Alabama QB Blake Sims "is a terrific athlete but proved he's not a great passer" at the Senior Bowl, observed TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"His accuracy was questionable all week as were many of his reads and decisions," Pauline wrote. "Sims was effective rolling outside the pocket then throwing on the move and showed ability picking up yardage with his feet. Teams must now decide if he's worth developing at quarterback or whether Sims revert back to his original position of running back." Interestingly, Sims recently told AL.com that he might be amenable to a position switch at some point. At the moment, however, Sims wants to stay behind center and told a reporter at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback." Pauline clearly disagrees.
Eastern Washington released a statement Thursday that said "[i]n the current situation that has arisen recently, we have granted the ability for our student-athlete [senior QB Vernon Adams] to explore what opportunities may exist."
The statement doesn't mention Adams by name, though the school is addressing Wednesday's widespread news that it had released Adams to transfer and the star QB was preparing to visit Oregon this weekend. Adams, a two-time Walter Payton Award finalist, has thrown for 10,438 yards and 110 scores already in his three-season career. "When we recruit, retain and develop student-athletes, we first and foremost ask them to earn their college degree," a portion of EW's statement read. "Should they achieve that and have opportunities — whether based on current NCAA transfer rules or potentially in a professional setting — we do our best to try and support them in what is in the best interest of their future. Our desire is also for our student-athletes to complete their eligibility at Eastern, given the education, investment and support that our University community, athletic department and coaching staffs have provided them." Adams is set to graduate this spring.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that scouts praised Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio after Senior Bowl practices and "many feel he's solidified his status as a middle-round choice."
"Kouandjio battled hard during [last] Thursday's practice and won out on just about every snap he took," Pauline wrote. "He blocked with great fundamentals, showed a lot of strength in his game and controlled opponents on the line of scrimmage. Scouts praised Kouandjio after practice as many feel he's solidified his status as a middle-round choice." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Arie to have top-75 potential. The Crimson Tide prospect started every game at LG for Alabama the past two seasons.
Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 31.
"NFL teams will have to do a lot of digging into Green-Beckham's past behavior, as it led to his departure from Missouri and could serve as a significant deterrent to drafting him, depending upon what they uncover," McShay wrote. "But as a physical talent he has all the tools to be an excellent NFL receiver, with an outstanding combination of height, bulk and straight-line speed." Opinions on Green-Beckham's draft stock wildly vacillate. NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Green-Beckham was "a big target who kind of just jumped up and caught the ball" at Missouri and "he really didn't have any route-running concepts." The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder "has the ability to be a similar pro prospect as A.J. Green and earn top-10 grades" based purely on skill, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Minnesota senior RB David Cobb is "a one-speed ball carrier with a minimal burst but his versatility to perform multiple tasks at the running back spot is impressive," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"His vision, instincts and ability to immediately find the running lanes were impressive as was Cobb's pass-catching out of the backfield [at the Senior Bowl]," wrote Pauline. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder had 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. His 2,893 career rushing yards rank seventh all-time in program history, and his 562 rushing attempts also rank No. 7. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Cobb "could go overlooked" during the draft but is a "reliable and well-rounded back" set to go in the mid-rounds.
Miami ILB Denzel Perryman made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 25.
"Perryman's Senior Bowl week was cut short due to an injury, but he flashed as the best linebacker in attendance when he was out there on the field," McShay wrote. "We've really liked what we've seen on tape of him so far, as he has very good instincts, closing burst and tackling ability." Perryman received a third-round projection from the advisory board last winter but elected to return to school. Good call. The 6-foot, 243-pounder (4.72 forty) may sneak into Round 1 in the spring.
Ole Miss S Cody Prewitt "ended the notion that he's a run-defending safety who struggles in coverage" at the Senior Bowl, noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"Prewitt's solid play in coverage will enhance his draft stock," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Prewitt "is someone who keeps getting better every time I watch him on tape," an AFC player personnel director told NFL.com during the regular season. That evaluator compared Prewitt to former LSU S Eric Reid, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Prewitt "this year's Deone Bucannon."
Western Kentucky sophomore QB Parker McLeod will transfer and has decided to retire from football.
The former three-star Alabama recruit transferred to WKU in May because he was buried on the depth chart behind Blake Sims and Jacob Coker. He sat out the 2014 season due to NCAA rule, but has apparently now decided to hang up his cleats and focus on his studies. In other Hilltopper QB news, fellow backup Troy Jones, a former JUCO transfer, has also decided to transfer. Jones, a graduate transfer, plans to continue playing, and will have immediate eligibility wherever he lands. Neither McLeod nor Jones would have seen much playing time in 2015 with record-setting QB Brandon Doughty returning for one more year.