Shawn Zobel

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Senior Bowl Practice: Day 4

Friday, January 23, 2009


Coming into this week at the Senior Bowl there were several prospects who had questions marks that they needed to answer. We saw several prospects both raise and lower their draft stock, and some who went from an unknown prospect to a legitimate first day pick.

Top 5 Risers

B.J. Raji DT Boston College – Entering the week, Raji was being projected as a mid-first round pick. However, after absolutely dominating this week, Raji has elevated his stock and now could go in the Top 10. He showed excellent strength and power as well as an outstanding ability to rush the passer as a 343 lb lineman.

Coye Francies CB San Jose State – Francies came into Mobile as an unknown prospect from a school that doesn't regularly produce NFL talent. Over the course of the week, he showed he has excellent man coverage skills, is a physical cover man, and has the tools needed to be a shutdown corner. Francies went form a mid-round pick to a likely first-day pick.

Louis Delmas S Western Michigan – Delmas positioned himself this week as the top safety in the 2009 draft. He showed great aggressiveness and a willingness to come up and be a consistent defender against the run. I feel that Delmas has elevated his stock the Early-2nd Round.

Shawn Nelson TE Southern Miss – Nelson, known most as a receiving tight end, showed good hands this week. However, what stood out the most was his blocking ability, especially on one play where he pancaked USC linebacker Rey Maualuga. Nelson has gone from a mid-round selection to an Early-Day 2 pick.

Kory Sheets RB Purdue – Sheets came into the week as a replacement for Javon Ringer, however his play was far better than anyone could have expected. Sheets showed explosion along with outstanding hands out of the backfield. He has gone from a potential undrafted free agent to a mid-round pick.


Top 5 Fallers

Phil Loadholt OT Oklahoma – Loadholt has outstanding size (6-8, 343 lbs), however his lack of quickness is what hurts him. His feet were slow this week and he was almost consistently beat by the speed pass rushers. He's a better fit at right tackle than at left, and has gone from a second round pick to more of a third or fourth rounder.

William Moore S Missouri – Moore may have been more disappointing than any other player down in Mobile. He came into the week as the top safety on many people's boards, however he did nothing to impress. Some scouts are even beginning to suggest that Moore should move to linebacker at the next level. He went from a sure-Day 1 pick to a potential third rounder.

Scott McKillop LB Pittsburgh – McKillop didn't show the athleticism that many scouts were hoping he would this week. His speed isn't at the same level as the rest of the linebackers and he may have dropped to a late-round status.

Troy Kropog OT Tulane – Kropog was a player that was a bit of an unknown this week, but he did nothing to suggest that scouts should keep an eye on him. Kropog was beat consistently in pass rush drills and is more of a mid-late round project now.

Cullen Harper QB Clemson – At one point earlier in the season, Harper was the top senior quarterback on team's boards. That is as far from the truth now, as Harper's stock has dropped as much as anyone's since the season began. Harper showed inconsistent accuracy and decent, but not great arm strength. He's now being graded as a mid-late round project for the team that drafts him.


Shawn Zobel runs Draftheadquarters.com
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