NFL Draft – Senior Bowl Analysis: Thursday Practice
- Cam Jordan: Explosive off the line with a variety of pass rushing moves especially strong with counter moves. Player who I knew the least about coming in that I’m most exited about coming out.
- Colin Kaepernick: I’ve been following him since his freshman year at Nevada as from the first time I saw play, I fell for him. His 6’6 frame combined with a strong arm and great mobility has impressed scouts around the country. This week he showed the doubters that he will be a QB at the next level. Give him 2-3 years and he is a solid starter with a remarkable skill set.
- Kendall Hunter: One of the players I listed in my preview under I Want To See as I’ve been high on Hunter for the last couple years. While not as big as a Rice or MJD, he is still compact and a full compliment of skills. He can run inside and out, has good hands coming out of the backfield, and most importantly for teams that want to play him extensively year one, he is a solid pass protector. Injuries slowed him down and might hold him back but if he goes to round 3, he’ll be a steal.
- Titus Young: The Boise State speedster has been generating a lot of buzz this week. While comparisons to DeSean Jackson might be reaching there is little doubt he will emerge as one of the top five receivers taken in the NFL Draft. Austin Pettis also has had a solid week and I think he’ll be a decent third day pick especially considering his value on Special Teams.
- Von Miller: Von came to Mobile from Texas A & M as the highest projected pick and nothing has changed his top ten status. The guy is built like a rock and as Matt Bowen of NFP said on Von Miller’s cover skills, “He moves like a strong safety playing the curl-to-flat reads in Cover 3.” And that’s coverage is his weakness, Top Ten projection.
- Danny Watkins: 26 year old former hockey player has a mean streak. Still relatively new to football with room for development. Would love for my team to draft him in the second round as a guard. Age is a good thing here as you could sign him till after he’s thirty.
- Mofitt (G/C): Played both center and guard at Wisconsin. As opposed to most guards who can play center, Mofitt started at center for more than a year in the Big Ten. Solid week.
- Burney (S): From North Carolina, not the fastest or biggest but good instincts (2 INTs in practice).
- Paea (DT) :Injured may still participate in Scouting Combine.
- Gabe Carimi: Offensive line has been the strongest position for both teams and Carimi has been the best throughout the week. Future LT for one lucky team.
- Mason Foster: Has displayed good quickness and instincts all week. Apparently the Ravens are one team he has been talking to and it seems like a great fit.
- Greg Salas: Nothing has changed my opinion that he is a complete slot receiver who has the toughness to move the chains at the next level.
- Lee Ziemba: Poor technique all week, pad level is very high and gives up first punch way too often. Finesse player who isn’t great with footwork yet, but very cerebral and could develop into a keeper (overrated now).
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