Thu, May 02, 2013
By Phil Savage
Nine Senior Bowl prospects were chosen in the 2nd round, bringing the total to 19 of the top 64 picks.
|33.||JACKSONVILLE||Jonathan Cyprien||S||Florida International|
“Cyp” asked Senior Bowl officials at the Sun Belt Media Day back in July when his invite would be sent because he knew what kind of passion and production he brings to the table. After becoming the school’s all-time leading tackler with 339 total hits, he accepted his invite in December and responded with a big week in Mobile.
He received the Senior Bowl “Practice Award for Defensive Backs” for his work in the North secondary that included an aggressive demeanor in run support and more range than scouts anticipated from the middle-of-the-field. The Jaguars made him the first pick of the 2nd round and he is expected to step in and play right away on defense and special teams.
SENIOR BOWL BUMP
|60.||ATLANTA||Robert Alford||DC||SE Louisiana|
A parade of NFL scouts traveled to Hammond, LA last fall to see Robert and the Senior Bowl was amongst that group. After evaluating him in practice and on game video, it was apparent that he would have the athleticism and foot speed to compete with the bigger school prospects in Mobile.
From the first practice with the Detroit coaching staff, he showed that he is fast, physical and tough, and consistently competed all week. Because of his coverage ability in the 1-on-1’s, particularly with the strength of his hands and the lightness of his feet, Robert really convinced NFL types that he was a worthy consideration for the first two rounds.
The Falcons entered the draft with only one proven corner, so after trading up to select Washington’s Desmond Trufant at #22, they came back to the same position and tabbed Robert as their 2nd round choice. He will have a chance to compete in the Nickel as a rookie and should also be a factor on special teams in both coverage and as a kickoff returner.
|56.||BALTIMORE||Arthur Brown||LB||Kansas State|
With the retirement of Ray Lewis, the defection of Dannell Ellerbe to the Dolphins and the uncertainty surrounding Rolando McClain, the Ravens needed to find a starting inside linebacker in the draft and they did so with the selection of Arthur. He will seemingly slide out of “Wildcat Purple” and into “Raven Purple” with virtually no hang-ups. He fits the defensive profile that Baltimore always follows in finding players with speed, toughness and instincts. He will tackle inside the box, has sideline-to-sideline range and the coverage ability to stay on the field in passing situations. Plus, as a rookie, he will be asked to contribute as a “core” special teamer, so potentially he will “help” on all four downs in 2013.
|44. CAROLINA||Kawann Short||DT||Purdue|
NFL teams can probably never have enough quality defensive linemen and the Panthers received two “gifts” when their time came to pick in both the 1st and 2nd rounds. Christmas came early when DT Star Lotulelei of Utah slipped down the board and into the awaiting arms of new GM Dave Gettleman (formerly of the NY Giants).
Then, as the 44th pick approached, another valuable defensive lineman was available in the person of KK Short. This sizable athlete has all the tools to be successful in either the 4-3 or 3-4 and has the potential to rush the passer as well. In Mobile, he garnered “Most Outstanding Player” honors for the North team by controlling the interior part of the line-of-scrimmage when he was in the game. He has punch in his hands and explosiveness in his hips, so again, the Panthers get a very talented prospect that should fit into their DL rotation as a rookie this year.
|53. CINCINNATI||Margus Hunt||DE||SMU|
The “Eastern Block” might have been the most intriguing draft-eligible prospect across the entire NFL because Margus is truly one of the most unusual athletes on the planet. At 6080/277 and running 4.60, everyone wants to see if those physical attributes can be converted to football production on game day.
He will be added to a very balanced, under-rated front line in Cincinnati, where he likely will get reps as a DE and Sub DT. This World Junior gold medalist in the shot put and discus (2006) appears to pass rush best from the edge when there is distance between himself and the blocker, however, with his height and length on the inside, he can be a factor there, too. And, he certainly will impact special teams for the Bengals as his resume includes 17 blocked kicks.
REMAINING SECOND ROUNDERS:
|52. Jamie Collins||Southern Miss||OLB||NEW ENGLAND|
Jamie joins recent Senior Bowl Hall of Fame inductee, John Abraham/South Carolina in 2000, as one of only a handful of highly-rated prospects selected from a winless program. If coach Bill Belichick and company can maximize the talent that drips from his body, the Patriots will have a long-term OLB starter.
|54.||Jamar Taylor||Boise State||DC||MIAMI|
This potential starter had an excellent week of practices at the Senior Bowl, showing his ability to read routes, break on the football and defend the deep part of the field. As a rookie, he should see significant time in the Miami Sub packages.
|55.||Vance McDonald||Rice||TE||SAN FRANCISCO|
Great pick by San Francisco, Vance is a big athlete with body control, hands and the willingness to improve as a blocker. He could be a real key to the 49ers diversifying their two-TE formations and creating more opportunities for All-Pro Vernon Davis.
This former basketball player has an elongated build, a large catching radius and natural hands. He has the height and body control to present matchup problems on the outside, especially in the red zone.
|Phil Savage is the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. He worked 20 years in the NFL as a coach, scout and executive, including two years as the Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Ravens and four years as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.|