Interview: Brandon Graham

Written by Will Spencer on February 4, 2010


Probably the best player at the Senior Bowl practices and in the game, Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham was a force on the field. Graham won the Senior Bowl MVP award after recording two sacks and a forced fumble in the dominate win for the North team. I had a chance to talk to Brandon a few times during the week. Here’s the first transcript of our first conversation.


Spencer: What’s your Senior Bowl experience been like so far?


Graham: The tempo is fast and I expected it. That’s all I’ve been practicing for. I feel like I did good today. I was kind of sad because one of my boys, O’Brien Schofield, tore his knee up today. So he won’t be participating no more. I talked to him for a minute and told him that I’m gonna keep him in my prayers and I’ll keep going (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Gameday

Written by Will Spencer on January 30, 2010

Depth Charts


Final rosters have been updated and here are the official depth charts for the Senior Bowl.


North Offense


WR: Jacoby Ford — Mardy Gilyard — Donald Jones LT: Ed Wang — Vladimir Ducasse LG: Zane Beadles — Shawn Lauvao C: Eric Olsen — Matt Tennant RG: Mike Iupati RT: Sam Young — Thomas Welch TE: Ed Dickson — Garrett Graham — Mike Hoomanawanui WR: Taylor Price — Dorin Dickerson — Danario Alexander QB: Tony Pike — Sean Canfield — Dan LeFevour FB: Rashawn Jackson — Cory Jackson RB: Joique Bell — LeGarrette Blount — Lonyae Miller


South Defense


LE: Alex Carrington — Tyson Alualu DT: Jared Odrick — Cam Thomas DT: Mike Neal — D’Anthony Smith RE: Brandon Graham — Austen Lane OLB: AJ Edds, Koa Misi — Justin Cole MLB: Sean Weatherspoon — Donald Butler — Phillip Dillard OLB: Daryl Washington — (read more…)

Interview: Dexter McCluster

Written by Will Spencer on January 30, 2010


One of my favorite guys at the Senior Bowl has been the speedy all-purpose back, Dexter McCluster. Dexter has stolen the show in Mobile and is really flashing his explosiveness when the ball is in his hands. I had the chance to sit down with Dexter and talk about his Senior Bowl experience and how he thinks he’ll be utilized at the next level. Continue reading below for the full transcript of our conversation.


Spencer: Alright, I’m just gonna throw it out there. How often do you get mistaken for Lil’ Wayne?


McCluster: All the time man. All the time. Some people come up to me and are like ‘Are you Lil’ Wayne?’ I’m like, ‘Nah, I’ve got the gap, he’s got the grill’ (pointing to his teeth), so I’m good.


Spencer: What’s your Senior Bowl experience been like so far?


McCluster: Ah man, (read more…)

Interview: Mardy Gilyard

Written by Will Spencer on January 30, 2010


During Senior Bowl week, I had the pleasure of talking with Cincinnati WR Mardy Gilyard. Mardy was great and very vocal about his abilities and how things are going during Senior Bowl week. We talked about everything from Tim Tebow to Santonio Holmes, and he was very complimentary of the Detroit Lions coaching staff. Continue reading below for the full transcript of my chat with Gilyard.


Spencer: What’s your overall impression of the Senior Bowl so far?


Gilyard: Like I said the first day, everybody here is real.Back at school you play a lot of guys that go to smaller schools and can’t compete. But everybody here in NFL ready. The DBs are good, all the guys I’m going against are good. Everybody’s working hard to adapt to the speed of the game because mostly everybody out here is fast. These last couple of days I’ve (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Friday

Written by Will Spencer on January 29, 2010

Walk through practices


Today was a very uneventful day at the Senior Bowl. Both teams were on the field for one hour each having walk through practices. Players didn’t even wear helmets in the walk-throughs and the tempo was very light and relaxed. Not sure why, but not even the media was allowed on the field after practices this morning, so no post practice interviews today.


I learned today that Missouri WR Danario Alexander is sitting out and may be missing the game with a hamstring injury. We didn’t see him at practice yesterday but were unable to find out why. **EDIT** I’ve heard that Alexander’s injury is a knee injury now and that he plans on playing in the game.


