Mon, May 13, 2013
By Phil Savage
Eleven Senior Bowlers were selected in the final round bringing the total to 94 picks for the 2013 game.
The Lions’ staff became familiar with Michael at the Senior Bowl when they coached the South squad. He played in 54 career games for the Crimson Tide, the most in school history, and helped Alabama win three BCS titles in the past four years. He has a huge frame with long arms and fits the profile of a Y to be used as an end-of-line pass protector and point-of-attack blocker. Less explosive than position oriented, he relies on his length to engage and stay connected in the run game. As a receiver, he has capable hands, but his route tree is fairly limited due to his lack of speed, although he did catch a 20-yard TD in the Senior Bowl game itself. He will be expected to “roster” and potentially free up Brandon Pettigrew to do more things as an extended receiver.
SENIOR BOWL BUMP
||CLEVELAND||Garrett Gilkey||OG||Chadron State
Representing the smallest school in the Senior Bowl, Garrett shifted inside from his familiar left tackle position and flashed the size and physical strength to perform down in there. Tends to drop his head and bend at the waist, because of stiffness in his hips, yet has enough foot agility to laterally slide in a short area. Will have to fight his way on to the 53-man roster from the practice squad where he can develop further and become more accustomed to the quickness of the interior linemen he will face in 2014.
|218.||PHILADELPHIA||Jordan Poyer||CB||Oregon State|
Slated to be drafted in the 3rd or 4th rounds, the Eagles get a prospect in the 7th that can help them turn it around this year. Jordan has slot cover ability and can return punts, so he has a potential role on 3rd and 4th downs, if he can beat out Brandon Boykin and others to the 53-man roster. He plays with instincts and relies on his agility to mirror and press slot receivers, with the major knock on him being all out speed downfield (4.54). Again, shocking that he lasted this long in the draft, he could end up being the “steal” of the 7th round.
Another cornerback that slipped in the draft due to speed concerns, Marc found himself getting selected by the Super Bowl champions. He had a very secure week at the Senior Bowl in both zone and man-to-man because of his vision, hands and feet. He has good balance and strength in press, a feel for routes downfield and an understanding of maintaining leverage in coverage. Although there are some other names in front of him on the preseason depth chart, Marc will get a chance to make his “mark” during training camp and, if he can prove that his speed will not be a detriment, could result in becoming a backup as a rookie.
|234.||DENVER||Zac Dysert||QB||MIAMI (OH)|
During the fall season, numerous NFL teams sent scouts into Oxford, OH, and many of them came away impressed with Zac’s overall skill set and ability to make a play. At the Senior Bowl, he never seemed totally comfortable in the pocket in making the “paint-by-number” reads. Although, he definitely needs to improve his pocket proficiency, his ad-lib/spontaneous brand of football can be exciting to see and warrants the Broncos’ attention in terms of developing him behind the scenes (and, it won’t hurt to spend his rookie season in the same meeting room with Peyton Manning). Appeared that he would be a 3rd or 4th round pick early in the process, as a 7th round selection, time and organizational patience are on his side now.
REMAINING SEVENTH ROUND SELECTIONS:
|215.||Tommy Bohanon||Wake Forest||FB||NY JETS|
|Classic fullback with receiving skills, should fit Marty Mornhinweg’s new offense in New York.|
|After registering 7.5 sacks in 2011, total went down as a senior to 4.5, so the Pats are betting on what they saw his junior year|
|229.||Everett Dawkins||Florida State||DT||VIKINGS|
|Has the kind of upfield quickness needed to be a rotational DT in the Minnesota 4-3 system. He joins two other Seminoles on the depth chart (Letroy Guion and Anthony McCloud).|
|231.||Ty Powell||Harding University||DE||SEAHAWKS|
|Seattle has a ton of depth across their defensive front, so Ty’s experience at linebacker during Senior Bowl week should serve him well as he makes a full-time transition to the position.|
|Represented himself well in Mobile, Steve has the capabilities to call signals and really hustles to the football.|
|238.||Aaron Mellette||Elon University||WR||RAVENS|
|Small school record-setter (304 receptions/44 touchdowns) will have to prove his worth on special teams to compete for the 5th wide receiver spot in 2013.|
|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.|