Texas vs. The Nation practice reviews

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Our friends at Draft Guys are providing outstanding coverage of the Texas vs. The Nation game LIVE from El Paso, Texas. Since we couldn’t make both the Senior Bowl and the TvN game, we’ll bring you some highlights of Draft Guys coverage of the practices and game. Wednesday’s practice was cut short by the weather, as the rain and wind were whipping around the field in El Paso. The players did not scrimmage as they usually do on Wednesday, so let’s review the week of practice from the Texas vs the Nation game.


These are players who helped their draft stock in El Paso. Ryan Perrilloux(QB – Jacksonville State, LSU transfer) is very athletic, but scouts loved the way he threw the football in practice. Perrilloux proved that he could scan the field while dropping back, and was very coachable during the week. He’s arguably the (read more…)

Texas vs. The Nation: Nation Roster

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Quarterbacks Jonathon Crompton – Tennessee Tim Hiller – Western Michigan Rusty Smith – Florida Atlantic

Running backs Toney Baker – North Carolina State Dominique Lindsay – East Carolina Mike Rinfrette – Wake Forest Alfonso Smith – Kentucky Curtis Steele – Memphis Chris Zardas – UMass

Wide Receivers Marcus Easley – Connecticut Brett Hamlin – Buffalo Donald Jones – Youngstown State Scott Long – Louisville Preston Parker – North Alabama Juamorris Stewart – Southern

Tight Ends Dedrick Epps – Miami Jason Harmon – Florida Atlantic Steve Maneri – Temple

Offensive Linemen Eddie Adamski – Northern Illinois Will Barker – Virginia Zipp Duncan – Kentucky Tyler Eastman – Maine Derek Hardman – Eastern Kentucky Joe Hawley – UNLV Kyle Jolly – North Carolina Dennis Landolt – Penn State Jerail McCuler – North Carolina State Vladimir Richard – Tennessee Jared Veldheer – Hillsdale

Defensive Linemen Alex Daniels – (read more…)

Texas vs. The Nation: Texas Roster

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Quarterbacks Levi Brown – Troy Thaddeus Lewis – Duke Ryan Perrilloux – Jacksonville State Running backs AJ Cooley – Shorter College Keithon Flemming – West Texas A&M Trindon Holliday – LSU Deji Karim – Southern Illinois Jamie McCoy – Texas A&M Dennis Morris – Louisiana Tech Wide Receivers David Gettis – Baylor Kevin Jurovich – San Jose State Zurial “Jeff” Moturi – UTEP David Nelson – Florida Jared Perry – Missouri Kelton Tindal – Newberry (SC) Stephen Williams – Toledo Tight Ends Clay Harbor – Missouri State Gerald Harris – Ole Miss Offensive Linemen Michael Aguayo – UTEP Chris Campbell – Eastern Illinois Erik Cook – New Mexico Ramon Harewood – Morehouse Nick Howell – USC Casey Knips – South Dakota State Andrew Lewis – Oklahoma State Kevin Matthews – Texas A&M Nic Richmond – TCU J’Marcus Webb – West Texas A&M Marlon Winn – Texas Tech Defensive Linemen Charles (read more…)

Senior Bowl Blog: Final Stock Report

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

After the full week of practices and the game, here’s a look at some of the folks that helped, or hurt their draft stock with their performance at the Senior Bowl.


Stock UP


Dexter McCluster – RB/WR – Ole Miss McCluster showed his versatility this week, returning kicks, lining up as a slot receiver, running back and even taking snaps from a Wild Cat formation. McCluster showed that he’s an explosive playmaker and his size isn’t as much of a concern as folks may have initially thought.


J.D. Walton – C – Baylor Walton did a tremendous job in line drills this week, holding his own against a strong group of interior defensive lineman like Terrence Cody and Dan Williams. Walton emerged as the top senior center in this draft, in my opinion.


Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan The biggest question around LeFevour was (read more…)

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…)

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