Senior Bowl Observations

I caught most of the Senior Bowl last night. It turned out to be a decent game. Most years these All-Star games stink, but this one had scoring and some good defensive play as well. Here’s some of my observations from the game:

If Darren Sproles can play in the NFL so can Pat White. The ex-West Virginia signal caller was named the game’s MVP and showed he is a playmaker. I don’t think White will ever be an NFL quarterback, but he’d make a nice third-down running back and punt returner.

Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell does not have a pro caliber arm. If you can’t throw a twenty-yard out, you can’t play in the NFL. I wouldn’t waste a pick on this guy.

If the Eagles are looking for a big running back who can catch, N.C. State’s Andre Brown should be considered. His college career was marred by various injuries which will lower his stock, but the guy runs hard and plays smart. He can probably be had in the third round, which would be a steal, in my opinion.

No wide receivers stood out. Most of the elite ones are juniors. However, Oklahoma’s Juaquin Iglesias has a nice set of hands. Lacks deep speed, but he could translate into a solid slot receiver.

B.J. Raji is a force inside at defensive tackle. At 330, he moves like a man 30 pounds lighter. Reminds me a little of Warren Sapp.

Another impressive runner was a cat named Rashad Jennings, out of tiny Liberty College. Had 9 carries for 57 yards in the game. Could be the 2009 version of Matt Forte.

Michael Oher, offensive tackle from Mississippi, will definitely be on the Eagles’ radar, especially if Tra Thomas is not retained. Oher didn’t blow me away, but he looks like an NFL starting tackle.

Defensive end Robert Ayers has a non-stop motor. Gets a good push off the edge and at 275 has a perfect pro-sized body.

Best name goes to Virginia Tech DB/returner Macho Harris. Sounds like a boxer or pro wrestler.

Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim is a load at 6’3″, 250. Sintim is a complete linebacker who can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. Due to his ability to get to the quarterback (11 sacks as a senior), he will likely be selected by a team using a 3-4. Patriots and Chargers might be takers.

That’s all I got from the Senior Bowl. Next up for the college boys is the NFL Combine, less than a month away. That will go a long way in deciding where these players end up being drafted.

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