I’m at the airport in Mobile waiting to fly out. While I’ve got a few minutes, I thought I’d share some info from today and the Senior Bowl in general.
First, let’s talk about the Eagles stuff. Personnel consultant Phil Savage went right to DE Melvin Ingram after today’s South practice. Savage also chatted up Courtney Upshaw and then spent a while with Quinton Coples. In 3 days he spoke with:
DE Cam Johnson – Virginia
DE Jake Bequette – Arkansas
DE Vinny Curry – Marshall
DE Quinton Coples – UNC
LB Courtney Upshaw – Alabama (would play DE in our system)
DE Melvin Ingram – South Carolina
Anyone noticing a trend? Either Phil loves DEs or he was told to go talk to those guys. It will be very interesting to see just how high we target a DE. I figured with Cole, Babin, Tapp, Graham, and Hunt we were all set there, but maybe they see Tapp as expendable if the right young guy is available.
Ingram fascinates me the most. He could play DT or DE in our system. You could actually begin him as the backup Under Tackle (if we let Trevor Laws walk) and then shift Ingram to DE if Graham fails to come back. Ingram played DT and DE for South Carolina. Coming into the Senior Bowl I thought he was worth a 2nd round pick. Now he might have played his way into the 1st round. Is he worth pick 15? Not so sure about that. Maybe. Great week of practice.
Cam Johnson got the best of OT Mike Adams today and really helped himself. I wrote back at midseason that he reminded me of Trent Cole. Goes 6’4, 267 and he will play the run as well as get after the QB. Could play in our system. Has the speed and motor. Washburn might tell him to shed a couple of pounds.
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So what about LBs? Zach Brown had another good day. He can really cover. I’m not sure that he’s worth pick 15, but he might be. If you want a really athletic LB to cover Jimmy Graham, Jermichael Finley, and those types, then Brown might have more value than LBs in the past. He’s still not a great tackler, but he did work on that and got better.
Audie Cole would be interesting. He’s 6’4, 248. I think we’d have to put him at MLB. He’s effective at jamming receivers on underneath routes and hugging up against them, but he’s not a guy you necessarily want in space vs a RB. Cole is a good pass rusher. He has some pop when he hits. Might be the kind of guy who would fit nicely in the Wide-9 because of his size and toughness. Eagles might think he’s not athletic enough to play for us. Mid-round type of guy.
Keenan Robinson had a good day. He seems to be the happy medium of Cole and Brown. Robinson would play SAM. Goes 6’3, 240. Pretty good athlete. Has solid cover skills. Really battled TEs at the point of attack on run plays today. Did get sealed on one and gave up a long gain. Has the potential to be a good run defender. He’s big and strong enough. Can be a physical player. Simply needs to be more consistent. I’m still thinking 3rd round for K-Rob.
I’m starting to really get the feeling we’ll go MLB in free agency and then address SAM in the draft with a semi-early pick. Rolle would then stick as the WLB. No inside info. Just a hunch. If we do that, team must decide if Casey should be the backup MLB or backup WLB. Might need to add a young guy to develop behind the free agent. That’s where a guy like Cole could be of interest if he falls far enough.
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What about CBs? Not sure. Gotta study the Senior Bowl tapes to see how the guys look. Focused more on the front seven while live in Mobile. LB stuff tends to get overlooked by the NFL Network.
There is no CB that I’m enamored with. Brandon Boykin interests me a lot, but is just 183 pounds. Janoris Jenkins can really play, but has some character issues. Is he someone you roll the dice on? What value does he have? Jamell Fleming and Donnie Fletcher both fascinate me.
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Someone asked in the last post about my thoughts on a player being different from other people in Mobile. I write what I see with my own eyes. I could easily miss a few reps when a guy stood out. I kept active eyes and tried to watch as much as possible. I sat in the stands, up quite a few rows and near midfield. I wanted to be able to look down and see the action at all spots as best I could.
I didn’t write up any guys based on hearsay. If I’m putting my name on it, I’m making sure it is what I saw. You’ll notice that I don’t comment on every player. I didn’t see every player enough to have a strong feel. Some guys always were finishing a rep when I happened to look up. I won’t comment on them because I can’t tell you what I saw.
I can’t speak for other sites.
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A few of you have asked questions about how things went down there. I’ll cover that in the next couple of days when things are quiet. I’ll also share some funny stories. I had a blast hanging out with Jimmy Kempski from Blogging The bEast and BGN. Don’t tell him I said nice things. He’ll get all cocky and be unbearable. Do ask him about Derick Rivero. (I’ll explain later).
Time to fly home. I’ll post notes on today’s practices late or maybe tomorrow AM. Great trip.