Senior Bowl Live: Defense

2012 Senior Bowl

Here are a few prospects to watch during today’s Senior Bowl from the defensive side of the ball. We’ll be scouting everyone, but these are guys that you’ll want to pay special attention to.


South Prospects

Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama – Jenkins has had a tremendous week, his ability to turn and run plus his ability to break on the ball make him an elite cover corner prospect.

Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia – Boykin has displayed more physicality this week, that I thought he could. He is a tremendous athlete who has displayed great coverage ability all week.

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – Ingram is one of the 3 best pass rushers in the game. He has displayed the ability to play standing up and with his hand in the ground.

Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt – Hayward hasn’t been as dynamic as the other CB this week, but he has been steady all week, he has tremendous ball skills who has a penchant for making big plays.

Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas – Robinson has really stood out this week with his ability to play in coverage and has also, displayed pass rush moves that I didn’t know he had.

Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama – Upshaw has a very rare combination of strength and speed. He can bull rush you and set the edge on one play and on the next he can beat you with speed. Will push Coples for top defensive prospect here.

Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina – Brown is an ultra fast linebacker who will have to play 4-3 will LB. Brown is a little bit timid and doesn’t attack much, more of a project than a sure thing.

Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson – Thompson has been one of the best interior DL this week. He weighed in at 311 pounds and carries it very well. He has been getting penetration all week and is also very tough to move off the line.

Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina– Coples came into the week as the #1 prospect in Mobile, he certainly hasn’t done anything to hurt his stock. I am anxious to see how he fares in the game because his motor scares me a bit.

Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette – Bentley is someone who came into the week a little bit unheralded. However he has competed all week and has gotten better each day. I like him as a zone CB.

Click on page two for the North defense.

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