Character sets the ceiling while DNA forms the championship foundation. Those are the thoughts of all 32 teams leaving the yearly Senior Bowl and preparing for the NFL Combine in mid-February. Like every year, I was intrigued with the Senior Bowl. It was an extremely organized event; some call it “the NFL Convention.” Players travel from all parts of the country, representing universities to showcase their talents in front of hundreds of NFL personnel.
Below I have listed several players that caught my eye during the week of practice sessions, and I look forward to watching them in Saturday’s Senior Bowl and digging further into their DNA (College Film).
Tyler Wilson – Arkansas; good accuracy, anticipation and touch along with mobility.
Landry Jones – Oklahoma; good arm strength, performance was spotty during the week, has upside.
Mike Gillislee – Florida; good size, vision, burst, acceleration, pass blocking needs work.
Stepfan Taylor – Stanford; size, runs with power body balance, good pad level.
Terrance Williams – Baylor; great combination of size, speed, athletic ability, natural receiving skills outside frame with soft hands, smooth route runner.
Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech; despite great college production and route running skills, I question long ball speed despite build up acceleration.
Cobi Hamilton – Arkansas; solid route runner, creates separation in routes, high points balls with soft hands.
Vance McDonald – Rice; Good combination of size and athletic skill set.
Mychal Rivera – Tennessee; Athlete that will need to further develop blocking skills.
D.J. Fluker – Alabama; size, strength and explosion huge body player with good feet.
Jordan Mills – Louisiana Tech; power, strength, strong use of hands, attitude with good finish
Robert Alford – Southeastern Louisiana; good man cover skills, feet, burst and ability to close on ball and receiver.
Leon McFadden – San Diego St; good use of hands man press drills, can flip hips and mirror with good close.
Shawn Williams – Georgia; great combination of height, weight and excellent speed with coverage skills and range.
Bacarri Rambo – Georgia; another Georgia safety with size and coverage skills
John Jenkins – Georgia; massive man with short area quickness and strong use of hands.
Ezekial Ansah – BYU; Raw! size, speed with huge upside.
Montori Hughes – Tennessee Martin; wide load with good feet and lateral movement.
Lavar Edwards – LSU; athletic defensive end with natural pass rush skills, body balance and control with high motor.
Malliciah Goodman – Clemson; great length and lower body thickness, athletic skill set with high motor.
Zac Dysert – Miami (Ohio); accurate, skills on the move spins nice ball with touch, very good size and may have the most upside of all Sr Bowl quarterbacks.
Mike Glennon – North Carolina St; good arm strength, touch and movement skills.
Jonathan Franklin – UCLA; runs behind pads with power, yards after contact, vision to open space.
Kenjon Barner – Oregon; excellent speed with gear change. At 188 pounds size is a concern.
Kyle Juszczyk – Harvard; good inline blocking skills.
Marquise Goodwin – Texas; FAST! World class speed, nice routes and upside as a receiver and returnman.
Markus Wheaton – Oregon St; Good size and movement skills, soft hands to catch outside frame.
Aaron Dobson – Marshall; Excellent size, route running skills and length.
Denard Robinson – Michigan; projection from QB to WR. Athlete still learning to run routes, catch balls outside frame consistently, but very good combination of speed and quickness.
Aaron Mellette – Elon; good small college production. Very good size and length with upside
Justin Pugh – Syracuse; size, feet and power.
Eric Fisher – Central Michigan; size, length, feet, strong use of hands to stab and replace, anchor with strong base
Desmond Trufant – Washington; cover II man coverage skill set, short area change of direction, good body balance and control, good movement, question deep ball speed and recovery quickness.
Jordan Poyer – Oregon St; Feisty attitude, sticky man coverage skills.
Jonathan Cyprien – Florida St; Good size, length and range.
Ty Powell – Harding University; good size, length and football instincts.
Brandon Williams – Missouri Southern; Size, feet and lateral movement skills, strength and explosion.
Alex Okafor – Texas; Size, explosive movement off edge.
Margus Hunt – SMU; huge upside, exceptional size, length, athletic skill set. Still learning the game.