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Senior Bowl: Russell Wilson and players who hurt draft stock in practices - NFL - Sporting News
With the padded practices for the Senior Bowl completed, nearly all the NFL types have left Mobile. The game is on Saturday, but for pro scouts, the three padded practices carry the most weight. Below is a breakdown of the nine players who struggled the most this week, in alphabetical order:

Big Board: Alabama again tops LSU, this time with prospects - NFL, NFLDRAFT - -
With the possible exception of the Scouting Combine, no single event impacts NFL draft ratings more than the week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

South Team's CBs stealing the show at Senior Bowl -
With the NFL evolving into a predominantly passing league, cornerbacks are in high demand and have become one of the premier positions at the next level. With that said, the senior class boasts some intriuging talent at the cornerback position and several of those rising talents can be found on the South squad at the Senior Bowl.

Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects - 4-3 Defensive Ends - Mocking The Draft
Today I am going to rank both Defensive End positions. I am going to start with the 4-3 DE’s and later in the day, I will post the 3-4 DE rankings. Make sure to check back the rest of the week for the rest of the Draft rankings.

Mike Tanier’s Senior Bowl Report: The Friday wrap-up | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Read 'Mike Tanier’s Senior Bowl Report: The Friday wrap-up' from our blog Shutdown Corner on Yahoo! Sports. It has been a soggy, sunny, blustery, unpredictable week of practices at Ladd Peebles Stadium. And the Mobile Convention Center ballroom. And possibly in some parking garage somewhere. Friday's schedule consists of light walkthroughs and community activities, so there is … Continue reading →

Mike Tanier’s Senior Bowl Report: WR Juron Criner sees his stock rise | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Juron Criner ran a comeback route during full-squad practice on Thursday, only to see that his quarterback was in trouble. Even indoors, in sneakers, on cement, at half speed, the South defense found a way to apply simulated pressure.

Senior Bowl Stock Watch | National Football Post
Five up and five down from the week.

Mike Tanier’s Senior Bowl Report: Weather 1, Football 0 | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
A biting wind blew off the Mobile Bay in the early morning. Threatening clouds covered the whole region. A line of angry, red, blinking storms hung over the radar map, and tornado warnings were issued: not something to be taken lightly in Alabama these days.

Jene Bramel: Scheme Versatility | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
NFL offenses continue to stretch the binding of their playbooks. Many offenses have gone to spread concepts as their base alignment, using multiple receivers on every down. Those receiving options aren’t necessarily traditional wideouts. The New England Patriots have generated match up nightmares over the past two seasons by huddling with two tight ends and/or a running back that could line up anywhere in the formation.

Senior Bowl Notes: North Roster- Day 3 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Mike Adams (Ohio State) continued to show his ability. He plays well when he can use his length and his lateral agility to stay in front of pass rushers but when he has to anchor he can run into trouble because of his lack of lower body strength. He needs to get stronger, and he got beat by guys once he engaged them which worried me a little bit, but he has the ability to stick at left tackle if he can get stronger and continue to finish blocks. Mike Brewster (Ohio State) showed some ability today. When he doesn’t get too wide in his anchor he has more ability to recover and sustain blocks even when pushed back initially, but sometimes he will let his base get too wide which makes him easier to bull-rush. He did a pretty good job on Ta’amu a couple times though in 1 on 1’s.

Senior Bowl Notes: South Roster: Day 3 " Tom Melton's NFL Draft Blog
Cordy Glenn (Georgia) was the clear offensive lineman winner today. He showed the ability to play outside at tackle as well as at guard today, and he was effective against every player except for Quinton Coples who was able to beat him on a couple of 1 on 1’s. He’s agile for his size and in talking to scouts they didn’t think his occasional waist-bending was a serious issue. He has the potential to play at four offensive lineman positions. He is strong enough and has a good enough anchor that he can recover if he’s initially pushed back, which enabled him to slow down Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram today.

Senior Bowl Dish: Ingram shines for second straight day - NFL - Sporting News
On the second day of Senior Bowl practices, several players stood out for different reasons. It was clear the South squad has more overall talent. History tells us that means the North will win Saturday’s game. Here are the players who impressed and those who struggled: Players who helped themselves

Senior Bowl Dish: Brandon Weeden solidifies draft status - NFL - Sporting News
On the final day of padded practice, the level of play was at its highest and the elite players played their best. However, two players were injured—Patrick Edwards (WR, Houston) pulled a hamstring, and Alfonzo Dennard (CB, Nebraska) suffered a hip flexor injury and will miss the game. Here are the players who impressed, and those who struggled:

The Cleveland Browns unsure if grass will be greener with RG3 - NFL - -
There was an interesting take last weekend from a very experienced AFC scout as he packed for his trip to the Senior Bowl and was interrupted by a phone call. The scout, whose team owns a top 20 selection in April, has already devoted considerable time roughly doping out how the first round might transpire.

