Coming off the week of Senior Bowl practices, Pat Kirwan and I liked many of the same players, so there will probably be some overlap, but there are five players on the offensive side of the ball who I thought really helped themselves.
Let’s start with the game’s MVP, QB Davis Webb from Cal. He’s 6-5, 230 pounds, and what a great week he had, backed up by a great performance in the game. It was clear to me that Hue Jackson was calling plays to show off the young man’s arm strength. Pat and I spoke with Davis, and he is confident and smart when talking about offensive Xx’s and o’s. He is a transfere from Texasa Tech, and Cliff Kingsbury is an excellent coach who gave him some great foundational tools to work with, that he built on at Cal. He is emerging as a 2nd round talent.
Pitt QB Nate Peterman is 6-2, 220 pounds. I really like his footwork, timing, and mechanics, and he’s a good decision maker with the ball. He played almost three quarters of the game, which speaks to his understanding of the offense and his leadership skills. He’s probably a 3rd round prospect at this point, who has the production (43.5 points per game at Pitt in 2016) to back up his evaluations.
Zay Jones, the WR from East Carolina, played very well and flashed his athleticism all week. Then when the lights came on at game time, he came up even bigger. His acrobatic catches on game day were pretty special, and he displayed excellent hands and great body control. He’s another player with a solid 3rd round grade.
Pat and I talked all week about Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp. This young man broke just about everey receiving record at EW, and at 6-2, 205, he reminds Pat a lot of Jordy Nelson. He can win on just about any route, and throughout the week – short, intermediate, or deep, he won everything. He understands coverages, when to break it down, when to sit it, what to run vs. man coverages, and he does it against all levels of the defense.
Finally, I want to mention Dion Dawkins out of Temple. He actually won the offensive lineman of the week award. At 6-5, 320 pounds, he played LT in college, but played on the interior all week in Mobile and displayed a lot of toughness. He came into the week as a potential 2nd-rounder, and he certainly didn’t do anything to hurt himself this week.Add to My RFN