Senior Bowl write up
Inside The Senior Bowl Practices - 1/26
NORTH PRACTICE – WEDNESDAY A.M.
In the North practice the typical standouts of the week thus far had good practices. In the first 11-on-11 team scrimmage, California defensive end Cameron Jordan got the scrimmage started with a sack of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Jordan had an excellent practice and his stock is on the rise.
In the 1-on-1’s with offensive linemen, Jordan won nearly all of his matchups. He started out by beating Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo with a dip-and-rip move. On the next rep, Jordan won with a swim move going against Indiana offensive linemen James Brewer, who has had a very good week of practice. Jordan won one rep rushing from the defensive tackle position against Wisconsin guard John Moffitt. The first rep Jordan got under Moffitt’s pads and pushed him back into the quarterback marker with a bull rush. The next play had Moffitt get a grip on Jordan’s side as he tried to run by the big Badgers blocker. Moffitt rode Jordan straight out of the pocket and 10 yards past the line of scrimmage.
To conclude practice, Jordan collected another sack. This time he got to Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi after rushing from inside at tackle. Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal got into the sack a second after Jordan had Stanzi in his grasp. At Oklahoma, Beal got a lot of his sacks from playing off other players including the Buccaneers’ Gerald McCoy. In the 1-on-1’s, Beal beat Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jason Pinkston with a speed edge rush, but Pinkston stifled Beal on the next try. Beal followed his “playing off another player” pattern on that play rushing next to Jordan, and did the same thing earlier in practice on a rush from Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. The reigning Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year, Kerrigan beat Colorado tackle Nate Solder from left defensive end and had Kaepernick sacked with Beal a second behind Kerrigan. In the 1-on-1’s, Kerrigan had his typical dominating performance. He easily beat Solder with a speed rush from left end. The next rep was taken by Beal from left end against Solder, and the Buffalo tackle pushed Beal into the ground and nullified his rush with ease.
From right defensive end Kerrigan won two reps going against Brewer. The first was a speed rush around the corner. The next one was an impressive rush as Kerrigan started outside with a quick first-step. He planted his outside foot and dropped his hips and shoulder. Kerrigan exploded up with a rip move underneath Brewer’s arm and was on the quarterback marker in a heartbeat. The repertoire of pass rush moves that Kerrigan displays is very impressive for a player entering the NFL. He also has a powerful bull rush. Kerrigan was able to generate pressure and sacks in the team scrimmage session as well. The only time that Kerrigan was completely blocked came courtesy of Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks. On a run play in the team scrimmage Kendricks was able to turn Kerrigan and push him to the side to allow the running back to go through a hole between Kendricks and the right tackle.
On one play Kendricks had Kerrigan drop into coverage against him from the line of scrimmage. Kendricks was able to get a step on Kerrigan running a seam route and caught a nicely thrown pass with Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter bearing down on top of him.
Kendricks was another one of the Senior Bowl standouts that produced another excellent practice. He beat Ohio State linebacker Ross Homan and Connecticut linebacker Lawrence Wilson for a big completion down the middle seam of the defense. With the solid week of practice displaying a good overall game as a blocker and receiver it is hard to think that Kendricks.
Wilson had some nice plays in run and pass defense. He was beaten by Nebraska tight end Mike McNeil for a reception while dropping into zone coverage. Wilson showed some frustration for allowing the completion right over his head after the play. A few plays later he corrected his mistake and made a fabulous, leaping pass breakup on another tight end seam route.
Washington linebacker Mason Foster had a good practice. He showed superb sideline speed on perimeter runs and also was solid in pass coverage. He did a good job of covering Stanford fullback Owen Marecic on some passes in the flat. Foster is consistently physical in taking on blockers and hitting ballcarriers. At 6-foot-1, 241 pounds, Foster packs a nice punch.
Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews had a rather quiet practice but did perform well in the 7-on-7 team scrimmage session with some tight pass coverage on running backs and tight ends.
Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones also had a good outing. He had some nice tackles in run defense during the team drills at the line of scrimmage. One can see how Jones became a tackling machine at Michigan State because he has very good form in tackling ballcarriers.
Iowa defensive end Christian Ballard had a solid day. He recovered a fumble during the team scrimmage as a mixed exchange between Washington quarterback Jake Locker and a running back put the ball on the ground. Locker has had a subpar week and is clearly an overhyped passer. There is no way he will be a first-round pick and his stock has to be dropping due to a mediocre week at the Senior Bowl. In the 1-on-1’s, Ballard rushed from left end against Arkansas State offensive lineman Brandon Fusco.
On the first rep Ballard won with a spin move. He tried the same move again in the second rep but Fusco was ready and stood Ballard straight up. Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen tried a similar approach. He won a rep against Castonzo with a spin move and tried the same move again on the next play and went nowhere. On two other reps Castonzo won both as Allen failed to do anything with a bull rush or a speed edge rush.
Derek Locke is someone catching a lot of people's attention. He plays a lot like Moore but faster and obviously less size. Von Miller has been a monster and is putting himself into the Top 5 consideration at this point.
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