2011 Senior Bowl Rosters: Quick Info on Every Player

John LorgeSenior Writer IJanuary 28, 2011

The 2011 Senior Bowl is this Saturday, January 29. For many NFL coaches and scouts what happens during practice week is more important than the actual game.

For many though, the game is still important. It will give us a chance to see how QBs perform in uncomfortable situations, and how many of the draft's top offensive linemen do against a talented front-four.

To get you up to speed for the game, here are some quick notes for every player from the week,


North Roster


Colin Kaepernick, Nevada - Throws a great ball. Project with starter potential.

Jake Locker, Washington - Hasn't looked like a first rounder this week, needs to sit and learn for a few years.

Ricky Stanzi, Iowa - Won't be a high pick but he looks polished enough to start as a rookie if an injury occurs.

Running Backs

Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska - Solid RB, but hasn't flashed anything great.

Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State - His size is being thought of as more of a positive than negative, now you see him now you don't.

Owen Marecic, Stanford - Mr. Everything has looked like a starting fullback. Aggressive & technical blocker can catch passes too.

DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma - Straight-line speed is looking good. Limited jukes but size & receiving ability are liked.

Da'Rel Scott, Maryland - Was lost in the mix amongst the Big 12 backs this week.


Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin - Not as big or talented as hoped, there is only room for so many H-back types.

Mike McNeill, Nebraska - Same as Kendricks but might be able to play traditional fullback because of blocking.

Lee Smith, Marshall - Old school tight end. Has the size and talent to go from late pick to starter as a rookie like Kevin Boss.

Vincent Brown, San Diego State - Nobody helped their stock more this week, his stock is up multiple rounds.

Dwayne Harris, East Carolina - Was able to flash his talents this week, but a few nice grabs don't make up for drops.

Niles Paul, Nebraska - Good to see away from Nebraska's run-first offense. Still needs polish but a very willing prospect.

Austin Pettis, Boise State - Big body, eats smaller corners and zones, but struggles with size in his face.

Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State - Sure hands and toughness make him a solid addition to any team.

Titus Young, Boise State - A killer in space. Mike Mayock loves the kid and he has been one of the two best WRs in Mobile.

Offensive Line

James Brewer, Indiana - Has been beat too many times this week at RT. Might have a shot in the NFL at guard, might.

Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin - Isn't as pretty as the other tackles, but a better run blocker and gets it done in pass pro.  My top tackle.

Anthony Castonzo, Boston College - Appears to have locked himself in the first round. Could be more physical.

Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock - Really needed this week to show scouts he can play against NFL caliber talent. Success.

Kevin Kowalski, Toledo - Was over-matched this week, needs time to adjust to the pace of the game.

John Moffitt, Wisconsin - As blue collar as they come. Can play G or C in the NFL for many years.

Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh - Didn't get much love this week, but wasn't hated on either.

Stephen Schilling, Michigan - Has had his ups and downs in one-on-ones. Decent pass blocker, best when pulling down the line.

Nate Solder, Colorado - Complete package, has positioned himself to be the top tackle off the board.

Defensive Line

Pierre Allen, Nebraska - Freakish length has him labeled as a "tweener" or "project".

Christian Ballard, Iowa - Has had flashes this week. Looks like a third down pass rusher as a 4-3 DT or 3-4 end.

Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma - Sack master in college, doesn't look like he will be that in the NFL.

Sione Fua, Stanford - Potential nose, can stuff the run at the next level.

Cameron Jordan, California - Hands like a ninja. Top defensive prospect on the North squad.

Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue - Doesn't win every matchup but never gives up. Looks first round but not top 15.

Terrell McClain, South Florida - Showed enough potential in Shrine Game to earn injury replacement. Stats are questionable.

Ian Williams, Notre Dame - Run clogger has shown some quickness but overall his ceiling is low.


Mason Foster, Washington - Has been turning scouts into fans this week. Can do a bit of everything from the LB position.

Mark Herzlich, Boston College - Pysical & technical. Aggressive & heady. Has potential to crack the first round but needs a good combine.

Ross Homan, Ohio State - Hasn't done anything to wow this week, but the buckeyes on his helmet should get him picked.

Greg Jones, Michigan State - Shorter than expected and hasn't stood out against the run or pass all week.

Casey Matthews, Oregon - Flies around the field and knows the game. Not his brother but not bad.

Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut - Good in the box, has a feel for the pass game but can lose track of what's behind him.

Defensive Backs

Jalil Brown, Colorado - Good size and skills. Pretty smooth.

Kendric Burney, North Carolina - Physical, in-your-face corner. 5'9" flat hurts though.

Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech - Could have made more plays this week, but scouts have plenty of game tape on him.

Quinton Carter, Oklahoma - Very average safety prospect, could have used this week to stand out amongst the crowd but didn't.

Eric Hagg, Nebraska - Much better in the scheme of things than when isolated.

Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple - Was a little out of place in close coverage situations, but looked very natural when back at safety.

Joe Lefeged, Rutgers - Nobody talked about him all week. Not a good thing.

Da'Norris Searcy, North Carolina - Over-shadowed by teammate Burney.

Richard Sherman, Stanford - Has safety size and might have to switch from corner because he struggles with quickness.

