2012 Senior Bowl Player Impressions

Posted Jan 27, 2012

Prospects who stood out in Mobile this week

MOBILE, AL – If you want an official scouting report from Mobile, take this as a lead pipe lock. Head over to Wintzell’s Oyster House and order your dinner before happy hour ends at 7:00 PM. Raw oysters go for $5/dozen and they won’t disappoint.

The 65TPT crew put down five dozen Wednesday night.

While I have no idea where this year’s crop of Senior Bowlers are slotted on Chiefs Draft Board, it’s impossible to attend a week of practices and not walk away impressed with a handful of players.

In an attempt to spread the wealth across each position group, these are some of the players who caught my eye in Mobile this week.

QB Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State) – Last year’s Senior Bowl produced two quarterbacks drafted in the first round. This year’s game might not produce any. Regardless, Weeden put his accuracy on display throughout South practices and appeared to take advantage of his opportunity in front of coaches and scouts. The fact that he’ll be a 29-year old rookie only makes his potential draft slot more intriguing.

RB Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati) – Pead has an admiration for Jamaal Charles, brings big-play potential each time he touches the ball and is able to contribute in the return game. He also doesn’t seem to mind pickup up a block. Pead looks like a player who might fit in nicely with a team that uses a committee of backs.

WR Marvin Jones (California) – I wasn’t familiar with Jones until this week. He beat defenders deep, ran impressive intermediate routes, showed off a solid vertical leap and even added a diving catch. Jones made me want to learn more.

TE Michael Egnew (Missouri) – Want a pass-catching tight end? Egnew represents the transformation of the position at the NFL level. What’s interesting about Egnew is that he’ll have to put his hand on the ground and hold the edge against South defenders Saturday afternoon. I’m not sure how many times he was asked to play in a three-point stance at Missouri.

T Mike Adams (Ohio State) – Underclassmen make up the majority of this year’s top talent at offensive tackle, so many of the nation’s elite weren’t present at the Senior Bowl. As a result, many of the tackles struggled during one-on-one drills with the defensive line. Adams was one of the tackles who stood out as being able to hold his own. A left tackle for the Buckeyes, Adams got looks on the right side this week as well.

G Cordy Glenn (Georgia) – This guy is a pillar. At 6-5 and 346 pounds, he’s both tall and wide. Glenn swallowed plenty of defensive linemen in practices this week. He was a fun player to watch in one-on-one drills.

DE Melvin Ingram (South Carolina) – UNC’s Quinton Coples might be making the most noise in Mobile this week, but Ingram isn’t far behind. Ingram continually beat offensive lineman, showing a high-motor using a variety of effective pass-rush moves. Look for the South defensive line to have a big game on Saturday.

NT Alameda Ta’amu (Washington) – The quickness and athleticism of this 340-pounder stood out. He’s built like an NFL nose tackle with a massive lower body that looks prime for plugging run lanes and allowing linebackers to run free.

LB Audie Cole (NC State) – Cole played at weak-side inside linebacker most of the week paired next to Nevada’s James Michael Johnson (who also stood out as a hitter). In addition to running well and consistently being around the football, Cole appears to be a blue-collar, hard-nose type of linebacker. He looks like he can add toughness at inside linebacker for an NFL team.

DB George Iloka (Boise State) – Every year someone masters the interview portion of our trip. Iloka was far and away this year’s winner (look for his one-on-one interview to post this weekend). In addition to giving the impression of a player who understands the game, Iloka also represents a hybrid player many teams are searching for. A 6-foot-3 safety who also made starts for the Broncos at cornerback, Iloka could be an ideal defender for matchups with the NFL’s elite pass-catching tight ends.

CB Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama) – At first, I was blown away by this player in the purple UNA helmet holding his own against receivers from BCS programs. Then I saw the name on the back of the jersey. Once a shutdown cornerback at the University of Florida, Jenkins backed his status as a first-round hopeful this week. Off-field, not on-field, issues will be the debate.

K Randy Bullock (Texas A&M) – With the ink still wet on Ryan Succop’s new contract, the Chiefs won’t be drafting a kicker this year. That doesn’t mean Bullock isn’t among the nation’s best.

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