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.
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 whether or not he could play with top talent. He showed this week that he can. While his practices weren’t the best, he really shined in the game, showing the ability to make NFL throws and displaying mobility and athleticism.
Tony Pike – QB – Cincinnati
Pike might have had the most consistent play of any quarterback in Mobile and that certainly helps his cause. While he needs to gain some weight, he showed the potential to develop into a quality NFL quarterback and a potential starter after some time in the league.
LeGarrette Blount – RB – Oregon
Blount had an outstanding week and may have helped himself the most of anyone. After an almost full year suspension, Blount returned for a bowl game for Oregon and played well. However, he appeared slow and a bit sluggish to me and showed a lot of improvement at the Senior Bowl. Blount showed quicker feet than I expected and ran with a lower pad level than before. He doesn’t go down on first contact and he’ll make a nice complimentary back for an NFL team.
Joique Bell – RB – Wayne State
One of the small school guys that I wanted to see play among top tier talent, Bell more than held his own. Bell might have been the most impressive overall running back on both teams this week and gave scouts a reason to go back and look closer at his game tape. Bell will be closely examined during the combine and private workouts, but helped his stock as much as any player out there this week.
Dorin Dickerson – TE – Pittsburgh
Dickerson really impressed me this week. For a guy that was a fullback, who moved to tight end, who played at the Senior Bowl officially as a wide receiver, I’m not sure scouts could expect much more from him. Dickerson has the blocking abilities of a full back and displayed wide receiver like hands at times during practice, showing enough versatility that an NFL team will find a way to get him on the field.
Mike Iupati – G – Idaho
Iupati got off to a great start at the Senior Bowl, having his arms measured at 35″. He was able to use that wingspan along with his strength in blocking drills, easily being the best lineman on the field. Even though he was beat a few times in drills, he always bounced back and corrected his mistakes. A lot of upside for this guy.
Nate Allen – S – South Florida
Nate might have been the most impressive safety on the field this week, and that’s saying something with the talent that was on display. Allen is a big, physical guy and showed the ability to lock up with receivers one on one. With several talented junior safeties declaring, Allen helped himself a lot this week with a strong showing.
Perrish Cox – CB – Oklahoma State
Cox faught hard to be the 2nd rated corner in this class and came close to doing so. Cox looked good in man on man drills and had several interceptions in practice. It appeared that there wasn’t a wide receiver that Cox wasn’t able to cover in Mobile.
Jared Odrick – DT – Penn State
The entire North defensive line was VERY impressive, but Odrick stuck out to me. He continued to show his high motor and did a good job using his hands to get off the blockers. Odrick did well in double team drills, proving even more that he should be able to play a 5 technique in a 3-4 defense.
Brandon Graham – DE/OLB – Michigan
Hands down the most dominate player on the field. Graham was a terror off the edge and no offensive lineman for the South squad could block him during the game. Graham ended up being the MVP of the game with 2 sacks and a forced fumble, and probably assured himself as a top 20 pick come draft day.
Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri
“Spoon” was a fun guy to watch this week as he became an instant leader for the North squad. The coaches had him playing at middle linebacker and he made the transition quite well. Weatherspoon flowed to the ball well, did a nice job dropping into coverage and even excelled on special teams coverage for the North.
Daryl Washington – LB – TCU
Similarly to Weatherspoon, Washington was playing in a different position for the North team. Daryl played inside linebacker at TCU but lined up outside in the North’s 4-3 defense. Washington did a very nice job, covering tight ends surprisingly well as well as coming up big in run support.
Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
To me, Wilson may have locked down the 2nd corner spot in the draft. Wilson played very physically, using his body well when able to play press coverage and showed a willingness to come up in run support. Wilson matched up well with every receiver he faced, doing an equally nice job in zone and man coverages.
Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
While he wasn’t the best cover corner on the field, Cook may have been the most physical. At 6’1″ 212 lbs, Cook will certainly be tried out by NFL teams as a safety as well and that may end up being his best position. Either way, the physical nature of his play all week grabbed the attention of NFL scouts.
Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
Tebow proved to the world what some of us weren’t afraid to say earlier….he just doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback. He had a lot of trouble playing under center during the first part of the week and his mechanics looked as poor as ever. The elongated delivery really stuck out as his passes took forever to get to their intended target and he was even stripped during his windup during the game.
Ciron Black – OT – LSU
Black was absolutely ABUSED by Brandon Graham during the game as he just wasn’t able to block him. He showed that he doesn’t have the footwork to play left tackle in the NFL as speed rushers will take advantage of him all day long.
Danario Alexander – WR – Missouri
I was hoping for a lot more from Alexander but an injury slowed him down at the end of the week and during the game. Alexander started off strong but wasn’t able to finish and concerns over his injury history will certainly continue to come up as the draft gets closer.
Trevard Lindley – CB – Kentucky
Lindley looked lost to me all week. I’m not sure if he didn’t care or if he just can’t focus but he seemed to be off in his own world during practice. Lindley had a little bit of hype coming into the Senior Bowl and that is now long gone.
Syd’Quan Thompson – CB – California
Another corner I was hoping to see something from only left me wanting more. Thompson had a few flashes during practice, but mainly looked average in coverage. Thompson also missed the game with a groin injury.
Taylor Mays – S – USC
Mays really needed a good week as he saw his stock take a huge hit after a lackluster senior season. Mays continued going for the big hit instead of wrapping up the ball carrier and had a hard time gathering his feet, flipping his hips and getting to the ball while in deep coverage. Though he did have an interception during the game, the quarterback telegraphed the play to the point that a high school defensive back could have read the play.