MOBILE, Ala. – Another busy day ahead at the Senior Bowl, but let’s start with six of the most interesting prospects from the North squad through two days of practices.
These aren’t necessarily the six most interesting players, or the six best. Just six that seem, to this untrained eye, to have earned a second and third look. Five more from the South team coming later.
Players are listed alphabetically.
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan – Left tackle is a big-money position in the NFL, and Fisher came in with a big-money reputation despite playing in relative obscurity at Central Michigan. He certainly looks the part, measured at 6’7, 305 and hasn’t been afraid to mix it up with just about anybody through two days of practice.
Mike Glennon, QB, NC State – There’s no doubt he throws the best ball among the three North team quarterbacks. There’s no doubt that he’s made more NFL-type throws than his two counterparts. But Glennon at better than 6’6 and a half, and just 220 pounds. And to see him, he looks more like 180 pounds. Rail-thin is an understatement, and he doesn’t move especially well, either. He certainly has some tools, and his final grade will be a tough one.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas – He was busy last summer overseas, finishing 10th in the long jump in the London Olympics. He played four years of football for the Longhorns, too, and over the last two years averaged better than 13 and 15 yards, respectively, per touch. Browns fans, he might be Travis Benjamin – but maybe even faster. He’s only 5’8, and he’s probably just a role player in the NFL. But just about any team can find a role for a guy with his speed. Asked about him Tuesday, Oakland Raiders and North team head coach Dennis Allen used the word “fast” three times in two sentences. “fast.” “I’ve been also impressed with his route running,” Allen said. “Sometimes these fast guys aren’t really polished with their routes, but he’s run some really good routes.”
Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn – Every NFL team needs cornerbacks, and they’ve all seen Gratz take on challenges and show his ball skills here. He’s a “big” corner at 5’11, 200 and has long arms; his wing span here measured 76 inches. He made 41 college starts, had 8 interceptions and has made a solid impression at the Senior Bowl with his energy and ability to challenge receivers in every drill.
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU – Through two days of practice he hasn’t done anything spectacular, but Hunt came here with a certain level of intrigue and a bunch of momentum after absolutely dominating SMU’s Christmas Eve bowl game vs. Fresno State. EVERYBODY in Mobile has seen Hunt, too, as he’s a shade over 6’8 and 277 pounds. This 25-year old Estonian came to America to continue his discus throwing career and blossomed into a football prospect who can block kicks, swat passes and chase quarterbacks. The thought is his best yet to come.
Brian Winters, OG, Kent State – Just your typical tattooed kid from Hudson representing Kent State on the Senior Bowl stage. Only the second Kent Stater ever to play in the Senior Bowl, Winters has received reviews that would rank somewhere between rave and solid from those who watch offensive linemen closely. A left tackle at the college level, he’s exclusively a guard here and probably going forward, and all indications are that his transition is off to a good start.