Now that the College All Star Games are in our rear view mirror, it’s time to
analyze the players that performed well and those that did poorly in the East
/West Shrine and Senior Bowl games. My slant is always on who I think the
Patriots would be looking at. Remember that no Juniors can play in either of
these games and that Juniors will dominate the 1st round.
East / West Shrine Game
Worst E/W game I have ever seen. The QB play was horrible. That was really
unfair to the WR that were trying to impress. Therefore, my evaluations on WR’s
are Incomplete. I was really looking forward to seeing the Cecil Shorts III
from DIII Mount Union, the same school that produced WR Pierre Garcon (IND).
Shorts is the two time DIII player of the year.
Marvin Austin DT UNC – Austin was suspended by the NCAA for all of 2010 because
he had received gifts from an agent. Not having played all year this was an
audition for Austin. He played pretty well for not playing all year.
Will Rackley OT Lehigh – Rackley can play all the OL positions and seems better
suited for OG. He held his own against better competition. He was one of the
two OL that really stood out.
Joe Barksdale OT LSU – The massive LT dominated the week of practice and showed
well in the game. With so many good OT’s in the draft, Barksdale could slip to
Day Three. He would be a great candidate for the Dante school for Fat Boys!
Shiloh Keo SS Idaho – he impressed me with his overall attitude, desire, hustle
and leadership. A captain at Idaho, he volunteered for every special teams in
the game. He can return punts and at 6’ 223#’s he is a load. Not fast (4.67)
but more than makes up for that in quickness and hustle. He is a very
intelligent football player and someone that would fit in well with the
Four Top OT’s were featured in this game.
Nate Solder OT Colorado 6”8” 314 4.89 former TE (he looks more like a big TE)
Anthony Costanzo BC 6’7” 305 5.03 played well at RT, looked awful at OG. Best
pass blocker of the bunch.
Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi St 6’6” 312 5.22 – mammoth size, needs work in
Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin – 6’ 7” 315 5.12 another huge man. Compare to former
Eagles OT Jon Runyan. He has a nasty streak and is an accomplished run
blocker. Most reports were good on him, DraftNasty.com had a negative report.
A report stated that Carimi had contact with the Patriots while at the Senior
Bowl and when questioned what did they ask you, he stated they said don’t tell
them anything! Curious that Carimi didn’t play in the game because of an ankle
injury? Carimi Sounds like a typical Patriot and he is one of the players I
have going to the Patriots in the 1st two selections.
Cameron Jordan DT CAL 6’4” 287 4.85 looks perfect for the 5 technique of a 3-4
DE. He was disruptive all week in practice and played well in the game. I am
hoping he didn’t play himself ahead of the #17 pick.
Ahmad Black SS FLA 5’9” 183 4.51 – small for a Safety. Very instinctive and
plays hard all the time. He is just a player you have to account for all the
time. Very impressive week. Excellent open field tackler. Black reportedly
talked to the Pats staff at the combine.
Von Miller OLB Texas A&M was the defensive star at the Senior bowl. Don’t get
excited about him, he will be gone in the top 10 picks.
Leonard Hankerson WR (U) 6’ 2” 205 4.52 A long strider that had mixed results
at U this year because of poor QB play. He was the offensive star of the game.
Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue – too small to be a 4-3 end and not fast enough or
stout enough at the 3-4 end. He can put pressure on the QB, but on other plays
he was invisible.
Phil Taylor DT Baylor 6’4”337 – Dominated the LOS at the Senior bowl practices
and game. Will be the 1st NT taken. Look for the Jets to nab him.
Danny Watkins OT Baylor 6’4” 312 5.17 – Watkins played exclusively at OG and
looked very good. Solid pass blocker and a nasty streak as well. He was a LT
at Baylor. BB loves to take OT’s and make them OG’s.
John Moffitt OG/OC Wisconsin 6’4” 314 5.26 – He looked terrific at OC. His
shotgun snaps were great. He is a wide body OG, a little slow afoot but strong
at the point of attack. Again another player with a nasty reputation. He
raised his value at the Senior Bowl.
Jeremy Beal DE/OLB Oklahoma 6’2” 268 4.79 – quick pass rusher that played up.
Jumped offsides twice and was only called once but he got great jumps.
Pernell McPhee DE/OLB Mississippi St 6’3” 274 4.76 Lanky pass rusher that looked
good standing up in the 2 pt stance.
Brooks Reed DE/OLB Arizona 6’3”257 4.73 an all out hustle guy that shows he can
put the pressure on the QB . A little light for a 3-4 LB.
Five unheralded players:
Vincent Brown WR San Diego St. 5’ 11” 184 4.52 – he has great hands and catches
everything in his zone. Not exceptionally fast but has good moves. Could be a
day three steal.
Roy Helu Jr RB Nebraska 5’ 11” 216 4.52 Looked very good blocking and catching
the ball out of the backfield. His running in the game was very good as well.
Hit the hole fast and was very quick.
Kendric Bruney CB North Carolina 5’ 9” 181 4.47 Good cover corner, not big but
will make some team as a special teams ace and nickel corner.
Richard Sherman DB Stanford 6’2 192 4.57 – He was a late addition to the Senior
Bowl replacing Curtis Marsh (UTAH St). Very interesting prospect. He is tall
and long armed DB. Former WR that had 7 TD’s receiving his 1st two years at
Stanford, 2 TD’s on returns and 1 TD on Int. he has only played DB two years.
Looked good during the game but also had a colossal mistake at the end of the
1st half, letting Leonard Hankerson behind him on a last second heave.
Hankerson put a double move on him and left him there. Mike Mayock was all over
him for that lack of judgment, not taking into consideration the situational
awareness of the time on the clock.
Charles Clay FB/HB/TE Tulsa 6’3 239 4.67 – He proved that he could block this
week. Add that to his prodigious production at Tulsa; 3465 all purpose yards,
179 carries, 911 yards, (5.09 per carry) 10 TD’s; 189 catches 2554 yards, (13.5
YPC) and 28 TD’s. That’s 38 TD’s in his 4 years. You have to find a place for
this guy on your team. He is a nightmare for defensive coordinators. I could
see him in the role of Sammy Morris (short yardage, good pass receiver).
Also check out Wes Bunting at national Football Post he has a great player
list of over 300 players with writeups on most of them.
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