Johnson's case.

    --WR Brandon Gibson (Washington State): Ran crisp routes and showed good hands.

    --RB Rashad Jennings (Liberty): His quick feet at 6-1, 234 pounds are even more impressive in person.

    --DT Mitch King (Iowa): Only 275 pounds, but scouts love his violent hands and high motor.

    --LBs Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga (Southern California): Maualuga and Cushing did not have to come, but made the most of their trip.

    --TE Shawn Nelson, Southern Miss: A fluid runner, he showed soft hands (when not looking into the sun) and a willingness to block despite a wiry 238-pound frame.



    Senior Bowl Practice Disappointments:

    QBs Cullen Harper (Clemson), Graham Harrell, (Texas Tech) and Pat White (West Virginia): Harrell needed to shine this week to separate himself as the top senior quarterback; White was out to prove he can be a quarterback at the next level instead of moving to receiver; Harper just wanted to get himself back on the NFL radar as a draftable prospect. None of them accomplished their goal. Harrell's arm strength and Harper's wobbly, inaccurate passes did not wow scouts. White's ball looked nice but he wasn't accurate enough to give coaches confidence he will excel at the position.

    SS William Moore, Missouri: Coming in as the top-rated safety, Moore's stiffness in space, inconsistent hands and slow reactions are forcing teams to re-evaluate him for a potential move to linebacker.

    DE Will Davis, Illinois: Davis was considered a top prospect as a junior but could not carry the expectations into 2008. He spent most of this week struggling to beat his man off the edge and getting engulfed when trying to bull rush. Teammate Derek Walker may have had a bigger impact.

    OT Troy Kropog, Tulane: Given the chance to prove himself against top players, Kropog wasn't up to the challenge. He has the size and potential to be a starting tackle in the NFL, but it may take a bit longer than scouts had hoped.

    OL Herman Johnson, LSU: Teams are well aware of what he has done at guard, so they gave him a chance to prove himself this week at right tackle. "Big Herm" (he officially weighed 382 pounds) really struggled with his lateral quickness and footwork on the edge. He'll likely stay inside, which isn't necessarily a bad thing except for the financial ceiling being greater for perimeter blockers.
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    Senior Bowl 2009: Recapping the week's biggest winners in practice


    By Tony Pauline, Special to SI.com, TFYDraft.com
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    B.J. Raji improved his draft stock with an impressive week of practices in Mobile.
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    MOBILE, Ala. -- The scouts and general managers have all left Mobile as practices have come to an end. All that's left to do is play the game, which kicks off Saturday at 6 p.m. Here's a list of the players who came out of the practices as the biggest winners and those who disappointed.

    (Day 1 report | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Rosters)


    Risers

    B.J. Raji/DT/Boston College: Raji walks away from Senior Bowl practices as the unquestionable big winner. He was unblockable each and every day. Raji manhandled opponents in one-on-one drills then collapsed the pocket in scrimmage when he faced double team blocks. Coming into the week Raji was considered a mid-to-late first-round pick but he enters the game now ranked as a top 15 selection.

    Derek Williams/WR/Penn State: Williams was always thought of as a great athlete who showed flashes of excellence at receiver. He pulled all the pieces together this week and was just plain brilliant. His athletic skills translated into football dominance on just about every snap. He solidified himself as the draft's top senior receiver moving towards the combine and now grades out as a late first-round pick.

    Larry English/DE-OLB/Northern Illinois: English was the best pass rusher on the field this week. He beat offensive tackles off the edge and made several higher rated prospects look like amateurs. His speed and ability to make plays up the field is enticing and has solidified English as a late first-round selection.

    Alphonso Smith/CB/Wake Forest: Smith came to Mobile as a fringe first-round pick but enters the game knowing he has solidified himself as a top 20 selection. Smith took on all receivers, including those bigger or faster, and shut them down. He displayed great ball skills and made a living defending or intercepting passes all week.

    Alex Magee/DT/Purdue: He was a late arrival to the Senior Bowl yet made his presence felt the moment he stepped onto the field Tuesday. Magee made life miserable for those who tried to block him. He showed great athleticism on every snap. Magee was considered a late second-round choice before the week began, yet it's not out of the question he could slide into the final few choices of round one after his performance in Mobile.

    Evander Hood/DT/Missouri: Hood could've been an easy guy to miss with all the available talent on the defensive line, yet he made his mark and stood out when the opportunity arose. Hood played with a non-stop motor, working hard until the whistle blew. He was another whose quickness and explosion gave blockers fits. Hood now grades as a solid early second rounder, about 20 spots better than where he stood a week ago.

    Juaquin Iglesias/WR/Oklahoma: Iglesias positively answered the question about his ability to play in a disciplined pro-style offense versus the wide open spread system at Oklahoma, which made him so productive. He displayed consistent hands all week and now ranks below only Derrick Williams on the list of senior receivers available this April.

    Louis Delmas/S/Western Michigan: Delmas displayed an array of skills from day one. He was effective in pass coverage, very tough against the run and showed a lot of leadership in the secondary. He has positioned himself as one of the top three safeties in the draft.

