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Senior Bowl review: What they’re saying

Posted by on January 25, 2014 – 2:30 pm

FOX Sports, Coy Wire – Reviews on DE Ford, LB Van Noy, RB Andrews, OLB Sam, LB Borland
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Ford was one of the most impressive edge rushers I saw in the first couple days of workouts. When you watch him move, you think he’s a linebacker or safety given his agility. At 6-2 and 240 pounds, you wouldn’t think he could move as well as he does. Because of that athleticism, he was head and shoulders above the other edge rushers at practice.

Ford impressed scouts with his great ability to bend at the waist and get his pads underneath offensive linemen who are trying to hit him and knock him off his path. He’s able to fight through that and continue his route to the passer without stumbling or any hitch in his giddy-up. As a defensive end, he’ll be knocked by some for his size, but he’d be perfect for a team running a 3-4 defense. At 240 pounds, Ford would be able to drop back into zone coverage and matchup with both tight ends and running backs out of the backfield.

Bleacher Report, Chris Trapasso – Senior Bowl Observations
Cornerbacks of All Sizes Shine: Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Florida’s Jaylen Watkins, Auburn’s Chris Davis and Pierre Desir were the most impressive cornerbacks in Mobile over the past three days and all turned in sound performances on Wednesday.

At slightly above 6’2” and 215 pounds with collegiate experience at wide receiver, there was plenty of chatter about Jean-Baptiste due to the fact that he can be, rather easily, likened to Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks.

In press man coverage, Jean-Baptiste dominated the North receivers all practice., Bucky Brooks – Day 3 observations
Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz: Teams looking for a traditional tight end should pay close attention to Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. The 6-7, 265-pound standout is a big-bodied pass catcher capable of wreaking havoc between the hashes. In individual and team drills, Fiedorowicz has consistently gotten open against athletic linebacker by effectively utilizing his size and strength to win at the top of routes. Additionally, he has shown exceptional balance and body control for his size by quickly getting in and out of his breaks. Factor in his superb instincts, awareness and technical skills, Fiedorowicz has been nearly impossible to guard in the middle of the field.

As a blocker, Fiedorowicz has shown good strength and power moving defenders off the ball. He has maintained contact throughout the down and flashed a little nastiness finishing the drill.

Given the need for a traditional, three-down tight end to anchor a power-oriented offensive attack, Fiedorowicz has shown NFL officials that he is up to the job.

» Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste: The Seahawks’ journey to Super Bowl XLVIII behind the suffocating play of the “Legion of Boom” has helped Nebraska Jean-Baptiste emerge as one of the top cornerback prospects in the 2014 class. The 6-3, 220-pound standout fits the mold of the long, rangy athletes manning the corner forPete Carroll’s squad; other teams view Jean-Baptiste in that light after watching him dominate Big Ten competition with his superior size and athleticism.

Although he has spent only two years at cornerback — Jean-Baptiste was originally recruited as a wide receiver — he has quickly become an exceptional press corner despite his inexperience. At the Senior Bowl, Jean-Baptiste has impressed scouts with his physicality and movement skills. He has routinely knocked receivers around early in routes, displaying sound footwork and technique executing jam and shadow techniques. Additionally, Jean-Baptiste has shown good awareness and ball skills tracking balls on vertical routes.

With most press corner unable to produce interceptions instead of break ups, Jean-Baptiste’s imposing size and solid skills will make him one of the fastest risers up the charts as draft day nears., Dan Jeremiah – High 5
Daniel Jeremiah regularly delivers a topical list of college football’s best players. This week he takes a look at five players building momentum for the 2014 NFL Draft at the Senior Bowl.

Auburn DE Dee Ford
I really liked Ford when I studied him on tape, and I wasn’t disappointed when I attended the BCS title game. He was unblockable on that night, using a combination of speed and power to harass Jameis Winston throughout the game. Ford has continued to build on that momentum during the early portion of Senior Bowl week. He has been the most explosive edge rusher by a wide margin. He explodes off the line of scrimmage and his dip/rip move is nasty.

