Mel Kipers Senior Bowl Report

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has come out with his final Senior bowl report. First up is the North roster.

The Buzzontheburgh’s take:
From reports we are recieving Tyler Palko did not have a solid week of practice. His limited arm strength makes him a late round pick but he is not a practice player. If he lands in the right situation he will be a solid backup in the NFL for years. Steeler fans keep a eye on Nebraska DE Adam Carikker. Indications are the Steelers were “very” impressed with the 6ft6 292 lb defensive end. Although the draft is over two months away Carikker is at the top of the Steelers draft board. Here are 5 players who are projected to be 2nd – 4th round picks the Steelers marveled over this week at the senior bowl. 1.DB Tanard Jackson 6-0 192 Syracuse. (2) LB David Harris 6-2 239 Michigan. (3) DE/LB Anthony Spencer 6-2 266. (4) WR Paul Williams 6-2 210 Fresno State. (5) OL Josh Beekman 6-2 315 Boston College Versatile. Plays center or guard

North Roster: Mel Kipers quick hits on each player
1 WR Paul Williams 6-2 210 Fresno State Has size, natural receiving skills. Underrated. (late-Day 1 to early-Day 2)

2 WR Aundrae Allison 6-0 197 East Carolina Good hands. Quickness. Athleticism. (late-Day 1 to early-Day 2)

3 QB Tyler Palko 6-1 215 Pittsburgh Works, studies hard. Limited arm strength. (Late rounder)
4 DB Josh Wilson 5-9 188 Maryland Fast and athletic. Great recovery ablility. Return skills. (Round 3 or 4)

5 WR Rhema McKnight 6-1 207 Notre Dame Good hands, concentration. Lacks speed. (mid-Day 2)

5 QB Drew Stanton 6-3 226 Michigan State Good, but not great arm. Erratic. Tough and athletic. (Round 3 or 4)

6 LB Prescott Burgess 6-3 246 Michigan Doesn’t wow, but consistently makes plays. (Day 2)

7 WR Brandon Myles 6-1 183 West Virginia Big-play ability. Needs improve routes, consistency. (mid- to late-Day 2)

8 WR David Clowney 6-0 184 Virginia Tech Makes plays with pads on. Productive. (Day 2)

10 QB Troy Smith 6-0 222 Ohio State Keeps plays alive. Good arm. Height issue. Long delivery. (Round 3 or 4)

13 DB Daymeion Hughes 5-10 192 California Great anticipation, hands, instincts. Speed question. (late-Round 1)

16 K Mason Crosby 6-1 214 Colorado Powerful, booming leg. Kicks in any conditions. Great range. (Round 2)

17 DB Marcus McCauley 6-1 200 Fresno State Has physical and athletic skills. Needs to produce more. (Round 2 or 3)

22 DB Josh Gattis 6-1 206 Wake Forest Playmaker, but looked stiff in Mobile. (Round 3 or 4)

23 RB Brian Leonard 6-1 224 Rutgers Jack-of-all-trades player. Runs, catches, blocks. (Round 2)

26 RB Tony Hunt 6-2 239 Penn State Gliding, patient runner. Good blocker. Not explosive. (Round 3 or 4)

28 DB Tanard Jackson 6-0 192 Syracuse Physical, tough, athletic. Average cover skills. (Round 2)

29 DB Leon Hall 5-11 193 Michigan Good all-around corner. Great anticipation, tackler. (mid-Round 1)

30 DB Aaron Rouse 6-4 218 Virginia Tech Big. Physical. Stiff in hips. Coverage question. (Round 3)

31 LB Paul Posluszny 6-1 237 Penn State Productive, smart, instinctive. Lumbers. Coverage question. (Round 3)

32 DB Eric Weddle 5-11 205 Utah Consummate playmaker. Versatile. Tough. Instinctive. (Round 3 or 4)

33 RB Kolby Smith 5-11 214 Louisville All-around RB. Not explosive, but runs, catches, blocks. (Round 5 or 6)

35 RB Thomas Clayton 5-10 220 Kansas State Under the radar. Flashes NFL ability. (mid-Day 2)

36 P Adam Podlesh 5-11 203 Maryland Big leg. Good hang time. Gets ball off quickly. (Round 3 or 4)

43 LB Boo McLee 6-0 239 West Virginia Good college player. Special-teams ability. (Day 2) 44

DE Jay Moore 6-5 275 Nebraska Good quickness. Explosive first step. Works hard. (Round 2 or 3)

45 LB David Harris 6-2 239 Michigan Productive. Great run defender. Questionable in coverage. (Round 3 or 4)

49 DE/LB Anthony Spencer 6-2 266 Purdue Great natural pass-rush ablility. (late-Round 1 to mid-Round 2)

50 OL Doug Datish 6-4 302 Ohio State Some versatility. On the ground too much. (early-Day 2)

51 LB H.B. Blades 5-11 237 Pittsburgh Good in college. Not super instinctive. Gets caught in traffic (Late rounder)

52 DL Brandon Mebane 6-1 304 California Hard worker. Strong. Good leverage. Pushes pocket. (Round 2 or 3)

53 LB Stewart Bradley 6-4 256 Nebraska Good overall player. Versatile OLB. Rarely out of position. (Round 3 or 4)

56 DE LaMarr Woodley 6-1 269 Michigan Relentless. Good rush instincts. (late-Round 1 to mid-Round 2)

61 S Nicholas Leeson 6-1 258 Virginia Tech Deep-snapping ability. (Free agent)

63 OL Manuel Ramirez 6-3 335 Texas Tech Wide body. Takes up space. Lacks quickness. (early- to mid-Day 2)

64 OL Samson Satele 6-2 294 Hawaii Excellent player. Versatile. Tough. Strong. Works hard. (Round 2)

67 OL Levi Brown 6-5 323 Penn State Has all the physical tools. Hard worker. Good intangibles. (mid-Round 1)

68 OL Ryan Harris 6-5 299 Notre Dame Good athlete. Lacked consistency, intensity. (Round 3 or 4)

72 OL James Marten 6-7 303 Boston College Works hard. Decent prospect. Needs to add weight. (early-Day 2)

73 OL Marshal Yanda 6-4 304 Iowa Guard or right tackle. Technically sound. Battles. (Round 3 or 4)

75 OL Josh Beekman 6-2 315 Boston College Versatile. Plays center or guard Tough. Solid and reliable. (Round 3)

76 OL Dan Mozes 6-2 300 West Virginia Good in college. Could be overpowered in NFL. (Late rounder)

80 WR Jason Hill 6-0 204 Washington State Good speed. Needs to improve consistency. (early-Day 2)

81 TE Ben Patrick 6-4 270 Delaware Very underrated. Athletic. Good hands. (Round 3 or 4)

87 TE Scott Chandler 6-7 268 Iowa Excellent pass catcher. Versatile. Questionable blocking ability. (Round 3)

90 DL Quinn Pitcock 6-2 301 Ohio State Limited athletically. Steady, tough, consistent. (Round 3)

91 DL Amobi Okoye 6-2 287 Louisville Awesome quickness, spin move. Enormous ability. (mid-Round 1)

92 DE Adam Carriker 6-6 292 Nebraska Versatile. Long arms. Big frame. Uses hands well. (mid-Round 1)

95 DE Victor Abiamiri 6-4 271 Notre Dame Solid, tough, reliable. Good technique. Not flashy. (Round 2)

97 DL David Patterson 6-2 274 Ohio State Productive. Rotation possibility in NFL. (early- to mid-Day 2)

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