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South OL: Jackson best in group

Mon, Feb 03, 2014

By Phil Savage

South OL

This group lost one player during the week when Tennessee’s Ju’Wuan James sprained a knee. Characterized by big-school experience, only North Dakota State’s Billy Turner arrived from a non-BCS program.

1. #60 Gabe Jackson/Mississippi State       OG   6033/339   33” Arm/9 7-8” Hand

Gabe has a classic OG build with long arms, big hands and girth in his lower body. A consensus All-SEC selection, he has the strength to secure the bottom of the pocket and the power to knock people off the ball in the run game. He is tough, has enough lateral athletic ability and the brute force to be a long-time starting guard in the NFL.

1-on-1 PASS PRO: Wins: 4     Losses: 0

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: After a redshirt season in 2009, Gabe started 52 consecutive games for the Bulldogs and was the inaugural winner of the Kent Hull Trophy, recognizing the state of Mississippi’s top lineman.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Starter (within first season)

2. #78 Morgan Moses/Virginia        OT   6061/325   34 3-4” Arm/9 3-4” Hand

Morgan primarily worked at LT during the practices and, with his background at RT, demonstrated that he is capable of playing either side in the NFL. He has ideal measurables with his height and arm length and showed more overall athletic skill than expected. He does just enough laterally in order to utilize his size and strength to engulf oncoming rushers. Considering that UVA did not play in a bowl game, Morgan had a nice showing in these late January practices and emerged as one of the big winners of the week.

1-on-1 PASS PRO: Wins: 6     Losses: 2

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Moved from RT to LT as a senior, he confronted two of his South teammates during the regular season, BYU’s Kyle Van Noy and Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Eventual Starter (within two seasons)

3. #52 Bryan Stork/Florida State    OC   6034/306   31” Arm/10 1-8” Hand

After finishing up his FSU career with a BCS national title, Bryan came to Mobile and continued to show the consistency in the pivot that has been his calling card over the past several seasons. A tenacious competitor, he combines enough size, strength and athletic ability to man the middle in a dependable fashion. He gets his hands on the inside of defenders and uses his short area quickness to stay square to the line-of-scrimmage. In addition, he manages the game up front with his calls/checks and has a good understanding of defenses. Bryan fought through a variety of physical ailments to complete the week and deserves big props for his toughness.

1-on-1 PASS PRO: Wins: 3     Losses: 1

SENIOR BOWL SCOOP: Bryan played TE at Vero Beach High School before redshirting at FSU and making the switch to offensive line. He ended his career with 40 total starts and was the Rimington Award winner for 2013.

NFL CAREER FORECAST: Potential Starter (within three seasons)

Best of the Rest:

#71 Joel Bitonio/Nevada      OT/OG   6040/307   33” Arm/9 7-8” Hand

Joel took reps at both left tackle and left guard during the practices. He has the size and dimensions of a pro guard with the athletic skills of a pro tackle. Needs to add strength for a move inside.

#67 Jon Halapio/Florida      OG   6034/320   32 3-4” Arm/10 1-4” Hand

Jon looked healthy for the first time all season and showed that he can be a “power” guard on the right-side. He can overcome some of his athletic stiffness with his physical style and brute strength.

#64 Travis Swanson/Arkansas       OC/OG   6050/310   32 7-8” Arm/10” Hand

Travis has two-position versatility as an OC and OG, but appears more comfortable in the pivot where he can use his height, length and football instincts to serve as the “cork-in-the-bottle” for the entire line.

Phil Savage 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.