Senior Bowl Targets – Offense

The Falcons May Have their Eyes on These Seniors

 

Even though the Big Game is still left, all the rest of the 30 remaining teams have officially cranked up the off-season and one of the first major points of research for the coaches, general managers, and front office personnel is the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week. The process is a pretty long one, extending almost three months, but the amount of talent that will need to be scouted by the people in charge will seem like they’re already behind. Front office personnel will be in overdrive from now until the NFL Draft in April. So many questions have to be answered as the Draft approaches including performance, work ethic, character, study habits, skill sets, and how they fit into schemes to name just a few.

Thomas Dimitroff and staff will be armed with a definite number of five draft picks (2nd rounder for Tony Gonzalez and 7th rounder for Tye Hill), but most estimates have projected for the Falcons to pick up an additional three compensatory picks. Two of the picks have been estimated to be somewhere between the 4th and 6th rounds (Dominque Foxworth and Michael Boley), and the last one likely being a 7th round pick (Grady Jackson). The signing of Mike Peterson likely cancelled out the release of Keith Brooking. A look at some of the offensive players the Falcons might be peeking at this week:

Scouting reports courtesy of draftcountdown.com, one of the premiere draft websites available so please visit them when possible.

Running Backs

The Jerious Norwood contract looms large, but regardless if he is re-signed or not, the TD likely will want to use at least 1 of the 8 picks to get younger and find a back for the future. One that’ in a good position to learn under Michael Turner, Jason Snelling, and possibly Jerious Norwood

Ben Tate – Auburn

5’11, 218, 4.5 40-Time; 1,362 rushing yards, 10 TDs; 105 receiving yards

Strengths

Very good size and bulk — Decisive, powerful, downhill runner

Weaknesses:

Does not have great vision or instincts — Lacks explosion

Projection – Mid Round

Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State

6’1, 235, 4.6 40-Time; 1,391 rushing yards, 12 TDs; 123 receiving yards

Strengths:

Terrific size and bulk — Strong and powerful — Nice balance

Weaknesses:

Just average speed — Not overly elusive — Doesn’t change directions well

Projection – Mid Round

Dexter McCluser – Ole Miss

5’8, 165, 4.5 40-Time; 1,169 rushing yards, 8 TDs; 520 yards receiving, 3 TDs

Looks to be one of the hottest prospects with the highest ceiling of many. Gained most of his 1,100+ yards in last 5 games including a whopping 282 rushing yards performance against Tennesssee. A younger Jerious Norwood?

Chris Brown – Oklahoma

5’10, 200, 4.6 40-Time; 749 rushing yards; 131 receiving yards, 1 TD

Likely will need a major breakout to move up the charts

Joique Bell – Wayne State

6’1, 223, 4.55 40-Time; 1162 rushing yards, 15 TDs, 116 receiving yards, 1 TD

Excellent stats, but obviously will see questions on facing lesser talent.

Lonyae Miller – Fresno State

5’11, 220, 4.5 40-Time; 354 yards rushing, 4 TDs

Save a great combine, Senior Bowl, and workout, possibly undrafted.

Wide Receivers

With Michael Jenkins inconsistent play, Harry Douglas returning from knee injury, Brian Finneran’s questioned return, and getting absolutely no production from the slot, #4 or #5 receivers, its easy to see the Falcons will be looking to spend a pick on another receiver

Riley Cooper – Florida

6’3, 215, 4.5 4o-Time; 961 yards, 9 TDs

Strengths:

Excellent natural athleticism — Great height and bulk — Soft, reliable hands — Great body control and ball skills — Good leaper

Weaknesses:

Relatively limited experience — Not a polished route runner — Average speed — Isn’t overly explosive and lacks a burst

Projection – 2nd or 3rd Rounder

Andre Roberts – The Citadel

5’11, 190, 4.5 40-Time; 792 receiving yards, 8 TDs

Strengths:

Smooth and athletic — Adequate height — Reliable hands — Quick and agile with a burst — Elusive — Runs good routes and knows how to get open — Can do a lot of damage after the catch