Tonight was “meet the players” night at the Mobile Convention Center and fans came out in full force to see their favorite players. In fact, the (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Thursday

Written by Will Spencer on January 28, 2010

North Team Practice


The crowd today at North practice was much smaller than usual as most scouts and NFL personnel have already left Mobile. The players weren’t in pads today, wearing helmets and shorts for the duration. Though there was no contact, it was a good day to examine some fundamentals of each player, like footwork, body control and hands. Here’s our notes from this morning.


LeGarrette Blount looked smooth in bag drills this morning. Good body control and quick feet made him stand out among the other backs.


Dan LeFevour was throwing the ball with more zip today than he has all week. Hopefully he can continue do that in the game on Saturday as that’s been my biggest concern with him.


Tony Pike looked smooth throwing the ball today. He showed leadership in drills, clapping his hands and yelling for the receivers to hustle (read more…)

Scouting Report: Brandon Minor

Written by Rob Engle on January 28, 2010

Brandon Minor

Position: RB School: Michigan Height: 6’0" Weight: 214 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.29 Draft Projection: Late Rounder

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 4 Speed 8 6 Quickness/Agility 10 7 Strength/Explosion 10 5.5 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 3.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 4

Running Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Between the tackles 8 6 Outside the tackles 8 6 Receiving 6 2 Ball carrying 8 4.5 Vision 10 6.5 Elusiveness 8 8 Pass Blocking 8 6.5 Leg Drive 8 4.5 Break Tackle 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Is pretty good at most aspects of the game, and offers some potential on Special Teams. Good speed and has a little bit of burst and can outrun defensive (read more…)

Scouting Report: Donovan Warren

Written by Rob Engle on January 28, 2010

Donovan Warren

Position: CB School: Michigan Height: 5’11 1/2“ Weight: 193 lbs Class: Junior 40 time: 4.64 Overall Grade: 5.59 Draft Projection: 4th Round

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 6.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 6 Durability 8 7 Character 6 6 Production/Experience 6 5 Toughness 8 4 Potential 10 7.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 7 Man Coverage 10 7.5 Zone Coverage 10 8 Tackling 6 3 Run Stopping 6 3 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5 Physicality 6 2.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Warren is a very experienced CB with a lot of talent. He has seen extensive action since his freshman season. He has very good hips and can turn and run with any receiver. Excels in zone coverage (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Wednesday

Written by Will Spencer on January 27, 2010

North Team Practice


This morning’s North team practice was filled with excitement and energy from the players and coaches. As usual, Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon led the charge on this, keeping his team mates fired up after every big hit. Lots of cheers and yelling from the players throughout practice as their intensity remained high. I saw numerous head coaches this morning, including Ravens HC John Harbaugh, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll, Steelers HC Mike Tomlin, Bucs HC Raheem Morris, Rams HC Steve Spagnolo, Falcons HC Mike Smith and 49ers HC Mike Singletary.


There were a few additions to the roster: Cory Jackson, Maryland FB, Thomas Welch, Vanderbilt OT, and Donald Jones, WR Youngstown State.


I started the practice by watching the defensive linemen drills. There were several scouts from the Saints, Redskins, Jaguars, rams and Eagles watching as well as Rams HC Steve Spagnolo, Falcons HC (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Tuesday

Written by Will Spencer on January 26, 2010

North Team Practice


Today started the normal practice sessions, both of which will be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium here in Mobile. It was a packed house (though not nearly as packed as yesterday’s South practice) and there was plenty of action to watch. I spotted several head coaches at the practice including Broncos HC Josh McDaniels, 49ers HC Mike Singletary, Falcons HC Mike Smith and Steelers HC Mike Tomlin. Also attending was former Redskins HC Jim Zorn, who I saw chatting it up with a Seahawks staff member. I also spotted Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as well as Bears OL coach Mike Tice.


I watched a lot of the defensive line for the North team today, which has a lot of talent. Of course, I wasn’t the only one there watching the defensive linemen. Scouts from the Jaguars, Redskins, Seahawks, Giants, Rams and Ravens were all watching intently. (read more…)

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