Senior Bowl Day Two Observations- Offense
This story originally published on ScoutNFLNetwork.com


Posted Jan 24, 2012
Charlie Bernstein


We will take a look at a few select players from each offensive position that stood out in Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practices.

Quarterbacks



Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

The "mature" Cowboys quarterback showed a strong arm and an ability to make anticipatory throws in Tuesday's practice. Although many see Weeden's age as a knock (28 years old), quarterbacks can play much longer than any other position.

Kellen Moore, Boise State

After an atrocious first day on Monday in which Moore struggled with arm strength and accuracy, the record setting Broncos quarterback was back with a vengeance on Tuesday. Moore was much sharper with his tosses and made a perfect "bucket throw" on a deep ball to Marvin McNutt. Moore lacks the elite arm strength to make him stand out on the next level, but his anticipation and accuracy should keep him in the league for a long time.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson was one of the big stories in college football this past season, transferring from NC State to Wisconsin and not losing a beat as one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country, and it's easy to understand why because he has the kind of demeanor you like to see at the game's most important position. But even though he interviews well and sounds like the kind of guy you'd like to have as the face of your organization, he's at the Senior Bowl mostly to prove what he can do on the field. Through two days of practice, while he probably has the best footwork of any signal caller in Mobile, his arm strength isn't NFL-caliber and he has a hard time finding passing lanes since he's a shade under 5-11.

Running Backs



Chris Rainey, Florida

Florida's Chris Rainey showed off his versatility by lining up with running backs then splitting out at wide receiver. He took turns beating the two best corners on the field in Brandon Boykin of Georgia and Janorris Jenkins of North Alabama. Considering Rainey's lack of size is a liability at running back, by showing so well at receiver, he just made himself a much higher priority on team draft boards.

Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati

The former Cincinnati Bearcat is somewhat of a "Jack-of-all-Trades" as he showed an ability to pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield and run between the tackles. He reminds some scouts of New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Vick Ballard, Mississippi State

Although Vick Ballard was far from heralded coming into Senior Bowl week, he put himself on the map on Tuesday. Ballard was quick and decisive with his cuts and showed an ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Wide Receivers



Marvin McNutt, Iowa
Iowa's all-time leading receiver had a stellar Tuesday as he showed an ability to use his body to shield off defenders and catch the ball purely with his hands. McNutt isn't overly speedy, but he runs precise routes and catches everything thrown his way. He appears to be the most pro-ready receiver in Mobile.

Juron Criner, Arizona

Juron Criner has good size at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds and uses that size well. Hardly a burner, Criner uses his long wingspan and to shield defenders to make catches. Criner appears to be a possession type of receiver on the next level as he lacks top end speed. Criner was solid on Tuesday as he made a few highlight reel catches including a one-handed snag on a ball thrown behind him.

Patrick Edwards, Houston

Due to size limitations, Houston wide receiver Patrick Edwards will never be a number one receiver in the NFL, but he can be a nice contributor. The 5-foot-9, 175 pound wideout runs nice routes, comes in and out of breaks well and has strong hands for a player of his size. Edwards can be an explosive slot receiver on the next level.

Tight Ends



Michael Egnew, Missouri

The top NFL caliber tight end in Mobile appears to be Missouri's Michael Egnew. With the emergence of pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Egnew can be a weapon similar to New England's Rob Gronkowski if he's put in the right system. Egnew has good size at 6-foot-5, 253 pounds and has enough speed to exploit the seam.

Brad Smelley, Alabama

Although Brad Smelley has more of an H-back sized frame than a classic tight end at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds, the Alabama native caught every pass thrown his way in one-on-one and seven-on-seven drills. Smelley could be a Chris Cooley type of player on the next level.

Offensive Line



Cordy Glenn, Georgia

For a big, thick guy (6-5, 348), Glenn showed impressively quick feet and had good leverage through much of the South’s afternoon practice. His broad shoulders and short, quick steps made it hard for many defenders to get around him. He played a lot of left guard on Tuesday.

Mike Brewster, Ohio State

The nasty streak continues. Brewster, who has had one center after another drop out to injury behind him, continues to give defenders a shove after the play, but he knows where the line is drawn and he is usually winning the battles before he gets to that point. The North team has had a lot of issues with the shotgun and even the under-center exchanges, but Brewster is usually accomplishing his work.

Mike Adams, Ohio State

The 6-foot-8 tackle shows pretty solid balance for such a tall frame. He isn’t winning all of his battles with defensive linemen, but if he can stay low, something he said he has been working on throughout his career, he should translate into a good prospect at the next level.

Zebrie Sanders, Florida State

Zebrie Sanders certainly looks like a blind-side pass protector, as he has the size and athleticism teams look for at the left tackle position, but he doesn't necessarily play like one when you turn on the film. He likely isn't strong enough at this point to handle elite pass rushers off the edge, plus he was whistled for a penalty or two seemingly every game this past season for the Seminoles -- that shouldn't happen to a four-year starter. Even the most biased of Florida State fans were a bit surprised when Sanders earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2011, so it's probably safer to keep him at right tackle in the pros.


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