Posted: January 26th, 2012 | NFL.com Staff | Tags: 2012 Senior Bowl, Brandon Weeden, Cam Johnson, Cordy Glenn, Courtney Upshaw, Janoris Jenkins, Joe Adams, Juron Criner, Melvin Ingram, Mike Adams, Mike Mayock, Quinton Coples
MOBILE, Ala. — The inclement weather here along the Gulf Coast forced both Senior Bowl squads to take their practices indoors to the Mobile Convention Center on Thursday. That’s OK, though, because at this stage of the week it’s all dress rehearsal.
Monday was the day to install the offense and defense. Tuesday and Wednesday provided us with the good stuff — contact drills in pads — which really allowed scouts and general managers to study the prospects. Now, it’s just back to the finishing touches before Saturday’s game.
With that in mind, here’s a list of players who made good first impressions with me after watching them practice up close all week.
- Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden has separated himself a little bit at the quarterback position. He’s just had a real solid week. I think he’s going to cause some people to do their homework on a 28-year-old rookie, which is something unique in this process of evaluation. It’ll be interesting.
- The South defensive line has shown all week that it’s the strongest position group of both teams. Between South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram, Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and North Carolina’s Quinton Coples, you’re looking at three first-round picks.
- North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins has shown me that he’s a first-round pick from the perspective of a gifted player with physical ability. Teams will just have to figure this kid out and whether or not the past off-the-field issues that forced him to transfer out of Florida will come back to haunt him as a pro.
- Georgia OT Cordy Glenn forced me to reevaluate him. At first, he seemed like a good fit to play guard and maybe even start at the next level. But I think he has the ability to play tackle, although I’m not sure if it’s on the left side. But I like him a lot. He’s massive. He doesn’t have great feet, but he’s long.
- Virginia LB Cam Johnson was very good this week. I’m not sure where you play him as either an outside ‘backer or a defensive end, but he’s got good length and is strong. I was impressed by the way he rushed the quarterback.
- Arkansas WR Joe Adams displayed some great quickness this week, which will make him a dangerous return specialist. But he also did a good job of catching the ball with his hands.
- Arizona WR Juron Criner really surprised me. He’s a little quicker than I thought he’d be at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. There could be something there with him.
- Ohio State OT Mike Adams had a good week for the North team. He’s got good feet and is a natural pass protector.
— Mike Mayock