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Thoughts on Senior Bowl

I just finished watching the Senior Bowl, and wanted to offer some quick thoughts on guys who played well, and some others who struggled a bit.

* As far as wide receiver play, I thought Tulane’s Jeremy Williams and Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard really stood out. Williams, who had two ACL knee surgeries during his college career, showed good hands and good quickness in and out of his breaks to get open.

Gilyard showed good explosiveness in his ability to consistently get behind the defense for big plays.

* Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham was probably the most disruptive defensive player in the game, but at 6-1, 263 pounds, Graham is a Darryl Tapp clone. The Seahawks need a taller guy with more leverage coming off the edge.

* Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson looked impressive running the two-minute offense for the South squad at the end of the first half, leading them to a score.

* Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupoti struggled at times. He played both his regular position of left guard and some right guard. And he struggled blocking Georgia defensive tackle Geno Atkins early in the game, giving up a sack and getting called for a holding penalty.

* Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount ran the ball hard and showed good speed through the hole, improving his draft stock after a rough 2009 season with the Ducks.

* I thought Utah offensive guard Zane Beadles showed some promise, with some nice drive blocking near the goal line.

* Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour looked solid as well. He moved well in the pocket, and threw some pretty good balls on the move and from the pocket. He’s a player.

* Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson was probably the best cover corner on the field.

* As far as the big names, USC safety Taylor Mays made an impressive play on the ball for an interception late in the first half, surprisingly passing on a chance for a big hit. And Florida quarterback Tim Tebow showed he still has a ways to go before he’s ready to lead an NFL team.

Those are my initial thoughts from watching the game. Let me know what you think in the comments section.