Senior Bowl Week Recap: North
January 29th, 2011 By Cornell Gowdy
Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi (#68 pictured) will look to bounce back after an uneven week in Mobile, AL. Find out which players made our 'Who's Nasty' list, and what guys carry a 'Buyer Beware' label in Cornell Gowdy's Senior Bowl week recap of practice for the North squad.
The 2011 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is being coached by the staffs of Buffalo Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey(South) and Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis(North). I’ve provided a snapshot of each prospect based on his practice participation. These snapshots are not a full evaluation and only take into account my observations from practice and dvd footage of each practice provided by DraftNasty.com. The snapshots give an idea of a prospects athletic ability, instincts, how fast he plays the game and his ability to play to the level of the competition that he is facing. Each player’s measurables from Monday’s weigh in is listed and each is given a grade for the week. The scale is as follows:
A - Good week of practice; player played fast and showed playmaking ability
B - Above average; player had some noticeable plays and miscues
C - Average; player didn’t really stand out in a good or bad way
D - Below Average; player physically struggled with the level of competition
I - Not enough information
Jersey Player Pos School Ht Wt Arm Hand Grade
10 Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada 6045 225 33 ¾ 9 5/8 A
Colin is an excellent athlete that stands tall in the pocket and has good set up quickness although he does not set very deep. He has a strong arm and has shown to make quick decisions. His accuracy and placement have been good and he showed the ability to anticipate receiver's breaks and got the ball out of his hand on time. Overhand throwing motion.
10 Jake Locker QB Washington 6022 228 32 9 7/8 C
Jake did not have a good week of work. He got good depth on his drop and shows a strong arm with very good velocity on his throws. He struggled with accuracy and most of his throws were high and over the receivers head. He has an over the top motion with a quick release. His missed throws were not timing issues with the receivers.
12 Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa 6041 221 32 ¼ 10 ¼ B
Ricky has a strong arm with good placement on his passes. He has an over hand delivery and puts the ball out front of receivers so that they can make a play. He shows adequate set up quickness and release. Good accuracy on his short and intermediate throws but seems to always take the easy throw and not challenge downfield.
73 James Brewer OT Indiana 6062 323 35 3/8 10 3/8 C
James has very good size but will need increased play strength better pad level to be effective. He needs to get his cleats in the ground and get off of his toes. More of a hit and wall off blocker. He has very good quickness to the 2nd level and shows the body control to redirect to make contact in space with LBs.
68 Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin 6071 315 35 ¼ 10 3/8 D
Gabe has excellent size but is average with his lateral mobility. Seems to struggle with quick defenders and lacks the punch to shock defenders consistently. Will run his legs on run blocks but gets on his toes, plays with a narrow base and works tall after contact. Good on combo blocks but has very average quickness to get to the 2nd level to wall off LBs play side.
74 Anthony Castonzo OT B. C. 6071 305 35 ¼ 10 ¾ A
Anthony displays the versatility to play either OT position. He generally displays very good patience and technique but will get overextended and snatched. May be better on the right side but can play effectively on the left. He gets good depth and mirrors rushers well. Very good angles and lateral mobility. Gets knocked back when his pads are not down. Too tall to play inside at OG.
79 Brandon Fusco OC Slippery Rock6041 302 33 ¾ 9 7/8 B
Brandon is a physical player that seems comfortable in this setting. He is competitive and shows very good strength to control defenders with his hands. He has a tendency to stop his feet when he gets engaged and will need to bring his feet with him on contact. His aggressiveness causes him to get overextended in the run game.
69 Kevin Kowalski OG Toledo 6031 300 31 ½ 9 5/8 D
Kevin has adequate size but his arms appear to lack length. He lacks the quickness to get his hat playside in run blocks and can not get his hips in the hole to wall off defenders. Lacks the strength to anchor against stronger defenders. Better suited for OC than OG.
70 John Moffitt OL Wisconsin 6040 314 33 9 3/8 B
John shows good ability to bend his knees and anchor versus bull rush. Displays very good base, balance and hand placement. Lacks the strength and quickness to beat NT to spot and control on run blocks.
77 Jason Pinkston OT Pittsburgh 6033 313 34 ½ 10 ¼ B
Jason does not have the ideal size for OT but he is an athletic player with very good balance. Wide in the lower body, he moves well and is a physical player with good play strength. He gets good depth on his pass sets and shows the ability to redirect and flatten defenders on moves across his face. Will run his legs on contact on run blocks and will work to finish. He has the temperament to move inside.
52 Stephen Schilling OG Michigan 6042 302 32 3/8 9 3/8 B
Stephen displays very good strength and technique in pass protection. Gets his cleats in the ground and strikes on the rise with his hands inside. Can stab and slide his feet to stay square to his target. Competitive run blocker that has adequate quickness off the ball to get position. Lacks ideal bulk and length for OG. May be best suited as an OC.
79 Nate Solder OT Colorado 6082 314 34 ½ 9 ¾ D
Nate has excellent size but is not a physically dominant player. He is athletic enough to play on the left but lacks the power and play strength to be an effective right OT. Braces and leans in run blocks. His pad level is high and he does not use his hands with authority. He will have trouble sustaining contact on run blocks.
20 Roy Helu Jr. RB Nebraska 5113 216 32 ¼ 10 1/8 C
Roy has good size but lacks the speed and burst to reach run lanes. Holes close on him quickly. He is a hard worker and runs hard but he lacks any special qualities as a runner. He is not a homerun threat as a runner or as a receiver out of the backfield. Not an explosive player.
24 Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma St. 5072 199 30 ¼ 9 1/8 B
Kendall shows an explosive 1st step at the snap. Excellent speed to get to the perimeter. Has the foot quickness to make 1st defender miss. Runs hard inside for a short, compact runner. Competed in pass pro.
48 Owen Marecic FB Stanford 6003 246 32 ¼ 9 3/8 C
Owen is not a hammer as a lead blocker but will hit it inside. He will stick to defenders and work to sustain contact. Very good balance and hits on the rise. Shows the ability to slip out of the backfield as a receiver. Has good hands but will body the ball.
7 DeMarco Murray RB Nebraska 6000 214 32 ½ 9 3/8 C
Demarco has good size with above average speed at best. He is a between the tackles runner that has average foot quickness to reach run lanes. A straightline runner that runs erect and lacks the ability to make defenders miss in space. Has good hands as a receiver but does not have a quick acceleration to separate from defenders.
33 Da’Rel Scott RB Maryland 5107 205 32 ¼ 9 1/8 B
Da’Rel is not a big back but he runs behind his pads well. Not big enough to move the pile or get the tough yardage and he lacks the home run speed. He has very good run instincts and will press the hole. He shows some wiggle in space to make defenders miss.
84 Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin 6031 240 32 ½ 9 5/8 A
Lance has adequate size with good speed and hands. He shows the ability to get a clean release from the line of scrimmage and can find seams in zone coverage. A position and wall off inline blocker. Good pad level on initial contact on inline blocks. Has the strength to sustain contact and can get position to seal the edge.
44 Mike McNeill TE Nebraska 6036 232 33 ¼ 9 C
Mike is a small player that did not show any special qualities. He caught the ball well and into his hands but he is an above average athlete that lacks great speed. He can track the ball and adjust to make the catch. He is a stiff guy that can uncover in zone coverages but lacks the quickness to separate versus man. He is too small to be a factor as an inline blocker.
16 Lee Smith TE Marshall 6057 269 34 9 3/8 C
Lee is stiff as a runner and does not show quick acceleration. He is thin in his lower body and is not a natural kneebender. Good hands to catch away from his body. Can’t run. Has very average play speed. He is a physical run blocker and has shown to shorten the corner on runs outside.
80 Vincent Brown WR San Diego St 5110 184 33 ¼ 10 ½ B
Vincent has good size but is a strider that builds speed. Not very quick getting in and out of his cuts. He has very good hands and can extend to make plays outside of his frame. He will go inside and has shown to make the tough catch.
17 Dwayne Harris WR E. Carolina 5097 200 31 5/8 10 B
Dwayne has good burst off the ball and shows good feet to get in and out of his cuts. A good route runner that has excellent hands. He tracks the deep ball well and can win when contested by defenders. Very soft hands to make difficult catches seem routine. Effortless in his movements.
25 Niles Paul WR Nebraska 6007 225 31 ¼ 8 5/8 C
Niles has very good size with above average speed and COD quickness. He telegraphs his break and chops his feet to make his cuts. He lacks a quick acceleration out of his cuts to separate from defenders. Shows ability to snap head around and locate the ball. Takes several steps for Niles to throttle down to make his cuts. Note: small hands and short arms.