Colorado State C Weston Richburg
Richburg was a pleasant surprise when I studied him on tape. He’s been even better during practices this week. He has very quick feet, a strong punch and great balance. He can anchor down versus power, and he’s athletic enough to adjust on the move. Last year, Cal center Brian Schwenke elevated his draft stock with a solid week in Mobile, and Richburg has followed in his footsteps.

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward
Ward has been the most athletic safety during the first two days of practice. He’s shown the ability to mirror wide receivers in the one-on-one drills. He has very quick feet, and he’s fluid when he opens up his hips. I wish he were bigger (he checked in at 5-10 3/8, 191 pounds), but his versatility to play off the hash or in the slot will be very attractive to NFL teams.

MMQB, Greg Bedard – 20 Things I think about the Senior Bowl
2. The most impressive player in person was Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald. He measured in at 6-1 and 288 pounds—short and light typically for NFL interior linemen—but the production is undeniable. He absolutely dominated one-on-one drills, and did it with a blend of power and speed. There are obvious comparisons to Bengals All-Pro DT Geno Atkins, who similarly dominated the Senior Bowl in 2010 at 6-1½ and 293 pounds. He wasn’t drafted until the fourth round, which was an obvious mistake in hindsight. We’ll have more on Donald soon.

3. Every NFL executive raves about the depth of the receiver position in this draft, so expect teams to load up often at the position. There are all different types of receivers to be had, as you could see from the Senior Bowl. From BYU’s Cody Hoffman (6-4, 218) to Wyoming’s Robert Herron (5-9, 193) it’s kind of pick your flavor at the receiver position, which has undeniably been enhanced over the years with the rise in the passing game on the college level.

6. I fell in love with Clemson T/G Brandon Thomas when he handled South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney largely one-on-one this season. That continued this week. His smart, savvy and tough play reminds me a bit of future Hall of Fame guard Brian Waters. Thomas just knows how to play.

Yahoo Sports, Eric Edholm – Winners from the week of practice
West Virginia RB Charles Sims: He appears to have all the skills and looks like the most well-rounded back down here. Sims didn’t flash much in the receiving game and he might need to pick it up as a pass protector, but he showed good vision and explosion as a runner and didn’t disappoint.

Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald: It was a banner week for Donald, and when we asked him Wednesday if he was just showing off at that point, he couldn’t help but laugh. Donald consistently won one-on-one drills for three days of practice and was easily the most destructive interior lineman in Mobile, putting questions about his size (6-foot, 288) to the side. Watch the tape.

Wisconsin LB Chris Borland: We’re talking about a throwback body type here — he has been compared to Zach Thomas for years — and Borland even admitted he knows he must prove he can play in pass coverage consistently. But his movement looked good, he was quick to diagnose plays and find the ball, and his effort was visible from the first snap. One scout called him the best interview he had all week.

Auburn DE Dee Ford: The Jacksonville Jaguars’ coaching staff used him in their “Leo” rush linebacker role this week, and a few times it looked as if Ford was shot out of a cannon off the snap. His explosiveness and edge-bending ability was obvious, even if his size (6-2, 243 pounds) isn’t ideal for every system.

Notre Dame OT-OG Zach Martin: He might be a guard for some teams and doesn’t possess ideal tackle size, but Martin held up well outside against the best rushers down here and you’d have to think he solidified his spot as a top-40 pick.

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo: He earned high marks from scouts for his effort, desire and continued improvement throughout the week. Garoppolo came from the East-West Shrine game, where he starred, and he did his best to adjust to the new receivers and terminology, and flashed a quick release that stood out above some of the other quarterbacks here.

BYU LB Kyle Van Noy: The athletic linebacker was expected to work out well here, and he did, and it will provide some momentum heading to the scouting combine, where he should test exceptionally well for his position. Great in coverage, Van Noy also showed some nice pass-rushing skills that could make him more versatile than expected.

Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward: Although Ward is not big, he will leave Mobile as the best safety from this group with a strong week of play from start to finish. He didn’t make any true flash plays but was around the ball consistently, and his ability to cover the slot adds to his attractiveness.

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One last look at the Senior Bowl South team

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 23, 2014 – 3:14 pm

We’re on our way to Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile for one last look at the South team. Today should be little more than a walk through for both teams, with the game itself coming up Saturday.
Our conversations with Bills decision makers this week here in Mobile left little doubt about how strongly committed the team is to QB EJ Manuel after his rookie year. But the Bills scouts no doubt have enjoyed what they’ve seen from a couple of South QBs.
Fresno State’s Derek Carr is undoubtedly the top quarterback at the Senior Bowl this week. The younger brother of David Carr, Derek has elite arm talent and has had a very good week of practice in Mobile, throwing the ball well through some stiff winds in a couple of workouts.
And Carr has a healthy dose of confidence about his ability also.
“I’m always confident,” he told us Wednesday, “I could throw four picks and I’m still going to be confident. That’s just my mindset. I just want to come out here and show these teams that I could be their franchise quarterback.”
Carr wears number 4 here, as he did at Fresno, an homage to another QB who had a pretty healthy dose of self-confidence: Brett Favre.
Carr’s teammate on the South is the surprise star of the Senior Bowl workouts. Eastern Illinois” Jimmy Garappolo only got invited to the Senior Bowl last week, when Alabama’s A.J. McCarron pulled out. Garappolo had an outstanding performance at the EAst-West Shrine Game last week in Florida, and he picked up where he left off this week in Mobile. He’s very intelligent with a quick release, if not an especially strong arm.
Garappolo will be our guest tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast.

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Hard hitting practice for the North

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 22, 2014 – 11:44 am

We”re midway through the practice week at the Senior Bowl and the pace is picking up. The Wednesday morning North session featured some hard hitting in the run game.
West Virginia RB Charles Sims continues to impress with his tough runs between the tackles. Toledo RB David Fluellen, the Lockport native, also picked up some tough yards inside
But the hitting was administered by the defense. Missouri’s Michael Sam has been a standout all week. He looks and plays like a prototypical NFL Mike LB. And Wisconsin’s Chris Borland has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. When we asked Borland what he can bring to an NFL team, he replied “intelligence and smarts.”. Who doesn’t want that?

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Where Whaley saw flashes of Sr. Bowl talent

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 10:34 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley has been paying close attention to every aspect of practice play at the Senior Bowl this week. In an appearance on the John Murphy Show he outlined the positions where he saw some of the most impressive play so far.

“There’s a depth at every position. I can’t say that one position is any stronger than the other, but there have been some pass rushers who have been flashing, some edge rush guys,” Whaley said. “I’d say that has jumped out to me the most. You have some receivers with size and that’s always intriguing because in this business big wins.”


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Senior Bowl CB Colvin has torn ACL

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2014 – 9:11 am

NFL agents who chose to keep their top prospects out of this year’s Senior Bowl have a case to prove their point after Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin went down with an injury Tuesday in practice. Unfortunately Colvin got bad news after he was examined.

Colvin knee injury was confirmed as a torn ACL. Initially projected as a sixth or seventh round prospect, the injury will likely push him off most draft boards. He’ll presumably be a undrafted signing of an NFL club, but one has to admire his strong mental approach knowing the rehab road that lies in front of him.

On his Twitter account Colvin listed the following message, which may resonate with NFL scouts and personnel executives.

