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Texas vs. The Nation: Texas Roster

Written by Will Spencer on February 6, 2010

Texas vs. The Nation: Texas Roster

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

Senior Bowl Blog: Final Stock Report

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

Interview: Brandon Graham

 

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

Senior Bowl Blog: Gameday

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

Interview: Dexter McCluster

 

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

Interview: Mardy Gilyard

 

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

Senior Bowl Blog: Friday

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

Senior Bowl Blog: Thursday

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

Scouting Report: Brandon Minor

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

Strengths

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

Scouting Report: Donovan Warren

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

Strengths

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…)


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