On the road for the week as we touch down in Mobile, Alabama as practices are set to begin for this weekend’s Senior Bowl. Monday, players and NFL team personnel all congregated at the Renaissance Hotel and that includes Bills National Scout Chuck Cook. Cook sat down with us to talk about finding the right type of athlete that can fit into a team’s scheme. He discussed the importance of players responding to instruction from NFL coaches and NFL situations they will be put through during their time here.
“We want to see the intangibles, obviously in the interview process but we want to see how they react when they step up and have to play better competition. It’s huge.” Cook said. “It’s another test. NFL coaches can throw stuff at them and see how they respond to it. Usually they do. Some smaller schools start a little slower but we’re looking for the improvement through the week.”
Cook went on to mention specific Bills players that stood out in the past at the Senior Bowl, specifically linebacker Nigel Bradham who had a breakout year in 2014 and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn.
At the top of the hour Dane Brugler, the Senior NFL Draft Analyst for CBS Sports, called into the show. He gave an overall analysis of the Senior Bowl. His recent articles on cbssports.com dealt with the top-10 offensive and defensive players whose stock could rise by their participation here in Mobile. He talked specifically about Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who is looking to solidify his spot as the top Senior QB.
“To me, this is Bryce Petty’s week. A chance to show scouts what he can do outside of that spread, shotgun offensive attack. At Baylor it was so much pitch-and-catch. You watch him, he barely had to move his feet. Going down to Mobile this week, he will have a chance to show that he can go under center. He can process information, go through his progressions, use his vision, use his eyes. Does he have the pocket mobility? How does he handle himself under pressure? There are a lot of question marks with Bryce Petty but he has a chance to be that top senior quarterback. A big part of that evaluation will come this week.”
Speaking of Petty, he spoke to the media late Monday afternoon. We heard from him along with the Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.
We also caught up with Bucky Brooks, the Bills second round pick in 1994 and former scout. Brooks is now an NFL Analyst on NFL.com. He talked about why the Senior Bowl is so important to scouts and other pro-personnel. Brooks also broke down some positional groups and weighed in on what he calls a strong defensive back group in this year’s draft.
To hear that and the complete John Murphy Show from Wednesday, click here.
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