Weaknesses:

Needs to bulk up — Isn’t very strong — Not really a vertical threat

Projection – Mid Round

Taylor Price – Ohio

6’1, 196, 4.35 40-Time; 784 receiving yards, 5 TDs

Obvious speed, but questions why stats aren’t bigger for smaller conference

Shay Hodge – Ole Miss

6’2, 207, 4.6 40-Time; 1135 receiving yards, 8 TDs

Nice size and speed, but fairly unknown in the SEC

Danario Alexander – Missouri

6’5, 215, 4.6 40-Time; 1781 receiving yards, 14 TDs

Strengths:

Excellent height and good bulk — Rangy with long arms and legs — A smooth athlete — Tremendous leaping ability — Terrific ball skills and body

Weaknesses:

Durability is a major concern — Average speed — Isn’t a polished route runner

Projected: Mid Round

Jacoby Ford – Clemson

5’9, 181, 4.35 40-Time; 779 receiving yards, 6 TDs

Speedy threat, but are the Falcons looking for another HD or Michael Jenkins?

Mardy Gilyard – Cincinnati

6’1, 187, 4.5 40-Time; 1191 receiving, 11 TDs

Offensive Tackles

Questions abound on the offensive line, especially at tackle. Sam Baker has injury issues and Tyson Clabo underperformed a little and is in question on whether he will be re-signed or not. Not an issue of if, but when the Falcons will select an OT. Remember, that Garrett Reynolds will be given a big shot as well.

Vladimir Ducasse – Massachusetts

6-5, 330, 5.35

Strengths:

Excellent size with a huge frame and long arms — Tough, physical and aggressive — Very strong — Good athleticism and

Weaknesses:

Questionable instincts and awareness — Footwork will need to be refined

2nd or 3rd Round

Selvish Capers – West Virginia

6-5, 298, 5.00

Strengths:

Good size with a large frame and long arms — Very athletic — Quick and agile — Excellent balance and body control — A natural knee bender — Nimble

Weaknesses:

Will have to continue bulking up — Must get stronger — Questionable instincts and awareness — Isn’t stout at the point of attack

2nd or 3rd Round

Ed Wang – Virginia Tech

6-5, 309, 4.95

Good speed and quickness, but very light for bookend tackle

Chris Scott

6-5, 346, 5.30

Played in the SEC and possibly projects as a guard.

Sam Young – Notre Dame

6-8, 320, 5.30

Strengths:

Great height and bulk with a huge frame — Long arms — Good natural strength — Is capable of getting a big push in the run game — Once he locks on the battle is over — Displays a powerful punch Weaknesses:

Inconsistent — Not a great athlete — Isn’t very quick or agile — Has heavy

Late Round or Undrafted Free Agent

Didn’t have a chance to get to centers and guards. Its obviously very early in the off-season, but these are few names to entertain as we slowly roll towards the draft and a few names and numbers to look for come Saturday.

Of these Senior Bowl attendees, who do you like?

Should the Falcons be keyed on any certain players and who is on your radar?

Which players might be a great steal for the Falcons this year?

Enjoy……….

 

Check out DOL’s superb work at the Senior Bowl and Roddy White’s Much Deserved Trip to the Pro Bowl

 

86 comments Add your comment

BT

January 26th, 2010
10:37 pm

Dexter McCluster and Eric Norwood are two, I will be watching.

BT

January 26th, 2010
10:41 pm

BTW, D3.
Nice work and good topic starter.

falcon21

January 26th, 2010
10:49 pm

Agree BT on Norwood but Dexter at 5′8″ 165 would take a beating. I’m not sure he could handle the NFL.

BT

January 26th, 2010
10:56 pm

They said the same thing about Warrick Dunn

falcon21

January 26th, 2010
10:58 pm

Good point BT.

Box

January 26th, 2010
11:07 pm

D3,
Great timely posting to keep us going. The Cage owes you big time for what you give to us for the love of our team.
Warrick is a special case. Don’t want to use a pick on such a gamble, unless TD is positive.

