Senior Bowl Buzz: What NFL scouts are saying

Since Sunday evening we have offered wall-to-wall coverage of the Senior Bowl. And along with our crew, scouts from all 32 teams were also on hand in Mobile. Here's their take on many of the players from last week, including red-flags being raised on Lamar Woodley and Daymeion Hughes.

South Roster

Justin Blalock/OL/Texas Failed to meet expectations and there is real doubt he can handle the tackle abilities at the next level.

Ken Darby/RB/Alabama: Unimpressive overall.  Does not show a lot of football instinct or much in the way of elusiveness.  Likely a second-day pick.

Buster Davis/LB/Florida State: Size concerns will push him into the second day.

Ryan Kalil/C/USC: While all agree Kalil had a terrific week, there is concern about his lack of size and ability to handle large defenders in the middle of the line.  As a result he is a mid-second round choice.

Brandon Meriweather/S/Miami-Fl: Really helped himself.  Displayed impressive cover skills, and if he interviews well at the combine and his background checks out Meriweather could be selected surprisingly early.

Quentin Moses/DE/GeorgiaBy most accounts, those we spoke with do not grade Moses as a first rounder.

Aaron Ross/CB/Texas: Scouts were incredibly impressed with Ross after seeing him this week.  The feeling is his upside is tremendous.

Arron Sears/OL/Tennessee: While he played well most of the time, the feeling is Sears will solely be a guard at the next level.

Joe Staley/OT/Central MichiganWhile we don't agree with this, several scouts left Mobile stamping a first-round grade on Staley.

Tony Ugoh/T/ArkansasThere was overall disappointment with Ugoh.  Scouts felt he should have been stronger and he displayed marginal punch at the point.  Worse for Ugoh, many left Mobile wondering if he is a guy who really wants to play football.

Jonathan Wade/CB/Tennessee:  Most stamped Wade as a good athlete but average football player.  Just about no one gave him a first-day grade.

Patrick Willis/LB/Mississippi:  General disappointment with the play of Willis, and he was not graded as a first-round choice.

North Roster

Aundrae Allison/WR/East CarolinaSolidified himself as a third-round pick with his play in Mobile.

Josh Beekman/G-C/Boston College: Solid, but nothing spectacular and did not prove himself worthy of being a top-75 choice.

Stewart Bradley/LB/NebraskaThe general consensus is Bradley looked good, and if he runs as fast as expected at the combine he will climb into the second round.

Levi Brown/OT/Penn StateProved he will be the second tackle taken likely in the middle of round one.  Has a lot of people believing he can handle the left tackle duties at the next level.

David Clowney/WR/Virginia TechMost felt Clowney's drops were an aberration and we downgraded him unfairly.  

Mason Crosby/K/ColoradoDid enough to secure a spot in round two.

Leon Hall/CB/MichiganScouts expected a lot more than what they got.  Forget about being a top-10 pick, most feel Hall could fall as far as number 18.

David Harris/LB/Michigan:  Played better than expected and secured himself as a top-75 pick.

Ryan Harris/T/Notre DameWe documented the woes of Harris all week, but how bad was he?  Scouts graded him as a fifth- or sixth-round player after his performance in Mobile.

Daymeion Hughes/CB/California: Interesting news here.  The word is Hughes is out of the game with a hamstring injury.  But the fact is he is also suffering with back problems, an injury he's had issues with in the past.  Red flags are going up and he could drop.

Tony Hunt/RB/Penn State:  We raved about Hunt and, while scouts agreed he played well, there is a concern Hunt is too large.

James Marten/OL/Boston College:  A terrific surprise for scouts.  They feel he has enough size and upside to play at the next level, though it won't be at left tackle.  Some went as far as saying he'll be drafted before teammate Josh Beekman.

Brandon Mebane/DT/California:  While he looked good, scouts are still not convinced he is first-round material.

Dan Mozes/C/West VirginiaWords like "awful" were used to describe Mozes.  Some went as far as saying don't be surprised if he goes undrafted.

Brandon Myles/WR/West Virginia: One of the more pleasant surprises and underrated players of the week.

Amobi Okoye/DT/LouisvilleWhile all agree Okoye looked good, not everyone is stamping him with a top-15 grade.  The inability to get off blocks this week was a concern.

Paul Posluszny/LB/Penn State:  Scouts were incredibly impressed with the overall package Posluszny presented.  A top-15 selection is not out of the question.

Manuel Ramirez/G/Texas TechSeverely disappointed scouts with his play and dropped out of the first day.

Aaron Rouse/S/Virginia Tech:  The feeling is Rouse played better in Mobile than anytime during his senior season.

Lamar Woodley/DE/Michigan:  Dropping like a rock.  Scouts felt Woodley was intimidated after his poor start in Monday and used his hamstring injury as a convenient excuse.  Some now grade him as a third-round pick.

Marshal Yanda/OL/IowaTeams were pleasantly surprised.  While they are unsure of his ability to hold down the tackle spot in the NFL, they presently grade him as a first-day choice.

** These are the general opinions of several scouts on hand at Mobile.  This does not take into consideration what may happen at combine workouts next month. 


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