View Full Version : Draft Countdown Senior Bowl pre-game news and notes

01-28-2012, 12:10 PM
The North was up first and we finally got a chance to see Coastal Carolina CB Josh Norman (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/CB/Josh-Norman.php) on the field. Unfortunately there was little or no opportunity for any type of evaluations so that will have to wait for the game. It was interesting that Norman went through the entire walk-through wearing sunglasses though. It may not have been the best idea for Norman, who some teams have red-flagged for character concerns, to come out looking like a bit of a hot shot but perhaps thatís just reading too much into it. Afterwards we spoke with Norman, who seemed a little concerned about going into the game without having practiced or seen the receivers run. With that said, Norman really canít lose. If the Chanticleer standout struggles he can always point to the lack of preparation. If Norman performs well he can say that he excelled despite not having practiced. I fully expect Norman to take some chances and the potential is there for some big plays, both for Norman and the South. At the end of the Northís time allotment as the players were leaving the field some of the defensive lineman began throwing the football around, most notably Alameda Taíamu (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/Alameda-Taamu.php) of Washington and Kendall Reyes (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/Kendall-Reyes.php) of Connecticut. The sight of 300 pounders, or in Taíamuís case a 341 pounder, doing their best wide receiver imitations never fails to be funny.

From what we could tell it appears as though the quarterback rotation will be Kirk Cousins (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/QB/Kirk-Cousins.php) of Michigan St. starting, followed by Russell Wilson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/QB/Russell-Wilson.php) of Wisconsin with Kellen Moore (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/QB/Kellen-Moore.php) of Boise St. coming in third. The rest of the starting lineup, from what we could tell, consisted of Doug Martin (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/RB/Doug-Martin.php) of Boise St. at running back, Bradie Ewing (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/FB/Bradie-Ewing.php) of Wisconsin at fullback, Gerell Robinson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/WR/Gerell-Robinson.php) of Arizona St. and DeVier Posey (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/WR/DeVier-Posey.php) of Ohio St. at wide receiver, Michael Egnew (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/TE/Michael-Egnew.php) of Missouri at tight end, Mike Adams (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/Mike-Adams.php) of Ohio St. and Mitchell Schwartz (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/Mitchell-Schwartz.php) of California at offensive tackle, Kevin Zeitler (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OG/Kevin-Zeitler.php) of Wisconsin and Johnnie Troutman (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OG/Johnnie-Troutman.php) of Penn St. at offensive guard, Michael Brewster (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/C/Michael-Brewster.php) of Ohio St. at center, Cam Johnson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DE/Cam-Johnson.php) of Virginia and Jack Crawford (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DE/Jack-Crawford.php) of Penn St. at defensive end, Billy Winn (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/Billy-Winn.php) of Boise St. and Mike Martin (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/Mike-Martin.php) of Michigan at defensive tackle, Audie Cole (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/ILB/Audie-Cole.php) of North Carolina St., Lavonte David (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OLB/Lavonte-David.php) of Nebraska and James Michael-Johnson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/ILB/James-Michael-Johnson.php) of Nevada at linebacker, Jamell Flemming (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/CB/Jamell-Fleming.php) of Oklahoma and Asa Jackson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/CB/Asa-Jackson.php) of Cal Poly at cornerback and Trenton Robinson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/S/Trent-Robinson.php) of Michigan St. and George Iloka (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/S/George-Iloka.php) of Boise St. at safety. Can't help but wonder if Joe Paterno's passing has anything to do with the Nittany Lions getting nods over more highly rated prospects.

It was more of the same as the South took the field, with very little of consequence to report. Afterwards I spoke with Joe Adams (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/WR/Joe-Adams.php) of Arkansas, who is expected to be one of if not the fastest prospect in this class. Adams said he has been running 4.2ís in training and hopes to run a 4.25 forty for scouts in pre-draft workouts. However, it wonít be in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine next month as Adams said he will probably wait for his pro day to show off that blazing speed. It looked like the South will be using a quarterback rotation of Brandon Weeden (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/QB/Brandon-Weeden.php) of Oklahoma St. followed by Nick Foles (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/QB/Nick-Foles.php) of Arizona and Ryan Lindley (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/QB/Ryan-Lindley.php) of San Diego St. From what we could tell the other starters will be Terrance Ganaway (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/RB/Terrance-Ganaway.php) of Baylor at running back, Alfred Morris (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/FB/Alfred-Morris.php) of Florida Atlantic at fullback, Joe Adams (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/WR/Joe-Adams.php) of Arkansas and Dwight Jones (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/WR/Dwight-Jones.php) of North Carolina at wide receiver, Deangelo Peterson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/TE/Deangelo-Peterson.php) of L.S.U. at tight end, Zebrie Sanders (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/Zebrie-Sanders.php) of Florida St. and Cordy Glenn (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OG/Cordy-Glenn.php) of Georgia at offensive tackle, Jeff Allen (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OT/Jeff-Allen.php) of Illinois and James Brown (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OG/James-Brown.php) of Troy at offensive guard, Ben Jones (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/C/Ben-Jones.php) of Georgia at center, Quinton Coples (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DE/Quinton-Coples.php) of North Carolina and Courtney Upshaw (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OLB/Courtney-Upshaw.php) of Alabama at defensive end, Brandon Thompson (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/Brandon-Thompson.php) of Clemson and Kheeston Randall (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/Kheeston-Randall.php) of Texas at defensive tackle, Zach Brown (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OLB/Zach-Brown.php) of North Carolina, Sean Spence (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/OLB/Sean-Spence.php) of Miami (FL) and Emmanuel Acho (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/ILB/Emmanuel-Acho.php) of Texas at linebacker, Janoris Jenkins (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/CB/Janoris-Jenkins.php) of North Alabama and Brandon Boykin (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/CB/Brandon-Boykin.php) of Georgia at cornerback and Markelle Martin (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/S/Markelle-Martin.php) of Oklahoma St. and Brandon Taylor (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/S/Brandon-Taylor.php) of L.S.U. at safety. Itís a pretty good sign that a roster is loaded with talent when a potential Top 20 overall pick like South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DE/Melvin-Ingram.php) canít even crack the starting lineup! Itís also worth mentioning that Vanderbilt CB Casey Hayward (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/CB/Casey-Hayward.php) had a wrap on his left leg and appeared to be limping a bit but was trying to stay involved in the action, although his availability for the game could be in question.

Next time the players take the field they will be warming up for the actual game. Hopefully you found some of the above notes interesting, but if not extra pictures were included in this report for good measure. Be sure to check back after the game for a look at who stood out, both positively and negatively, in the 2012 Senior Bowl.