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ALL STAR GAME OBSERVATIONS
by Jay Goldberg

SENIOR BOWL PLAYERS THAT POPPED (includes practice)

Eric
Ainge
Tenneessee QB Ainge did not look very good during practice (but none of the South quarterbacks looked good), but had the best game of all quarterbacks.  He was very efficient completing short passes and moving his team.  He led a clutch drive at the end of the game (helped by some terrific catches) for the last second win.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 325 519 3522 62.6% 6.80 NA 31 10 NA 135.48

 

Chad
Henne
Michigan QB Henne had a nice week of practice showing he could make all the the throws and increasing his stock tremendously in the draft.  In the game he started slowly and did not show his "stuff" until his last rotation on the field.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 162 278 1938 58.3% 7.00 NA 17 9 NA 130.54

 

Joe
Flacco
Delaware QB Wow!  That's all I can say.  He looked great in practice.  He has a rifle of an arm and gets rid of the ball quickly.  Flacco clearly has the best upside of all the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl.  In the game his opportunities to showcase his arm were minimal, but he showed his stuff on a drive in the second quarter.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 331 521 4263 63.5% 8.20 84 23 5 NA 144.90

 

John David
Booty
USC QB Booty had a good week of practice.  He  showed very good accuracy.  He had an uneven Senior Bowl Game, having some good moments and some bad moments.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 214 339 2351 63.1% 6.90 NA 23 10 NA 137.87

 

Matt
Forte
Tulane RB Forte had a great game.  He showed he could get tough yards up the middle, has a good burst, can catch, and can get yards after the catch.  He had very few plays where he was stopped for short gains.  He did it all and has the look of a top NFL starting running back.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 361 2127 5.9 NA 23 32 282 8.8 NA 0 NA NA

 

Tashard
Choice
Georgia Tech RB Choice is one tough son of a gun.  On one play he stiffed armed Dizon and knocked Porter into next week.  Choice had some very good runs and some so-so runs.  All in all, he looked good.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 261 1379 5.3 NA 10 14 107 7.6 NA 0 NA NA

 

Chauncey
Washington
USC RB Washington looked very good in the game.  He showed strength, nifty feet, and the ability to pick up yards after getting hit.  In practices he showed he could ctach.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 165 969 5.0 NA 10 7 59 8.4 NA 2 NA NA

 

Dantrell
Savage
Oklahoma State RB The play that impressed me the most by Savage in the game was his block on Thompson to allow his quarterback to complete a pass.  He also showed elusiveness and was able to run up the middle despite his size.  A tough kid who has a future as a third down back.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 223 1272 5.7 NA 9 27 259 9.6 NA 2 NA NA

 

Justin
Forsett
California RB Forsett had a steady game, showing he can run inside despite his size.  During practices he showed excellent receiving ability.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 305 1546 5.1 NA 15 22 202 9.2 NA 0 NA NA

 

Yvensen
Bernard
California RB Bernard, a late addition, stepped up and held his own against the better competition.  He started slowly, but ran better as the game progressed.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 275 1214 4.4 54 13 36 179 5.0 21 1 0 0

 

Peyton
Hillis
Arkansas FB Hillis looked very good in the game.  He is tough and showed he can run strong up the middle and can cut in the hole to get extra yards.  At Arkansas, he was an excellent receiver.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 62 347 5.6 NA 2 49 537 11.0 NA 5 NA NA

 

Donnie
Avery
Houston WR Avery kept getting open deep and catching the ball in practice.  He also made some great catches.  In the game he made some nice catches including one excellent catch on the final drive.  Most impressive to me, however, was a curl route and catch showing he can do more than just run deep.  Avery is a very good prospect.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 91 1456 16.0 NA 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Andre
Caldwell
Florida WR Caldwell couldn't be covered deep in practice.  He blew by everyone and showed reliable hands.  In the game he made the key catch on a fourth down on the game winning drive, and it was a great catch, and scored the winning touchdown on an end around.  He is a solid NFL prospect. 
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 56 761 13.6 NA 7 12 58 4.8 1 0 NA NA

 

Harry
Douglas
Louisville WR Douglas caught the ball well in practice and showed excellent cutting ability and moves.  The game duplicated his practice.  He caught the ball well, showed good moves and cutting ability to get open and showed excellent YAC.  He will be a difficult slot receiver to handle in the NFL.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 71 1159 16.3 NA 7 5 11 2.2 0 0 NA NA

 

