2011 NFL Draft Stock Up: Senior Bowl Day 4 Practice
Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
Kendric Burney had close to a billion interceptions during Thursday's practice. Or at least that's what it seemed like. Maybe the quarterbacking was just abysmal, but Burney impressed.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Another good day for Colin Kaepernick, who showed great touch on some of his throws. Pro Football Talk published a story after practice speculating that Kaepernick could make a Jay Cutler-type leap come Draft Day. I don't think he'll go as high as No. 11, but Kaepernick has definitely solidified himself as the No. 4 quarterback in this draft class at the very worst.
Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona
I thought Brooks Reed looked very good in the drills during the South Team practice. You have to love his non-stop motor.
2011 NFL Draft Stock Down: Senior Bowl Day 2 Practice
James Carpenter, OT/G, Alabama
James Carpenter had a good practice Wednesday, but struggled in the one-on-one drills Thursday.
Jake Locker, QB, Washington
After the North team finished practice, I tweeted (@walterfootball), "Considering moving Jake Locker to Round 2 in my next 2011 NFL Mock Draft update. Inconsistent all week, but just awful today."
I've tried to be patient. I figured Locker would improve during each succeeding practice. But Locker had his worst practice at the Senior Bowl on Thursday. His accuracy was just terrible. Even Mike Mayock, who has been somewhat of a Locker supporter, could only say this about the Washington quarterback: "He's embraced the challenge. He's putting himself out there." What the hell does that mean? And is that really the most positive thing he could come up with?
Locker really needs to have a good game Saturday, or he'll be in my second round next week.
Kris O'Dowd, C, USC
It's sad to see Kris O'Dowd struggle like this. He's been completely overmatched this week. I hope there's some sort of reason for this like an undisclosed injury.
Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
Ricky Stanzi has been worse than Jake Locker. Stanzi's Senior Bowl week has consisted of two things: checkdowns and interceptions to Kendric Burney.
@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.