RomeDawg

January 26th, 2010
11:11 pm

Dunn was durable during high school and college and McCluster has had his share of injuries in college. Having said that I would take a chance on a playmaker like that. With the advent of the “Wild-whatever your favorite animal is” he may go earlier than the Falcons would like to take him. I would love to see us focus on offensive line, wide receiver and secondary on defense.

falcon21

January 26th, 2010
11:18 pm

We need speed, speed, hands and more speed at WR if we can get that guy. We also need a big ass punishing RB back that can block and also get 2 yards when needed. Ovie is a bad man but does not run the ball very well.

Box

January 26th, 2010
11:20 pm

RomeDawg,
Aren’t we trying to separate, or greatly reduce paying, a playmaker with injury issues (JNorwood)now? I’ll take either, but not both.

falcon21

January 26th, 2010
11:22 pm

Hello RomeDawg before I get out of here, I think you are my neighbor. I live in Taylorsville.

Box

January 26th, 2010
11:28 pm

Falcon21,
Are you North or South of ATL? Born in GA, but not familiar with Taylorsville.

falcon21

January 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

Box, northwest of ATL. between Rome and Cartersville.

falcon21

January 26th, 2010
11:36 pm

Have a good one Box. I am gone.

Box

January 26th, 2010
11:36 pm

Enter your comments here

Box

January 26th, 2010
11:37 pm

Falcon21,
Have a good one.

chosen1

January 26th, 2010
11:40 pm

we really dont need a bruising bak becuse we got turner and Snelling…. We need a very fast change of pace back. But thats something we can find in the later rounds… We can also find A good taller reciever in the later rounds too…. We jus gotta find a pass rusher, one more physical Corner, and a playmaker LB. we can find depth for the offesive positions in the later round… I like Mckluster from OLE MISS and the 6′5 reviever from Missori FYI.

Ed

January 27th, 2010
1:16 am

Let’s get it on D3…love talking about the draft and an excellent start (much appreciated). One player that looks to be undervalued and has pro RB all over him is LaGarretet Blout of Oregon. Because of his not getting a chance to play, until sparingly in the last couple of games, he will be undervalued. Riley Cooper would be an absolute steal in the 3rd round. Not having a second rounder this year hurts, as this draft is solid and deep making it more valuable than usual. I still think TD may trade down from 19 / 20 and pick up a second rounder.

[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter wrote a very interesting post today.   Here’s a quick excerpt:The Atlanta Falcons will have their eye on many offensive targets at the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Positions of need include running back, receiver, and O-Line. [...]

Ed

January 27th, 2010
4:07 am

I just happened to think we are talking about the Senior Bowl and I am sure LaGarrette Blount isn’t there. Geez, just noticed I butchered his name earlier too…

Singletary

January 27th, 2010
6:23 am

Santa — we blew past December, but we really need just one good “shut ‘em up,” shut down corner. If I’ve really been good, a pair of high-motor DEs that remind you of velociraptors would be really great. That Canadian kicker? I wouldn’t say no…

Unca' Bob

January 27th, 2010
7:19 am

blord

January 27th, 2010
8:40 am

Love the conversation. Before it is all said and done I think TD will get back a pick in the second round. We will have so many mid round picks to work with that I think he will make something happen. He may even trade back for a late first and a second by putting a package together. Based off where we are picking in the first and the players that are projected to be available I hope we get a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. I know we need “D” help but we already have so much youth on that side of the ball and with Jerry and Moore returning we are basically adding 2 rookies already on that side and relying on them to make an impact.

HGN

January 27th, 2010
9:03 am

Offensive guys are ‘Nice To Have’s’ but we still need DEFENSE ladies and gentlemen. And lets not lose focus of that. A pass rushing DE ; a decent size CB ; and a play-making LB. If the Falcons can fill those needs in rounds 1–4 , then by all means look on the offensive side of the ball.

