2013 Senior Bowl: Offensive Preview

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (6’7/305) – When it’s all said and done Eric Fisher might end up being the highest draft pick out of any player at the Senior Bowl. Fisher is has all the qualities that teams look for in cornerstone LT prospects. He has great feet and maintains a very good base, allowing him to stay balanced and in good position. Fisher moves very well in space, he gets to the second level and gets out in front on screens nicely. He slides his feet very well and looks natural and smooth with his hands vs. speed rushers. Fisher also, gets good push off the line in the run game, and gets his butt turned to the hole with proper footwork. Shows the ability to get out and pull and lead up into the hole. Can’t wait to see him in 1 on 1 drills this week. With Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan returning to school, Fisher can make LOTS of money for himself this week.

Garrett Gilkey, OT, Chadron State (6’7/320) – Last second addition to the Senior Bowl mix, Gilkey is the best prospect to come out of Chadron State since the Patriots own Danny Woodhead. Unlike Woodhead Gilkey has a chance to be drafted. Three year starter at Left Tackle, I haven’t had the chance to see much of Gilkey. I do know that he has a lot of NFL buzz surrounding him. It will be intersting to see how he adjusts as the week goes on to this level of competition.

Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (5’11/209) – Was finally able to earn the starting running back job and he didn’t disappoint. Gillislee displayed a everydown capability this season, running for the yard to get yards, pass protecting and picking up blitzers. He takes contact well and was able to maintain balance and gain a lot of yards after contact. Towards the end of games Gillislee would just where down defenses with his running style, he showed good vision and instincts finding the tough hole. Being a productive every-down back in the SEC, is the best possible preparation for the NFL. It will be interesting to see how Gillislee measures up to the more “exciting” backs this week at the Senior Bowl.

Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State (6’6/235) – Glennon is the tradition pocket passer prospect. He’s got great size and has an NFL arm. Glennon has shown the ability to make all the NFL throws including the deep out and the post corner. He’s got nice touch on the deep ball with the ability to drop it in there. His overall accuracy is good when he’s got a clean pocket, can set his feet and step into this throw. Most of Glennon’s issues come from his ability to make plays when the pass rush is bearing down. Too often does he speed up his reads and that leads to turnovers and inaccuracy. He throws off his back foot a lot relying on his arm strength, which isn’t to the level of a Stafford or Rodgers. Glennon is big and stiff. He doesn’t move very well and won’t be a threat to run the ball. Glennon needs to show he can be consistent when the rush is closing in and that he can step up and maneuver in the pocket. His arm talent and size will get him drafted, but he’s got questions that need to be addressed.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas (5’9/177) – Electric vertical speed. Goodwin is an Olympic athlete having made the team as a long jumper. With the Olympics behind him Goodwin will be able to focus solely on football, at least in the near future. Goodwin hasn’t been the most productive WR in college, but really showed his ability to make the big play in his final game at Texas he had a great bowl game hauling in a deep touchdown pass and rushing for another electric score. He’s not a big guy so he will likley be limited to the slot, but someone with his speed and athletic ability will get drafted as teams hope he can continue to develop with 100% commitment to football. He’s likely a day three guy, but he could turn out to be one of the biggest play-makers in the draft.

Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas (6’2/209) – Good overall size and weight. Finally got the chance to be the #1 guy this season and lived up to the billing, despite a horrendous year overall for the Razorbacks. Hamilton has the ability to make some spectacular plays, he can “go get it” and makes good adjustments to the ball while running hit routes. He’s not afraid to go over the middle and runs a ton of deep vertical routes. He’s shown the ability to catch the ball in tight coverage and fight off the defender to complete the catch. Hamilton’s speed is his biggest question, he might not time that well, but plays a bit faster because of this long strides. Hamilton can do a lot of good for himself with a big week in Mobile.

Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State (6’1/228) – A physical huge wide receiver. His build reminds me a lot of Anquan Boldin with his muscle bound frame. Harper isn’t slowed down by his large frame as he is one of the fastest players on the K-State football team. I was really impressed by Harper’s ability down the stretch and in the bowl game. He’s got very strong hands and snatches the ball out of the air. Harper made a number of big catches in the Bowl game and despite not recording a lot of catches this year, Harper’s physical build combined with his great athletic ability make him a very impressive WR prospect.

