Senior Bowl: Day 3 Observations on 'O'

We take a look at some of the prospects who stood out both positively and negatively on Wednesday.


Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

Kirk Cousins responded from a somewhat erratic Tuesday practice and caught fire for a bit on Wednesday. Cousins showed good drive on out patters but still continued to check down more than desired on seven-on-seven drills.

Nick Foles, Arizona

Foles was much better in the early drills on Wednesday as he showed his ability to put velocity on his throws. He again struggled in 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11's as he simply takes too long to make decisions on where to go with the football. He has the raw tools to be a franchise quarterback but he will have to be in a system he can adapt to and some quarterback coach needs to steady his footwork and work on his accuracy.

Ryan Lindley, San Diego State

In every Senior Bowl class there is the best quarterback, and on the other side of it, the worst quarterback. Unfortunately, San Diego State's Ryan Lindley takes home the latter honor. Lindley is having a nightmarish week as he struggles with accuracy, velocity and footwork. The amount of good tosses Lindley has had all week can be counted on one hand.

Running Backs

Doug Martin, Boise State

If there is an offensive star at this year's Senior Bowl it's Boise State running back Doug Martin. Martin's stop-and-go moves remind some of LaDainian Tomlinson in his prime and he has a compact, thick frame that can take punishment. You could hear Martin's name called in the first round in April's draft.

Lennon Creer, Florida Atlantic

A late add to the South roster, Creer showed sure hands but lacks explosive speed. North-and-south runner, Creer would have to be part of a tandem backfield on the next level.

Terrance Ganaway, Baylor

The bruising halfback had a less than impressive Wednesday practice as he struggled mightily in pass protection drills and dropped any pass out of the backfield that was anything less than perfect. Ganaway is another north-south runner and likely figures to be a later-round prospect.

Wide Receivers

Brian Quick, Appalachian State

This young receiver may have the highest ceiling of any Senior Bowl player at his position but he's also the most raw. Quick and his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame can easily box out defenders and he has natural speed. Not a natural hands catcher, Quick must work on that and running simple routes. His raw athleticism reminds some people of former first-round pick and Senior Bowl star Matt Jones.

DeVier Posey, Ohio State

After a tough first couple of practices, Posey improved a bit on Wednesday as he showed an ability to run sharp routes. Posey has better than average speed in and out of his breaks, but still struggles to catch footballs with his hands.

Patrick Edwards, Houston

The 5-foot-9 Edwards started practice very well as he was dominating one-on-one drills and running by defenders. Edwards is quicker than he is fast and he has very good hands for a smaller wideout. Unfortunately his day ended early as he appeared to pull a hamstring midway through the session.

Tight Ends

Brian Linthicum, Michigan State

Brian Linthicium hasn't stood out much as a receiver during Senior Bowl week but he showed himself very well in blocking drills. Linthicum doesn't appear to be the type of tight end that will ever catch 50 passes on the next level, but he could help some team as a goal-line target and blocker.

DeAngelo Peterson, LSU

Another late addition to the roster, Peterson looked very nimble at nearly 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. Peterson wasn't involved in many blocking drills so we couldn't evaluate that part of his game, but he showed soft hands and solid speed. His size would likely force him into a specialized role, such as H-back or slot tight end.

Offensive Line

Mitchell Schwartz, California

The tackle had a very nice Wednesday practice as he was dominant in pass-protection drills as he repeatedly stoned Jack Crawford and Cam Johnson. Schwartz figures more to be a right tackle on the next level but he appears to be a guy who can start quickly. At 6-foot-5, 317 pounds, the former Golden Bear has good athleticism for his size.

Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

Although there's a long line of top draft picks on the offensive line from Wisconsin, Zeitler doesn't seem as if he'll be one of them. He struggles in space and was poor in pass protection drills. Although he has good strength and power, he will have issues on the next level with quicker defensive tackles.

Cordy Glenn, Georgia

The more we see of Glenn, the more we are impressed. He likely has to play guard to be at his best, which could devalue his draft stock, but he has quick feet and a massive upper frame that engulfs defenders and doesn't let them go. He's been the most consistent offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl through three practices.

Jeff Allen, Illinois

Allen has been a pleasant surprise, especially Wednesday, when he was regularly the winner during one-on-one pass protection/rush drills and opened a running lane more than once during team drills. He might only be a mid-round pick, but he helped himself on Day 3.

William Vlachos, Alabama

Not much was expected of Vlachos, but he showed up for work on Wednesday and displayed enough quickness to handle interior defensive linemen and held up surprising well against attempts to bull rush the 6-foot center. With all the injuries to centers, he appears to have helped his stock this week.

Matt McCants, UAB

The University of Alabama-Birmingham tackle showed that he was more than just a local draw. He held up well in one-on-one work and could be a bit of sleeper if he can handle the top competition here.

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