I'm with you on the Vikings and Dolphins, but I'm not sure about your read on the Giants. They're not getting healthy. Their two best O-linemen (Pugh and Richburg) are doubtful. With a decimated O-line and Hankins out, the Giants are clearly the weaker team in the trenches in this matchup. You mentioned that the G-Men could be motivated by their opportunity to cushion their lead in the NFC East, but don't forget that Washington can pull into a tie for first with a win. Just some food for thought.
1. Hackenberg needs to the right team with a mature environment where he can sit behind a quality starter. He is the best arm talent in the draft. Has excellent footwork and a nice release. He moves well in the pocket despite all the sacks. he is a play action quarterback who inexplicably plays zone read in college. In the rare instances they run play action from under center he looks great. Then they go back to zone read. The defenses don't honor his running ability and just tee off on the running back. Which puts them behind the chains consistently and there is no draftable talent offensively on his team outside of the RB Barkley(freshman)
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.