Except for the actual game itself, the bulk of the Senior Bowl is over. Scouts and coaches bugged out late Wednesday and Thursday, probably in a scene reminiscent of Saigon in 1975...or something like that. Here's a round up of players who made a positive impression in practice this week that could really help the St. Louis Rams upgrade their roster for 2011 and beyond.
Let's take a look at the names (some names) to know.
DE Cameron Jordon, Cal - Jordan was easily the defensive linemen to make the biggest impression, and maybe the biggest jump in draft stock. He's good enough to play in a 4-3 or 3-4. On top of that, he can line up on the outside or inside in a four-man front. If the Rams go for a DL in the first round, they'd have to give Jordan serious consideration IF he's available when they pick 14th.
WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami - Hankerson answered doubts about whether or not the gains he made in college were real. He showed good hands and excellent route running skills. Did he play well enough to elevate his draft stock to be a late first round pick? Maybe. If not, Hankerson is one of several receivers with number one potential that could be available in rounds two or three. Here's our earlier discussion on Hankerson.
WR Titus Young, Boise State - The gratuitous use of DeSean Jackson comparisons have made Young a household name among draftniks this week. In fact, he's already seen by some as a first round pick based on his play this week. Young's not exactly the receiver you think of when you think of what the Rams need, but after displaying hands that made many call him the best pass catcher of the week it would be hard to justify passing on a player who could be a significant upgrade.
WR Austin Pettis, Boise State - No, I don't have any personal connection to Boise State, but Pettis is a receiver that could be of interest to the Rams because he's a big target that can make tough catches. He probably doesn't have the speed to be a true #1. Still, even as a possession receiver he can make plays, create difficult matchups for defensive backs and for a team like the Rams he could potentially be part of a dangerous group of receivers in the near future.
OG John Moffitt, Wisconsin - Moffitt was one of the better interior linemen this week. The Wisconsin guard displayed the kind of power the Rams have lacked at RG since the departure of knucklehead RIchie Incognito. Moffitt has good balance and the ability to get to the second level for screens and other plays. A turn at center did not go well for Moffitt.
RB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State - Hunter drew rave reviews this week for his speed, pass catching ability and a eagerness in pass blocking that would make coaches drool. The Rams showed some interest in Hunter this week, along with a couple other similar back who would make an excellent complement to Steven Jackson.
OLB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut - Some consider Wilson to be the draft's best LB in coverage, with range and speed. He might need to add a few pounds for Spagnuolo and Flajole's defense, but has real potential as an answer on the weakside.
S Ahmad Black, Florida - He's quick, has good balance and excellent foot work which he displayed this week, showeing good coverage skills in spite of his size (5'9").