1 Austin Pettis WR Boise St. 6024 205 32 ½ 10 B
Excellent size, speed and quickness. Austin runs good routes and shows the quickness out of his cuts to accelerate from defenders. He has very good hands to catch the ball away from his body. Also holds on PAT & FGs.
2 Titus Young WR Boise St. 5112 174 31 9 A
Titus has average size for the position but he has good speed and quickness. He is an average route runner that was inconsistent catching the ball during the 1st practice. He does not look very comfortable running routes but he has the speed to get vertical. As he settled down his talent was able to shine thru and he looks like the class of the crop.
92 Sione Fua DT Stanford 6016 307 33 ¼ 10 ¾ B
Sione shows adequate get off quickness with good pad level and uses his hands well to create separation vs the run. Very good balance. He has the strength to control the LOS and disengage from blocks.
97 Cameron Jordan DE California 6041 287 34 ½ 11 ¼ A
Cameron has very good size with adequate quickness off the ball. He allows blocks to get across his face but has the strength and the lateral quickness to work lateral and keep leverage on the ball. Violent with his hands. Showed the ability to play all 4 DL positions. Excellent in his ability to beat blocks with his quickness and power.
95 Pierre Allen DL Nebraska 6037 273 35 3/8 10 B
Pierre is a tough, straightline athlete that is primarily a bull rusher. He has adequate quickness off the ball. He needs increased upper body strength to stack blocks and hold the POA. He has the quickness to beat blocks and can rip to separate.
46 Christian Ballard DL Iowa 6041 288 33 ½ 10 A
Christian shows a good get off and explosiveness to push the pocket. Uses his hands well inside to gain an advantage. Plays with leverage and a good effort. Needs to get off quicker in run defense and fight pressure.
45 Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma 6023 268 33 10 C
Jeremy is an undersized DE and although he plays with good pad level he struggles to hold his ground on runs to him. He tends to get engulfed by bigger blockers. Lacks POA strength. Knocked off the ball by a TE and washed down on runs outside. Will be best served as a LB.
91 Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue 6037 255 33 ½ 9 5/8 B
Ryan is a straightline athlete that has a good motor but lacks a counter after his initial charge. He plays with a high pad level and little knee bend. Very good strength at the point of attack. He plays more with his shoulders than his hands to take on blocks. Loses leverage on OT on plays to outside.
54 Stephen Paea DT Oregon St 6011 295 33 ½ 10 3/8 A
Stephen is a powerful player that shows excellent strength in the run game when singled up. He plays with excellent leverage and uses his hands well to control blocks and reestablish the LOS. He has the strength/power to play NT but not the ideal size. He is quick off the ball and can play a 3-technique in a 4-3 front.
96 Ian Willams DT Notre Dame 6013 311 32 9 ¾ B
Ian is a power rusher that lacks the arm length to consistently get push against bigger blockers. He can split the double team. Can get off the ball with quickness and across the face of blockers when playing the run.
40 Mason Foster LB Washington 6011 241 31 9 ¾ D
Mason has good size but average athletic ability. He is not an aggressive downhill player and has average hand use to disengage from blocks. Always appears not ready to play. Plays erect.
44 Mark Herzlich OB BC 6035 250 32 5/8 10 1/8 C
Mark is an active and physical Will LB that plays down hill and attacks blocks. He is an aggressive player that will get ahead of the ball and at times has shown to lose sight of the ball. Needs to do a better job of coming to balance in space. He wants to make plays and not always play thru assignments.
51 Ross Homan IB Ohio St. 6003 229 30 ½ 9 7/8 D
Ross is an active but undersized IB. He plays laterally and allows OL to cut him off and take him out of the play. He lacks POA strength and does not disengage quickly. He does not close to receivers in man coverage and will get on his heels when he stops and restarts.
53 Greg Jones IB Michigan St. 5117 240 32 ½ 10 1/8 B
Greg plays IB and is a tackle to tackle defender. He does not have great range or athletic ability but he plays hard. Good ability to read, play down hill and get to the ball. Not overly quick twitched and he plays a bit high, catching blocks in his chest. Not an explosive hitter or when taking on blocks. Does not have the swivel in his hips or burst to be an effective coverage guy.
55 Casey Matthews OB Oregon 6006 232 31 ¾ 8 ¾ C
Casey is a finesse player that is smooth in his movements and has above average ability to key and diagnose plays. He has good range and closing burst to the ball. Not an overly physical player and is not an explosive hitter. Has the movement skills and foot quickness for coverage. He needs more play strength but his lack of arm length and small hands are a concern.
