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Senior Bowl Recap – South Squad

Dee Ford dominated against the North team. He had two sacks and was voted game MVP

Dee Ford dominated against the North team. He had two sacks and was voted game MVP

by Dwayne Wilton

Jimmy Garoppolo-QB-Eastern Illinois (6-2 222 lbs.): Good footwork and mechanics. Quick release. Walter Payton award winner. Has the arm strength to cut through the wind. Has the mechanics to roll left or right, square his shoulders and complete the pass. Completed 6 of 11 for 32 yards.

Derek Carr-QB-Fresno State (6-3 218 lbs.): Brother of former Texans QB David Carr. Throws a tight spiral. Accurate on the move. Had probably the best arm of anyone at the Senior Bowl. Good ball location. Started off hot in the game, but then leveled off. Completed 7 of 12 for 45 yards and 1 TD.

David Fales-QB-San Jose State (6-2 220 lbs.): Has good touch on deep balls. Better arm than most people think. Has good accuracy and anticipation. Able to buy time and extend plays. Throws well on the run. Led the South team by completing 6 of 7 for 104 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.

Lorenzo Taliaferro-RB-Coastal Carolina (6-2 230 lbs.): Big and powerful. Good pass protector. Tough. Good vision. Dropped a pass, so teams will want to see more of his receiving skills at the NFL Combine. Led the South team with 31 rushing yards on 8 carries.

Antonio Andrews-RB-Western Kentucky (6-0 211 lbs.): Led the country in all-purpose yards in 2012 and 2013. Plays well in the bigger games. Good pass protector. Good receiver and has kick return ability. Had 6 carries for 14 yards.

Jerick McKinnon-RB-Georgia Southern (5-9 215 lbs.): Very athletic. Played QB, RB and DB for the Eagles. Ran the option attack as a QB. Plays his best in the biggest games. Had 5 carries for 11 yards and 1 catch for -7 yards.

Jalen Saunders-WR-Oklahoma (5-9 157 lbs.): Not very big, but plays fearlessly. Explosive. Gets in and out of his breaks quickly. Good returner. Willing downfield blocker. Had 2 catches for 10 yards and returned 2 punts for 24 yards.

Mike Davis-WR-Texas (6-2 195 lbs.): Runs good routes. Adjusts well to the ball in the air. Good speed. Had 3 catches for 20 yards.

Jordan Matthews-WR-Vanderbilt (6-3 206 lbs.): Big body. SEC’s all-time leader in receptions. Good footwork. Gets a clean release from the line of scrimmage. Polished receiver that runs great routes. He is a guy that people will want to see what his 40 time is at the NFL Combine. Had 2 catches for 38 yards.

Cody Hoffman-WR-BYU (6-4 215 lbs.): Has the body of a tight end. Knows how to use his big body to box out defenders. Had 1 catch for 5 yards.

Scott Norwood-WR-Alabama (6-2 195 lbs.): Had a very good week. Runs well after the catch and turns it upfield quickly. Good on screens. Able to stretch the field. Works well with the QB when he is scrambling. Had 4 catches for 53 yards and had a 24 yard TD. Threw an interception on a trick play.

Arthur Lynch-TE-Georgia (6-5 254 lbs.): Uses size and physicality to create mismatches. Great hands. Able to play as an inline tight end and does a good job blocking. Had 1 catch for 1 yard.

Crockett Gillmore-TE-Colorado State (6-6 255 lbs.): Former defensive end. Good combination of blocking and receiving skills. Had a very good week. Big body. Matchup nightmare in the red zone. Very good at jump balls that allow him to use his height to his advantage. Soft hands. Runs a good seam route. Led the South team with 5 catches for 61 yards and had a 17 yard touchdown.

Morgan Moses-OT-Virginia (6-6 335 lbs.): Powerful. Played on the right side for the Cavaliers, but got a chance in this game to play on the left and looked good. Has footwork and athleticism to handle speed rush.

Joel Bitonio-G/T-Nevada (6-4 315 lbs.): Played tackle for the Wolf Pack, but he also played some guard in this game. Holds his own against edge rushers. Has good strength and a nasty disposition.

Gabe Jackson-G-Mississippi State (6-4 335 lbs.): Mauler in the running game. Good movement skills.

Daniel McCullers-DT-Tennessee (6-8 351 lbs.): Massive. Has the weight for a nose tackle, but he may be too tall. Tends to play high. Good speed for a big man. Does a good job getting his hands up. Batted a pass. Body type may be more conducive to playing offensive tackle.

Will Sutton-DT-Arizona State (6-1 305 lbs.): Had a very good junior year, but was a bit undersized. Put on weight for his senior year and it seemed to rob him of some of his explosion. Uses his hands well. Has the power to beat a blocker with bull rush. Had a sack.

Caraun Reid-DT-Princeton (6-1 305 lbs.): Athletic. Good movement skills. Uses his hands well. Had sacks on two consecutive plays.

Chris Smith-DE-Arkansas (6-3 268 lbs.): Quick off the line of scrimmage. Does a good job rushing the passer. Gets his hands up if he can’t get to the quarterback. Batted a pass.

IK Enemkpali-DE-Louisiana Tech (6-1 250 lbs.): Smart. Isn’t fooled by screens. Sheds blockers quickly. Good against the run. Had a tackle for loss.

Dee Fort-DE/OLB-Auburn (6-2 240 lbs.): Explodes off the line at the snap. Quickest first step I’ve seen since DeMarcus Ware. Has a very good speed rush. Able to line up in a wide 9 scheme. Gets good elevation. The only question is where will he play? He is a bit small for a defensive end, so I will be really interested in seeing how he does in linebacker drills at the NFL Combine. Had 2 sacks and a batted pass. Was voted the game MVP.

Kyle Van Noy-OLB-BYU (6-3 245 lbs.): Coaches will love this guy. Extremely versatile player that makes plays. Able to do anything you would ask a linebacker to do, but his forte is rushing the passer. Also a very good special teamer with the ability to block kicks.

Jeremiah Attaochu-OLB-Georgia Tech (6-3 242 lbs.): Good pass rush skills. Struggles in coverage.

Telvin Smith-OLB-Florida State (6-3 218 lbs.): Former safety. Runs very well and chases the ball sideline to sideline. Flies to the ball and closes quickly on the ball carrier. Active and always around the ball. Had 29 career tackles for loss for the Seminoles. With his size, could he move back to safety?

Christian Jones-ILB-Florida State (6-4 235 lbs.): Versatile. Very athletic. Played some defensive end for the Seminoles when they had injuries. Able to get after the quarterback. Good spin move on pass rush. Drops well into pass coverage.

Lavelle Westbrooks-CB-Georgia Southern (6-0 192 lbs.): Good length. Nice recovery speed. Excels at press coverage. Tends to bite on outside moves.

Keith McGill-CB-Utah (6-3 205 lbs.): His size created a lot of interest from scouts this week. Very good size for a corner. Long arms. Great footwork and ball skills. Had an interception

Walt Aikens-CB-Liberty (6-1 200 lbs.): Good size. Good ball skills.

Chris Davis-CB-Auburn (5-11 200 lbs.): Good at one on one coverage, but struggles somewhat in zone schemes. Physical. Plays with good inside position. Able to read the QB while still maintaining coverage on the receiver. Good returner. Had an interception.

Craig Loston-S-LSU (6-2 209 lbs.): Good deep safety. Covers a lot of ground. Had an interception that he returned 24 yards.


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