Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comOur friend Andrew Garda will be sharing his Senior Bowl impressions with us a little bit down the road, but here’s a compilation of notes and links from around the league on the goings on at the Senior Bowl last week.
Jerry Attaochu, OLB Georgia Tech — The Jags staff tried out Attaochu at the “Leo” linebacker spot (end/linebacker) and Attaochu showed some athleticism and good burst. Expect him to be a middle round talent.
Pierre Desir, CB Lindenwood — Small school players always get a chance to shine against FCS competition. Desir was a Shrine game call up and is still very raw with his footwork, use of hands, and body positioning, but his athleticism and physical play will allow him to play press corner in the NFL. Expect him to be a top 100 player if he can build on Shrine and Senior Bowls, run a good timed 40-yard dash and excel in his private workouts with teams.
Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh — The Senior Bowl named Donald the coveted Most Outstanding Overall Player at Reese’s Senior Bowl practices at the Player’s Banquet. The award went to Eric Fisher last year.
Dee Ford, DE Auburn — Ford impressed during the week in pass rushing drills because of his speed and quickness. Ford then went on to earn the game’s MVP award by forcing passers to react to him with two sacks and a pass breakup. At 6’2″, 243 pounds, he might be a little light and small to play in the Jets system, but his quickness more than makes up for his bulk.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE Iowa — The Jets could use a traditional three down tight end who can both block and catch and the 6-7, 265-pound Fiedorowicz might be the right man for the job. Fiedorowicz looked good in drills, getting open against athletic linebackers and being hard to guard in the middle of the field.
Crockett Gilmore, TE Colorado State — The Rams’ star had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown and showed off his strong hands and underrated running skills in the Senior Bowl. Beyond doing a good job of catching the ball, Gilmore had a good showing as a blocker by repeatedly sealing the the corner on perimeter runs and neutralizing his assignment power runs between the tackles.
Josh Huff, WR Oregon — Coming from Philadelphia, Marty Mornhinweg made good use of his speedy receiver DeSean Jackson. Last year the Jets were rumored to be interested in Tavon Austin. A year later the the Jets could still use a shifty deep threat in the passing game who could double as a returned on punts or kicks. Huff was productive in his final year at Oregon, notching 62 catches and 12 touchdowns is considered a fifth rounder, but scouts were apparently talking about his deep play potential.
Marqueston Huff, CB Wyoming — Huff had an impressive week, and Gil Brandt’s team seems high on his NFL potential. Brandt later tweeted that Huff should have sub-4.4 speed and could be one of the top 100 players drafted.
Nevin Lawson, CB Utah State — Lawson should be a late pick, but impressed scouts with great special teams work as a gunner and punt returner. He also played hard as a cornerback with a physical style to him that NFL coaches will like.
Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt — Matthews size (6’3″ and 209 pounds) and speed combined with his his production in the SEC (112 passes for 1,477 yards) has many teams paying attention to him and he was a standout during practices. Nothing less should be expected for the potential first round talent.
Morgan Moses, RT Virginia — The Jets invested heavily in the line in the 2013 Draft, but with pending free agent Austin Howard the Jets might need to consider a “people mover” like Moses. While Moses played the left side as a senior, he would best fit at the right thanks to his size and strength.
Trent Murphy, OLB Stanford — Murphy will likely drop in the draft based on his Senior Bowl performance. The good news for the Jets is that they don’t need a world-class edge rusher in their current defense to have that player see modest success. While Murphy appeared thin up against tackles in Mobile, his 14 sacks as part of the Cardinal defense might make the Jets look past a bad Senior Bowl performance.
Caraun Reid, DT Princeton — Reid has garnered some NFL attention in his last two seasons, but the bloom came off the rose as a senior once many opponents gameplanned around him. At the Senior Bowl with a chance to work in more one-on-one situations, scouts could recall why he was a player they watched as a junior. Reid finished with two sacks pressured an interception. The Jets don’t need much more talent at the defensive line, but as a potential second or third day pick, Reid would be hard to pass up.
James White, RB Wisconsin — At 5’9″ White doesn’t have great size be he was efficient in carrying the ball for 5.5 yards per carry and a score. White is a physical player and seems to play well in the open field which makes him a compelling passing target and special teamer.
DE Brent Urban, DE Virginia — Despite a massive frame (6-7, 298 pounds), Urban performed well at shedding blockers and setting the edge. Depending on what the Jets do with Calvin Pace, Urban’s run-stuffing work make him attractive while his length could make him project pass-rusher.
OLB Kyle Van Noy, OLB BYU — Van Noy was another player that the Jaguars’s staff tried at the “Leo” position, and seemed to work out for the athletic Van Noy
CB Jaylen Watkins, CB Florida — Watkins can play inside and out (as he did in college) and his man coverage skills shone in Mobile. Watkins held up well against Jordan Matthews and credited his time at Florida for helping him adjust quickly at the Senior Bowl due to the Gators almost exclusive man coverage style.