The Hawaiian native has an engaging personality, as he looks into everyones eyes when speaking to them, and he stands with a confidence that doesnt show cockiness, like many of his Senior Bowl teammates. When asked about the level of competition at the Senior Bowl, Unger gave his thoughts.
Theres a couple guys in the Pac-10 that are this caliber, but to face a whole defensive line thats this caliber has never really happened to me before, and its pretty cool, Unger said. You have to adjust your game quite a bit when youre playing guys this good, but this is what its all about.
Unger starred in many of the drills during Senior Bowl practices, and he was even able to hold his own against Boston Colleges stud defensive tackle, B.J. Raji, who dominated nearly every practice and opponent.
Max Unger prepares against Corvey Irvin #90 of the South Team at the Senior Bowl Jan 24, 2009 (Photo Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
When most think of Pac-10 football, the initial thoughts that come to mind are open, air-it-out types of offenses with little defensive resistance. Still, the Pac-10 has two of the top rated centers in this years draft in Unger and Californias Alex Mack, and the conference posted a very impressive 5-0 bowl record.
The Pac-10 is a pretty good league and sometimes we dont get as much respect and notoriety as some conferences, Unger said when asked about the type of ball they play out west.
Max Unger could be the type of player that can be a 12-year NFL starter, as he has the size, intelligence, and balance that it takes to succeed at the next level. With the versatility that Unger possesses, he will be invaluable to any professional team as he can move along the different positions on the line. Unger is currently projected as a second-round pick.
Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie is a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports and Sirius NFL Radio, and has been featured on the NFL Network. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.