Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
Geno Atkins was unblockable in the Senior Bowl. He constantly put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, senselessly beating Mike Iupati on numerous occasions.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon
The character concerns are still there, but LeGarrette Blount was the most impressive running back at the Senior Bowl. He just bulldozed over helpless defenders like the 2008 version of Brandon Jacobs.
Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
I think we all saw what we expected out of Jarrett Brown; flashes of brilliance at times, but also mistakes that indicate how raw he is. On one pass, Brown didn't set his feet and overthrew an open receiver by a mile. Brown was also twice guilty of not realizing that this game was being played with the NFL's down-by-contact rule. I understand missing it once, but a second time? I know this isn't a big deal, but it just might be an indication of Brown's inability to process information. Just something to look out for.
Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Brandon Graham won Senior Bowl MVP, and deservedly so. He was in the South backfield all afternoon and made some great stops against the run. Mike Mayock even compared Graham to LaMarr Woodley. Graham is too short to be a 4-3 defensive end, but he should feel right at home as a 3-4 rush linebacker. Arizona, New England and Green Bay will consider him at the end of Round 1.
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
While Mike Iupati was solid in run-blocking, he was completely abused in pass protection by Geno Atkins. Iupati was beaten numerous times, was called for holding once, and should have been whistled for holding two other times. Let's not get carried away and call Iupati the best offensive lineman in the 2010 NFL Draft, like Mike Mayock did before the Senior Bowl. Iupati is a tremendous run-blocking guard who is raw in pass protection.
Ted Larsen, C, N.C. State
Ted Larsen sailed a snap 10 yards over Jarrett Brown's head in the second quarter, which gave the North a touchdown. I know centers botch snaps from time to time, but this is was one of the ugliest snaps I've ever seen on any level.
Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
Mardy Gilyard embarrassed Trevard Lindley in coverage. Lindley's stock has plummeted.
Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah
Along with Brandon Graham, Koa Misi made life a living hell for the Senior Bowl South quarterbacks with outside pressure.
Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati
Tony Pike hit a few nice throws early on, but struggled after his second drive. He didn't look like anything more than a solid backup NFL quarterback in this contest.
Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State
Zac Robinson was the best quarterback on the field at the Senior Bowl. He led a touchdown drive for the South at the end of the first half, and he was really the only signal-caller on both sides who looked like he was in complete control.
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
The good: The Senior Bowl was sold out because everyone wanted to see Tim Tebow. Whenever Tebow ran onto the field, he was greeted by a standing ovation. Whenever he wasn't in the game, the crowd chanted, "We Want Tee-Bow!" Thousands of people went to Alabama just to see him practice. He has a huge following, and you're lying to yourself if you think he wouldn't sell out Jaguars games for at least two years.
The bad: Tebow is not ready to play in the NFL. He made a couple of nice, NFL-type passes in this game, but he's not comfortable playing under center; his throwing motion is way too slow; and he exposes the ball in the pocket, making him prone to fumbling. Tebow has the arm and the skill set to be a starting NFL quarterback, but it'll take him time to develop.
All in all, my opinion of Tebow hasn't changed. He'll make tons of money for his new owner, and even though he's a project, he's not someone I'd want to bet against.
Cam Thomas, NT, North Carolina
Cam Thomas had a great Senior Bowl performance, prompting Mike Mayock to say that Thomas may not escape out of the second round.
Daryl Washington, ILB, TCU
Daryl Washington had a very solid Senior Bowl. He wrapped up Tim Tebow on a key third-down stop, forcing the South into a field goal.
Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Sean Weatherspoon led the cheer for the North team before the game. But he was more than just a cheerleader; he nearly intercepted a pass in coverage against Dexter McCluster and later picked off a pass in the fourth quarter. Weatherspoon is unquestionably the top linebacker in this class after Rolando McClain.
Sam Young, OT, Notre Dame
I can't believe I'm saying this, but Sam Young actually looked good in the Senior Bowl. He opened up a huge lane for his running back in the first quarter and was sound in pass protection all afternoon.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.