Baker can’t stay healthy and Clabo was inconsistent. But we can’t afford to get rid of either. Norwood is too soft and can’t stay healthy. Michael Jenkins needs to be more motivated and consistent….. And we do need a change of pace burner in the backfield.

Hopefully at least one of the compensatory picks will be a 3rd or 4th rounder such that we can maybe get a good quality player who sticks.

blord

January 27th, 2010
9:35 am

I agree for the most part with you about the “D” HGN. Here are my issues though. We do need a Corner but I don’t think our defense will be better if we are putting Owens, and a rookie out there trying to stop NFL recievers. Moore is said to be expected to challange Coleman next year so that would be a huge amount expected from a very young secondary.I would rather see this addressed in FA
I agree with you about LB however i think this can be addressed outside of the first round because of the depth at that postion.
I also agree about about DE but I honestly don’t have any idea as to what the answer is there. Maybe FA. Maybe a 1st round pick it the right guy is there. The problem is we need someone now putting pressure on the qb and don’t need to wait on someone to grow into the position. I feel this was our main issue on d last year.
I agree about the Oline.
The reason I argue for offensive guy is that we likely would have made the playoffs last year if it wasn’t for Turner and Ryans injuries dispite a brutle scedule (because of teams coming off byes) and the problems on D. I would love to get a rb with breakway speed who can line up in the slot at times. This would give us help us even if Turner were to go down again. Norwood could have been this guy but he can’t stay on the field.

Blindog

January 27th, 2010
10:01 am

It sucks because the game will be televised on the NFL Network!! MediaCom does not offer it regardless of what package you have…dammit!!

WR

January 27th, 2010
10:25 am

D3, somehow you continue to out do yourself and some of the paid writers of the AJC, keep this up and the offseason will just fly by. Quickly, I like Jacoby Ford as a mid round pick up. He’s neither HD or Jenkins, he has world class speed that only would make life for White and Gonzo easier, plus you throw in the healthy return of HD and the passing game could be set for years to come even after the retirement of Gonzo. Here’s my point:

A certain WR that UGA fans were familiar with made a big name for himself in Buffalo because he had a superstar WR in Moulds on the other side of the field, that would be one Mr.Peerless Price, yes he was a bust in Atlanta but he was some what of a star in Buffalo because of his speed and all the attention Moulds commanded. Now with Ford you have a much faster player, capable of being utilized all over the field in much the same way as Percy Harvin. You could lose a Norwood, and have more than an adequate replacement, you could seriously upgrade your WR corps, and ultimately upgrade the offense in general. Ford has decent hands, he has good vision, and given any day light he’s gone, he was often double teamed if not triple teamed in college, in the pros there is not many corners that can keep up with his speed and teams would be relutant to double because you can’t leave White in one on one coverage, plus it opens things up for Gonzo because teams wouldn’t be able to use an extra DB in coverage to focus on him, Gonzo and a LB is an all day win for the Falcons, White one on one with a corner, is also a nice win for the Falcons, double White and Gonzo and leave a world class sprinter along in coverage in Ford, is yet another win for the Falcons, and that doesn’t include the Falcons bread and butter, the running game, so if available in the mid rounds Fords would be a great pick up.

WR

January 27th, 2010
10:36 am

I agree with a comment made earlier by Blord, chances are Owens will start in his second year, for all the rah rah we make about the CBs the Falcons believe they can get the job done, even if they can’t I don’t see the birds taking another one in this years draft, would I want them to, yes of course, but a second year starter with a first year starter at CB is the makings of a disaster, it could work, but there is a better chance at them losing confidence, and a CB without confidence is a CB without an NFL job. If the Falcons try to upgrade the CB position it will be through free agency, its more then likely though, they plan on sticking with what they have and coaching them up.

Nookah

January 27th, 2010
12:12 pm

Greetings cagers!!!! It’s great to pop in and see the Cage is still vibrant and full of Falcon vibes!!! I am so looking forward to next season. I also see the omni-presence of all the faithful and excited to see the new additions.

