Wed, May 08, 2013
By Phil Savage
Twelve more Senior Bowlers were selected in the 6th round, bringing the total number to 83 for the entire draft.
Nick played for the Raiders’ coaching staff in Mobile where he displayed his potential to block on the end-of-the-line and his upside as a big, athletic receiver down the field. Essentially, only a one-year player at the position, at 6057/269, he ran 4.71 at the Combine. He will need to contribute on special teams as he continues the transition to TE, however, he has the overall ability to become a factor in the future.
SENIOR BOWL BUMP
|206.||PITTSBURGH||Vince Wiliams||LB||Florida State|
Recommended by head coach Jimbo Fisher as a late addition to the South roster, Vince stood out during the week because of his enthusiasm and nose for the football. When he was not invited to the Combine, he showed up at the FSU Pro Day and turned some heads with his overall workout. With the unclear injury status of Sean Spence, he will be expected to contribute as a backup and help on special teams right away as a rookie.
|177.||BUFFALO||Dustin Hopkins||PK||Florida State|
Expected to be the long-term answer for the Bills, Dustin is a tall, rangy placekicker who made 88-of-112 career FG’s for the Seminoles. With his apparent leg strength, he will also handle kickoffs. If he can have a positive pre-season training camp, Buffalo will likely move on from 13-year veteran Rian Lindell who has had a nice NFL career.
The Redskins attacked the safety position in the 2013 draft with the selection of Phillip Thomas/Fresno State in the 4th round and Bacarri here in the 6th. Both will compete for play-time as rookies and will be expected to contribute on special teams immediately. After being suspended for the first four games of 2012, Rambo responded with 73 total tackles, 3 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions in the final ten games of the season. He is a one-speed athlete with instincts and ball awareness and the skills to ultimately become an NFL starter.
NFL teams struggled to reconcile Cornelius’ 2012 game tapes with his performance at the Senior Bowl and Combine. He only registered a-half sack all year, then displayed burst off the edge, explosive hands and a relentless pursuit to the QB. At the Combine, he measured 6040/265 and ran 4.55, so the Bears will give him a shot as a 4-3 DE and everyone will be watching to see if the production can match his physical gifts.
REMAINING SIXTH ROUND SELECTIONS:
|174.||Ryan Swope||Texas A&M||WR||CARDINALS|
|Tested off the charts at the Combine when he ran 4.34 and jumped 37” and 10’5” in the vertical and broad. Fell to 6thround due to concussion concerns, he will need to help on special teams to insure dressing on Sunday’s in 2013.|
|176.||David Quessenberry||San Jose State||OT||TEXANS|
|Showed outstanding versatility at Senior Bowl, his niche as a rookie will be providing depth at OT, OG and OC.|
|Joins fellow alum, Jonathan Stewart, in a fairly crowded Carolina backfield, however, with his pass receiving skills and kickoff return ability, he can definitely provide a spark as a rookie.|
|Mychal had a very consistent week in Mobile and parlayed his performance into becoming a 6th round pick for Oakland. He will need to show more blocking ability as a fullback/H to insure his place on the roster as a rookie.|
|If Andre can stay healthy and avoid the knick-knack injuries that bothered him at Clemson and the Senior Bowl, he certainly brings a nice combination of skills to the table.|
|One of the classiest prospects in the entire draft, Mike will rely on his overall ability on the field and his intangibles off the field to make an impression in Tampa.|
|Caught 90 passes as a senior, but will have to prove his worth on special teams to dent Cincinnati’s depth chart.|
|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.|