Alright, I'm back in Jacksonville from covering the Pro Bowl. I will FINALLY have a full feature story up on that tomorrow sometime. In the meantime, I'm going to assess who I think helped or hurt their stock the most during the practices this week at the Senior Bowl. It's something I've been meaning to do as well. Now, on with the assessments.
Stock Way Up
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
No player was more physically dominant at the Senior Bowl practices than Graham. He was a force to be reckoned with on every play and showed he has the tools to be a 4-3 DE at the next level.
Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss
McCluster really sparked in the latter half of the week and showed he can be a do anything back, something that will send him shooting up boards over the next few months. He drew some comparisons to Minnesota WR Percy Harvin, and they are warranted.
Joique Bell, RB, Wayne St.
Bell was easily from the most obscure college at the Senior Bowl. The only player from Division II (A full division below FCS/I-AA) going against I-A players and looked good.
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Iupati would be in the first category if not for his poor showing when he tried to play tackle. However, he is clearly the best interior lineman in the draft and likely solidified himself a late 1st round spot.
Riley Cooper, WR, Florida
Cooper did exactly what he needed to do this weekend, catch anything and everything thrown to him. He doesn't have great speed, but his hands will keep him on a NFL roster.
Nate Allen, S, USF
Allen was already a highly thought of player coming into the Senior Bowl, but he showed a lot more in Mobile. He is fast, has good coverage skills, and should be an excellent safety in the NFL. He's the #2 safety behind Eric Berry in the draft now.
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Great intangibles, can't read a defense and can't make all the throws. I think we've been saying this for awhile.
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
He'll do great as a run plugging DT, either at nose in a 3-4 or in a 4-3. However, he doesn't get a lot of pass rush going.
AJ Edds, LB, Iowa
I liked Edds alot already so what I've read/seen of him in Mobile doesn't surprise me. He's a good linebacker with an excellent football IQ.
Terrance Cody, DT, Alabama
What is it with Bama players and showing up so overweight? It's practically impossible to move Cody, but his technique is still an issue and can he even be a 2 down lineman at this point?
Every other QB at the Senior Bowl
We all know the story with Tebow, but some of the other QBs there were looking to show they were ready to play in the NFL. They all struggled to some degree and we likely won't see any of the QBs taken before round 3.
Stock Way Down
Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
At one point Lindley was a mid-late first round player and he may have played his way into Day 3 of the Draft. Perhaps except for his South teammate who also finds himself in this category, he had the worst individual week of any player.
Taylor Mays, S, USC
Remember the scouting report I did on Mays? Remember all the negatives I listed? Those were all on full display this week. I've heard there is serious talk he's now being projected at LB instead of S because of how poor his coverage skills were.