D3, continue to do what you do. You are a true Falcon fan (WR I concur with your eearlier post). Personally I’d like to see us draft an outstanding OLB or DE in the erarly rounds and get Lofton a young stud and solidify that 1-2 punch for years. I like the short list that someone listed earlier; Norwood and Witherspoon. I’d be happy with either.

I’d also love to see us upgrade our WReceiving core and add some speed. I don’t mean average speed but barn burning speed. Needless to say I agree with WR on Jacoby Ford.

On the CB’s, I think we after Haden there are no first round worthy CB’s. Can we resign Brian Williams? I’m not sure. However, we may be able to pick up a decent FA.

Of course we will need to solidify our OL. Not yet sold on Sam Baker because of the nagging injury concerns. IMO we have too many of those players on the squad. I just hope TD can get us some more durable players this year and also get last seasons injured players, Perry, Moore and Douglas back to full fitness.

However, as the trend suggests in this NFC South division, will the Bucs win the division next year? Just asking…..lol

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Unca' Bob

January 27th, 2010
12:52 pm

Nookah,

What’s up my Nesta northern neighbor? There’s a CB out of Wake Forrest that has everyone oohing and aahing about. From what I’ve read, he is fast. He had J Ford man-to-man on a go route and turned with Ford and ran step for step with him and broke up the pass. Keep your eye on this kid.

Unca' Bob

January 27th, 2010
1:00 pm

Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest – Scouting Report
Height: 5-11. Weight: 189.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Projected Round (2010): 1-2.
1/27/10: Numerous corners are shining at the Senior Bowl, and one of them is Brandon Ghee, who may have vaulted himself into late first-round consideration. Details available in the 2010 Senior Bowl section.

1/9/10: Brandon Ghee broke up eight passes in 2009. In a matchup against Demaryius Thomas, Ghee completely shut the athletic receiver down.

CBrass

January 27th, 2010
2:02 pm

D3,

As always great job. I wouldn’t mind seeing Riley Cooper or Dexter McCluser in red and black.

Looks like the Falcons talked to Perrish Cox.

http://jmike.blogs.atlantafalcons.com/2010/01/27/birdseed-january-27-2010/

Ken Strickland

January 27th, 2010
2:25 pm

As far as resigning CB BWilliams is concerned, it’s more a matter of do we want to resign him. He’s coming off a season ending injury, which doesn’t make him a very attractive FA. His best bet is to stay with the Falcons, where he knows the coaches, system, and has an excellent chance to start.

With MTurner and JSnelling firmly established as our #1 & #2 RB’s, there’s no need to draft a polished RB, which would likely take a 1st or high 2ndrd pick, and we don’t have a 2nd rd pick. If we draft an OL with our 1st rd pick, he’d need to be starter quality, and with LT SBaker still being a big question mark, it wouldn’t be a sound decision to add a rookie OT to the starting lineup.

It would be much sounder decision to move someone with some experience and less risk, GReynolds or WSvitek into a starting position and draft a backup in the 3rd or 4th rd. Man, I’d just love to see what an OL of a healthy SBaker @ LT, JBlalock @ LG, TMcClure @ C, TClabo @ RG and either GReynolds or WStivek @ RT. Our receiving core would be WR’s RWhite and HDouglas with TGonzalez @ TE. Now that lineup would be hard to handle.

All we really need in order to improve our DEF leaps and bounds is for DE JAbraham to return to his previous Probowl form, and/or for our coaches to move him around like they did that season. With the return from IR of DT TLewis and the drafting PJerry and VWalker, a lot of us expected a real battle at DT, and we weren’t disappointed, except for the injuries. This time around, it’s PJerry returning from IR, TLewis hopefully regaining his previous form after a full yr of action and an off season to work on his skills rather than rehabing. The return of VWalker, after an excellent rookie season, and TJohnson, along with JAnderson, after making the switch to DT, should make our interior DL quick, fast, versatile, deep and solid as a rock.

