Monday, January 31, 2011
Final Senior Bowl notes
By ESPN.com staff
The Senior Bowl is over. Who moved up and who moved down NFL draft charts?
Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay provides a thorough review of Senior Bowl week here.
Some Pac-12 highlights.
McShay named Colorado OT Nate Solder the No. 2 player at the Senior Bowl (and No. 11 overall), writing, "Solder still can improve his technique and overall consistency but he proved to be the most dominant offensive lineman in Mobile. He has outstanding natural mobility for a 6-foot-8 left tackle prospect."
He also named California DE Cameron Jordan No. 5 at the Senior Bowl (and No. 22 overall), writing, "Jordan displayed versatility as a college five-technique who is capable of playing left end in a 4-3 scheme. Needs to add more pass-rush moves and will never have the burst of an elite edge rusher, but he has good size, great hands and a non-stop motor."
He rated Washington LB Mason Foster and Arizona DE Brooks Reed as being "on the rise."
On the downside, USC WR Ronald Johnson was No. 2 on a list of players who failed to improve their stock:
Johnson doesn't have a first- or second-round grade, so it's not like he came in here and hurt his draft stock this week. But where Miami's Leonard Hankerson, San Diego State's Vincent Brown, Boise State's Titus Young and TCU's Jeremy Kerley were able to showcase a lot of their positive qualities, Johnson turned in an underwhelming performance this week. No area of his game stands out and whether it's running routes, running after the catch or even the five returns he had in the Senior Bowl, he just lacks big-play ability. In a wide receiver group that continues to get deeper by the day, Johnson is likely to be a Day 3 pick.
Scouts Inc. also redid its top-32 list, and it included seven Pac-12 players: No. 11 Solder, No. 12 Colorado CB Jimmy Smith, No. 13 USC OT Tyron Smith, No. 16 UCLA LB Akeem Ayers, No. 22 Jordan, No. 23 Washington QB Jake Locker and No. 30 UCLA FS Rahim Moore.
You can review the complete game stats here.