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Interview: Jared Odrick

Written by Will Spencer on February 14, 2010

Interview: Jared Odrick

 

Versatility is the word that comes to mind when I watch Jared Odrick play. Odrick showed throughout his career at Penn State that he can be a disruptive force along the defensive line and he displayed the ability to line up as a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end while at the Senior Bowl. Jared and I talked about where he fits in best in the NFL and how he found out about his Senior Bowl invitation. Read below for the transcript of our conversation.

 

Spencer: So far, how’s your Senior Bowl experience been?

 

Odrick: It’s been good. Busy. With all the testing, interviews and practice. But it’s been an experience so far.

 

Spencer: Have you had a chance to sit down with any NFL teams yet?

 

Odrick: Yeah, yeah. Quite a few.

 

Spencer: What’s the oddest thing the scouts (read more…)


Interview: Dan Williams

Written by Will Spencer on February 14, 2010

Interview: Dan Williams

 

No interior defensive lineman helped themselves as much during the Senior Bowl as Dan Williams of Tennessee. Williams showed the strength and versatility to play several spots along the defensive line which will probably land him somewhere in the late first round on draft day. I had the chance to talk to Dan after practice early in the week. Here’s the transcript of that conversation.

 

Spencer: What are you initial impressions of the Senior Bowl?

 

Williams: First thing, I was just excited to be here. It’s just a huge honor, just being invited. There’s been a lot of great players here before me and I want to try to keep up with the tradition that the Senior Bowl has of sending guys to the next level.

 

Spencer: Has there been anything in particular the coaches have had you working on?

 

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Draft Strategies

Written by Brandon Clark on February 14, 2010

Draft Strategies

What would you do?

You’re facing a defining situation. Whatever player you draft, has to be a star. Anything less than a star player will be a bust as the number one selection. This pick should define the look of a pitiful franchise and keep you from drafting in the top-5 next season, hopefully keep you out of the top-10. If you are one of the people with heavy input on this pick, then it could cost you your job in 3 years. This pick could turn out to be Jamarcus Russel. You can’t have that. You better not pass up on that player drafted late in the first that ends up better than everyone else (Ray Lewis, pick 26-1996), even though a Lb will probably never go first overall. How does your Big Board shake out? Is it strictly based off talent or is affected by need? Are (read more…)


Scouting Report: Greg Matthews

Written by Rob Engle on February 13, 2010

Scouting Report: Greg Matthews

Greg Matthews

Position: WR School: Michigan Height: 6’3" Weight: 207 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.31 Draft Projection: Late Round Pick

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 6 Speed 8 5 Quickness/Agility 10 6 Strength/Explosion 10 6.5 Athletic Ability 8 5 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 5 Production/Experience 6 3.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 5

Wide Receiver Specific Categories Category Max. Value Grade Route Running 10 6 Hands 10 7 Blocking 4 3 Short Routes 8 5.5 Deep Routes 8 5 Elusiveness/YAC 8 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Big receiver with a lot of experience. Still has potential because he was never really given a shot at Michigan do to shoddy QB play. Has decent hands and will make most catches. Good body control.

Weaknesses

Very raw and routes aren’t (read more…)


Scouting Report: Zoltan Mesko

Written by Rob Engle on February 13, 2010

Scouting Report: Zoltan Mesko

Zoltan Mesko

Position: Punter School: Michigan Height: 6’4 1/2“ Weight: 240 lbs Class: RS Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 5.33 Draft Projection: Late Rounder

Kicker Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Punt Power 7 6 Punt Accuracy 7 6.5 Kickoffs 4 3.5

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

Great size, even for a punter (not that it matters). Extremely accurate, and can still boot the ball with the best of them. Has a lot of experience as a punter, holder, and kickoff specialist. Most of his kickoffs (89%) went into the endzone. His name: who doesn’t like a guy named Zoltan?

Weaknesses

Punt power isn’t always consistent, but it’s definitely better than average. Should have made the extra 11% of his kickoffs in the end zone (joking).

Analysis

Has the best name in the draft, and isn’t too (read more…)


Scouting Report: Stevie Brown

Written by Rob Engle on February 13, 2010

Scouting Report: Stevie Brown

Stevie Brown

Position: Safety School: Michigan Height: 6’0″ Weight: 211 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: – Overall Grade: 4.47 Draft Projection: UDFA

Non-position specific categories

Category Max. Value Grade Height/Weight 6 5 Speed 8 4 Quickness/Agility 10 4.5 Strength/Explosion 10 6 Athletic Ability 8 4 Durability 8 7.5 Character 6 4 Production/Experience 6 4.5 Toughness 8 6 Potential 10 3.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories

Category Max. Value Grade Ball Skills 10 6 Man Coverage 10 4.5 Zone Coverage 10 4.5 Tackling 6 4.5 Run Stopping 6 4.5 Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3 Physicality 6 4

Explanation of Player Grading System

Strengths

A hard worker and good situational player. Brown probably won’t ever start in the NFL but he can be a great Special Teams player and possibly a nickel/dime back with a creative defensive coordinator. He made the transition from (read more…)


2010 Senior Bowl Photos – Game Day

Written by Will Spencer on February 7, 2010

*Photos by Mark Rutkowski*

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2010 Senior Bowl Photos – Friday

Written by Will Spencer on February 7, 2010

*Photos by Mark Rutkowski*

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Texas vs. The Nation practice reviews

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Texas vs. The Nation practice reviews

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.

Risers

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

Texas vs. The Nation: Nation Roster

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…)


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