I talked with Rob Rang, senior analyst with NFLDraftScout.com, who is in attendance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama about some of the guys who have stood out this week, and he provided me with a few names.
Rang also said the Tim Tebow show is even more of a spectacle than he anticipated with the game being held in SEC country, and that every move – bad or good – of Tebow is under the microscope.
“I expected a circus but it’s been even bigger that that,” Rang said. “We’re in the state of Alabama and he has his own cheering section. There’s more No. 15 jerseys than any Auburn or Alabama jerseys. He enters the field and he’s like a rook star. It’s nuts. …. Every single thing that he does is so analyzed. If he throws a very nice pass, it’s great. It he throws a poor pass, then it’s horrible. I mean everything is exaggerated.”
Rang went to say that although Tebow struggled on Monday, he’s continued to improve.
Rang said several small schools guys have shown themselves well, including Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, WR Andre Roberts from the Citadel and WR Taylor Price from the University of Ohio.
Rang on LeFevour: “I characterized him before the season as a little bit of a poor man’s Tim Tebow. He is a very similar prospect to Tebow, he just doesn’t have the elongated throwing motion. He’s a guy throughout his career in the MAC has not only been a very dangerous passer, but also as a runner. The concern I have is I don’t know that he has quite enough arm strength to be successful in every system, and his accuracy is very inconsistent. He can throw four balls in a row that are very good, and then a couple wobblers.”
Rang on Roberts: “He’s caught the ball pretty well, and might run the best routes of anybody here, and that certainly was not expected from a receiver coming from such a small school.” Rang on Price: “We saw what happened with the rookie wide receiver for the Chicago Bears Johnny Knox, and that’s what this kid is. He’s a pure speed guy. He’s a guy who can make people miss in space, so I think he’s got an opportunity here if he works out as well as expected, and some people are expecting him to run a 4.3 (40-yard time).”
Rang said that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and defensive line coach Dan Quinn focused on the defensive line position group during the North practice this morning.
“That’s very rare to see a position coach and a head coach go off on their own and study one group by themselves, so I was very intrigued to see that,” Rang said.
Rang went on to say the Seahawks are well represented, with as large as contingent of coaching staff and scouts of any team in the league in Mobile to watch the practices.
“It’s very obvious they are doing their due diligence,” he said.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com says OG Mike Iupati of Idaho and Tennessee DT Dan Williams have been impressive, while S Taylor Mays has struggled so far this week.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com adds OT Vladimir Ducasse, LT, UMass and Boise State CB Kyle Wilson as players who have looked good.
Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel checks in with new Seahawks GM John Schneider.