Nookah

January 27th, 2010
2:27 pm

Unca’ Bob, nuff respect man!! I’ll go look up Ghee. Love those sleepers.

CBrass what’s up girl? Everything’s cool? I have been reading most of the posts but not spent the time to post. I hope I can find the time that I had last offseson to contribute to this always lively Falcon banter.

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be all right!!! (Dedicated to Sarah B)!!

CBrass

January 27th, 2010
2:45 pm

Nookah,

I’ve been good. Mainly sitting back reading what others have to offer as far as the draft is concerned. This is the first time that I’ve really gotten into the draft and I’m enjoying myself. Hope to see more of your insightful posts.

CBrass

January 27th, 2010
3:57 pm

Here’s a link directly to the senior bowl site.

http://www.nfl.com/seniorbowl

RomeDawg

January 27th, 2010
5:38 pm

Box,

After reading your reply I realized you are 100% right. Give me Norwood OR McCluster, not both.

Falcon21

I am in fact a neighbor. I live almost in Aragon. (actually Silver Creek)

waw

January 27th, 2010
6:20 pm

Keep hearing about Sam Baker’s injury problems. How will it effect the draft? Is there hope for him or not? What exactly is his injury history? Add to this list?
07- hamstring
08- lower back/hip, concussion
09- elbow, hamstring

SeminoleWarrior

January 27th, 2010
6:40 pm

What’s up Cage? Nookah my brother…welcome home and welcome aboard the Weatherspoon Express. Good to have you back…missed the Nesta moments.

D3, another masterpiece my friend. How you continue to do what you do is incredible. I feel incredibly lucky to call your my partner and friend.

K Strick, thanks for feeling me on the offensive line. Coach B is doing a fine job with this line; we have the talent there; it is still young and is making progress. Continue to coach them up and see what happens. What most people do not realize is that this team is built to run the ball and make effective use of the intermediate passing game. If you are looking for 60 yard bombs each week, i.e., the Saints, then you are looking at the wrong team. The Falcons are not about that.

I’m going to think about the offensive aspect of the Senior Bowl for a while. IMHO, the Falcons are going to go defensive with their first two picks; OLB and added depth at the CB position. After that, given the compensatory picks we are projecting in the fourth and fifth rounds, it is there I think we will add depth to the OL and the WR corps.

SeminoleWarrior

January 27th, 2010
6:50 pm

A little food for thought nugget. Gives you a measure of the PROGRESS of the PROCESS.

2008: 11 wins, 5 losses, division record of 4-2, conference record 8-4, points scored 391, points allowed 325. Closed the season with a 3 game win streak, finished second in the NFC South and a wild card berth.

2009: 9 wins, 7 losses, division record of 3-3, conference record 6-6, points scored 363, points allowed 325. Closed the season with a 3 game win streak, finished second in the NFC south.

For all those that feel we regressed so much this past season, given the amount of youth and inexperience that we started this season, given the DEFINATE increase in strength of schedule this past season, and the nunber of KEY injuries that we had (Ryan, Turner, Baker, Jerry), it is clear that we are better than most think.

The PROGRESS of the PROCESS continues.

Unca' Bob

January 27th, 2010
8:46 pm

SW,

The Process has continued this year. I feel like you, we have a tremendous upside. I look forward to our continued progress in our future. And it is coming.

CBrass

January 27th, 2010
8:58 pm

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darrell starks

January 28th, 2010
12:28 am

We need a another receiver bad jenkins is horrible, trade down if we can and pick up a late first and early second.
1st PATRICK ROBINSON CB. FLORIDA STATE
2nd DAMIAN WILLIAM WR. USC
WEE NEED PLAYMAKERS BAD.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

Box

January 28th, 2010
12:35 am

I know this supposed to be offense, but what about the CB from Iowa?

darrell starks

January 28th, 2010
12:50 am

Me i say trade matt ryan 2 the eagles for kevin kolb and there 24 pick and there 3rd round pick, then take our 19th pick and trade with the cowboys 27,59 for our 19pick and our extra third we got from the eagles.

check this out we have 24,27,59,83 pick plus we have kevin kolb who 2 me will be a better qb. plus his arm strenght is stronger than the ice man.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!

