Thursday, January 27, 2011
Big Ten notes from Senior Bowl
By ESPN.com staff
Another day of practice is in the books in Mobile, Ala. How did the Big Ten's Senior Bowl participants fare?
Be sure and check out all the coverage from the ESPN Scouts Inc. crew.
Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan: Colleague Todd McShay named Kerrigan as his top performer from the North squad on Wednesday. McShay writes that the 2010 Big Ten defensive player of the year is "a DE in a 4-3 scheme no questions asked and should drop into coverage rarely in the NFL. After coming back to the D-line he was as dominant as he's been all week in practice. He showed good initial quickness off the line and did a really good job of dipping his shoulder into the offensive tackle and bending the edge from that point." Kerrigan shined at the expense of two Big Ten offensive tackles, Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi and Indiana's James Brewer, whom he beat in practice.
Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi: Labeled a midround pick, Stanzi drew mixed reviews on Wednesday. The Scouts Inc. crew writes: "If forced into the game, he'll be prepared, competitive and can make accurate throws underneath and most of the intermediate throws. The problem we saw this week, and it matched what we saw on film, is his arm strength is limited. While arm strength can be the most overrated part of evaluating a QB, he has to have a certain base level."
Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi and Iowa DE Christian Ballard: Ballard beat Carimi in one-on-one drills and the Wisconsin star also struggled against Notre Dame's Ian Williams.
Michigan State LB Greg Jones: Another pretty rough day for Jones, who is struggling to show that he can tackle in space. Jones must prove he'll be a complete linebacker at the NFL level after a wonderful college career. The Scouts Inc. crew writes: "He was exposed in one-on-one coverage drills with RBs. He struggled when he had to quickly change momentum off cuts and was often trailing the RBs and out of position. He has a good motor and shows good instincts. When he can quickly recognize and find the ball between tackles, he does not have a problem getting in position to make the stop. We question if he can consistently get off blocks and make plays outside the tackle box."
Ohio State WR Dane Sanzenbacher: Although the Buckeyes star isn't getting a ton of separation on routes, he has impressed the Scouts Inc. crew with his ability to attack the ball in the air.