DE Cameron Jordan was absolutely dominating. His hand speed and quickness was way too much for the linemen he came up against. In close he’s unstoppable; out in space, he has issues. Still not totally sold on him. I look forward to seeing him progress through the week.
TE Big Mike McNeil was a star today – great speed, toughness and hands.
Lawrence Wilson looked very stiff in the hips and awkward when he had to open up.
OL Nate Solder put on a clinic this morning. He showed good speed and technique as he pulled and blocked on sweeps and tosses. Very strong and mean in 1-on-1s.
Not so positive, was how LB Greg Jones looked in space; pretty lost.
WR Vincent Brown put on a performance that will have him flying up draft boards. Great hands, crisp patterns and great speed. Really made a few choice DBs and CBs look bad.
LB Mason Foster made plays all over the field…he really looked great in the running game, shedding blocks and making tackles. He’ll be working on his drops into coverage this week.
I was happily surprised by LB Ross Homan’s low stance and quick movements out of his breaks. Fluidity in the hips makes him great in space.
Another pleasant surprise was Ian Williams and his athleticism. Tipping the scale at 311lbs., he looked awesome in stunts.
QB Jake Locker had some accuracy issues but worked through them. He went on to make great throws and reads as did Colin Kaepernick. This Nevada QB looked shakey at first, but really became comfortable with this offense.
These QBs will have to be extra slippery if OL Kevin Kowalski continues to bury his head and get easily beat by everyone’s swim move. There was equally poor play on the other side of the line as DL Pierre Allen’s high stance and play was exposed as OLs got underneath him and handled him, quite often.
LB Kelvin Sheppard has great feet, but they stop way too early and he showed that he’s a little tight in the hips.
QB Christian Ponder‘s mid-range ball was laboring to get to anxious receivers. He really had problems with accuracy and delivering sharp passes. Oddly enough, passes over the middle, even down the field, looked a lot better. Andy Dalton also had accuracy issues and just couldn’t get the ball to his speedy receivers and Greg McElroy was good, not great.
You definitely want a motor on your DL like Pernell McPhee. Kept working until he got to the ball – an excellent habit to have. His bullrush move is an impressive use of his size and strength to lean on his opponents.
Kentucky’s RB Derrick Locke is as quick as he is elusive; I’m not a big fan of the small RB, but I may be swayed with continued play like today.
Big-bodied Lee Ziemba got to the next level with his quickness to make impressive blocks.
The WRs stole the show today. Leonard Hankerson made play after play….excellent routes and speed coupled with reliable hands (1 drop all day). Big Courtney Smith bullied all DBs and caught everything. Here is an exciting play-maker and solid target. Although Greg Salas has a tendency to catch the ball with his body, it never touched turf. Another reliable target with deceptive speed and definite play-making abilities.
TE Luke Stocker showed excellent technique and skill getting after and blocking LBs 20 yards down the field. He wowed all the spectators as he took a huge hit over the middle and still hung on to the ball….impressive. He caught everything in stride with his great hands and made plays.
Danny Watkins led a very solid Oline as they picked up stunts and blocked 20+ yards down the field.
Check back later for more reports from the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl!