Senior Bowl Stock Report
STOCK UP Tim Yotter: Elon WR Aaron Mellette: He's a small-school receiver from Elon (North Carolina) who believes he got lost in the shuffle because he was switching high schools and was a late bloomer. He showed this week that he belongs in the NFL and can hang with the Division I cornerbacks that will be entering the draft with him. At 6-foot-2 1/2, he's hard to miss, but he has shown the ability to separate and doesn't miss many passes thrown his way. He looks as comfortable as some of the receivers projected in the second round. He likely won't go that high, but he might have improved to the middle rounds with his showing this week. Jamie Newberg: Texas WR Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin has been arguably the top receiver over the first three days. He's so explosive and has elite speed and quickness. Goodwin can get off the line and beat press coverage, runs good routes and can really catch the football. The big knock is his size at 5-foot-9 and 179 pounds. But he's powerfully built and very athletic. He looks like an ideal slot wide receiver. John Garcia Jr.: Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton: While he projects to be selected in either the second or third round of the NFL Draft, his week in Mobile may propel him to the front-end of that equation. While his size and speed are well-documented, Patton (6-0, 202) does some of the little things so well. He knows how to set up his defender while running crisp and crafty routes, attacks the ball when it is in the air and finishes plays with strong hands. Scouts have told him he needs to be consistent this week while eyes are on him, and there hasn't been a wideout on the roster that has come close to Patton in that department or many others. Bill Huber: Cal C Brian Schwenke: When Alabama's Barrett Jones, the consensus best center in the draft and a possible first-round pick, bowed out of the game after needing foot surgery, Schwenke assumed the mantle as the best center in Mobile. He's lived up to that billing with three strong days of practice. In one-on-one pass-blocking drills on Wednesday, Schwenke was a stellar 7-1. Not exactly a giant of a man at 303 pounds, Schwenke went 3-0 against mammoth Georgia standout John Jenkins. Schwenke is tough and a finisher, and has a bit of a mean streak behind that polite smile. STOCK DOWN Tim Yotter: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib: Before Senior Bowl week, there were some analysts who believed he was a first-round pick, with one former NFL scout believing he might even be the apple of Andy Reid's eye in Kansas City with the first overall selection. That would certainly be a reach. Quarterbacks as inconsistent as Nassib has been this week are developmental prospects and the Chiefs can't use the first overall pick on a guy who won't be productive in his rookie season. He looked better as the week progressed, but he shouldn't be a top-10 pick and might not be a first-rounder. Jamie Newberg: Michigan WR Denard Robinson: It's unfair to say that Robinson's stock is down after only three practices at wide receiver. But this former Michigan quarterback really struggled with his first three days of practice in Mobile. He had numerous drops each day and had a really tough go of it. But the good thing is that he has plenty of time over the coming weeks to learn his new position. John Garcia Jr.: LSU DE Lavar Edwards: Edwards (6-5, 272) is pegged to fall in the middle of the draft, but he doesn't seem to excel in any one area based on taking in three of his practices at the Senior Bowl. He has been handled during 1-on-1 sessions much more than half the time, and he hasn't been consistent against the run in team scrimmages, either. Edwards lacks that certain consistent explosion off the edge that really makes NFL scouts' eyes open, and he's done little to prove he has counter-moves to balance out his repertoire against sometimes-average offensive linemen. Bill Huber: Utah State CB Will Davis: Davis entered the Senior Bowl as one of the smaller-school stars with a buzz. Davis, however, just sort of faded into oblivion as the likes of Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford and Harding's Ty Powell have picked up the small-school mantle. He was beaten several times during the first practice of the week on Monday and never quite bounced back. Wednesday was clearly his best day. He had nice coverage on a deep pass to Markus Wheaton, though that pass was so poorly thrown that neither player had a chance to make a play on the ball. Later, he broke up a deep pass to Denard Robinson. That was a big improvement over Tuesday, when Davis was toasted on a deep route by Robinson.