Draft Watch: From the Senior Bowl with Love
Brian Bassett , theJetsBlog.com
With Jets owner Woody Johnson in Mobile today to check out the Senior Bowl practices with his new GM and coach, the Jets attention to the NFL Draft is on our mind. So with that, here’s a quick rundown of some of the news out of Mobile so far this week with some links embedded.
Glennon and Glennoff — People who’ve watched NC State quarterback Mike Glennon have been equally impressed and unenthused. Glennon is not all that different from most of the other quarterbacks in this class in that there is just a real lack of consistency and that’s driven the valuation of a player like him. Glennon has nice size (6’6″!!!!), but can he level out his play? Nassib out of ‘Cuse didn’t impress yesterday as he didn’t get the drive on the football that NFL scouts want to see from a quarterback.
All About the Pass Pro — Johnathan Frankin out of UCLA is impressing NFLers because he has looked so good in pass protection. Since that’s such a key piece of what NFL running backs do, look to see if his stock doesn’t rise a little coming out of this week.
Barner Burner? — Our buddy (who spotted the potential two years ago in Bilal Powell as well as Colin Kaepernick at the Senior Bowl, btw) really liked what he saw from Kenjon Barner the Oregon RB in practice yesterday. He might be a late pick, but might have the motor and intangibles that teams are looking for from a depth RB.
Jets Showed Some Interest in Denard Robinson — It’s no secret that Rex Ryan loved the versatility that Brad Smith brought to the Jets. Could they look to replace that type of player with a guy like Denard Robinson? Robinson doesn’t have the size or arm to be an NFL passer and might end up being a day three pick for an NFL team looking for a an option type wrinkle on their offense. According to the WSJ the Jets showed some real interest in the QB turned WR from Michigan in what amounted to the longest meeting for Robinson with any team so far. Robinson was finally cleared for contact this morning after some nerve damage, but is making the transition to receiver and it’s not gone so well this week for him according to reports. One said he’d only caught about half the passes thrown his way.
Honey Badger No More — Tyrann Mathieu is trying to leave his former persona behind and has engaged Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson to help him get ready for a football life. With a steadying influences like Revis and Peterson, two of the league’s best corners, Mathieu will be learning from the best. The Jets have met with Mathieu already this week — look to see where his draft stock winds up, but he could be a great second day pickup for a team who can give him the right structure.
Here’s Comes Another Trufant — Desmond Trufant, the little brother of NFL defensive backs Isaiah and the Marcus (of the Jets) is looking like he might be putting himself into Day One contention based on how he’s played so far at the Senior Bowl. Scouts tongues have been wagging at his play and how he’s raised his game, but time will tell where he settles over the next few months.
Fisher of Men — Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan might be the second best offensive lineman in this draft and is doing a great job this week. Scouts and draftniks are raving about his work and see him as a plus pass protector as well as a better than average run blocker. Draftniks see him going in the 8-15 range so could be in the mix for the Jets if they wanted to upgrade their line. Fisher of course plays tackle, so the idea here if the Jets took him would be to slide Howard inside while letting Fisher play the tackle spot.