Dexter
Jackson
Appalachian St WR Jackson was a late add to the game and made an immediate impression in practice with a couple of excellent catches and showing tremendous speed.  In the game he was limited to kick returns.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 30 688 22.9 68 8 5 74 14.8 24 1 NA NA

 

Lavelle
Hawkins
California WR By far the most impressive player in practice and backed it up with an excellent game.  Hawkins made great catch after great catch.  He did not show great long speed, but he got open, caught everything, and was a highlight reel of superb catches.  In the game he had an excellent kick return, made a great adjustment on a tough touchdown catch, and caught some other balls including a terrific catch in the fourth quarter.  I like this kid, a lot.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 72 858 11.9 NA 6 7 60 8.6 NA 0 NA NA

 

Eddie
Royal
Virginia Tech WR Royal had a nice week of practice, showing good moves, but then had a very quiet game.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 33 496 15.0 NA 4 8 112 14.0 NA 0 NA NA

 

Jordy
Nelson
Kansas State WR Nelson looked good in practice.  He looked more quick than fast, and had nice change of direction skills.  He also caught the ball very well.  In the game he didn't have many chances to impress.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 122 1606 13.2 NA 11 3 -7 -2.3 NA 0 NA NA

 

Marcus
Smith
New Mexico WR Smith was good in practice showing mostly reliable hands.  He is mentioned here because in addition to a catch and drop in the game he had two special teams tackles so he could be a good development receiver who can help on special teams while he learns.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 91 1125 12.4 NA 4 10 31 3.1 NA 1 NA NA

 

Adarius
Bowman
Oklahoma State WR Bowman started practice dropping balls but got better as the week wore on.  He had a number of catches in the game and got robbed of a touchdown.  The announcers got on him for not catching the ball cleanly on that play, but that was unwarranted.  It came from watching drops early in practices.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 67 1006 15.0 NA 8 3 9 3.0 NA 0 NA NA

 

Brad
Cottam
Tennessee TE Cottam is a tall kid with good hands.  He caught the ball well in practice and had a touchdown catch in the game.  Is one of the best tight end prospects.  He only played 5 games his senior year.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 5 125 25.0 NA 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 NA NA

 

Fred
Davis
USC TE Davis looked good catching the ball in practice, as expected.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 62 881 14.2 NA 8 0 0 0.0 0 0 NA NA

 

Martin
Rucker
Missouri TE Rucker didn't pop during practices, but had a nice game.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 84 834 9.9 NA 8 14 50 3.6 0 0 NA NA

OFFENSIVE LINE ONE-ON-ONE SCORECARDS
from televised days 1 thru 3 as scored by Jay Goldberg

Oniel
Cousins
UTEP OT
vs Robertson 1-3
vs Gilberry 3-0

 

Cody
Wallace
TEXS A&M OT
vs Fluellen 1-0
vs Rubin 0-2
vs Moore 0-2

 

Robert
Felton
Arkansas OG
vs Rubin 0-2

 

Kory
Lichtensteiger
Bowling Green C
vs Fluellen 1-1
vs Bryant 1-1
vs Moore 0-1

 

Barry
Richardson
Clemson C
vs Thompson 0-2
vs Brown 0-1
vs Robertson 0-1
vs Langford 1-0

 

Steven
Justice
Wake Forest C
vs Rubin 0-1
vs Gilberry 1-0

 

Michael
McGlynn
Pittsburgh OT
vs Fluellen 0-1
vs Moore 0-1

 

Chris
Williams
Vanderbilt OT
vs Thompson 1-0
vs Brown 1-0
vs Gilberry 2-0
vs Langford 0-1

 

Heath
Benedict
Newberry OT
vs Harrison 0-1
vs Rubin 0-1

 

Mike
Pollak
Arizona State C
vs Ellis 2-2

 

Roy
Schuening
Oregon State OG
vs Ellis 1-2
vs Laws 2-0
vs Pressley 1-0

 

Gosder
Cherilus
Boston College OT
vs Ellis 0-1
vs Davis 1-1
vs Jackson 4-1

 

Carl
Nicks
Nebraska OT
vs Avril 1-1
vs Ellis 1-0

 

John
Sullivan
Notre Dame C
vs Laws 0-0-1
vs Ellis 1-4

 

Chad
Rinehart
Norther Iowa OT
vs Pressley 2-3

 

Kirk
Barton
Ohio State OT
vs Jones 4-1

 

Sam
Baker
USC OT
vs Avril 2-1
vs Ellis 1-0

 

Andrew
Radovich
USC OG
vs Laws 1-2
vs Balmer 0-2

 

