Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Senior Bowl 2006: Winners and Losers


-Winners-


DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
Weighed in at 5-81/2, 208--smaller than expected. But was simply the best player in Mobile. Has an exceptional burst. Decisive, explosive and instinctive. Deadly combo for a running back. Great attitude to boot.

D'brickashaw Ferguson, LT, Virginia
Seemed to increase stock on everyone's board, so I have him on the winners list. Myself? He pretty much solidified his status, which is top 25, but not as high as most(top 5). He isn't powerful and for all his athleticism at 297 pounds, he gets beat in pass protection.

Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
Proved he has the arm scouts love. But like Ferguson he looks better in shorts than in pads on gameday. Really think this is a player who is getting overrated right now. But it looks as if his stock is through the roof, so he's a winner this week.

Manny Lawson, DE/OLB, NC State
6 feet 5 inches 240 pounds with a 45 inch vertical. With that kind of athleticism its hard not to stand out and Lawson did. Only question, is he instinctive enough to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme? He sure is athletic enough and he knows how to get to the QB. Secured a spot in the first round.

Max Jean-Gilles, OG, Georgia
Gilles is a beast and showed the strength to move the pile as advertised. At 358 pounds he is the premier run blocker in the draft and should be the first guard off the board. Maybe sneaking into round one.

Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama
Not big at 6-2, 200 but this guy has some magic. Showed a good arm, some mobility. One of those a little bit of everything types. Probably still a third round pick, but helped keep himself on day one of the draft.

Sinorice Moss, WR/KR, Miami
Nobody ever doubted his speed and Moss didn't dissapoint. By most accounts he was uncoverable in practice. Beat Tye Hill, the best cover man in Mobile, for a TD Saturday. Only issue is size at just under 5-8. Solidified first day status and is certainly the #1 kick returner/slot WR available. Only WR that had a great week, really.

Dominique Byrd, TE, USC
After Vernon Davis its a close race at the tight end position. Byrd might have sealed the #2 slot this week. This forgotten weapon in the USC offense looked good as blocker and was always open downfield. Showed great hands and can gain some yards after the catch. Big week for Byrd.

Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
Mangold was a rock all week. He stuffed all comers in one-on-one drills. He showed strength, smarts and the ability to get out and block on the next level. Could conceivably sneak into the end of the first round--won't get out of the second.



-Losers-

Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State
Had a touchdown in the game, but also a couple drops. Was dropping everything all week. Didn't show the kind of speed to make scouts forget about those drops. Nobody hurt there stock more in Mobile. Fell from first round to maybe out of the first day.

Elvis Dumervil, DE/OLB, Louisville
Things were bad from the start for Elvis when he measured in at just over 5-11 and 258 pounds. In drills he didn't show enough quickness for an undersized end. Seemed like a different player. Still quick off the ball, though. Looked as if Dumervil was playing robotic, trying new techniques. Certainly killed his shot at round one, but passsrushers are still in demand. Still a day one prospect. Probably best fit is 3-4 scheme linebacker.

Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
Very sluggish in one-on-one drills. Was handled too easily. Then was held out of the game for injury concern. Just precationary, though. Was surely passed by Hali as the #2 pure DE. Kiwi should still go in round one, just later than expected. Also a little smaller than advertised at 6-5, 262.

Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
Lewis was a non-factor. He should have stayed home this week, as his weaknesses were exposed. Lewis just isn't explosive enough and is the weakest blocker of the top TEs. Was probably leapfrogged by Byrd and Klopfstein at TE from the Senior Bowl alone. When you factor in Vern Davis, Leonard Pope and Anthony Fasano--Lewis may have fallen to about #6 on my list.

DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama
Measured in small(6-0, 229) and looked slow. Was roasted by Byrd for a long gain in the game. Never really made his presence known. Didn't look particularly sharp in drills either. Lost ground on Hawk and Greenway. Doubt he goes any higher than round two. Could be one of the shocker guys that falls for a while on draft day due to LB depth.

DJ Shockley/Michael Robinson, QB
Same story for both of these guys. They have little to no future as NFL QBs. Robinson could catch on at another position. Runningback would be best fit, in my opinion. Shockley may not get drafted at all.


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