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Senior Bowl Coverage (Via the web)

Here are some tidbits I’ve found on the web about players the Giants could be interested in the upcoming draft (from walterfootball.com)

while TCU’s Daryl Washington (Bartolis Note: I have mentioned him a few times and have a prospect profile coming out of him soon-he’s one of my favorite targets in round two. played ILB at TCU. Slim, may be a cover 2 ILB in Pros or Weak Side Linebacker) was textbook with his smooth athleticism and movement. Washington is a good technician who plays with a low center of gravity so this doesn’t surprise me in the least.

My defensive MVP for the day has got to be Boise State’s Kyle Wilson (Bartolis note: Also a prospect profile coming out for thsi very underrrated CB in my opinion). In coverage he showed fluid hips and did a great job of locating the football and making plays. He was very physical with his jam and he certainly made the most plays. I like him as a second-round value as a corner/nickel with added value as a return man on special teams.

Wake Forest’s Brandon Ghee looked solid. He dominated receivers on deep routes because he can turn and run with anybody here. I want to see how he performs against Clemson’s Jacoby Ford who will run in the 4.40 range. Ghee needs to make plays tomorrow if he wants to end up in the late first round.

Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu out of Cal had a very good practice in 11v11’s. He was very physical and blew up a couple runs. He checked in at 6-2 at the weigh-in, so now I have serious concerns if he can play 5-technique. He might be a 3-technique only.

Nose tackle Terrence Cody weighed in at a whopping 370 pounds (I lost the over/under bet with Scott Wright of DraftCountdown.com) with freakish 34-inch arms and 11 1/4 inch hands. He does a poor job of carrying his weight and there is a legitimate concern that he could eat himself out of the league. Weigh-ins (whether 370 is a good weight for him or not – it is huge) can be either great or terrible for a prospect. They get you a buzz, but then you have to live up to it.

The most physically impressive specimen was Florida State safety Myron Rolle (Bartolis Note: prospect profile coming. Myron Rolle remeber is a player who had first round potential last year at safety from Florida State, but chose to go to Oxford in England on a Rhodes Scholarship…I think he’s intersted in being a neuroscientist or something. Smart, smart dude) who was probably the biggest defensive back I have ever seen in live person. He was completely bulked and ripped and there was a lot of buzz about him at the North team practice regarding his weigh-in. He looked like a freak and if he has a good week of practice he might go higher than we expect. I think his ceiling is the third round.

After looking extremely impressive at the weigh-in Florida State S Myron Rolle carried that momentum onto the field and had a very good practice. Rolle displayed excellent technique, used his hands well and did a nice job of jamming wideouts at the line. It’s still early but Rolle could surprise this week.

The following is an interview (brief) with TCU Daryl Washington from Matt McGuire of walterfootball.com

Matt McGuire: How do you approach this high-pressure environment with hundreds of scouts and coaches?

Daryl Washington: I just go with the flow. The scouts just ask me really basic questions, and I’m just trying to stay focused on what I can control.

MM: Where have you been training?

DW: I train out in Dallas with my own personal trainer, Rod Jones.

MM: How would you describe yourself as a player?

DW: First of all, I watch a lot of film. That’s what I love to do. I just have knack for making plays. I love to make plays and I love to be out there on the field and showcare what I can do, but I’m also a team player and the guys around me love it as well. It just makes it easier when your teammates have great talent.

MM: What is one thing about your game you wish you could improve?

DW: Strength-wise. Getting off blocks and using my hands more than I usually would than I did back in college.

MM: When you reflect on your college career at TCU, what comes to your mind?

DW: I thought I had a great college career and in my senior year going 12-1 as well as winning the Mountain West championship. It was a lot of fun – a great experience being around a group of guys that love to play the game of football.

MM: Super Bowl prediction? I have a feeling you are going with the defensive team.

DW: I usually watch the defense – I don’t watch the offense as much. I think the Colts are going to pull it out. I want the Saints to win it since it’s their first time being in the Super Bowl. It would be tough to win it, but the Colts are going to be tough.

Ole Miss’ Dexter McCluster is listed as a wide receiver on the roster but he worked as a running back today. McCluster is so small that he basically gets lost amid the offensive linemen but he is very tough and feisty. On one play McCluster was popped by Jamar Chaney but he managed to stay upright and continue running.

Physically USC S Taylor Mays is a man amongst boys. It’s shocking how much bigger he is compared to the other defensive backs. He truly does look like a linebacker out on the field. Mays drew a reaction from the crowd when he basically ran right through Andre Roberts on a play in the deep middle.

* It was an up and down day for Florida State CB Patrick Robinson. Early on Robinson was run over by a wideout in a drill due to poor footwork but to his credit he took some coaching and improved. Robinson also dropped an easy interception in 7-on-7’s but later came away with a pick against Tim Tebow. It appears as though Robinson does better against faster receivers than he does against big, physical pass catchers. Robinson also broke up multiple passes throughout the day

Taylor Mays
USC
6030
231
33 3/4
10 1/8
Built like Greek god

(Bartolis ntoe that’s 6’3 231 pounds, 33 3/arm length and 10 1/8 inch hands.

 FROM ESPN”s Scout Inc

South team — USC S Taylor Mays had a highlight-reel hit on Citadel WR Andre Roberts on a seam route and dislodged the ball, but on the very next play Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson overthrew Alabama TE Colin Peek and Mays could have had an easy interception but was looking for the big hit instead and completely missed the ball.• South team — Florida State S Myron Rolle looks rusty and the year he took off to study on a Rhodes Scholarship is showing. Rolle is all there mentally, diagnosing and recognizing plays well, but his body needs to catch up with his mind. He is smart and knows where he needs to be but must improve the physical aspect of his game over the course of the week

 

I’ll do more throughout the week.

 

The players I’m paying the most attention to are S Taylor Mays, S Myron Rolle, CB Kyle Wilson, CB Patrick Robinson, ILB Daryl Washington, DT Lammar Houston, DT Jared Odrick.


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