Following a nice Week 10 (10-4
ATS), I crapped the bed in Week 11 (6-7-1). There are still a handful of
teams that I honestly don't have a solid read on...kinda disconcerting
this late in a season.
me, Philadelphia must be faded until further notice. Simply fading
Sanchez is usually a good bet; when you factor in a crumbling defensive
unit and a locker room that is reportedly coming apart at the seams, how
can you justify picking the Eagles? Four days isn't enough time to
address their growing list of problems. I can see Megatron eclipsing 200
yards vs. Byron Maxwell/Nolan Carroll.
of the Week. I love this spot for the Cowboys; an absolute must-win
situation vs. a team that has created some cushion in the NFC and blew
their wad against Washington. Don't underestimate the absence of Peanut
Tillman in this one. Without Tillman, Benwikere moves to the perimeter,
meaning the godawful Colin Jones draws slot duties. Cole Beasley should
Bennett is out, so if Alshon Jeffery can't go, Jay Cutler's starting
receivers will be Marquess Wilson, Josh Bellamy and Zach Miller. That's
practice squad-quality. Given Jay Cutler's history vs. GB and the
absence of secondary QB Antrel Rolle, there seems little hope for the
Bears. Still, I can't shake the feeling that they will keep it close if
Matt Forte is active. This might be Chicago's Super Bowl, and with high
winds/frozen rain in the forecast, both teams could be restricted to
ball-control offense...an ideal scenario for John Fox and the
Forte/Langford duo. If both Forte and Jeffery can go and the pregame
forecast is as expected, I may jump on the Bears.
This is my Tuesday 2012 Senior Bowl Practice Report (South). 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 South Practice Report
Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
Joe Adams looked pretty impressive during the one-on-one drills, displaying an array of nifty moves to get open downfield. He's back in my four-round 2012 NFL Mock Draft, updated tonight!
Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Dwight Bentley is relatively unknown - one of the NFL Network announcers (probably Charles Davis) called him "Bill Bentley" during the broadcast - but he had a solid Tuesday practice. He made a nice break-up against Dwight Jones in the one-on-one drills, and the analysts mentioned that there's some buzz about him. He could be an early Day 3 pick.
James Brown, OT, Troy
Another non-BCS player impressed on Tuesday. Troy tackle James Brown drew some praise from Mike Mayock:
"I'm really intrigued by James Brown. He did a great job keeping the pocket clean against Clemson."
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Quinton Coples' issue is consistency. He had a dynamic junior campaign, but struggled as a senior. People will blame the coaching staff for that, but the same inconsistency has manifested itself in the Senior Bowl. Coples was reportedly unblockable on Monday, but he looked like an ordinary mid-round defensive lineman on Tuesday. He was blocked easily in most of the one-on-one matchups.
"Coples doesn't have that elite burst that Julius Peppers does," said Mike Mayock.
Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Juron Criner made the catch of the day when he made a great adjustment on one throw and came up with an extended, one-handed grab. He reportedly looked solid on Monday.
Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
Juron Criner's quarterback didn't fare too well. Nick Foles had trouble operating the offense, as some snaps were botched. When everything worked, Foles threw his trademark checkdowns. That's pretty much all he did at Arizona.
Forum member and Redskins fan bball37 joked about Foles' struggles: "Don't worry Nick Foles, nobody understands Kyle Shanahan's offense."
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
Jeff Fuller stinks. He dropped a pass that bounced out of his hands and into a cornerback's, which wasn't a surprise because he had issues with drops all season. He was also easily jammed at the line of scrimmage on another one-on-one matchup.
"I'm not sure if he's quick enough or physical enough," said Mike Mayock.
Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Melvin Ingram is too short and has tiny arms, but he completely makes up for it with his dynamic explosion. He was pretty much unblockable in the one-on-one drills and showed off a brilliant spin move that easily allowed him to get by the offensive lineman.
Chris Rainey, RB/WR, Florida
Chris Rainey saw some action at receiver. He completely torched first-round prospect Janoris Jenkins on one instance. He's going to be an intriguing weapon for some team.
Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
Keenan Robinson made a great play in the one-on-ones to break up a pass.
Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
Sean Spence, meanwhile, whiffed on a play in a one-on-one matchup, allowing his opponent to easily get by him.
Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
Just a quote from Mike Mayock on Brandon Thompson's draft position:
"Some have a first-round grade on Brandon Thompson. I have a second-round grade on him."
Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
Courtney Upshaw had a terrific practice. He was unblockable on most instances, and he completely abused offensive tackle Mike McCants, a potential third-rounder.