Special Teams

Kai Forbath, UCLA - Doesn't look like he has the leg to make a roster.

Alex Henery, Nebraska - Needs to refine his craft but has a big leg. Can kick too.

Christian Yount, UCLA - Can really snap it.

South Roster


Andy Dalton, TCU - Has earned a lot of respect this week. Never backs down from competition.

Greg McElroy, Alabama - Doesn't impress anyone by walking through the door, but they will be impressed by the time he leaves.

Christian Ponder, Florida State - Bounced back from bowl game flop and helped his stock some. Says he's healthy.

Running Backs

Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech - Hard, downfield runner. Gimmick offense has raised questions about true speed.

Charles Clay, Tulsa - Enticing prospect. Can lineup at several positions because of his skills and size.

Noel Devine, West Virginia - Didn't generate the buzz that Dexter McCluster did last year, similar skills though.

Derrick Locke, Kentucky - Injury prone back is clearly talented.

Bilal Powell, Louisville - Maybe the most underrated back in the game.


Preston Dial, Alabama - Should make a team as a special teamer. Lots of heart.

Luke Stocker, Tennessee - Needs more of that killer instinct. Looks like a number two tight end.

D.J. Williams, Arkansas - More of an H-back, doesn't run like Dustin Keller though.

Leonard Hankerson, Miami - Lived up to the U on his helmet. Plays bigger than he measured and has a pair of hands on him.

Ronald Johnson, USC - Quick-twitch athlete but not a real burner. Hands are so-so.

Jeremy Kerley, TCU - Doesn't wow you with his physicals but overall a talented receiver who can return kicks too.

Greg Salas, Hawaii - Plays well in space but had an inconsistent week.

Jock Sanders, West Virginia - Late addition. Good screen and hand-off guy. Needs to display speed.

Courtney Smith, South Alabama - Impressed scouts at weigh-ins, but didn't do enough on the field.

Offensive Line

Clint Boling, Georgia - Will get a shot at RT but looks like a G, not in a bad way, should be an instant starter.

James Carpenter, Alabama - Good size but not huge. Was able to win some battles at LT against elite competition.

Marcus Gilbert, Florida - UF offensive linemen don't get a ton of love but Gilbert has looked like an NFL RT this week.

Rodney Hudson, Florida State - Odd body has changed the mind of many scouts. This kid can flat-out play.

Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU - Helped his stock this week. Looks like a solid mid-to-late round prospect.

DeMarcus Love, Arkansas - Hasn't had the week he had hoped. Really struggles against talented rushers whether they are fast or physical.

Kristofer O'Dowd, USC - Looks stiff at times but has desired size and experience of a mid to late round pick.

Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State - Very long and good athlete. Might crack first round but looks like he would be better off not starting right away.

Danny Watkins, Baylor - He's already 26 but has been handling the young bucks all week. Very physical.

Lee Ziemba, Auburn - All-American because he's a gamer. Plays too high though.

Defensive Line

Sam Acho, Texas - Some thought he would challenge for the first round but looks like he will finish in the third or fourth after Mobile.

Allen Bailey, Miami - Third round talent in a first round body. Entered the season with a high grade but nobody is fooled anymore.

Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson - Lanky prospect who can move around on the defensive line.

Pernell McPhee, Mississippi State - Can stand-up or put his hand in the ground, plenty of upside.

Chris Neild, West Virginia - Pitbull doesn't seem like he has the size or quicks to be a factor in the NFL.

Brooks Reed, Arizona - Gives great effort which is the most important thing for a defensive lineman.

Phil Taylor, Baylor - Big man didn't come in fat. Looks quick enough to do more than just plug gaps.

Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas - Showed he can hang with the competition but still has a lot of growing to do.


Josh Bynes, Auburn - Avoided looking hung-over from Championship.

Nate Irving, NC State - Lacks explosion. Didn't make a name for himself in Mobile.

Colin McCarthy, Miami - Not a high profile Miami backer but he plays as you would expect coming out of the U.

Von Miller, Texas A&M - Rare linebacker prospect. Plays the game at a different speed.

Kelvin Sheppard, LSU - Love his size. This linebacker likes to mix it up.

Chris White, Mississippi State - Didn't shine this week, good size should get him a look though.

K.J. Wright, Mississippi State - Kind of a tweener but can he actually play OLB in either scheme?

Defensive Backs

Ahmad Black, Florida - Isn't the biggest nor fastest which hurts his stock. Real playmaker though.

Curtis Brown, Texas - Wasn't exposed this week, has yet to show he's a ball-hawk though.

Zac Etheridge, Auburn - Doesn't look the part. Title will help his cause.

Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson - Liked the player I saw in his bowl more than the one I saw SR Bowl week.

DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson - Needs to develop in coverage but has no trouble against the run.

Johnny Patrick, Louisville - Getting work in front of 32 teams should land him on one.

Dyke, DeMarcus Van Miami - Rail-thin corner will scare some off but he can cover.

Shareece Wright, USC - Maybe the best corner on the South roster.

Special Teams

Danny Aiken, Virginia - Can really snap it.

Josh Jasper, LSU - Will compete for a roster spot but isn't overwhelming.

Chas Henry, Florida - Really good feel for the ball and gets it off quick.


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