@ChiefMN , actually Ford has shown flashes in his limited playing time, so I wouldn't rule him out, just yet, as he could blossom in year 3. And, I also wouldn't rule out Ramik Wilson or DJ Alexander (both can run and hit like a ton of bricks) as ILB candidates, either.
That said, I 'll always take an off-the edge pass-rusher, and not knowing if CB Sean Smith will be back, as well as Phillip Gaines status, I'd gladly take another CB, as well.
This is my Monday 2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report. I'll note how some of the players performed in the drills, and I'll pepper in some opinions on these prospects from the leading voices in the NFL Draft community.
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2012 Senior Bowl: Monday Practice Report
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Mike Adams is off to a good start. Amid reports by the National Football Post's Wes Bunting that some teams are considering Adams to be a top-15 prospect, the Ohio State tackle fared well in the drills. Vinny Curry beat him once when he got leverage, but Adams handled him and another defensive lineman on the other occasions.
"He's got the length you want and good feet," said Mike Mayock.
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Alfonzo Dennard was one of the players who hurt himself the most on Monday. First of all, he measured in at an even 5-10 at the weigh-ins. That's not going to kill him, but teams looking for taller corners won't be interested. What really damaged Dennard's stock was how he looked in the drills. He was really stiff in the hips and lost in the one-on-one drills.
Scott Wright from DraftCountdown.com said it best: "Alfonzo Dennard hasn't looked like a first-round pick in any way so far. Fine when action is in front but can't turn and run."
Donnie Fletcher, CB/FS, Boston College
Mike Mayock is a Boston College guy, so when he criticizes an Eagle, you know that player isn't any good. Mayock opined that Fletcher probably won't be able to play cornerback in the NFL, as he criticized his tight hips.
Mayock then suggested that Fletcher might have to play free safety, but pointed out that Fletcher doesn't hit aggressively. A safety who doesn't hit aggressively isn't going to be in the league very long.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Two areas of concern for Melvin Ingram at the weigh-in: First, he was only 6-1, 7/8, which is too small for a defensive end. More problematic are his 30 1/2-inch arms, which will almost certainly hurt him at the next level.
Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
One corner Mike Mayock likes is Leonard Johnson. Mayock compared Johnson to Brandon Flowers. The Iowa State product was beat once in the one-on-one drills, but getting heavy praise like that from Mayock has to give his stock a slight boost.
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
I'm rooting for Kellen Moore because no one else is. No one had anything positive to say about Moore today, as some criticized his measurements (5-11 3/4, 191), while others predicted that he would be exposed this week. And he almost definitely will be. It could get so bad that Moore won't even be drafted. I hope not, but it's a possibility.
Mike Mayock isn't much of a fan either, but he did have one positive thing to say about the Boise quarterback: "He does not have big arm. He can't drive it outside numbers. But nobody understands the game any better."
In other words, Moore has a chance to be a solid backup quarterback in the NFL, but he doesn't have any starting potential.
Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
We can now confirm that Kelechi Osemele has no shot at being a right tackle. He was completely exposed in the one-on-one drills while playing outside. I have no idea why the Senior Bowl coaches lined him up at tackle. He looked really bad. Fortunately, he has great potential at guard.
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Brian Quick was the consensus most physically impressive receiver during the weigh-ins. He measured in at 6-3 1/2, 222 pounds, with very long 33 1/2-inch arms.
Johnnie Troutman, G, Penn State
I want to have good things to say about a fellow Penn Stater, but Johnnie Troutman was beaten like a mule in the one-on-one drills. He doesn't look like a draftable prospect.
Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Mike Mayock had glowing things to say about Russell Wilson:
"He could be Doug Flutie. I mean, that's how good this kid is. He has an innate understanding of making plays. He's a playmaker. I don't care how tall he is. He's got a good enough arm. That kid is special."
Mayock also complimented Wilson's arm strength, which is something that critics are skeptical about. He has a good chance to be a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.