Sarah B

January 28th, 2010
1:33 am

Darrell I don’t think Ryan is going anywhere…

Ed

January 28th, 2010
4:03 am

Observations from the Senior Bowl practices

Posted by: Tim Yotter
at 01/27/2010 11:27 AM ET

Ford Speeds Ahead
Jacoby Ford is clearly the best WR early in the morning session. His speed is obvious and he’s finding all the right creases in the defenses. (Ford came into the Senior Bowl as a very good but not overhyped receiver, as you can tell from the Scout.com WR Draft Rankings

Posted by: Ed Thompson
at 01/27/2010 11:36 AM ET

Weatherspoon At It Again
Missouri LB Sean Witherspoon is wound up this morning and having fun. He’s talking it up after plays and just let out a load and enthusiastic “Whoo!” that left the crowd laughing. Teams are going to love the enthusiasm that he packages with his skill set. (Weatherspoon is rated a five-star outside linebacker by Scout.com).

Posted by: Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/27/2010 11:40 AM ET

Blount Impresses Again, But…
Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount and Fresno State RB Lonyae Miller look impressive during 11-on-11 drills. For a guy who weighs 245, Blount gets to the hole in a hurry. Shortly after some impressive runs, however, Blount coughs up the football. (Both Blount and Miller have a number of players to jump over on the draft boards at running back).

Posted by: Scout Senior Bowl Team
at 01/27/2010 11:57 AM ET

Corners Impressing
There are so many good cornerbacks here in Mobile. One of them, Chris Cook of Virginia, as all over an out pattern from Tony Pike, and picked off the ball. The pass was intended for Pike’s college teammate, WR Mardy Gilyard. Cook certainly looks the part at 6-2, 212, and displayed outstanding quickness and recognition throughout the 11-on-11 drills.

Posted by: Ed Thompson, Chris Steuber
at 01/27/2010 03:46 PM ET

One and Done TE Looks Good
Miami TE Jimmy Graham wowed the crowd at Ladd Peebles Stadium when he caught a 40-yd pass near the goal line and trotted into the end zone. He’s showing great poise for a player who didn’t join the Hurricanes football team until his senior year (Ed). Graham is a flat-out stud. He uses his frame to his advantage and possesses great hands. He can stretch the field and runs above-average routes. (Chris).

Posted by: Bill Huber, Packer Report
at 01/27/2010 03:51 PM ET

South Practice Notes
Tim Tebow has an ugly motion, but threw a beauty of a deep ball to Shay Hodge earlier… Dexter McCluster is a Percy Harvin-like receiver and back. He wins against a linebacker during pass blocking drills. He drew some “ooohs” from the crowd as he burst through the line… This is a great group of cornerbacks overall. There are plenty of physical guys, including Patrick Robinson of FSU and Jerome Murphy of South Florida.

Ed

January 28th, 2010
4:04 am

One more

Posted by: Chris Steuber
at 01/27/2010 04:06 PM ET

Steuber Impressed with Ole Miss WR
Ole Miss WR Dexter McCluster is very explosive. His initial burst is quicker than any prospect that I’ve ever seen.

secondguesser

January 28th, 2010
6:41 am

Well let’s see, I say draft Riley Cooper and use the rest on the defensive side of the ball. Maybe use a late pick on a running back who might be a sleeper. The defense needs more help than the offense, i.e. lineman and backs! the problem was holding the lead for the most part not scoring points!I see where McCluster is listed with 4.5 speed and has strengths of speed and then Cooper is listed with same speed and and has weakness of questionable speed. Go back and watch the tapes and I think you’ll never see Cooper get ran down from behind!

Unca' Bob

January 28th, 2010
11:38 am

JJ,

This is the stats site you are looking for.

http://www.profootballfocus.com/home.php?tab=home