Friday, January 29, 2010
Update from Senior Bowl
By ESPN.com staff
Some updates on Pac-10 players at the Senior Bowl from Scouts Inc.:
USC TE Anthony McCoy -- After a slow start McCoy ended the week the way we expected, employing good footwork and hand use to get clean releases off the line. He also showed the ability to get down the field, and we were surprised at the vertical speed McCoy showed and how quickly he was able to get on top of linebackers. He also caught the ball much better on Day 4, snatching it away from his frame. McCoy might have been a bit rusty after missing USC's bowl game, but after his focus came around this week we saw the same player whose film impressed us during the season. Throw in the fact that he is a sound run-blocker and McCoy is clearly the most complete tight end in this year's class.
Oregon State QB Sean Canfield -- Canfield looked out of sync even throwing against air. He missed on quick posts, crossing routes and in routes on which the quarterback is asked to make the throw before the receiver makes his break, and at this point in the week we thought he would have executed a little better. Canfield's week was not awful, but Day 4 was a little alarming because this environment is suited to his game and we thought he would carry over some of the momentum he built up with a strong finish to the season.
It also seems that California defensive end Tyson Alualu had a good week. His name kept coming up, often at the expense of offensive linemen. Consider this under "Bad days":
Notre Dame OT Sam Young -- There is nothing wrong with Young's effort. He fights to stay in position and finishes every drill in practice. However, his 6-foot-7¾ frame makes it hard for Young to redirect in pass protection, and he has difficulty getting under defenders' pads as a run-blocker. He also has very long arms (34½ inches) that seem to make it hard for him to be quick with his hands. We saw that show up on Day 4 when Young was working against California DE Tyson Alualu, who used his explosive hands and strong upper body to slap Young's arms down.
Washington linebacker Donald Butler has impressed. In fact, this evaluation is high on Butler and Alualu.
Butler also is a riser on this list, which includes Oregon's LeGarrette Blount. On the downside, Canfield also made the list as a "faller."
A quick hit on former USC running back Stafon Johnson, who's coming back from a life-threatening throat injury. USC offensive lineman Jeff Byers is praised for his versatility.