Here are the players that I felt showed the most during the practice week at the Senior Bowl.
At quarterback I felt TCU’s Andy Dalton was the most consistent. Kaepernick had some eye-opening plays and Ponder might still be the best leader in this whole group, but Dalton was effective each day and made the fewest mistakes.
Among the RBs I liked what I saw from Nebraska’s Roy Helu Jr. and Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray, particularly in pass protection 1-on-1′s. There weren’t many RBs here that could handle the linebackers effectively, but those two did and ran low and hard.
At receiver it was hard not to notice both Boise State WRs in Austin Pettis and Titus Young. Both look pretty polished with their routes and Pettis has a build similar to Stevie Johnson. At times they made some eye opening plays. Honorable mention to San Diego St.’s Vincent Brown. He put together a solid week and made good receptions outside his body frame.
At tight end Tennessee’s Luke Stocker was the clear top performer. He’s got the body to be an in line blocker and just enough speed to be a factor down the seams in the pass game.
On the offensive line I realize that watching the big guys like Colorado’s Nate Solder (6’8″) move is eye-opening, but for my money the lineman that performed the best was Baylor’s Danny Watkins. The left tackle kicked inside to guard and didn’t miss a beat having to face the bigger DTs. Hard to believe this is only his third year in football. A lot of upside there.
On the D-line Watkins college teammate Phil Taylor was a force. Clearly the most dominant interior defender of the week. It wasn’t even close. Now there’s some background there that will have to be investigated by NFL clubs, but he brought it to Mobile this week. Among the ends Cal’s Cameron Jordan was far and away the most consistent and dominant performer.
Among the LBs Texas A&M’s Von Miller and LSU’s Kelvin Sheppard were the ones that caught my eye the most. Miller and Sheppard looked to be stout enough in the run front with enough coverage ability to be multi-faceted at the next level.
At defensive back North Carolina CB Kendric Burney really played well from start to finish this week. He had 3 INTs during the practice sessions and was frequently around the ball.
LSU K Josh Jasper was hooking some kicks on Thursday, but other than that showed how the ball just pops off his foot. He was kicking 60 yarders with a slight breeze at his back Thursday. One of the most accurate kickers in college history stands a good chance of getting drafted.
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