    Trevor Canfield/OG/Cincinnati: The Bearcat All American dominated opponents each and every
    day. He's strong like a bull and as mean as they come. Canfield went up against the best defensive linemen offered by the Senior Bowl this year and held his own. He is now positioned to be one of the top three guards selected, somewhere in the middle of round two.

    Rashad Jennings/RB/Liberty: The small school product took full advantage of the opportunity to showcase his talents. He displayed speed and power carrying the ball, strength and tenacity as a blocker and sure hands catching passes. Jennings' performance makes him the top senior running back in April's draft.

    Mike Thomas/WR/Arizona: Thomas stood out every day this week and significantly improved his draft stock. He played bigger than his measured size of 5-8, 187-pounds, and faster than his perceived 40 time of 4.55 seconds. Thomas battled larger opponents to come away with the difficult grab but also regularly made the ordinary reception. He's elevated himself into the second round of the draft and could move into the middle part of the frame with good workouts at next month's combine.

    Nic Harris/OLB/Oklahoma: Harris was seamless in his transition to outside linebacker after spending most of the past four years at safety. He was athletic and forceful all week, defeating blocks to make plays up the field or denying the corners to ball carriers. Harris has room for improvement at the position but the arrow is definitely pointing up.

    Noteworthy Performers: John Phillips/TE/Virginia, Tyronne Green/OG/Auburn, Jason Watkins/OT/Florida, David Veikune/DE/Hawaii, Peria Jerry/DT/Mississippi, Coye Francies/CB/San Jose State, Chip Vaughn/S/Wake Forest, Rashad Johnson/S/Alabama.

    Sliders

    William Moore/S/Missouri: Moore came to Mobile stamped as the draft's top safety and carried a first round grade. After a bad week he leaves hoping to be selected before the second round ends. Moore struggled in pass coverage and was constantly getting beat by receivers. Scouts in attendance feel Moore's poor ball skills limit the types of systems he will be effective in at the next level. As a result, his draft stock has taken a hit.
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    Scouts were not impressed with the quarterbacking skills of Pat White in Mobile.
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    Pat White/QB/West Virginia: Scouts who thought White could play in the NFL must now rethink that opinion. White's a talented athlete who shows minimal consistency and accuracy throwing the ball from the pocket. He is now likely to spend time working out with the receivers at the combine in February.

    Victor Harris/CB/Virginia Tech: Harris struggled from the word go, giving up receptions short and deep every day. He rarely made plays on the ball and was constantly late arriving to the action. The week in Mobile cost Harris at least a round of draft stock, pushing him into the fourth frame.

    Herman Johnson/OG/LSU: Johnson got a rise from scouts on Monday morning after measuring 6-feet, 7.5 inches and 382 pounds. It turned out to be one of the few times all week he would impress onlookers. Johnson rumbled around the field from the first day of practice and was constantly exploited by smaller and quicker defenders. He struggled at his college position of guard and at right tackle.

    Andy Levitre/OL/Oregon State: Levitre could not capitalize on a terrific senior season. He was beaten by speed opponents and driven off the line by powerful defenders. A possible top 75 choice coming into the Senior Bowl, Levitre has fallen into the late part of round four.

    Notes

    After a very slow start to the week, Rey Maualuga finished in a furious manner and looked every bit the part of being an impact defensive player by Wednesday. He was flying around the field, running over blockers and blowing up plays. What was the difference? Maualuga was one of just two players in the Senior Bowl who had not yet signed with an agent, the other being Cal center Alex Mack. Maualuga came into the week ill prepared physically and mentally and was unaware of how the entire Senior Bowl process worked. Word got out Tuesday night that the USC linebacker had finally signed with a representative. Once things settled down for him off the field, his play started to heat up between the sidelines.
  8. Hostile

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  9. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Agent Coulson

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    I wonder if he will drop to an area where we can get him. If he does drop do we snatch him up? Enjoy the game.
  10. cowboysfan31

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    I think it's just overpowered, if you turn the volume on the player way down it is just fine. My problem is that the stream I'm getting from that link is Fox Sports South. They had a really good interview with DeMarcus a minute ago, but I'm wanting to watch the Senior Bowl.
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  12. Dayton Cowboy

    Dayton Cowboy Active Member

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    I don't think that link worked after all. It looks like the other one works.
  13. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    C Eric Wood is starting at RG in the game. On the first drive he did a nice job of blocking.

    G Herman Johnson started at RT. He too did a solid job of blocking on the two passing plays.
  14. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Since I can't watch the game, is there a NT out there that might be a good fit?
  15. Dayton Cowboy

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    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    DT Fili Muala has started off nice.....on 1st down he blew up the Tupou. On 2nd down he fought off his block and made the tackle on the running back.
  17. cowboysfan31

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    Loadholt played RT and looked pretty good that series. I'd kinda like to see him inside at G, but I doubt that'll happen tonight.
  18. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    Turn down the volume on the player to about half or lower and the static is nowhere like it is upon opening.

    Edit...Guess it makes no diff as they are playing some gymnastics event on that link.
  19. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    Wood with another good block on that first down play.
  20. cowboysfan31

    cowboysfan31 Active Member

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    Mitch King is having a big game so far.

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