Winners and Losers From Senior Bowl Week

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After a few days to digest last week’s gathering of draft prospects at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, here’s one observer’s list of winners and losers from the week:

Winners:

Defensive End Cam Johnson, Virginia. Scouts lauded Johnson’s first-step explosion and quickness off the snap. Johnson is a natural pass rusher with excellent hand use and the strength to bull rush or get to the edge.  He possesses excellent strength to stop the run as well. Defensive End Vinny Curry, Marshall. Curry went full-throttle every practice and shows the ability to rush off the edge. He fared well in one on one matchups, winning the battle of leverage while also demonstrating enough strength at the point of attack.  Conference USA’s Defensive Player of the Year didn’t seem overmatched against higher-caliber talent.

Offensive Tackle Mike Adams, Ohio State. After a so-so start on Monday, Adams rebounded to play well the remainder of the week. He has the size, footwork, long arms and natural knee bend necessary to thrive at left tackle. Elevated his draft status and figures in the later stages of round one.

Cornerback Dwight “Bill’ Bentley, Louisiana Lafayette. Undersized, but ultra tough and competitive. Doesn’t back down and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Fluid hips and smooth in coverage. Good speed and can recover quickly. Physical and willing to support run.

Wide Receiver Marvin Jones, Cal. Jones is a big target who caught the ball effortlessly and ran good routes. Appeared smooth in his footwork without alot of wasted steps and motion.

Running Back Doug Martin, Boise State. Martin is a tough, versatile back who can run/catch. A competitor. Runs with low pad level and a natural body lean. Not flashy, but steady and gets the job done.

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Running Back Isiah Peat, Cincinnati. Peat won game MVP honors. He has quick feet and can stick his foot in the ground. Good receiver. Adds value with special teams return skills. Elusive and fast.

Cornerback Alonzo Dennard, Nebraska. Missed the game with a minor injury, but displayed physical playmaking skills throughout the week. Dennard challenged receivers and would fit best in a Cover-2 scheme. Willing to throw his body around in ball support. Not an interceptor, but tracked recievers well in one on one matchups.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State. Weeden displayed the poise, accuracy, and touch throughout a consistent week of workouts. Showed he could take the snap from under center. Has a good enough arm to make all the throws required.

Wide Receiver Juron Criner, Arizona. Consistent throughout the week of workouts. Demonstrated knowledge of the pas

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sing game and helped his quarterbacks by coming back to the ball on several occasions. Flashed good hands and improved routes.

Wide Receiver Joe Adams, Arkansas. Fast, quick, and pretty good hands. Needs work on routes.  Playmaker

Losers:

-Quarterback Kellen Moore, Boise State. Caught some breaks in the game, but struggled during the week. Displayed a below average arm, poor accuracy, and had trouble handling snaps from center. May have fallen to 7th round territory.

-Wide Receiver Jeff Fuller, Texas A &M. Looked slow-footed and sluggish try to beat the jam. Dropped alot of balls.  Struggled getting separation.

-Lineback James Michael Johnson, Nevada. Johnson appeared out of positon in team drills during the week and struggled in one on one matchups. Will have to translate his athletic skills (size, speed, range) onto the field.

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