MOBILE, Alabama -- The Senior Bowl kicked off this morning in as almost 100 players were measured and weighed for the league’s 32 teams. This year’s roster is a strong one with a number of potential first-round picks on both the North and South squads. The pads were popping this afternoon as the North squad took to the field for the initial practice of the week. Here’s a breakdown of the players that looked good and those who were not so fortunate.
Mike Adams/T/Ohio State: Adams spent most of the season on the sidelines for his participation in Ohio State’s infamous Tattoogate, but he looked like he’s never missed a snap of football today. Adams looked the part measuring in at 6-7, 323, then he played to it on the field. After taking a bit of time to get his feet underneath him, Adams was dominant all day, mostly lining up at left tackle. What’s exciting about his game is the way the big blocker easily moves about the field. He’s quickly rising up draft boards and a lot of people believe Adams will end up in the top half of round one when all is said and done.
Marvin Jones/WR/Cal: Jones, 6-2, 198, was a reliable wideout all through his college career and today showed he has the skills to play at the next level. Jones ran crisp, precise routes which enabled him to get separation from defenders. He also displayed the ability to turn it on with a single step and beat defenders in the deep field. Jones caught everything thrown in his direction and has scouts believing he’ll be a solid fit as a third wide out in the NFL.
Senio Kelemete/OL/Washington: Kelemete looked like the most athletic offensive lineman on the field today and did a great job handling the left tackle spot, where he spent the day. He moves his feet well, displays terrific quickness and handled the speed rushers that lined up against him. The big question about Kelemete is whether his 6-3 ½ frame will allow him to play left tackle at the next level or whether he’ll be forced to move to guard.
Devier Posey/WR/Ohio State: Posey, 6-1 ½, 209, is another Buckeye who spent the majority of the season on the sidelines as a result of Tattoogate. Yet today he looked smooth and polished. Posey exploded off the line into pass routes, ran sharp routes and made a number of acrobatic catches. There was little rust shown from a player many consider one of the most physically talented receivers in this years class.
Michael Egnew/TE/Missouri: Egnew was fluid all day and the big tight end looked like a tall receiver running down the seam to catch the ball. He’s got natural hands and though he’s not much of a blocker, he gives a lot of effort in that area. Egnew, 6-5, 251, would be a solid addition for a team needing a “move tight end.”
Brian Quick/WR/Appalachian State: This is a big opportunity for the small school product who dominated during his tenure at Appalachian State. Thus far it’s been a very rocky start. Quick, 6-3, 222, looks slow afoot, shows minimal quickness and worst of all, dropped several catchable throws.
Jack Crawford/DE/Penn State: Scouts want to like Crawford yet the Penn State senior continues to disappoint them. He looks the part on the field yet Crawford, 6-5, 268, was consistently manhandled by blockers and rarely showed any playmaking ability. To be fair, the native Brit, has only been playing football for a few years and should have room for improvement – but it better come soon.
Tony Bergstrom/OL/Utah: Bergstrom, 6-5, 315, looked outclassed on a number of snaps today and was consistently beaten by defensive tackles. He showed little in the way of balance, strength or the ability to stay on his feet.