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2009 Senior Bowl
Players that popped
By Jay Goldberg
   

PLAYER POS COLLEGE COMMENTS
Pat
White
QB West Virgina White is a great athlete who showed he has a NFL-arm.  White ran well, threw one beautiful deep ball, showed arm strength and looked like he could play quarterback in the NFL.  However, he would be a great wildcat option.
Nathan
Brown
QB Central Arkansas Brown had a very good game.  He moved his team, throw with good zip, threw with touch and looks like he could be a very good NFL backup worst case.  He did have trouble with a QB exchange, something that also plagued him in practice.
Kory
Sheets
RB
KR
Purdue Sheets looked very good in the game.  He had some very nice runs showing he could accelerate quickly and read his blockers.  He also had a good kick return, caught a screen pass and I saw at least one special teams tackle.   An impressive game and a player I want to see measureables on.
Cedric
Peerman
RB Virginia With the exception of a fumble (which is a concern because of his small hands), Peerman looked very good.  He showed the ability to make tacklers miss, and toughness after being hit. 
Jeremiah
Johnson
RB Oregon Johnson looked extremely quick with the ability to cut on a dime.  He has the look of a very good third down, change-of-pace back.  
Andre
Brown
RB N C State Brown's stat line from the game is deceiving.  He did have a nice run on a screen pass showing decent speed.  However in the run game it was the little things that stood out.   For example a fourth down conversion when there was not really a hole to run through, a one yard TD, the ability for a bigger back to bounce a run outside and gain good yards.
Quinn
Johnson
FB LSU Johnson showed he could catch the ball, gain tough yards after the catch and block in the run game.  He did get beat at least once that I noted in pass blocking.
Juaquin
Iglesias
WR Oklahoma Iglesias had a great game.  He showed reliable hands making some very good catches.  He also got open deep, came back for underthrown balls and had good YAC.  He had an even better day than his impressive stat line since I saw him get open with a nice double move but the pass was off, and he made a nice catch but couldn't stay inbounds.
Derrick
Williams
WR
KR
PR
Penn State After a great week in practice, Williams didn't get many receiving opportunities in the game.  He did make a good grab, however, on a low throw.  However, Williams had a couple of nice kick returns and a good punt return.  He did, however, fair catch a punt inside the 10 yard line.
Mike
Wallace
WR
KR
Mississippi Wallace is on this list because of a good kick return and one play where he got open deep and made a great grab for a touchdown.
Mike
Thomas
WR
KR
PR
Arizona Thomas, a late add beacuse of his stellar play at the East West Shrine Game, continued his fine post-season.  Thomas had a good kick return, made one very nice catch and run and got open deep (bad pass).  He did very bad on a punt return where he misjudged the ball and fumbled it out of bounds.
William
Beatty
OT Connecticut I was very very impressed with Beatty.  He blocked well in the run game and the pass game.  Beatty is a prospect to keep an eye on.
Michael
Oher
OT Mississippi Oher played a solid game.  He was good in pass protection and I noticed a nice seal block on a running play.
Eric
Wood
C
OG
Louisville Wood did not look great in the one-on-one's in practice.  NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said one-on-one's wouldn't be his forte but he is great in games.  Mayock was right.  Wood looked very good in the game.   He looked good run blocking straight ahead, I he looked good pulling and was solid in pass protection as well.
Herman
Johnson
OG LSU Johnson is a big kid who looked good blocking on running plays, was solid in pass protection and cleared the way on a goal line run.
Robert
Ayers
DE Tennessee Ayers showed excellent pass rush skills and also had a nice play against the run where chased down and tackled a ballcarrier.
Tim
Jamison
DE Michigan Jamison had a sneaky solid game.  He showed some pass rush ability, made a nice play on a goal line run and mad a nice tackle on another play. 
Mitch
King
DT
DE
Iowa King was all over the field in much the same way Laws was last year.  He is an undersized tackle who could find a home as a 3-4 defensive end.  King made tackles, played off blocks, pushed the pocket and got penetration against the pass.  All in all a great game for King.
B. J.
Raji
DT Boston College Had a solid but not spectacular game.  He fought of blocks to make stops in the run game, made it tough to run on the goal line and generally did the little things good defensive tackles do every game.
Scott
McKillop
ILB Pittsburgh McKillop looked good playing against the run.  He made a number of tackles and on I remember well wa an excellent play on a draw.
Rey
Maualuga
ILB USC Despite one missed tackle, Maualuga was hard to miss on the field.  He forced a fumble and made a great read and tackle on a screen pass.
Darry
Beckwith
ILB LSU Beckwith played with smarts and speed.  He made a good read on a pass and broke the play up, made a good play on the goal line, and a great play on a screen pass.
Tyrone
Mckenzie
OLB USF McKenzie jumped out in a couple of instances during the game, including a good play in pass defense and blowing up a running play.
Brian
Cushing
OLB USC Despite a missed tackle Cushing played a solid game.  He flashed both against the pass and the run.
Macho
Harris
CB
PR
Virginia Tech Harris played very well and very consistently in pass defense.  He also stood out with good coverage on a punt return.  He did not have any stand out punt returns.
Ellis
Lankster
CB West Virginia Lankster had a very interesting game.  He had two of the better plays in the game.  One was great coverage and a terrific interception, the other was a great play coming up to stop a run where he was very physical.  Other than those two plays he was okay in pass coverage except for a play at the end of the second quarter where he let a receiver beat him deep when he made a bad decision to jump a route.
Darius
Butler
CB
KR
Connecticut Butler had a couple of nice plays in coverage and had a good kick return.  On one play where he gave too much cushion he was up on the receiver quickly and made a sure tackle.
Patrick
Chung
SS
KR
Oregon Outside of being pushed back by a Quinn Johnson block, Chung played a good game.  He had a number of big hits.  He did not have any memorable kick returns.
Derek
Pegues
FS
KR
PR
Mississippi State Pegues flashed a number of times during the game.  He stayed at home nicely on a reverse, made a good play preventing forcing a runner to cut back to the middle where defenders could stop him instead of continuing to go outside for a very long gain, and a had a terrific kick return where he showed a combination of toughness and elusiveness.