The top three prospects here
this week, linebackers Dan Connor (Penn State) and Keith Rivers (Southern California)
and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (Southern California) and all performed up
to expectations. Others stepped up their games as well, while some just stepped
on their own feet.
The top three "Risers" and "Fallers" following the Senior
--TE Brad Cottam, Tennessee: His comeback from injury is almost as complete
as his game. If he would have been healthy this year, he would be a large, 6-7
1/2 blip on the draft radar earlier in the year. Looks like he has regained
his speed and maintained his blocking strength. He could end up a top 75 selection.
--RB Justin Forsett, California: He'll always be small in stature, but doesn't
run that way as he's a nice balance of quickness and toughness. His huge hands
(10.5") were a nice surprise; he showed he could use them as a receiving
threat out of the backfield this week.
--North Quarterbacks: Chad Henne (Michigan) fought to get to the No. 3 quarterback
position in the draft. A big game on Saturday, added to the bowl game against
Florida and this week of practices, puts him in the running for an early second-round
selection. Delaware's Joe Flacco showed everyone he belonged, in terms of size,
arm strength and accuracy. John David Booty (Southern California) won't get
the hype that Henne or Flacco will, but he made most every throw and most every
decision look effortless. He could easily outshine Henne and Flacco in Saturday's
contest because a major question for both is their poise under pressure.
--WR Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State: Dropped several passes during the week
and has never really been a burner. Flashed his potential as a big-bodied target
at times, but did nothing to stake his claim as a top 50 pick.
--LB Beau Bell, UNLV: Even before his injury, Bell looked very stiff and unable
to change directions. It's tough for teams to use a top 100 selection on a straight-ahead
linebacker with minimal lower body strength.
--South Quarterbacks: All three quarterbacks for the South team struggled this
week. And even though the practice time with their receivers is limited, the
North quarterbacks appeared to have considerably fewer troubles. Erik Ainge
(Tennessee) threw many ducks if the pass traveled more than 10 yards. Colt Brennan
(Hawaii) looked like a rail, got the ball out late and did not live up to his
"ultra-accurate" reputation. Andre Woodson's long delivery makes teams
wonder if NFL corners will be able to jump his routes too often.