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WR prospects on field for the North

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 21, 2014 – 11:08 am

It’s our first look at the North team Tuesday morning at the Senior Bowl. And it’s a chance to size up some of the sizable prospects at the wide receiver position.
Wisconsin wideout Jared Abbrederis started his career as a walk on for the Badgers. He wound up his senior year catching 78 passes, 7 of them for touchdowns. At 6-2, 190 pounds, Abbrederis has the kind of stature the Bills might be looking at as a red zone target.
Other receivers to watch at the North practice are Kain Colter, a converted QB from Northwestern, and UCLA’s Shaquelle Evans


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Bills stuck with Browns head coach timetable

Posted by Chris Brown on January 21, 2014 – 9:37 am

While the Bills as an organization are happy for the opportunity Mike Pettine finds himself in as a head coaching candidate for the Cleveland Browns, it also puts Buffalo in somewhat of a holding pattern on certain things. The operation of a coaching staff is extremely structured even in the offseason, but when one organization is forced to work on the timetable of another it’s anything but easy.

In an appearance on the John Murphy show last night, Bills head coach Doug Marrone admitted that while happy for Pettine, the process of Cleveland’s search leaves them in a tricky spot.

“It does and partly because of the rules of the league,” Marrone said. “You cannot deny anyone permission to speak to anyone that would like to be a head coach. Not that we would, but you can’t put a timetable on them. You can’t say, ‘Hey listen you can talk to our guy, but you only have a certain amount of time.’ So really the ball is in their court.”

The pace of the Browns coaching search is expected to quicken with Super Bowl assistants available this week.


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Process to hire WRs coach well underway

Posted by Chris Brown on January 20, 2014 – 3:58 pm

While Bills head coach Doug Marrone is planning to hire a quarterbacks coach to lighten the load on offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, he also has a wide receivers coach role to fill. Marrone told Monday that process is already well underway.

“We started that process back in Buffalo where we brought people in and talk to them,” Marrone told’s John Murphy.

Now in Mobile at the site of the Senior Bowl, which also doubles as a coaches’ convention for those coaches still looking for work, Marrone intends to interview more candidates this week in Alabama.

“Coming to Mobile you have an opportunity because most of the coaches are all down here,” he said. “We have the ability to  talk to two people a day and we’re looking at that as well as looking for other coaches on offense too.”

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Carr early South practice standout

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2014 – 3:41 pm

Through most of the 7 on 7 work it’s easy to find the best QB on the South team at the Senior Bowl. It’s Fresno State’s Derek Carr. He looks calm and comfortable and has A big arm to go along with his big name. Carr is the younger brother of David Carr, another Fresno St QB who was the first overall draft pick by Houston
At the first practice, Derek Carr had several nice sideline passes to big WR Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt. And Carr is getting the first reps as the South team moves into team work.

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Big WRs will get Senior Bowl attention

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2014 – 2:20 pm

If you’re one of those who think the Bills should be shopping for a big wide receiver in the draft this year, you may want to keep an eye on the receivers at the Senior Bowl.
In particular, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews seems to be the top receiver among the group assembled in Mobile this week.
Matthews and his teammates on the South team will take the field Monday afternoon at Fairhope Stadium outside Mobile for their first Senior Bowl workout
He’s 6-3, 206 pounds, and he made 201 catches over the last two seasons for the Vanderbilt Commodores.
And Matthews leaves Vanderbilt as the all time leader in receptions in the SEC, with 262 catches.
He’s been compared to long time Colts standout Reggie Wayne.
Bills scouts at the Senior Bowl will no doubt have their eyes trained on Matthews when the workouts commence.
And there’s this–Matthews cousin is Jerry Rice.

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Lockport native gets a Senior Bowl shot

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2014 – 1:00 pm

He was a late add to the Senior Bowl roster, but Lockport native David Fluellen is here in Mobile.
The Toledo running back will take a crack at impressing the NFL scouts and coaches who’ve assembled at the Senior Bowl.
Fluellen was an All Western New York performer at Lockport High School before going on to star at the University of Toledo.
The 6-0, 215 pound running back averaged 5.95 yards per carry at Toledo, second all time in school history. He suffered an Achilles injury late in the season that limited his play in three games and part of a fourth.
Fluellen has been a first team All-Mid American Conference performer the last two years. It’ll be interesting to see who he stacks up against top flight competition at the Senior Bowl.

