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Senior Bowl Day Three South Practice - Scouts Notebook

By: Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey

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Guest columnists Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey from give us an unedited look at their scouting notebook while they attend the Senior Bowl.


Kevin Kolb, Houston – coming on as a solid performer, good zip on short and intermediate throws, better accuracy on deep throws, goes through progressions quickly, Generally seems more confident and at ease, had to throw away a flea flicker due to great coverage and a defense that didn’t bite.

Chris Leak, Florida – good but not great, zip on short and intermediate throws, accuracy wanes when throwing deep, prefers to check down rather than challenge the edges of the defense. Still showed good mobility when moving around behind the pocket. He was not clearly better than Palmer and Kolb like he was the last 2 days.

Jordan Palmer, UTEP – vastly improved performance when compared to Monday and Tuesday, fewer flutter passes and better accuracy. Split double team to Chris Davis that resulted in an INT that Bowe would’ve come down with. Seemed to be more excited than he was in the last 2 days.

Running Back

Lorenzo Booker, Florida State – dropped 2 passes in a row early, but really stepped up his game and did not drop any after that. Showed gamebreaking ability on an OT play where he outran Michael Griffin who had the angle on him. Great on draw plays. Natural receiver. Often left defenders grasping at air.

Ken Darby, Alabama – good hands but little else. Does not show the burst or acceleration of an NFL RB. Did get outside once on a counter toss. Mostly a between the tackles runner with little room for else.

Kenny Irons, Auburn – showed lousy hands today. Looked very natural as a runner of course. Liked to see his “pony kick” like Walter Payton used to do. Running through trash at the line of scrimmage with ease. Lots of effort and deliberate footwork. Hit the hole hard and looked somewhat elusive in the open field.

Wide Receiver

Dallas Baker, Florida – doesn’t have deep speed, long strider, concentration issues that result in him letting the ball get to his body when thrown directly at him. Had a nice catch on a jump pass in the endzone, thrown by Chris Leak.

Dwayne Bowe, LSU – clearly the greatest receiver here at the Senior Bowl. Nice scooping catch where he had to go low to get the ball just right off the shoetops. Natural hands catcher and very consistent. Can hang in the air.

Chris Davis, Florida State – willing and playing with a lot of effort, but sometimes too small and slight to take it to the big boys. Best fundamentals fielding punts.

Johnnie Lee Higgins, UTEP – too fast for the play, didn’t get his head around, overrunning throws, can be coached up to be more patient and use his amazing speed in a more devastating fashion.

Chansi Stuckey, Clemson – catch of the day on one handed tip to himself, finished with sprawling sideline catch. Good straight ahead speed. Had the ball stripped when trying to dance, ball came out and was recovered by the defense.

Courtney Taylor, Auburn – still making plays, kind of fast, kind of strong, decent hands, but nothing stands out with his play. Gives a good effort, but will it be enough?

Joe Newton, Oregon State – made great adjustment and flattened Michael Griffin by putting his shoulder down and powering through.


Justin Blalock, OG, Texas – doesn’t seem like a tackle at the next level. Getting beat more than winning 1 on 1 battles.

Tim Crowder, DE, Texas – stayed at home on double reverse, able to sniff out plays, would’ve had multiple sacks in a full contact, strong but fast enough to get to the corner.

Buster Davis, LB, Florida State – sideline to sideline LB, did get broken down by fellow Seminole Lorenzo Booker.

Tim Duckworth, OL, Auburn – looked good pulling in the run game.

Ray McDonald, DE, Florida – equally outstanding getting below OL as DT, or getting around OL as a DE. Also would’ve had multiple sacks if full contact.

Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami – emotional leader of the defense, wrestled the ball away from Chris Davis, lined up at CB at times.

Chase Pittman, DE, LSU – overwhelmed, lack of effort, doesn’t seem like he belongs here.

Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn – beat Ryan McBean twice in 1 on 1’s, something that has been nearly impossible this week

Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan – good footwork, looked like NFL LT.

Kevin Payne, S, Louisiana-Monroe – improving every day, not very quick or fast, but diagnosed plays well.

Aaron Ross, CB, Texas – great anticipation on comeback route, sometimes seemed content to keep plays in front of him.

Tony Ugoh, OT, Arkansas – great feet and strong punch, redirected Crowder in the pit, establishing himself as the #2 OT in the 2007 NFL draft.

Patrick Willis, LB, Ole Miss – excellent in all facets of the game. Class of all the LB’s at the Senior Bowl.

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