Senior Bowl: Day 1 & 2, North Team
Patrick D. Starr
Once again the Senior Bowl, one of the most exciting pre draft games in underway. We look at potential players of the NFL and give our gauge on what the Houston Texans and other potential NFL teams might be looking at with each senior players in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL Network is doing a great job of covering the event and you should check out Charles Davis and Matt Mayock give the analysis.
We will start with our coverage with the North team and will put together days 1 and 2, we will look at potential fits for the Texans, but also will highlight some players to keep your eyes out for in the 2012 NFL Draft.
The North squad is being coached by the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff.
If there is any position that the North seems stocked up on look no further than the wide receiver position they are as follows:
Robinson is a big fluid receiver, and has some long arms. He catches the ball well and runs some impressive routes. It will be interesting to see how he progresses as the week carries on, but he has the makings of a quality NFL receiver at first glance.
A small school player, but is slowly feeling his way through drills and the team aspect of practice. He has made a few catches where he has showed off his vertical, and he can go up and get it. Still looks raw, but right now looks like the second best receiver on the North squad.
He looks stiff when he runs his routes, but he has proven he can get it done on the field. He needs to work on his strength to get off of press coverage, but he does excel at catching the ball away from his body. He is another receiver who could be a value pick.
Talk about straight line speed, he can get vertical quick and run by defensive backs. It looks like he can take the top off a defense and can make the catch on the run. He has some issues with his route running, and is something that will need to improve by Saturday's game.
Probably one of the top set of hands out of the receivers group, Posey is another player in this deep group. He is not a big as his counterparts, but he has shown some good work in his first two days of work.
Pead is light on his feet and look like he can change direction quickly. Pead will have a learning curve playing in a spread offense during his college career, but early anaylsis like he could be a change of pace running back.
I know he will not be on the Texans radar, but he is a good strong runner.Polk his knee worked on a week before the season opener, and did not miss a game. I'm interested to see who will pick up this riser among NFL draft boards.
He transferred from N.C. State, played professional baseball and led the Badgers to a Rose Bowl victory. Wilson despite his size throws a good ball and is good when he is on the move. He is a determined player, and Vikings coaches are impressed with his ability to pick up the playbook. He is probably the second best quarterback of the three on the North team, but looks like he could latch on as a developmental quarterback.
For the Broncos McClellin played defensive end, outside linebacker and a nickel back. It shows you how athletic he is, from the initial looks he looks like a stand up 3-4 outside linebacker. He has some good pass rush moves, and can hold up at the point of attack on run plays.
One of favorites, he plays defensive end and can get to the ball in a hurry. He looks better standing up, and his speed was giving offensive tackles headaches. He is one to keep an eye on.
Can get off the snap well and can get down the line in a hurry. He doesn't play like a 300 pounder, he is light on his feet. He turned some heads with his performance in the first two days.
One of the highest rated corners in the draft, Dennard is a physical corner. The only problem he has is with fast wide receivers, and he was exposed more than once with long straight line speed.
Keep your eye out for Smith, who is a special safety and already has a 1st to 2nd round grade. He is a sure tackler and has some good instincts, he is one of the best players for the North.
Player to Watch
On one play he took out the center, shoved him into the fullback, knocked down the right guard and made the running back look for another hole. Ta'Amu is a load and he is having his way right now with his competition. Ta'Amu has to get better using his hands and getting off blockers, but has shown his strength is unmatched right now with the North offensive line.
Biggest Question Mark
One of the most successful quarterbacks in college history, but it is not translating well right now on the football field. His arm strength is below average and is having trouble throwing catch able balls to his targets. He has some work to do to move himself up in the conversation of draftable quarterbacks.