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Senior Bowl week underway

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 20, 2014 – 11:47 am

It’s the first big event of the NFL offseason, the Senior Bowl. And the week began Monday morning with the annual weigh-in of the prospects.
More than 100 draft eligible prospects have assembled in Mobile, Alabama for this week’s practices and the Senior Bowl game on Saturday. The day began with the prospects being weighed and measured for the assembled scouts inside the Downtown Mobile Convention Center.
The Bills are here in force, with GM Doug Whaley leading his scouting staff. Former GM Buddy Nix, now the team’s Special Assistant, is also here and we chatted with him briefly in the lobby of the Senior Bowl hotel. Nix says he’s been watching and grading prospects all season, but this is his first real chance to get a look at the players first-hand.
The South team practice starts at 1pm Central at Fairhope Stadium outside Mobile. The North team starts at 3pm at Ladd Peebles Stadium, the venue for Saturday’s game.
Doug Marrone is here for the second year as Bills Head Coach. He’ll be watching practices over the next few days and meeting with his personnel staff.
We’ll hear from Coach Marrone tonight at 7pm, when we broadcast The John Murphy Show live from the Senior Bowl. We’ll also have a video interview with the Head Coach posted on later today.

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Savage: UB’s Mack won’t play in Senior Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on January 15, 2014 – 2:17 pm

University at Buffalo pass rusher Khalil Mack is not going to be a participant in next weekend’s Senior Bowl. That according to the Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show, Savage confirmed that he Mack will not be practicing or playing in the game down in Mobile next week.

“We don’t (expect to see him next week),” Savage told Murphy. “I already spoke to his representation. He’s one of those players who is considered to be at least in the top half of the first round. He feels he’s done enough on tape and through his college career and he doesn’t want to take the chance of possibly getting injured or miss a week of getting ready for the Combine. He’s going to bypass on the game.

“I think it’s more of an agent decision because Khalil is very competitive. We certainly were hopeful that he would accept the invite and come down participate in the week. It goes beyond your draft status. It’s a great week to meet a lot of people in the NFL.”

Mack was the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, but coming from a non-power conference there are some that feel Mack could still have something to gain by participating in the week of practices and the game. 

“I definitely agree with you on that in terms of getting them on the same stage in the same drills,” said Savage. “There’s no question that small school players can really help themselves. And Eric Fisher is probably the best example last year. He came into our week probably rated somewhere from 10-20 in the first round and based off his work in Mobile and the Combine he moved all the way up to number one. There were a number of small school players that saw that jump too Robert Alford from Southeastern Louisiana and he ended up going in the second round to the Falcons.”

Of course there are others who believe his draft stock won’t be impacted at all.

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Monday’s John Murphy Show

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 28, 2013 – 5:00 pm

We’re back in Orchard Park, after a week’s worth of shows from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The John Murphy Show is back on the air from One Bills Drive starting tonight at 7pm.

But we’ll take a look back at the Senior Bowl, when the Executive Director of the Game, Phil Savage, joins us on the air at 8pm. Savage is the former GM of the Cleveland Browns, and he was the Baltimore Ravens Director of Player Personnel for several years. So he not only put together the setup for the Senior Bowl last week, he also has a scout’s eye for the risers and fallers from last week’s workouts in front of NFL coaches and talent evaluators. We’ll get his take on the six Senior Bowl QBs and how they fared last week.

Also tonight, Clark Judge of CBS will join us on the air from New Orleans, the site of Super Bowl XLVII. The Niners and Ravens have arrived in the Big Easy, and Clark Judge has some advice for both teams on how to handle the media crush this week.

We’ve got plenty of time for phone calls from Bills fans, and we’ll share our impressions on the Senior Bowl workouts and some early thoughts on the Super Bowl.

The John Murphy Show airs tonight from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550GR Sports .