Senior Bowl notes: Rivals continue combat as teammates - NFL - -
Over the last four seasons, Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin and Ohio State center Mike Brewster played on opposite sides in possibly the greatest rivalry in college football. However, this week the defensive tackle from "the school up north" and the center from "Ohio" are playing for the same team, representing the North squad in the Senior Bowl. And while they'll wear the same uniforms this Saturday against the South team, that hasn't stopped these two from going at it once again in practice drills.

Boise State's McClellin impressing scouts with versatility at Senior Bowl - NFL - -
With the winningest quarterback in NCAA history generating most of the limelight at Boise State, attention has been tough to come by for pass rusher Shea McClellin.

DTs Reyes, Martin proving disruptive at Sr Bowl -
With Penn State's Devon Still --'s top-rated senior defensive tackle -- out of the Senior Bowl due to a sprained toe scouts were curious to see which of the remaining interior defensive linemen would be able to step up their play.

South Team's CBs stealing the show at Senior Bowl -
With the NFL evolving into a predominantly passing league, cornerbacks are in high demand and have become one of the premier positions at the next level. With that said, the senior class boasts some intriuging talent at the cornerback position and several of those rising talents can be found on the South squad at the Senior Bowl.

Senior Bowl: South Practice Report Day 3 | National Football Post
A pair of defensive backs are starting to move up draft boards.

Ranking the Senior Bowl’s Top 10 prospects | National Football Post
And what NFL teams are good fits for each?

An inside look at the Senior Bowl playbook | National Football Post
A base route scheme we saw on the field in Mobile.

Draft Breakdown — Senior Bowl Diary: Day 3
Today at the senior bowl was quite an eventful day. Keeping with my trend of having no trend with my Senior Bowl reports, I’m going to break up my overall impressions by squads because today the experience in each was vastly different.

Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects by Position - Offensive Tackles - Mocking The Draft
Today I will take a look at the offensive tackle position for the upcoming draft. The OT class took a hit when Barret Jones and D.J. Fluker of Alabama decided to return to school but it is still a very good class.

2012 Senior Bowl: Brandon Weeden looks sharp, but does it matter? - Mocking The Draft
Brandon Weeden was the star of practice for the South team at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, according to Alfie Crow, SB Nation's on site reporter in Mobile, Ala. At 6-feet-4-inches tall and 218 pounds, Weeden possesses ideal physical attributes a team looks for in a quarterback. He delivers the ball with accuracy to all spots on the field and has a tremendous release. The problem, of course, is that he is already 28 years old.

Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects by Position - Offensive Guards - Mocking The Draft
Today I will continue ranking the 2012 NFL Draft prospects. This post will look at the guards of the 2012 NFL Draft. I am also pleased to announce that within the next week, I will introduce two new writers to the site. They are both very, very knowledgeable and will provide the site with some different types of posts.

Courtney Upshaw 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft
Coverage: In Alabama's 3-4 scheme, Upshaw wasn't asked to drop back in coverage very often. He doesn't have loose hips and could struggle in pass coverage, especially in man situations. Because of that, there are some questions about how well Upshaw moves laterally, which will hamper him in the NFL if he's asked to cover tight ends or running backs coming out of the back field.

Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects by Position - Centers - Mocking The Draft
The center class is very good this year and features a couple of high draft picks.

Josh Norman invited to 2012 Senior Bowl - Mocking The Draft
Josh Norman has been invited to his second All-Star Game of the season. The Coastal Carolina corner back will be a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster after an injury to Nebraska's Alfonzo Denard, according to WMBF News. Norman will play on the North team. - Talented Coples has to shed underachiever label
The following is the third in a series of scouting reports for draft prospects who are participating in this year's Senior Bowl. These reports from PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki will be running all week leading up to Saturday evening's game in Mobile, Ala.

Senior Bowl Day 3: North Offense Report | - 2012 NFL Draft
Day 3 of North Practice is in the books, today I focused mostly on the Offensive Players, while Doug watched the defense. Here are my practice notes, with interviews to follow later today.

Senior Bowl Day 3: North Defense Report | - 2012 NFL Draft
Today I got a chance to check out some players I hadn’t seen much of yet, the North defense.

Senior Bowl Day 3: South Offense Report | - 2012 NFL Draft
It is perfectly clear to anyone who knows even the slightest bit about football that the South squad for this year’s senior bowl is an incredibly talented squad. A couple players really stood out to me today; Here are my practice notes.

Senior Bowl Day 3: South Defense Report | - 2012 NFL Draft
Day three of the Senior Bowl practices have concluded here and I just got back from the South practice. I took a look at the defense today for the south and here are some of my practice notes.

2012 Senior Bowl: Melvin Ingram Interview | - 2012 NFL Draft
Melvin Ingram (DE/OLB, South Carolina) has had a pretty incredible week down in Mobile, Alabama. He took some time after Senior Bowl practice to chat with Doug Kyed. Ingram talks about where he fits at in the NFL, who he models his game after, and what he is doing to prepare for the combine.

Senior Bowl Report: Offense - NFL Draft Preview -
Thursday's Senior Bowl practices were washed out by rain and tornado warnings, but many NFL front offices are already gone.