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (6’6/305) – I got to watch a lot of Johnson this year and every game I came away very impressed with him. He looked very natural in pass protection and made everything look effotless. He uses his arms and hands very well to control the rusher, and moved his feet to mirror the rush. Oklahoma drops back to throw as much as any team in the country so he has plenty of experience as a pass protector. He made the move to left tackle this season after starting at right tackle in 2011 and didn’t miss a beat. I think long term he is a left tackle, but could start his career on the right.

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma (6’4/218)

Kyle Juszcyzk, FB, Harvard (6’3/240) – The “other” fullback in this game, but Juszcyzk is more of an H-Back/hybrid fullback than a bruising blocker. He played tight end at Harvard and actually led the Ivy League in catches by a TE with 37.  He will be learning the position as he goes down in Mobile. He’s in a similar position to Emil Igwanagu the UMass TE who came to the Senior Bowl as a FB last year.

Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado (6’6/260) – Converted defensive end Kasa made the switch over to the offense this past season and has shown enough potential to warrant a Senior Bowl invite. Kasa  has elite size for the position and can threaten the deep part of the field. Kasa runs very well for his size and has been rumored to run in the 4.6 range. He’s made a number of long receptions this season, showcases a large catch radius along with solid hands. As you would expect he is not a great blocker yet. He lacks technique and footwork, but that will come with time. Kasas is just touching the tip of the surface in terms of what he can do as a tight end.

Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati (6’6/260) – Kelce is one of the most complete tight ends in this years draft. He can line up as a classic inline end and set the edge as a blocker or threaten the middle of the field. He can move around, lining up in the slot, in a tight slot and as an H-Back and run routes from those positions. He’s not a burner and isn’t the most fluid athlete in space, but he provides a big target who can catch the ball and not be a liability as a blocker. Compared to other tight ends in this draft, he is more NFL ready than most.

Tavarres King, WR, Georgia (6’1/200) – Yet another Georgia Bulldog prospect playing in the Senior Bowl. A smooth big play wide receiver with a build that translate well to the NFL. King had been inconsistent up to this season, but really became the go to guy this year and played very well throughout. King has good burst off the line of scrimmage and eats up cushion quickly. Tracks the ball very well in the air and is one of the better vertical route runners in the draft. King isn’t a burner, but he is a long strider and creates seperation that way.

Kyle Long, OT, Oregon (6’7/311) – Long has one of the most interesting stories in this year’s draft. The Son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of Chris Long, Kyle started his collegiate career as a pitcher at Florida State. After a DUI he decided to move back home to Oregon to a JC and eventually wound up at Oregon. At Oregon Long has battled various injuries, but has really started to put it all together this season. He played OG this year, but with his length, athleticism and ability to move he projects as an OT. He is still really raw and not close to a finished product. A team that drafts him, will pick him and try to mold him into an NFL LT. It will take time to develop the proper technique and footwork. However, he has as much potential as any OT in the draft he just needs time to find it.

Joe Madsen, OC, West Virginia (6’3/305) – Three year starter at center for the  Mountaineers. A good shot-gun snapper, was by far the best WVU linemen this year.  Has a thick, powerful build and holds up well vs. blitzers. Was able to get leverage and over-power defensive linemen when I saw him vs. Marshall this year. A very late add to the Senior Bowl when USC OC Khaled Holmes withdrew.

EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State (6’5/240) – Big and fairly athletic QB prospect, Manuel shows good escapability and can roll out and throw on the run. Manuel has a weird release and it takes him a while to get the ball out of his hands. Due to those poor throwing mechanics his accuracy isn’t there at times and he misses a lot of easy throws. Manuel will also try to force things relying on a very good arm to fit the ball throw a tight window. The question with Manuel will be, with proper coaching and  technique work can he develop and improve enough to become a viable NFL QB. He has the size, he has the athleticism, and he has the arm. But, it’s the mental mistakes that often cost him.

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One Response to “2013 Senior Bowl: Offensive Preview”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Winters is a possible guy I project as an OG for the Patriots future. I also like Alvin Bailey OG, and maybe the best later round guy, Matt Sumers-Gavin. The question is how high/low will Winters go in the draft. As a 3d round guy, the Pats may pull the trigger.
    I also feel very strong the Pats pick an OG in this draft. With Mankins starting his 9th year, and Connolly starting his 8th year, finding a player to be a future 8-10 year starter is now. Gaining a couple years experence behind these guys, will be important, and helpful if there is an injury.

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