It was a great week for most of the defensive players at the Senior Bowl, but there were a few that struggled and dropped their draft stock in the process.
Stock Down – Defense:
DE/OLB Michael Sam – Missouri: Struggled so much in OLB drills that I doubt any team thinks he can play the position at the next level. Pass-rushing was Sam’s strength at Missouri (11.5 sacks) but he didn’t look that great in pass rushing drills either. I think Sam dropped at least a round and I would be surprised to hear his name called before the 3rd.
DE/OLB Trent Murphy – Stanford: It’s not that Murphy was bad, it’s just that he didn’t stand out at all at either OLB or DE. Murphy looked stiff at OLB and had trouble beating blocks in 1-1 drills as a DE. Murphy is just one of those guys who will always be better in the game than at practice. Either way, last week didn’t help his draft stock any.
CB Chris Davis – Auburn: He intercepted a pass in the game, but that was too little too late as far as I’m concerned. Davis got roasted on a double move early in the game, but luckily Tahj Boyd’s deep ball was nowhere near the receiver. Davis had a rough week in practice and I didn’t see enough during the game to change my opinion that his stock dropped a little this week.
DT Daniel McCullers – Tennessee: Massive (6’8, 351) but wasn’t productive in practice or the game. His size will get him drafted, but he didn’t look like anything other than a space eater. I saw no penetration all week and it was easier to move him off the ball than it should have been considering his size. McCullers looks to me like the kind of guy who should be awesome, but will always disappoint.
OLB Adrian Hubbard – Alabama: Classic tweener. He’s too slow for OLB and not strong enough for DE.
CB Aaron Colvin – Oklahoma: This has nothing to do with Colvin’s skill; He looked like the best CB on the field the first two days of practice, but he tore his ACL and it’s unknown when he will be healthy enough to play again. Colvin went from a probable 2nd rounder to a day 3 pick at best.
DT Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota: He’s still a lock for the 1st round so I questioned whether to even put him on this list, but when you dominate the last few days of practice and then disappear during the game… that’s at least a yellow flag in my opinion. I watched the whole game and only remember seeing Hageman close to the ball once.
DE Kareem Martin – North Carolina: Was handled fairly easily in 1-1 pass rushing drills. Martin has good size and agility, but didn’t show any explosion off the line or any NFL-caliber pass rushing moves.
CB Lavell Westbrooks – Georgia Southern: Was aggressive in pass coverage drills, but got burned repeatedly every time I watched him. He needs quite a bit of work before he can cover NFL wide receivers.
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