Sedrick
Ellis
USC DT Ellis was a load to block during the one-on-one drills.  He also rushed the passer well in 11 on 11 drills.  He continued the week with a solid game registering a sack and putting pressure on the quarterbacks all day.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 58 8.5 1 12.5 0 7

 

Trevor
Laws
Notre Dame DT Laws looked solid in the one-on-one drills, but looked unstoppable at times in the 11 on 11 drills.  He was all over the field making tackles and stuffing the run.  He followed up an excellent week of practice with a very good game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 112 4 7 8 0 5

 

Athyba
Rubin
Iowa State DT Rubin won every one-on-one I watched.  He also had some good moments on the 11 on 11 drills and in the Senior Bowl Game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 42 1.5 0 4 0 1

 

Dre
Moore
Maryland DT Moore performed very well in one-on-one drills.  In the game, he had some good run stuffs but also got juked badly by running back Savage on one play.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 62 6 1 8.5 0 1

 

Red
Bryant
Texas A&M DT Bryant was okay during practice, but made a couple of nice plays against the run in the Senior Bowl Game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 62 6 1 8.5 0 1

 

Darell
Robertson
Georgia Tech DE Robertson looked good in the one-on-one drills winning 4 of the 5 matches I saw.  I also saw a sack in the 11 on 11 drills.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 36 6.5 2 16 0 0

 

Kendall
Langford
Hampton DE Langford went virtually unnoticed by me during practice, but played a very nice game.  He hustled and made a couple of nice stops against the run.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 72 6 12 13.5 0 0

 

Cliff
Avril
Purdue DE
OLB
Avril split his one-on-one drills (that I saw) and had a couple of very nice plays against the run in the game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 40 6.5 1 15 0 3

 

Jordan
Dizon
Colorado OLB
ILB
Dizon is known as a sure tackler and he was all over the field making tackles during the game.  However, he also had a couple of missed tackles.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 162 4 4 11 2 3

 

Keith
Rivers
USC OLB Rivers looked like the best linebacker on the field during drills.  He followed that up with a solid Senior Bowl Game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 78 0 1 5 0 4

 

Dan
Connor
Penn State ILB
OLB
Connor didn't stand out during practice (from what I was able to see).  However, except for one play where running back Forte ran over him, he had a good Senior Bowl game making numerous tackles and a nifty interception.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 145 6.5 0 15 1 6

 

Wesley
Woodyard
Kentucky OLB Woodyard looked like the best linebacker not named Rivers during Senior Bowl practices.  His game was inconsistent.  He made a couple of nice plays, including a great play on a screen pass, but also missed a tackle or two. 
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 78 0 1 5 0 4

 

Philip
Wheeler
Georgia Tech ILB Wheeler looked good stopping the run in practice but had a fairly non-descript Senior Bowl Game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 89 6 1 9 0 5

 

Charles
Godfrey
Iowa CB Godfrey looked the most consistent of the North corners during practice.  In the game I wrote down one instance of excellence pass coverage and also noted a special teams tackle. He looks like an underrated corner right now.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 65 0 0 1 5 9

 

Tracy
Porter
Indiana CB Porter had a solid week of practice and made a nice open field tackle in the Senior Bowl Game.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 83 1 5.5 0 6 4

 

Terrell
Thomas
USC CB Thomas had some very good moments but was also beat deep by speed receivers often.  He will be a solid corner for teams that play the cover two defense.  
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 53 1 0 1 4 10

 

Leodis
McKelvin
Troy CB McKelvin had a terrific week of practice.  He looked like the best cover corner on the field. His Senior Bowl Game was uneventful. 
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 60 0 0 2.5 2 8

 

Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie
Tennessee State CB Rodgers-Cromartie had a great Senior Bowl Game.  He was the best defensive player on the filed.  He was good in coverage, came up to hit receivers on short passes, and forced the run.  He is the complete package.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 NA NA NA NA NA NA

 

Chevis
Jackson
LSU CB Jackson was very impressive in Senior Bowl practices.  He made great plays in coverage, although he was beaten deep on occasion.  He also made a great play in coverage in the game.  He is a good cover-two corner prospect.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 44 0 0 3 5 16

 

Thomas
DeCoud
California FS DeCoud showed good coverage skills for a safety.  He also showed good ability against the run in 11 on 11 drills.  Both skills showed up in the Senior Bowl Game as well.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 95 1.5 0 6 4 4

 

Quitin
Demps
UTEP FS In practice Demps showed good coverage skills for a safety.  He looked as fast as some of the corners.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 72 0 0 4.5 5 9