Senior Bowl: South Practice. Day 2
Once again the Senior Bowl, one of the most exciting pre draft games in underway. We look at potential players of the NFL and give our thoughts on what the Houston Texans and other potential NFL teams might be looking at with each senior players in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL Network is doing a great job of covering the event and you should check out Charles Davis and Matt Mayock give the analysis.
We will start with our coverage with the South team and will put together days 1 and 2, we will look at potential fits for the Texans, but also will highlight some players to keep your eyes out for in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The South squad is being coached by the Washington Redskins coaching staff.
He can catch and return punts, which will make him a hot commodity during draft time. He has shown some exceptional hands and good adjustment to the football in the air. Adams makes his money in the return game and will be a potential threat in the slot position.
The star of the receiver group for the South, and he will have to prove he is. He has all the ability to be something special and is coming from a school who has a pedigree in putting out some quality NFL players the past few drafts. Put him on your radar for the coming week and draft time.
Biggest knock on him is his size, and it is noticeable when he lines up on the field. He is quick in space and shows some nice hands. His future in the NFL will be a slot wide receiver, but he will have to work hard to silence his doubters.
The most interesting thing on Ganaway, the star running back from Baylor’s high-powered offense was working at full back. Think is shows a little what the scouts may think of him, so it is something to watch as the week unfolds.
Talk about a specimen, and causing matchup problems. He is a big target who used to be a wide receiver, but grew so much in college he was moved to tight end. He is a good-looking prospect for the draft.
A favorite of ours, and reminds us of the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Clark. He has some great hands and can run some routes. He does a good job of using his body to shield defenders. Have to wait to see how he run blocks.
The talk of the town, Coples is everything that is advertised about him. Reminds us of Julius Peppers, and has 4-3 defensive end written all over him. Had a great junior year and a down senior year, but former UNC head coach Butch Davis thinks the coaching philosophy change hurt Coples his senior year and thinks he is the real deal.
Short arms and undersized are the describing Ingram, but he has done nothing but impress at the Senior Bowl. He has an array of pass rush moves, and is quick to the point off attack. Scouts know he can play, but where is the question, inside, outside or standing up.
Working with the defensive line, it still looks like Upshaw could be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the making. The best feet and acceleration of the group, Upshaw can tackle and get after the quarterback with the best of them. He has some fire and shows it on the field, and even the first day of pads he competes.
Another defensive player from UNC, the former running back is a player in the making. He is said to have clocked at a 4.3 (40 yard dash) at the linebacker position. If that is the case it can be expected he will be a day one or day two draft pick. A tackling machine with speed, NFL teams will be lining up to talk to Brown.
Robinson has good instincts and add that with good down hill speed, he has the makings for a good linebacker. He did a few things in the team segment of practice that opened our eyes. He will need to finish plays, but his ability to use his instincts to get to the ball was a good sight to see.
Player to Watch
Talk about your supply and demand, Creer was invited to the East-West Shrine Game last weekend and put on a display where he rushed over 100 yards. His performance was so good he was a late add to the roster for the Senior Bowl. Creer has some moves in the whole and can get to daylight quick. He looks like a one cut runner, and him being invited to the second post season game should be an indicator that scouts want to see more of him.
Biggest Question Mark
Fuller looks like the prototypical NFL wide receiver, but with poor routes and some drops Fuller looks over matched. His play slipped after a good junior year, and has some people scratching their heads on what happen to Fuller his senior year. He has a lot to prove this week with performance and interviews to prove he is going to be worth a draft pick.