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.
@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.