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QB thoughts from Mike Mayock

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 25, 2013 – 10:00 am

As Senior Bowl week winds down, the half-dozen quarterbacks who’ve worked out all this week are getting set for live game action in the game itself tomorrow. EJ Manuel, Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, Zac Dysert, Landry Jones, and Tyler Wilson have spent the week trying to distinguish themselves from one another.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has watched the QBs all week long in workouts. And he says his impressions coming into the week remain the same four days later.

“It’s been pretty much what I expected,” Mayock said on The John Murphy Show.

“You have some guys with first round talent who weren’t real consistent during their senior season. What I saw this week were some guys with first round talent who weren’t always consistent with that talent. There’s no slam dunk, Andrew Luck, RG-III out there this year. That doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting. At this time last year I kept saying Ryan Tannehill was going to be a top ten pick and people laughed at me. There is some physical skill-sets that match up with the first round, but it’s a little bit early in the process to say so.”

Host John Murphy asked Mayock if it would be a reach for the Buffalo Bills to draft a quarterback in this class with the eighth overall pick.

“Ryan Tannehill went number eight last year,” he said. “At this point. He was so far off the radar you would have said to me, who’s that? I look at these guys and say there’s a physical skill set here with a Landry Jones. Mike Glennon can rip the ball, however Mike Glennon was highly inconsistent. There are some guys here who can throw a football, but there are so many other components that go into it.”

“I wont bang the table for any of them yet, but I will tell you that by the end of the day, when we get we get into April, I’m guessing there’s going to be at least three first round quarterbacks.”

The entire interview with NFL Draft Expert Mike Mayock can be heard tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast, available at

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NFP’s Bowen on Senior Bowl QBs

Posted by Chris Brown on January 25, 2013 – 9:42 am

Former NFL safety and National Football Post correspondent Matt Bowen wrapped up his trip to Mobile with 10 observations from the Senior Bowl. He began with the questions at the quarterback position.

Bowen, who often speaks with NFL scouts during the week he’s at the Senior Bowl got a very interesting variety of opinions on the signal callers that were practicing this week and put it in his top 10.

1. Questions at QB: I asked three pro scouts who had the best week of practice in Mobile and I got three different answers: Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon and E.J. Manuel. My take? I’m going with Nassib. The Syracuse QB will need to develop his overall game, but the skill set was the best I saw on the field. Without Geno Smith and Matt Barkley (both opted out of the Senior Bowl), this group didn’t have one QB that stood above the rest.

What I found most interesting with this comment was no mention of Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, who was getting some positive reviews in Mobile this week.

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Some QBs MIA at the Senior Bowl

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 25, 2013 – 9:00 am

The six quarterbacks at this year’s Senior Bowl have had a week’s worth of practice to showcase their talents, and the game tomorrow to complete their argument. But the QB class of 2013 is missing a couple of pretty big names, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.

Mayock is a draft expert and the color analyst on the NFL Network’s broadcast of Thursday Night Football. He’ll appear as a guest tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast.

Mayock says West Virginia QB Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley were obviously missed at the Senior Bowl this year. Smith chose not to attend, and Barkley continues to rehab a shoulder injury. Mayock says the pair will have something to say about the quarterback picture come draft day.

“I’m disappointed in Geno Smith, he declined the invitation to come here,” Mayock said. “He’s one of seven guys that declined it at different positions. And I thought that had he come in here, and put on a show like the Central Michigan left tackle (Eric Fisher), he all of a sudden could have been a top ten pick like the Central Michigan left tackle is. I think Geno Smith, who has first round ability but highly inconsistent, he could have come in here put on a show and confirmed high first round status. I think he lost an opportunity here.”

“Matt Barkley is another guy. Now , he had a shoulder and that’s why he isn’t here. Everybody was kinda running crazy on Matt Barkley this year. I think once we get done all the homework and look at all the junior and senior tape on him, as we get closer to the draft I think Matt Barkley will be rising up boards.”

The complete interview with NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock will air tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast available at

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WNY’er missed his shot at the Senior Bowl

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 24, 2013 – 7:00 pm

He got the invite, but Cornell offensive lineman J.C. Tretter has been unavilable to practice this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.

