This is my Tuesday 2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report (North). 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: Tuesday North Practice Report
Audie Cole, ILB, N.C. State
Audie Cole is having a really good week thus far. He looked solid in full pads, and as DraftCountdown's Scott Wright described, "[Cole is] rangy and athletic with good speed and quick feet."
Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
The consensus is that Kirk Cousins has been the most impressive quarterback on the North Team despite an interception to George Iloka, with Russell Wilson being a close second (more on that later). Kellen Moore hasn't done anything to change the popular belief that he's just a backup at the next level.
Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
Vinny Curry came into this week as a second-round prospect, and it appears that won't change. He's had some good and some bad moments in the one-on-one drills.
"He has a little bit of stiffness to him, but he has the effort, athleticism and motor to rush the passer," said Mike Mayock. "I'm hearing a lot a second-round grade."
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Alfonzo Dennard really struggled on Monday. He was much better Tuesday, though he was used at nickel pretty often, which might ultimately be his position at the next level.
Mike Mayock likened Dennard's body type to Prince Amukamara's, but really questioned his ball skills. That's not surprising, as Dennard had four career interceptions at Nebraska.
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
An entertaining portion of Tuesday's practice was a brief fight between Mike Brewster and Mike Martin. Martin beat Brewster twice (was held once), which angered the declining Ohio State center. Martin is really helping himself with a strong week. I'll be shocked if he doesn't make it into the top three rounds of my 2012 NFL Mock Draft, which will be updated tonight.
Chris Polk, RB, Washington
I haven't talked about the running backs much, but Chris Polk has been a major disappointment this week. Charlie has more on this in his Tuesday Senior Bowl Practice Report.
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Brian Quick was one of the winners of the weigh-in yesterday, but he dropped two passes in Tuesday's practice and didn't really look that explosive. Bucky Brooks complimented him in an interview, however, so at least Quick has that going for him.
Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, Connecticut
Kendall Reyes looked pretty solid in Tuesday's practice. He beat second-round prospect Kevin Zeitler in the one-on-one drills.
Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Mike Mayock once again had glowing praise for Russell Wilson. Like yesterday, he compared him to Doug Flutie in terms of being physically challenged but emerging when it matters most. Coaches and general managers have to love his initiative to take mental practice reps when it's not his turn behind center.
Some team will give Russell Wilson a shot with its third- or fourth-round pick. Perhaps that will be the Redskins, who met extensively with Wilson, as chronicled in Monday's Senior Bowl Rumor Mill.
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@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.
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.