Flights full of scouts, coaches and general managers lifted off from Mobile starting Wednesday as they now decipher the players that gained the most from last weeks experience and who went in the other direction.
The Big Winners
1) Khalif Barnes - The big offensive tackle entered the week with plenty of
question centering around his injured wrist and tenacity. The only question that
remained after Thursday's practice is how high Barnes will go in round one.
Barnes was consistently dominant in all aspects and "wowed" scouts
2) Mark Clayton - Clayton proved he is much more then a receiver that benefited
from Oklahoma's wide open offense rather a complete pass catcher with a variety
of skills. While some may doubt whether or not he is a number one receiver in
the NFL there's no question his skills warrant a pick in the middle of the first
3) Matt Jones - Not since Antwaan Randle-El several years back has a college
quarterback come to the Senior Bowl and made a seamless transition to another
position. Jones looked like a natural catching the ball and did so anywhere on
the field with ease. The former Arkansas passer also impressed with his
willingness to long snap and even field kick returns. Whether he stays at the
wide out position or grows into a tight end is for another debate but there is
no question that Jones leaves Mobile greatly enhancing his draft stock.
4) Jason Campbell - While he was not asked to throw the ball downfield much, the
former Auburn quarterback displayed a command of Jon Gruden's west coast offense
and quickly picked up the timing of the passing game. Campbell has stated his
case to be the first or second senior signal caller selected.
5) Kirk Morrison - Considered a one-dimensional run stuffer and two-down defender
coming into the week, Morrison proved his critics wrong. In fact, the San Diego State star spent most of his time at weak-side linebacker and was effective
playing in space. Morrison moved himself into the draft's top 70 picks and from
here on out many may list him as an OLB rather then an MLB.
6) Courtney Roby - Quietly coming away with one of top weeks of the Senior Bowl,
all Roby did was catch every pass thrown in his direction. Injured most of his
junior season, he has been building towards this and took advantage of the
talented quarterbacks at his disposal, something he did not have at Indiana.
7) Charlie Frye - Frye made the right choice coming back to Akron for his senior
season and the passer looked sharp in Mobile. Very effective inside of 30-yards,
he has a few technicalities to fine-tune which would help his long passing game
(Frye's pulls his non-throwing shoulder down). He stated his case to be a top 45
choice in April.
8) Chris Myers - After playing guard at Miami, Myers did an excellent job all
week on the pivot. He also long snapped, though not very well, yet comes out of
the week improving his stock almost two rounds.
9) Darrent Williams - The explosive cornerback from Oklahoma State shut down
opponents all week, picking off passes every day. Yet there is not a huge market
for cover men who measure just 5'8"/170 pounds.
10) DeMarcus Ware - The Troy State pass rusher stood out at defensive end and
caused a lot of havoc up the field. Whether or not he can remain at defensive
end or must move to outside linebacker is another story altogether but Ware
improved his stock this week.
11) Marcus Johnson - Shocked everyone with the ability to move laterally and
block in motion. The 'Ole Miss lineman dominated the opposition at guard but
would have been in higher demand had he played well at right tackle.
12) Junior Rosegreen - The former Auburn safety improved daily and had the Tampa
Bay scouts raving about him on Thursday. Moved into the first day with his
performance this week.
1) Carlos Rogers - Played well until he hurt his hamstring late in the week.
2) Eric Green - Another who was moved to the sidelines with injury after good
3) Michael Boley - One of the better weak-side linebackers all week.
4) Roydell Williams - Late addition who made the most of his opportunity.
5) Cadillac Williams - Looked natural as a pass catcher, answering big questions
about his receiving skills.
6) David Baas - Dominated at guard yet could not complete the deal at center.
7) Logan Mankins - Did a solid job in Tampa's WCO blocking system.
8) Jim Davis - Got a lot of penetration up the field and displayed plenty of
9) Evan Mathis - Did everything the coaches wanted him to at several blocking
10) Alex Smith - Played to his athleticism and size looking like a solid blocker
and downfield threat catching the ball.
1) Rob Petitti - Looked out of shape, played poorly then got hurt.
2) Ronald Bartell - Just looked out of place and struggled almost every day.
3) Craphonso Thorpe - Did not prove himself to be a downfield threat and
struggled battling to make the reception.
4) Jason Brown - Not the dominant center everyone was expecting to see.
5) Vincent Fuller - Seemed confused and blew plenty of assignments from his
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