North Team vs. South Team
Saturday, January 26, 2008
3:00 p.m. on the NFL Network
North Team Coaching Staff: Oakland Raiders
South Team Coaching Staff: San Francisco 49ers
Scout.com has you covered all weekend long with analysis, risers, fallers and sleepers, as well as things you may not have noticed during the game. But here are some players for you to keep an eye on and players who have to prove themselves to scouts.
Players to Watch:
Keep an eye on these five players:
QB, Joe Flacco – Delaware (North Team) – Flacco has been impressive all week at practice. He has great size and a strong arm. With a solid performance on Saturday, he’ll improve his draft stock more than any other prospect.
Cal WR Lavelle Hawkins makes a reception against Washington.
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WR, Lavelle Hawkins – California (North Team) – Hawkins caught everything thrown his way during practice sessions. He displayed tremendous vertical speed and route running. He has a knack for the acrobatic and is an emerging playmaker in Mobile.
RB, Matt Forte – Tulane (South Team) – Forte has been a pleasant surprise in Mobile. Everyone knew he was a tough runner, but he’s shown good quickness and sure hands. He has a chance to move into Day One of the draft with a productive performance on Saturday.
DT, Trevor Laws – Notre Dame (North Team) – Laws is an undersized interior D-Lineman, who played with a lot of leverage this week. He gets underneath blockers and keeps his feet moving. He has a great motor and will be involved in many plays this weekend.
RB, Yvenson Bernard – Oregon State (North Team) – Bernard is a late addition to the North squad replacing the injured Chris Johnson. Bernard has a golden opportunity to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl and show what he can do against the best in the nation. He didn’t have the opportunity to show scouts his ability during practices this week, but if he shows up in the game it will help him in the long run.
Proving Them Wrong:
Five players who have something to prove:
QB, Colt Brennan – Hawaii (South Team) – Brennan had to defend his 185-pound weigh-in at the beginning of the week to just about everyone. Even though many question his size, you can’t deny that Brennan is a talented QB. He will start the game for the South Team, and with a solid performance many of his critics will reverse their opinion.
QB, Andre Woodson – Kentucky (South Team) – Woodson had a disappointing week of practice in Mobile. His delivery isn’t natural and looks mechanical. He seemed to go through the motions this week and wasn’t delivering the ball with much effort. Woodson better be focused on Saturday or he may drop out of the top 15.
OT, Gosder Cherilus – Boston College (North Team) – Cherilus didn’t stand out during practices this week. He’s a good player, but there are questions about him. He’s an outstanding right tackle, but he’s not as good at left tackle. A team won’t take a right tackle high in the draft, so if Cherilus can’t prove he can play on the left side, he will fall.
WR, Donnie Avery – Houston (South Team) – Avery displayed great speed and quickness in Mobile, but flashed inconsistent hands. He runs good routes and has a knack for the spectacular, but he tends to drop easy passes. A big game on Saturday will go along way to dispel his practice mishaps.
OG, Heath Benedict – Newberry College (South Team) – Benedict is a nasty interior lineman, who received a lot of praise this week. He has great size and uses his hands well. He moves well laterally and has a solid base. He’ll have a tough test on Saturday facing USC DT Sedrick Ellis, but if he fares well, he’ll move up draft boards.
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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.