48 Lawrence Wilson OB Connecticut 6006 225 30 ½ 9 ¾ B
Lawrence aligns as the SAM LB. He has questionable strength and plays more laterally than down hill vs the run. He will jump around some blocks. He is an athletic player that gets good depth on his drops. He shows the ability to come to balance and square up to ballcarriers but will bend at the waist to make contact. Very good angles and range in pursuit.
28 Eric Hagg DB Nebraska 6013 206 32 ½ 10 ¼ C
Eric is deliberate in his movements. He plays with very little knee bend. He is stiff in his lower body and lacks a quick COD to make plays in space. He settles his feet in coverage and makes contact with receivers down field.
23 Jalil Brown DB Colorado 6002 202 31 10 B
Jalil has good size with good transition quickness. He gets a wide base on his plant and drive but has good burst to close. He will squat on routes with receivers pushing vertical. He is best in a press man scheme than zone or off man coverage. Reaches to get a jam and gets in a trail. Above average catch-up speed and his length helps him down the field. Needs to show more discipline in his play.
8 Kendric Burney CB UNC 5090 181 29 ½ 9 ¼ C
Kendric is a small CB with above average speed. He allowed receivers to get behind him and lacked the recovery speed with the ball in the air. Too much separation at the receivers breaking point and rounds on his plant and drive. No false steps on his plant and drive. Very good quickness but he does not see 3 step passing, therefore he is late reacting to speed outs and slants.
21 Rashad Carmichael CB VA Tech 5095 185 31 9 ¼ B
Rashad is smooth in his pedal and has above average size. He has adequate speed but keeps a good relationship with receivers and has a good zone turn with vision to the field and throw. Good hands to make plays on the ball. He cuts off receivers and does not allow them to get on top of him. Not explosive thru blocks.
20 Quinton Carter SS Oklahoma 6005 211 32 ¼ 9 3/8 B
Quinton is smooth in his movements and shows very good COD. He is quick to react to his keys and will play downhill to support the run. Anticipates routes well and has good foot quickness to plant and drive on short/intermediate routes. He plays fast but does not possess great speed.
5 Jaiquawn Jarrett SS Temple 5117 196 31 ¾ 9 7/8 C
Jaiquawn has a short, choppy pedal and does not cover a great deal of ground. Plants and drives on his toes which causes him to step under himself when transitioning forward out of his pedal. Does not play with knee bend. He has average size and range with above average athletic ability.
26 Joe Lefeged FS Rutgers 5112 208 31 9 ¾ C
Joe doesn’t have great foot speed or quickness. He is more of a zone player than man. He allows receivers to get behind and he lacks the recovery speed. Failed to cut off on vertical routes. Has good hands to highpoint the ball. He would be best served inside than on the corner.
24 Curtis Marsh DB Utah St. 6001 194 32 ½ 9 ¼ I
Curtis did not participate this week.
22 Da’Norris Searcy CB UNC 5105 216 34 9 7/8 C
Da’Norris has good size but only above average foot quickness at best. He has a high, choppy pedal and tends to play behind receivers instead of breaking to the reception point. Appears to lack the quickness for long stretches of man coverage. Physical with good strength to play thru WR’s blocks.
54 Christian Young LS UCLA 6000 241 30 ¼ 10 C
Christian sprayed the ball around forcing an adjustment by the punter on most punts and his trajectory was not consistent. He lacks velocity on his snaps and does not appear to have the zip required to be effective at the next level. .73 was his long snap average
25 Kai Forbath PK UCLA 5105 191 30 ¾ 9 3/8 B
1.12 snap to kick; 25yds right hash, good; 32 yds left hash, good; 35 yds lt hash good; 39 yds rt hash, good; 41 yds rt hash, good; 45 rt hash, good;
90 Alex Henery PT Nebraska 6011 178 30 ¼ 8 ¾ D
A 3 step right footed punter. Alex struggled early in the week, both with and against the wind. He did not show the distance or hang time. He very rarely got the nose of the ball up and get the ball to turn over. His touch to toe was on average 1.41. Distance average 36 yards; Hang time average 3.42
Cameron Jordan DE California
Colin Kaepernik QB Nevada
Brandon Fusco OC Slippery Rock
Titus Young WR Boise State
Anthony Castonzo OT BC
Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin
Alex Henery PT Nebraska
Jake Locker QB Washington
Nate Solder OT Colorado
Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin
Mason Foster LB Washington
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