The Akron, NY native has been here all week, but he’s walking around with big brace and bandage on his nose. Tretter broke the nose last Friday, just hours before he was scheduled to fly to Mobile for the week’s worth of practices.

“Down at IMG where I’m training, we were doing some one on one pass-pro last Friday, non padded,” Tretter told The John Murphy Show.

“I had the kid locked out, he tried to spin. He slipped, and the back of his head caught my nose, and the head’s a little denser than the nose is, so he shifted it over. I had to get rushed to the emergency room and get it shifted back. I’m not able to participate this week, which is very unfortunate.”

Tretter has spent the week in Mobile meeting with different NFL coaching staffs in the night time interviews. But he knows he missed a major opportunity this week, a chance to convince NFL scouts and coaches that the Ivy Leaguer can compete at the top level.

“It was definitely a huge disappointment,” Tretter said. “This is both an honor and an opportunity, the Senior Bowl. It’s an honor because you’re getting recognized as one of the top players in the nation, but it’s an opportunity because when you’re from a small school, you get a chance to play against the big schools and the big time prospects. This was a huge disappointment for me not to be able to go out and show all the scouts what I’m capable of.”

Tretter will get his chance. He’s cleared to resume working out next Monday, and he’s just about a month away from attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The 6-2, 302 lb offensive lineman is a legitimate NFL prospect. And he was a standout in football and basketball during his high school days in Akron, NY. He remains Akron High School’s all time leader in points and rebounds.

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Sleepers in Saturday’s Senior Bowl game

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 24, 2013 – 6:20 pm

Bills fans interested in the April NFL draft will get an eyeful Saturday, when the Senior Bowl kicks off at 4pm Eastern. And most of the attention will naturally be directed at the quarterbacks in the game.

But NFL Network analyst Charles Davis says there are several undheralded players to keep an eye on in the North vs. South game Saturday. He spoke with The John Murphy Show in Mobile, Alabama this week.

““It’s easy to say the quarterbacks. For me I’m a big wanting to know what we’re getting wide receiver and cornerback wise. So far I think Markus Wheaton from Oregon State has been terrific out at wide receiver. I think Desmond Trufant, has been terrific on the corner for the North squad. On the South squad there’s a kid named Robert Alford from Southeast Louisiana that no one is really talking about. I think he’s a heck of a football player so I’m going to keep an eye on him too.”

The entire interview with Charles Davis can be heard tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast, which is available at

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QB Tyler Wilson = Kirk Cousins?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 24, 2013 – 5:39 pm

The practices for Saturday’s Senior Bowl are winding down–four practices for each of the teams in total this week. And observers who’ve been watching the quarterbacks work are drawing their own conclusions about how they stack up.

Former DB Charles Davis is an analyst for the NFL Network who’s part of their “Path to the Draft” coverage. He’s been here in Mobile, Alabama all week long watching the quarterbacks work out.

The consensus among the media seems to be that Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson has been the steadiest of the six QB performers this week. And Davis agrees.

‘“He has all of the intangibles and in a lot of ways he reminds me of Kirk Cousins from last year,” Davis told The John Murphy Show at the Senior Bowl.

“He’s one of those guys that has great leadership skills, understands the big picture, has a toughness about him. He has to dispel some myths about how many times he’s been hurt and concussions because there are a lot of myths about it because there has only been one.”

Davis says Wilson persevered through a rough senior year at Arkansas and is better for it.

“This past year was just so difficult with the way that everything went down with the coaching change and all. I think he ended up trying to do too much. It was very similar to what Drew Brees went through. When Sean Payton is not there the leader is gone and so Drew is not just quarterbacking he’s trying to make sure the offense is right and it takes some time to settle in and react to that and I think that’s what happened to Tyler this year.”

You can hear the entire interview with NFL Network analyst Charles Davis tonight on The John Murphy Show podcast available at

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