Most of the coaches and general managers have left Mobile and just a skeleton staff of scouts from most of the 32 teams remain at the Senior Bowl. Yet there’s plenty of buzz on the field and in the hotel and we’ve got it for you.
– What will the Seattle Seahawks do with the 14th pick of round one? The word at the Senior Bowl is Pete Carroll loves his former USC star Taylor Mays yet the scouting staff really does not think Mays can handle the safety position at the next level, even in the Seahawks defense. In his press conference yesterday South coach Tony Sparano alluded to something we’ve said all week; Mays cannot play outside the numbers. It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds.
– Joique Bell will participate in the Michigan State pro-day on March 17th. Smart move as it gives the small school back another opportunity to show off his skills against top competition. Bell has really helped himself in Mobile.
– Another player who’s helped himself with a terrific week of practice in Mobile is TCU linebacker Daryl Washington. The consensus is Washington is the superior athlete of any linebacker from both teams and one of the few true three down players at the position.
– Scouts have also like what they’ve witnessed from Javier Arenas. Most feel he’ll run well at the combine and will be selected in the 3rd/4th round area.
– Close sources have told us the Green Bay Packers will concentrate cornerbacks and offensive tackles in April’s draft. Specifically they will be looking for smaller, quick corners.
– We had a long conversation with one of the head scouts from the Tennessee Titans during Thursday mornings practice. Talking about different players our conversation shifted to Western Illinois defensive back Patrick Stoudamire, who played in last weeks Shrine Game. The general thought is Stoudamire, who played cornerback in college, would be better off at the safety position in the NFL. His body type (Stoudamire has a thick lower body more reminiscent of a ball carrier), classroom intelligence (he’s a double major with a 3.9 GPA) and aggressive style would be better off in centerfield.
– Just spoke with Alabama tight end Colin Peek. He did not practice yesterday and will not participate in no-pads practice today. He told us he was suffering from the stomach flu which is making its’ way through the South team. He was sent to the hospital and given IV’s. Peek told us Roy Upchurch is another victim of the flu. He expects to play on Saturday.